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

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#1. Consuming alcohol greatly affects:

Alcohol affects those parts of your brain that control your judgment and motor skills. The more you drink, the more trouble you will have judging distances, speeds, and the movements of other vehicles. You will also have much more difficulty controlling your own car.

Alcohol also slows your reflexes and reaction time, reduces your ability to see clearly, and makes you less alert.

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#2. If a school bus with flashing red lights has stopped on the other side of an undivided roadway with two lanes, you must

If a school bus is displaying alternating flashing red light signals visible from the front or rear, you shall stop immediately before reaching the bus and must remain stopped as long as the red lights flash.

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#3. When driving beside a motorcycle, you must:

Respect the vehicle space of a motorcycle and its position in traffic. Motorcycles are allowed the full width of a lane in which to maneuver. Refrain from sharing a lane with a motorcyclist. It is against the law.
br />Remember, the motorcyclist has the same rights and responsibilities on the roadway as drivers of other vehicles. Motorists should recognize this and not attempt to crowd motorcycles or take the right-of-way from motorcyclists.

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#4. If you see a pedestrian with a white cane at a crosswalk, you must:

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.

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#5. If you are in an intersection when an emergency vehicle with flashing lights approaches from behind, you should:

When police cars, fire engines, ambulances, or other emergency vehicles approach using sirens, emergency lights, or other warning devices, you must yield the right-of-way. Drive at once to the right side of the road and stop until the emergency vehicle has passed.

If you are within an intersection, including a roundabout, clear it before you pull over. (Law requires you to stop clear of any intersection).

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#6. If you need to park and leave your car on a rural highway it must be visible for at least:

If you are parked outside a business or residential area, your vehicle must be clearly seen from 200 feet in each direction.

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#7. Road signs that give distance and direction guidance are usually:

Green and white signs indicate guidance such as exits or business loops (distance, destination, and direction).

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#8. A three-point turn should only be used:

Two-point turns and three-point turns are maneuvers that can be used when it is necessary to turn a vehicle around on a roadway and there is not enough room available to complete a U-Turn. Make sure you do not endanger other traffic.

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#9. A load extending to front of the vehicle may extend no more than:

No train of vehicles or single vehicle shall carry a load extending more than three feet to the front, nor more than six feet to the rear of the body of the vehicle.

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#10. A driver's license is:

Having a driver’s license is a privilege you earn. Along with this privilege comes a great responsibility.

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#11. A traffic signal with a flashing yellow arrow means:

A flashing yellow arrow means turns are permitted, but you must first yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. Oncoming traffic has a green light. Proceed with caution.

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#12. Tailgating a truck or car is dangerous because you take away your own cushion of safety.

Tailgating a truck or car is dangerous because you take away your own cushion of safety if the vehicle in front of you stops suddenly, and if the vehicle you are following hits something in the road, you will have no time to react before it hits your car.

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#13. Which lane can you not use if traveling straight ahead?

Green arrows indicate the lane is open, while red X’s indicate that lane is for opposing traffic and motorist should not be traveling in it. Yellow X’s tell motorists that the lane is in transition and they need to merge right.

Flex Lanes are a method to vary the number of eastbound and westbound lanes during peak travel times.

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#14. When should you use your high (upper) beam headlights?

Use the upper beams only for driving in open country with a clear road ahead. Turn on your low beam lights when you encounter fog, dust, heavy rain, or snow. Your high beam will be reflected into your eyes.

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#15. By law, the following vehicles must stop at all railroad crossings, except:

Bicycles are not required to always stop at railroad crossings.

School buses and vehicles carrying hazardous materials are required to stop.

Remember, if you are following this type of vehicle you should slow down and be prepared to stop. It is against the law to pass any vehicle at a railroad crossing.

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#16. You approach this road sign. What should you expect ahead?

Divided highway ahead (divided highway begins).

The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways. Keep to the right.

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#17. Smoking with children 15 years of age or younger in the vehicle:

It is an infraction to be stopped for smoking in a vehicle with children 15 years of age or younger.

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#18. If your vehicle begins to hydroplane, 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.

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#19. To make sure you are not driving in a truck's blind spot, you should:

An excellent rule when sharing the road with a tractor-trailer is, if you cannot see the truck driver in the tractor side mirror, the driver cannot see you.

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#20. You are on a two-lane highway. There is a bicyclist in front of you and a car approaching from the other direction. What is the best thing to do?

Special care must be used near bicyclists because any collision with them may result in serious injury. This means that automobile drivers must leave safe passing room and must not turn so close to a bicyclist that the bicyclist is in danger of being hit.

Children on bicycles can create some special problems. When possible, take potential hazards one at a time.

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#21. A posted speed limit of 65 mph means you can drive 65 mph on that highway under all conditions.

Speed limits are posted for ideal conditions. 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.

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#22. Where is the pavement marked with the letter R on each side of a large X?

At railroad crossings, the pavement is usually marked with the letter R on each side of a large X (R X R).

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#23. What does this sign mean?

Cattle crossing.

This sign tells you that you are near an area where cattle might cross the street. Slow down and be prepared to stop.

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#24. You may cut your points in half if you drive six months without a citation.

The point system provides that when you drive one full year without being convicted of a moving traffic violation, half of the total points on your record will be removed.

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#25. You must make sure that you have enough space to pass another vehicle on a two-lane road:

Whenever signs or road markings permit you to pass, you will always have to judge whether you have enough room to pass safely.

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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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