Utah Learner’s Permit – Written Test Practice – Cheat Sheet



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#1. You should always look carefully for motorcycles before you change lanes because:

Due to its relatively small size, a motorcycle is sometimes difficult to see. Motorists’ failure to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominant cause of motorcycle crashes

It is vital for motorists to condition themselves to look for motorcyclist in traffic. The appearance of a motorcycle in traffic situations when the motorist is not prepared can lead to a hazardous situation.


#2. To avoid getting tired on a long trip, you should:

Get a good night’s sleep before you start a trip.

Do not take any medications that can make you sleepy.

Do not drive for long hours or distances.

Try not to drive late at night. Your body is probably used to going to sleep at that time and your reaction time will become slower.

Take rest breaks regularly, even if you do not feel tired. Stop every 100 miles or every two hours of driving time.

Shift your eyes from one part of the road to another. Look at objects near and far, left, and right.

Remember, if you feel tired the best decision is to find a safe place to stop.


#3. If it feels like your tires have lost traction with the surface of the road you should:

Chances of hydroplaning increase as speeds increase.

Your car may start to hydroplane at speeds over 35 mph. As you go faster, the problem becomes worse, and you will lose control of your steering.

When your tires lose traction, slow down gradually to a speed at which you can control the car.


#4. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway ends. The road ahead has two-way traffic.


#5. The emergency lane on a freeway should be used:

The area of the freeway on the outside of the solid white line is for emergency use only. It is illegal to pass another vehicle or to stop to pick up passengers in this lane.


#6. You approach this sign. What should you do?

Traffic signal ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop, if necessary.


#7. Stop lines, crosswalks and parking spaces are marked with:

Stop lines, crosswalks and parking spaces are marked with white lines.


#8. While holding a learner's permit an applicant must complete 40 hours of supervised driving, of which at least 10 hours must be:

You must complete 40 hours with a parent, legal guardian or licensed driver education teacher supervising in the passenger seat. At least 10 of those supervised hours must be during nighttime.


#9. It is illegal to park a vehicle:

Parking is not allowed along red painted curbs or red zones.


#10. What does this sign mean?

Merge sign. You are approaching a point where other traffic lanes come together with your lane. Watch for traffic from that direction.


#11. When changing lanes, it is important to:

When changing lanes, it is important to check your blind spot. Your blind spot is the area of the road you cannot see without moving your head and looking over your shoulder.


#12. You have a green light at an intersection and a blind pedestrian is preparing to cross. Who must yield?

You must yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian using a guide dog or carrying a white cane. Do not use your horn as it could confuse or frighten a blind pedestrian.


#13. 75 percent of all car crashes involve:

A national study revealed that driver error is a factor in 75% of all car crashes.

You might be surprised to know that in Utah, the time of day when most crashes happen is between 2 P.M. and 6 P.M. Even though Utah has many roads and highways, the highest rate of reported car crashes occurs in shopping and business areas.


#14. When making a left turn on a two-way street with multiple lanes, you should complete the turn in:

Always finish turning in the proper lane. Enter the street onto which you are turning just to the right of the center line. Do not turn from or enter into the right-hand lane. Do not swing wide or cut the corner.


#15. This sign tells you:

No U-Turn.

You cannot make a complete turn to go in the opposite direction where this sign is displayed.

Remember that a red circle with a slash means no. The sign shows you what is not allowed.


#16. A penny test is an easy way of checking:

One easy way to check for tire wear is by using the penny test. Take a penny and hold Abraham Lincoln’s body between your thumb and forefinger, select a point on your tire where the tread appears to be lowest and place Lincoln’s head into one of the grooves. If any part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you are driving with the safe amount of tread. If your tread gets below that, your car’s ability to grip the road in adverse conditions is greatly reduced.


#17. If you are involved in a collision you must:

You may be penalized severely for not remaining at the scene of a crash in which you are involved.

You are required to render to any person injured in the crash reasonable assistance. If the crash results in injuries, death, or at least $1,500 in total property damage, you must notify the police.

The following information must be exchanged between drivers or other persons involved in the crash: your name and address, vehicle registration number, and your insurance information.


#18. You approach this barricade at night. You must:

If the stripes slant down to the right, go to the right. If the stripes slant to the left, go to the left.


#19. When the green light comes on at a ramp meter:

Ramp meters are placed on freeway on-ramps and allow only one (unless posted differently) vehicle to pass each time the green light comes on.


#20. If you do not feel well and do not know how your physical status could impact your driving, you must:

Under Utah law, the individual driver is responsible to refrain from driving if there is any uncertainty about physical, mental, or emotional status which may affect driving safety.


#21. If you cannot get in the clear on the other side of a railroad crossing, you should:

Do not get trapped on a railroad crossing. Never drive onto a railroad crossing until you are sure you can clear all the tracks safely.


#22. When a tractor-trailer appears to be turning left ahead, you should:

Large vehicles must often swing out to the left as the first step in making a right turn. When following a tractor-trailer, observe its turn signals before trying to pass. If it appears to be starting a left turn, wait a moment to check and see which way the driver is going to turn before passing on the right.


#23. If you a green light and vehicles blocking your way in the intersection, you should stay where you are.

Remember, you may proceed only if the intersection is clear. Never block an intersection.


#24. Which is always a safe speed on two-lane highways?

No speed is safe in all situations.

In Utah, there is the basic speed law which states that you may never drive faster than is reasonably safe. There are several situations when the law requires that you slow down.


#25. When traveling straight through a continuous flow intersection, you should expect:

When traveling through a continuous flow intersection: Proceed as you normally would but watch for another light just past the intersection. It is possible to encounter a red light here which allows left turning cars to cross in front of you.

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The Utah DLD Written Knowledge Test

Key numbers for your official Utah driver license and learner’s permit test:

Test Questions: 50
Correct answers needed: 40
Passing score: 80%
Time limit: No
Earliest retest if you fail: Same day (Twice per day)

Utah Learner's Permit Written Test Practice - photo by William Fortunato

This Written Test Practice for Utah Permit

This practice test is designed to help you study for a Utah Learner’s Permit or full Driver’s License. It has 25 random questions that are either multiple-choice or true-or-false question.

Questions are drawn from a question bank with more than 500 questions, enough to help you cover all the important items described in the Utah Driver Handbook. A better option than Utah official practice test or online cheat sheets.

Instant feedback and brief explanations are added to help you learn faster.

At the end of the test, you will see your score. Try to reach the perfect score of 100% on a handful of tests before you attempt the real knowledge examination.

The Real Utah Written Test

In Utah, the Division of Motor Vehicles and the Driver License Division are separate agencies, independent of each other. The DMV licenses vehicles—the Driver License Division licenses drivers. So, what we usually calls a DMV test is in Utah a DLD test.

There are 50 questions on the Utah knowledge test for a permit or driver license. You need 40 correct answers to pass, which is a passing score of 80%.

There is no time limit. So, try not to rush through the test. Some of the true/false questions can be tricky. Carefully read everything before you answer.

You will typically finish the test in less than 20 minutes, but should allow for additional margins and not arrive for your test less than one hour before closing.

If you fail the permit test, you can try a second time the same day (at the discretion of the examiner). Utah DLD will let you take the test three times within six months. After three failed attempts, you must start over and the fee again.

The Utah knowledge test is only available in English. No additional languages.

DLD does not offer this knowledge test online. Unlike some other states, you cannot pass the permit test from the comfort of your home.

You should also be aware that the practice tests offered at Utah Driver License Division and this website don’t include all possible exam questions and don’t qualify you for a permit or driver license. Practice tests are a learning tool only.

Is the Utah Written Test Hard?

Unofficial data suggest that the failure rate on the Utah knowledge test is high. Therefore, we rate the official Utah test as “hard”.

Hard - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

The current test construction provides several concerns both for test takers and anyone who wants to evaluate the results.

One reason is that a well-constructed test should have questions where only one answer is correct; the rest should be clearly incorrect. This is not the case with the test from Utah DLD.

Let us take an example from the Utah Driver Handbook:

You should signal anytime…
  A. You pull away from a curb
  B. For two seconds before making a turn
  C. You pull away from a curb and for two seconds before making a turn (Both of the above)

In this case, no option is entirely incorrect, they are all correct – but C is the best option.

Another poor example from the Utah Driver Handbook:

Listening to the radio is a good way to help you stay awake when driving at night?
  A. True
  B. False

Very few states use the true/false format today. Utah stands out with a high percentage questions with this format.

States have moved away from the true/false format because of the high probability that you can guess the correct answer.

Another reason is the difficulty to create well-defined statements that are entirely true or false. Often, you can find exceptions to all “true” or “false” statements.

In this case, if listening to the radio is a good way to help you stay awake or not can easily be open to opinions. More seriously, though, is that it is not discussed in the Driver Handbook.*

With all this is mind, you should be careful when you take the test and read everything at least twice before you answer. Some of the true/false questions boils down to details. Statements may look correct but details in the statement can be wrong.

* Is Listening to the Radio a Good Way of Staying Awake?

Back to the question above.

Research has shown that listening to the radio (or music) has no significant effect on the risk of incidents (Reyner LA, Horne JA). This is also the standpoint of Utah Department of Public Safety.

So, if you get this question on your knowledge exam in Utah, the correct answer is false.

At the same time, you can find many experts who recommend listening to the radio as a way of staying alert when driving. Other states even has this recommendation in their Driver Manuals (Arizona, DC, Louisiana, and Minnesota, just to mention a few).

It should also be noted that the report referred to above actually found that listening to the radio had positive effect, even if it wasn’t significant.

So, is it a “good” way or not? Well, that is open to interpretations. And a poor question on a knowledge test.

But in Utah, you must be prepared for the poor questions as well (which is why you will also see them on this practice test).

How to Study for the Utah Written Test

Everything you must study for the exam is found in the Utah Driver Handbook.

Basically, all questions on your test are drawn from this handbook.

Get yourself a hard copy from your driving class, a Driver License Division office, or download in online .

Read the handbook and try to get a good understanding of what you must learn for the examination.

Use practice tests to verify what you already know and what you must study for the test. You must be able to recognize the meaning of all road signs described in the handbook, as well as traffic signals, and pavement markings. You should also focus on safe driving practices and Utah traffic laws regarding impaired and distracted driving.

Get help from instructors, teacher, parents, family members, and friends. Having someone to quiz you is often a good way of learning.

How to Get Your First Permit

The minimum age to get a Learner Permit in Utah is 15 years.

If you are younger than 19 years, you must complete an approved driver education course before being licensed. If you are 19 years or older, a driver education course is not mandatory if you hold a learner permit for three months and complete at least 40 hours of driving.

For the entry level Learner Permit, you must:

  Complete an application
  Provide necessary documents
  Pay a fee
  Pass a vision screening
  Pass the written knowledge test
  Complete the online safety trends exam

This learner permit is valid for one year and allows you to drive together with an approved driving instructor, parent, legal guardian, or responsible adult who signed for financial responsibility.

The supervising driver must always sit in a front seat beside you while you drive.

With a permit there are no nighttime driving restrictions or passenger restrictions.

If you are under 18 years, you must hold your permit for at least six months before you can move on to an intermediate driver license which comes with restrictions during the first six months of driving.

See your driver handbook for more details about requirements and restrictions.

Additional Knowledge Test

Since 2016, the state of Utah also requires that you pass a Traffic Safety and Trends Exam that covers driving safety topics and the top five major causes of traffic related deaths as identified by the Utah Highway Safety Office.

It is only test with instruction videos followed by exam questions. It is an online test that you can take from home. You can watch the videos and take the tests as many times as you need until you reach a 100% passing score.

So, there is no real need to prepare for this additional test.

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