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

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#1. Driving a single vehicle with GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or more requires:

A Class D license allows you to operate any vehicle or small truck less than 26,001 pounds. Driving a single vehicle with GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or more requires a commercial driver’s license (Class B or A).

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#2. Which will affect you more?

Drinking three drinks in one hour will affect you more than drinking three drinks in three hours. The average person is likely to be legally intoxicated after consuming three mixed drinks, three glasses of wine, or three cans of beer in one hour, and will stay drunk by having only one additional drink every hour.

Spacing the drinks over a longer period of time will slow the rate at which you become intoxicated and indicates responsible drinking habits.

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#3. This sign tells you:

Reduction of lanes. Right lane ends. Merge left.

Two lanes of traffic will soon become one lane of traffic. Right-lane traffic must yield when merging.

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#4. If you have entered an intersection to make a turn, and the signal turns from yellow to red, you should:

If you are waiting in the intersection to make a turn, and the signal turns from yellow to red, complete the turn as soon as it is safely possible. Do not block the intersection and do not back up.

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#5. When a police officer is directing you to drive on the wrong side of the road, you should:

Regardless of what traffic lights or signs may indicate, you must always obey the instructions of a police or peace officer.

Flaggers are often used to give specific directions in work zones. Follow all directions given by a flagger.

You must also follow directions given by school crossing guards.

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#6. When you have a green light at an intersection and a blind pedestrian enters the intersection in front of your car, you should:

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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#7. If a school bus with flashing red lights has stopped on your side of an undivided highway with four lanes, you must:

If you follow a school bus displaying alternating flashing red light signals visible from the rear, you must stop immediately before reaching the bus and may not proceed until the red warning lights on the bus are no longer activated.

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#8. If many vehicles are passing you in the right lane of a freeway:

If many vehicles are passing you in the right lane of a multilane roadway, you are probably going slower than the rest of the traffic.

You can be issued a citation for impeding traffic if a vehicle is following behind you in the left lane of travel on a multi-lane highway and you do not change lanes and allow for the other vehicle to pass.

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#9. In this situation (approaching the bicyclist from behind), you should:

In this situation there is a curve and a double yellow solid center line. You should not pass another vehicle on curves.

Passing a bicycle in a no-passing zone is legal only if the bicyclist is traveling at a speed that is slower than the reasonable speed of traffic and if the pass can be made safely.

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#10. When may you drive at the maximum speed indicated by a speed limit sign?

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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#11. If your vehicle stalls in the path of an oncoming train, you should get away from the tracks and move in what direction?

If a train is coming, stay clear of the tracks and run toward the approaching train at an angle away from the train. By moving in the direction of the approaching train, you will be less likely to be hit by flying debris.

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#12. If the pavement is wet as you approach this sign, it is dangerous to:

Slippery when wet.

This section of highway is more slippery than other roads when wet. Reduce your speed.

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#13. Parking is not allowed within 20 feet of a crosswalk.

Parking is not allowed within 20 feet of a crosswalk.

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#14. What does this sign indicate?

The one-way sign is used to indicate streets or roadways upon which traffic is allowed to travel in one direction only. Do not turn against the arrow.

The sign does not indicate that you must turn.

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#15. Which is true about braking and stopping?

Try to smooth your driving by accelerating and decelerating gradually, anticipating stops and starts for traffic lights, changing traffic speeds, and so on. Start braking early as a signal to cars behind you. A sudden stop makes it harder for drivers behind you to stop without hitting your vehicle.

If your vehicle is equipped with ABS brakes, it is not necessary to pump them when braking in slippery situation, apply constant and firm pressure and your vehicle will make a smooth, safe stop.

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#16. What is the main cause of car skids?

In the vast majority of cases, skids were caused by drivers traveling too fast for conditions. The best policy is to keep a skid from happening. Slow down to a speed at which you can control the car.

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#17. You approach this vehicle from behind. It is keeping an exceptionally low speed. What should you do?

A broken yellow line indicates that passing on the left is permitted when the way ahead is clear. Overtaking and passing should be done with care because of oncoming traffic.

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#18. What should you do if you feel tired and nothing seems to help you stay awake while driving?

If you feel tired the best decision is to find a safe place to stop and get some sleep for at least 20 minutes, no matter the time of day.

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#19. Adult passengers in a car must always wear safety belts:

Utah law requires the driver and all passengers to be buckled if a safety belt is available.

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#20. What does this sign mean?

The stop sign is the only 8-sided traffic sign. It means that you must come to a complete stop before entering the intersection ahead and yield to traffic close enough to be an immediate hazard. If there is a crosswalk, stop before entering the crosswalk.

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#21. Blind spots are areas that are NOT covered by your mirrors.

Blind spots are areas that are not covered by your mirrors and that you cannot see without turning your head.

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#22. When turning right, you must:

Signal at least two seconds before reaching the corner. Yield to all pedestrians and crossing bicyclists.

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#23. You approach a roundabout. There is a bicyclist ahead of you. What should you do?

You should give bicyclists plenty of clearance on the street. Do not pass a bicyclist within the roundabout.

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#24. When points are assessed to your driving record they may vary depending upon the recommendation of the court. With how much?

Except for speeding citations, points may vary plus or minus 10 percent, depending upon the recommendation of the court.

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#25. When should you share a lane with a motorcyclist?

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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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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