Vermont Written Test & Permit Practice – Questions and Answers



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#1. If you are involved in a traffic crash and someone is injured, you should:

Leave the injured person where they are. You may injure the person more by moving that person the wrong way. Keep the person warm and calm


#2. Wearing your safety belt:

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.


#3. If you are stopped by a police officer and cited for a traffic law violation, you should:

Do not argue with the officer at the scene. Roadside is not the place to argue traffic offenses. There will be time in court to address the offense.


#4. If you are facing a traffic signal with a flashing yellow arrow, oncoming traffic has:

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.


#5. When two vehicles from different directions arrive at the same time at a four-way stop, which one must yield?

At a four-way intersection controlled by stop signs, you must yield the right-of-way to the driver on your right if both of you arrive at the intersection at the same time (Same Time Rule).


#6. You approach a railroad crossing. There is heavy traffic ahead. You must stop before the crossing when:

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.


#7. The four-second method refers to how you should:

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.


#8. Which color are road signs that a driver safely drive through a work zone?

Work zone signs are orange and diamond or rectangular shaped. They provide important information to help the driver safely drive through the work zone. They warn the driver of hazards ahead, such as closed lanes, detours, rough pavement, or flaggers.


#9. As you approach the crest of a hill where your view is blocked, you should:

Do not pass at these locations:

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

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


#11. If you encounter a flooded roadway, it is best to:

Do not drive where water is over the road. The depth of water is not always obvious, and the water may hide danger such as washouts. Vehicle motors will stall in water, and you could become stranded or trapped. It is best to turn around and find another route to get to your destination.


#12. When you make a right turn, you should:

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.


#13. Which is true about alcohol?

Alcohol is a depressant. It will affect you in the following ways:

  • Judgment: You may no longer be able to make good decisions about driving. You may think you are fine, but you are not aware of the risks you may be taking.
  • Vision: Your overall vision may be greatly reduced.
  • Concentration: Your mind wanders and you cannot concentrate.
  • Understanding: Your comprehension level about what is happening around you will suffer. You may not realize what you are doing.
  • Feelings (Senses): Your feelings are suppressed. You do not feel speed so you will not realize that you could be speeding.
  • Reaction time: It will take you longer to react and move your foot from the gas pedal to the brake. This slowed-down reaction time can be the difference between arriving safely or not arriving at all.

#14. When can you park on the roadside of another parked vehicle (double parking)?

It is illegal to park beside a vehicle stopped or parked at the side of a street (double parking).


#15. When are road pavements usually most slippery?

When it first starts to rain, oil, rubber, dirt, and water combined make roads especially slippery, which increases your braking distance.


#16. Which is true about a center left turn lane?

You may only drive a short distance in the center left turn lane. This lane is not a regular traffic lane or a passing lane. You must use it when you turn left or start a permitted U-turn. You may drive across a center left turn lane.


#17. If you yawn repeatedly while driving, it is best to:

Some signs of drowsy driving are:

  • Having problems focusing or keeping your eyes open
  • Yawning repeatedly
  • Not remembering the last few miles you drove
  • Drifting out of the travel lane
  • Missing traffic signs

Do not drive when tired. Driving when tired is a major cause of crashes on interstates. If you do become tired, it is important that you stop and rest in a safe area as soon as possible.


#18. This flagger signal means:

Flaggers use stop/slow paddles, or sometimes orange flags, to guide traffic safely through the work zone. A flagger has the legal authority to control traffic and must be obeyed. To let traffic proceed, the flagger is holding the flag down next to the body. The free hand is swinging in an upward arc from below the horizontal arm toward the flagger’s head.

Drivers are responsible for knowing how to read and react to work zone directional signs.


#19. Which statement is true about motorcyclists and motorists?

The motorcyclist has the same rights and responsibilities on the highway as drivers of other vehicles. Motorists should recognize this and not attempt to crowd motorcycles or take the right-of-way from cyclists.


#20. A combination of these two signs indicates:

Pedestrian crossing. A separate downward-pointing arrow plaque indicates the actual location of the crosswalk.

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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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