Vermont Written Test & Permit Practice – Questions and Answers



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#1. What is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash?

When wearing a safety belt (or seat belt) you are less likely to be injured or killed in a collision. Safety belts make it easier to sit in a safe, comfortable position for better control of the vehicle. Safety belts hold you in the position motor vehicle makers intended you to be. Safety belts keep you inside the vehicle, in one position, rather than being thrown out of the vehicle where the instances of death and serious injury are much greater. The use of safety belts keep occupants in one position within the vehicle where the chances of injury from other occupants is also limited in a crash.


#2. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway ahead. The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways. Opposing flows of traffic are separated by a median or other physical barrier.


#3. A method of thumb is to leave 4 seconds between your vehicle and the one in front when road conditions are:

How do you know if you are driving too close to the vehicle in front of you? Using the 4-second method, you should have enough space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you in case you must stop quickly. However, if you are driving in poor road conditions, when visibility is poor or driving at higher speeds, you should allow more than four seconds of following distance. The distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you should be determined by speed and existing conditions.


#4. Where is it illegal to park a vehicle?

Parking is not allowed in front of any driveway (public or private).


#5. If a vehicle with high beams comes toward you at night, you should:

If you look directly at oncoming lights, you could be blinded for several seconds. To avoid being temporarily blinded, you should look ahead towards the right edge of the highway until the bright lights have gone by and your vision has returned to normal. This practice will also help you detect bicyclists or pedestrians who may be close to the edge of the road.


#6. You should not attempt to pass another vehicle:

Do not pass at these locations:

  • Hills
  • Curves
  • Railroad crossings
  • Intersections
  • If you see a changed path ahead.

#7. Which pavement marking tells you that you are allowed to pass the vehicle ahead?

A normal broken yellow line tells you that passing with care is allowed.

Remember, broken lines are permissive in character. Solid lines are restrictive in character.


#8. The blood alcohol level at which it is illegal for any person 21 years or older to drive is:

Vermont law states that when a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 or above, that person is under the influence or impaired. People under the age of 21 who operate a vehicle with an alcohol concentration of .02 or more can receive a civil traffic violation. The driver’s license will be suspended, and the driver must complete an alcohol and driving education program at his/her own expense.


#9. What does this sign mean?

A stop sign means you must stop, scan the intersection, honor the right of way, and then proceed. You are required to stop before the stop line, crosswalk (marked or unmarked) or the intersecting road, whichever comes first.


#10. If an aggressive driver cuts you off or does something else that is unsafe, you should:

If an aggressive driver cuts you off or does something else that is unsafe, do not try to get even. Stay calm. Get out of the drivers way. Do not challenge them. Trying to get even with the aggressive driver is a bad idea.


#11. When passing a motorcycle, you should:

Motorcycles are entitled to a full lane. When passing a motorcycle, change lanes completely. Be sure to use your turn signals to alert a rider of your intention to pass, change lanes or turn.

Never cut in too closely just after you have overtaken a motorcycle.


#12. You must always stop before a railroad crossing, if:

Remember, a motor vehicle may ONLY be driven across the tracks when it is safe to do so. Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to cross any railroad tracks unless you are certain your entire vehicle will clear all of the tracks at the crossing. You cannot go across any railroad tracks unless there is room for your vehicle on the other side. If other traffic prevents you from going fully across, wait and go across only when there is room.


#13. How long does it take an average person to react to hazard in a controlled driving environment?

Even when road and vehicle conditions are ideal, and the driver is perfectly alert, it takes a great distance to stop a motor vehicle. To stop your vehicle, four things must happen:

  • You must see and recognize the danger and the need to stop.
  • Your brain must tell your foot to step on the brakes.
  • Your foot must move to the brake pedal and operate the brake.
  • Your brakes must work correctly.

The distance your vehicle travels from the moment you see danger until you step on the brake is called reaction distance. After seeing danger, it takes the average driver about 3/4 of a second to apply the brakes. The higher the driving speed, the further the vehicle will travel before the driver is able to apply the brakes.

Remember, in a real driving environment, your reaction time can be closer to 1.5 seconds.


#14. If a school bus with flashing red lights has stopped on your side of a divided highway, you must:

Once the red warning lights have been activated you must stop your vehicle. Even in a schoolyard, you must not pass a stopped school bus with its alternately flashing red warning lights activated. There are a few exceptions where a stop is not necessary. You do not have to stop on a divided highway if the school bus is traveling in the opposite direction. A concrete barrier may be used to separate traffic from the bus, and you are not required to stop.


#15. Before making a right turn:

At the approach to a right turn the vehicle should be about three feet from the right side of the road. Do not swing your vehicle to the left before turning right. Signal 3 to 5 seconds in advance to warn others of your intention to turn. Then as you gradually slow down, check the mirror to see that the driver of the vehicle behind you has understood your signal. Search the intersection left, front, and right before starting to make your turn. Always remain alert for the presence of bicyclists or pedestrians on the right side of the road as you make your turn. You must yield to any pedestrian or bicyclist. Make your turn close to the right side of your lane. After completing your turn, check your rearview mirror and center your vehicle in the lane.


#16. Signals and directions from a flag person in a construction zone:

Always obey special signs or instructions from a flag person in a construction zone.


#17. Who must yield to other vehicles at a roundabout?

Drivers must yield the right of way to traffic in the roundabout. Like all intersections, you must also yield to pedestrians and bicyclists when entering or exiting a roundabout.


#18. If you approach a stopped emergency vehicle with activated warning lights on a two-lane highway, you must:

When you are approaching any law enforcement, emergency, or repair vehicle with a flashing light on the side of the road, slow down. The law says you must proceed with caution and make a lane change away from the emergency vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. If you are unable to change lanes you must slow down to 20 mph below the speed limit in order to go by the stopped vehicles.


#19. Car tires are worn-out and unsafe if the remaining tread depth is:

Tires must have at least 2/32 inches of tread depth. It is not safe or legal to use tires after the tread is worn off or worn down to the wear bars on the tire. To check tire wear you can use the penny test. Hold a penny with Abraham Lincoln’s body between your thumb and forefinger. Place Lincoln’s head first into the deepest looking groove. Can you see all of his head? If yes, your tires are too worn. Do not drive on them, and make sure to get them replaced.


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

Drivers are allowed to turn left after yielding to all oncoming traffic and to any pedestrians in the crosswalk. Oncoming traffic has a green light. Drivers must wait for a safe gap in oncoming traffic before turning.

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The Vermont DMV Written Knowledge Test

Key numbers for your official DMV driver license and learner’s permit test in Vermont:

Test Questions: 20
Correct answers needed: 16
Passing score: 80%
Time limit: No
Earliest retest if you fail: One day

Practice for the Vermont DMV Test

Get ready for your Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) exam with this practice test. It has 20 questions, complete answers, and explanations.

The test is random, which means you can take the test over and over again and get a different set of questions each time.

Instant feedback helps you verify your progress. Explanations help you look up the descriptions in the Vermont Driver’s Manual . If you haven’t already done so, get a hard copy from a Vermont DMV service office or download a PDF-version online.

You must study this manual to be able to pass the examination. Use the practice test as a supplement to the manual, not the other way around.

Is the Vermont DMV Test Hard?

The failure rate in Vermont hovers around 30%, about one out of three first-time test takers fails the exam. It places Vermont in a mid-range of when permit tests in United States. The difficulty level is graded “moderate”.

The knowledge exam has 20 questions with a passing score of 80%. A total of 20 test questions leave little room for mistakes. You can only miss four questions on the test.

Each question has four choices and there is only one correct answer. There are no trick questions. Most questions address basic driving practices and rules.

Note that questions on this practice test has three answer alternatives instead of four.

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute


The computerized test has audio support, which means that you can listen to questions using headphones supplied by DMV.

If you need assistance during the test, ask for help from the examiner, not other test takers.

Should you have a reading disability, you may schedule an oral test. The oral test contains a few road signs that you must be able to recognize. The rest of the written test will be read by an examiner.

If you don’t speak English, you may use a dictionary or bring an interpreter. You must provide an interpreter yourself and that person must have a valid driver license from a U.S. State or territory.

Driver Education Course

If you are under 18 years, you must complete a driver education course to be eligible for a Vermont driver license.

An approved driver education course consists of a minimum of 30 hours classroom, 6 hours behind-the-wheel instruction, and 6 hours observation. When you have successfully completed the course, you are issued a “Driver Education Certificate”.

Learn more about Vermont Graduated Driver License (GDL) program: Graduated License Laws

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