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#1. When being passed by another vehicle, it is improper and hazardous to:

Vehicles being overtaken shall give way to the right and not increase their speed until fully overtaken. Move to the right edge of the lane and keep your speed. If necessary, slow down to make the pass easier.


#2. Which is one factor that greatly affects your stopping distance?

If something is in your path and you need to stop, you need to see it in time to be able to stop. It takes much longer and further to stop than many people think. The process of stopping your car has three main components: perception, reaction, and braking. The first two components can be affected by human factors such as tiredness, alcohol, fatigue, and concentration levels. The last component depends on factors such as: tires, brakes, road, and weather conditions.


#3. In general, large trucks:

In general, trucks take slightly longer than cars to stop because of their size. They are not designed to be as maneuverable as cars. Drivers sometimes need to swing wide to the left to safely negotiate a right turn.

Trucks have much larger blind spots on both sides of their vehicles than passenger vehicles. They also have blind spots in front of the cab and directly behind them.


#4. What is most important when you adjust to a safe speed?

Posted speed limits do not tell you at what speed to drive. They only tell you what the maximum legal speed is under ideal conditions. By law, you must go slower if conditions make the posted speed limit unsafe. This is known as the basic or general speed restriction. Whenever you drive, you must consider road conditions, visibility conditions and the flow of other traffic in choosing a safe speed to drive.


#5. When driving at night you must:

Never overdrive your headlights. Keep your speed low enough to be able to stop within the distance you can see ahead.


#6. This flagger signal means:

To stop traffic, the free arm is held with the palm above shoulder level and facing the viewer.

Remember, motorists are responsible for knowing how to read and react to these directions.


#7. When turning right, you must:

Signal as early as you can. Try and signal at least three seconds before you make your move, although Delaware law states you must signal for at least 300 feet before turning. Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists.


#8. When you park on a hill headed uphill and there is no curb, you should turn your front wheels:

Parking on Hill:

  • When headed downhill you must turn your front wheels toward curb or edge of road.
  • When headed uphill, and there is a curb, you must turn your front wheels away from curb and bring near-side front wheel into contact with curb.
  • When headed uphill and there is no curb, you must turn your front wheels toward edge of highway. It is also wise to leave your vehicle in gear.

#9. What does this sign mean?

Cross road. Another road crosses highway ahead. Be alert for cross traffic and regulatory signs or signals.


#10. When are broken white lines used as pavement marking between lanes?

Multiple lanes of travel in the same direction are separated by white lane markings.

A dashed (broken) white line between lanes of traffic means that you may cross it to change lanes if it is safe to do so.

A solid white line between lanes of traffic means that you are discouraged from changing lanes.

Double solid white lines prohibit lane changing.

Solid white lines are also used along the side of the road show you where the outside edge of the travel lane is located.


#11. What is an important reason for increasing the distance between your car and a large vehicle ahead?

The drivers of trucks, buses, vans, or vehicles pulling campers or trailers may not be able to see you when you are directly behind them. They could stop suddenly without knowing you are there. Large vehicles also block your view of the road ahead. Falling back allows you more room to see ahead and to be seen.


#12. Under Delaware Point System your driving privilege will be automatically suspended if you within 24 months accumulate:

Under the Driver Improvement Problem Driver Program and Delaware point system, all actions are based upon total calculated points within a 24-month period following the offense. A mandatory 4-month license suspension is the result if you accumulate 14 points. 16 points will result in a six-month suspension, 18 points in an eight-month suspension, 20 points in a 10-month suspension, and 22 points in 12-month suspension. To become eligible for reinstatement, the driver must complete or have completed a behavior modification/attitudinal driving course within the previous two years, as of the time of reinstatement.


#13. This is:

This is an advisory speed sign. It is the recommended speed for its stretch of highway. Often posted under other warning signs.

Advisory speed signs are posted along portions of highways to warn you that conditions may often make it unsafe to drive faster. Although an advisory speed is not a specific speed limit, if you exceed it and have an accident, it may well be concluded that you violated the general speed restriction and you could be subject to arrest.


#14. If gates rise at a railroad crossing, but the red light is still flashing, you should:

Never go under lowering gates or around lowered gates. It is dangerous and against the law.

Delaware law states: No person shall drive any vehicle through, around or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad crossing while such gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed.


#15. If there seems to be a deep puddle in the road ahead, you should:

As you cannot control a vehicle when it is skidding, it is best not to cause your vehicle to skid in the first place. Skids are caused by drivers traveling too fast for conditions. Slow down as you approach curves and intersections. Avoid fast turns and quick stops. Try to avoid especially slippery areas, such as ice patches, wet leaves, oil, or deep puddles.


#16. What does this sign mean?

This sign provides advance notice to upcoming speed limit change. Be prepared to comply with the posted speed limit ahead.


#17. When driving at night in heavy traffic, you should use:

Use your low beams when following another vehicle or when in heavy traffic. You should also use the low beams in fog or when it is snowing or raining hard. Light from high beams will reflect, causing glare and making it more difficult to see ahead. Some vehicles have fog lights that you also should use under these conditions.

Do not drive at any time with only your parking lights on.


#18. What is true about a lane marked with double-dashed yellow lines on both sides?

Reversible lanes.

You may find some travel lanes are designed to carry traffic in one direction at certain times and in the opposite direction at other times. These lanes are usually marked by double dashed yellow lines. A green arrow means you can use the lane beneath it – a red X means that you may not.


#19. You exit a highway on a ramp that curves sharply. You should:

A vehicle can travel much faster in a straight line than it can in a curve. It is easy to go too fast in a curve. If you go too fast, then the tires will not be able to grip the road and the vehicle will skid. Always slow down before you enter the curve, so you do not have to brake in the curve. Braking in a curve can cause the vehicle to skid.


#20. For a U-turn in a roundabout with multiple lanes, you should:

Be in the right approach lane if you intend to turn right, be in the left approach lane if you intend on making a left or U-turn, and any approach lane is okay if you are proceeding straight


#21. When being stopped by a police vehicle, you should:

When you see emergency lights behind you, stay calm, activate your turn signal, and pull off or to the side of the roadway as soon and safely as possible. When pulling over for an emergency vehicle, movements should be made to the right side of the roadway, whenever possible.


#22. Road signs with the horizontal rectangular shape are usually used for:

Horizontal rectangles are generally used for guide or information signs.


#23. You go to a social event and know that you need to drive a few hours later. What is the best precaution to take?

The best advice is: If you need to drive, don’t drink. If you drink alcohol, do not drive!

There are, however, ways of dealing with social drinking situations. Arrange to go with two or more persons and agree which one of you will not drink alcohol. You can rotate among the group, with one person being a designated driver. You can use public transportation or use a cab, if available.


#24. If you are in a left turn lane and facing a traffic signal with a steady green arrow, oncoming traffic has:

A green arrow means go. You must proceed with caution in the direction the arrow points. Remember that you must yield to all pedestrians and vehicles already lawfully in the intersection.

The green arrow allows you to make a protected turn. This means oncoming vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians are stopped by a red light if the green arrow is lighted.


#25. You approach this road sign. What does it tell you?

Divided highway ends. The divided highway on which you are traveling ends ahead. You will then be on an undivided roadway with two-way traffic. Keep to the right.


#26. What should you do if you are involved in a traffic crash and someone is injured?

Render all aid possible to the injured. First help anyone who is not already walking and talking. Check for breathing then check for bleeding. Do not move the injured unless they are in a burning vehicle or in other immediate danger of being hit by another vehicle. Keep them lying down.


#27. You should never attempt to overtake a bicyclist:

Be especially careful to look for bicyclists when you are preparing to enter a roadway or to make a turn. Intersections are particularly dangerous for both cars and bikes. You must not try to pass a bicyclist just before making a turn. Merge safely where it is allowed, then turn.


#28. What do the light gray areas in the picture mark?

The rear corners of your vehicle are called blind spots because you cannot see them through your mirrors. You must turn your head and look to see vehicles in your blind spot.

Do not drive in another vehicle’s blind spot. Either speed up or drop back so the other driver can see your vehicle more easily.

When passing another vehicle, get through the other driver’s blind spot as quickly as you can. The longer you stay there, the longer you are in danger of him/her turning into you.


#29. The following are true about motorcyclists and motorists, except:

Remember, motorcycles are harder to see. They can easily disappear into your blind spots. Motorcycles are only about two feet wide compared with the five- to six-foot width of an automobile. Even when seen, it is difficult for some drivers to judge how far away motorcyclists are.


#30. When a doctor prescribes drugs, which are likely to affect your driving, you should:

You must not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Besides alcohol, there are many other drugs that can affect a person’s ability to drive safely. This is true of many prescription drugs and even many of the drugs you can buy without a prescription. Drugs taken for headaches, colds, hay fever or other allergies, or those to calm nerves can make a person drowsy and affect his/her driving. Pep pills, uppers, and diet pills can make a driver feel more alert for a short time. Later however, they can cause a person to be nervous, dizzy, unable to concentrate, and they can affect your vision. Other prescription drugs can affect your reflexes, judgment, vision, and alertness in ways like alcohol.

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Delaware DMV Permit Test – Quick Facts

What You Should Know
  Number of questions on exam: 30
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 24
  Allotted time to complete test: No limit
  Wait time before retest: 10 days


This Practice Test
  Number of questions on each practice test: 30
  Question pool: 1,000+
  Each test is random

Delaware Class D written knowledge test has 30 multiple-choice questions. You must correctly answer at least 24 questions to pass the test.

The passing score on the Delaware knowledge test is 80 percent, which is slightly higher than it used to be. But don’t let this discourage you. Just remember to read the manual and take many practice tests until you feel comfortable with all questions and answers.

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Delaware Permit and Driver License Practice Tests

This practice test draws 30 random questions from a large database with questions and answers based on the information in the Delaware Driver Manual and official state tests.

After each question, you will see if your answer is correct or not. If your answer is wrong, there is also a short explanation to help you learn faster and look up the corresponding item in the driver’s manual.

Remember that the practice test is a supplement to the manual. It should not be used instead of the manual.

1   Always Start by Reading the Manual

Before taking practice tests for your Learner’s Permit or Operator’s License, we strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the contents of the Delaware Driver Manual and read it carefully.

You can pick up a copy of the manual at a DE DMV office or download it online from .

Without a good knowledge about the rules and laws described in the Driver Manual, it is difficult to pass the knowledge exam.

When studying the Delaware manual, you can use the practice tests to verify your progress and identify weak spots.

Don’t attempt the real exam too soon. Aim for a full score on a few practice tests. It gives you a good margin for passing the real knowledge examination.


Is the Delaware DMV Test Hard?

The difficulty is considered moderate. After studying with these free DE DMV practice test questions, we are convinced that you will pass.

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Who Must Take the Delaware Knowledge Test?

All new drivers who haven’t had a license before must pass the knowledge test.

When you want to get a revoked Delaware driver’s license back, you must apply for a new license. This means you must start all over by taking all tests again, including the written knowledge test.

If your Delaware driver’s license has been suspended, there some suspensions that require a new knowledge test.

When renewing an expired Delaware driver’s license, the examiner may also ask for a new knowledge test.

The written knowledge test is always necessary when you move to Delaware and wish to transfer a driver’s license from a country other than United States, U.S. Territories, Germany, Taiwan (Republic of China) and France.

If you have a valid driver’s license from another state in United States, Germany, Taiwan (Republic of China) and France, DMV will waive the written knowledge test. But if your license has expired, the DMV examiner will usually ask you to take the test.

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What’s on the Delaware Knowledge Test?

On the test, you must identify certain highway signs only by their shape, color, or the symbols appearing on them. You must also understand the meaning of these and other highway signs, traffic signals, and pavement markings.

A second part of the test covers Delaware motor vehicle laws and general safety practices.

You should expect 10 road sign questions and 20 questions about common road rules, traffic laws, and safe driving practices.

There will also be two questions related to traffic stops by a law-enforcement officer, including some of the following:

    Your constitutional and other legal rights during a traffic stop, including rights related to searches and seizures, to remain silent, and to an attorney.

    Laws regarding questioning and detention by a law-enforcement officer.

    The role of a law-enforcement officer in general and during a traffic stop and the procedures a law-enforcement officer must follow during a traffic stop.

    How to interact with a law-enforcement officer during a traffic stop.

    How and where to file a complaint against or compliment on behalf of a law-enforcement officer.

Read more:

  What Should You Do at a Traffic Stop by the Police?

All questions are based on the information in Delaware Driver Manual. You should study this manual carefully. The test will contain questions from all sections of the manual. Make sure you discuss anything which is not perfectly clear with a friend or a parent. It helps you learn faster.

Read more:

  Is it the Same Questions on the Real Test?

What If I Fail the Knowledge Test?

If you fail any part of the driver examination test, you must wait at least 10 days before DMV will let you take the test again. Use this time to prepare yourself even better. Try to remember which questions you missed on the exam and read up on these areas.


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Delaware Graduated Driver License Program

Delaware, like all other states in USA, has adopted The Graduated Driver License (GDL) program. Its purpose is to reduce the high accident and fatality rate among young drivers. In the GDL program, new drivers will get a supervised driving experience and reduced exposure to high-risk driving situations. The way towards a basic Delaware driver license is divided into different steps.

The program is designed for new drivers under 18 years. Participation is optional for any person who is 18 years or older. If opting out of the program, a new driver 18 years or older must pass both the knowledge and road skills exam at DMV.

Delaware Level One Learner’s Permit

Requirements for the Delaware Learner’s Permit:

  Be between 16 years and 18 years old.

You must be at least 16 years old to apply for a level one learner’s permit in Delaware. DMV issues the permit to applicants between 16 and 18 years old, or to applicants up to 22 years if they are part of an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

  Passed a certified Delaware Driver Education Course.

You must pass a certified Delaware Driver Education Course before you apply. Present the Delaware Driver Education Certificate (Blue/White Certificate) as proof.

  Provide necessary documents.

You must show proof of full name, birth date, and social security number. Unless you live at the same address as your sponsor (usually a parent or legal guardian), you must also show two proofs of your address in Delaware.

If you are under 18 years, you must show a document that also has your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) name(s). This means that you should bring a U.S. issued birth certificate in original or a certified copy. In case of legal guardians, bring court documents in original.

Applicants 18 years or older may bring a passport, U.S. Citizen Identification Card, or State/Province/Territory issued photo ID card. See full list .

I addition to documents that prove your identity and birth date, DMV wants your social security number from your Social Security Card, W-2 tax form, SSA 1099 form, or a pay stub with your name and full SSN.

Unless you are a minor that lives with your sponsor, you must also show two proofs of Delaware residency. This can be achieved by bringing utility bills, credit card statements, bank account records, employment records, or rental Agreements etc.

Alien residents must show proof valid proof of legal presence in the United States, such as a Resident Alien Card or Temporary Resident Identification Card. See full list .

  Application must be signed by a sponsor.

A sponsor is normally a parent, legal guardian, or court-appointed custodian. The sponsor must sign the application in the presence of a Division licensing employee.

  Pay the license fee.

The fee for a license application in Delaware is currently $40.00

  Pass a vision test.

COVID-19 Alerts

Delaware COVID-19 Response

  All exam appointments are accepted, including knowledge tests. To schedule your test, please visit:

  Do NOT visit Delaware DMV service locations if you are sick.

  Remember to wear face coverings during all visits at DE DMV. Effective Monday, August 16, 2021, face masks will again be required (regardless of vaccination status) at all Delaware state agencies, including the Division of Motor Vehicles, Inspection Lanes, and Toll Plazas.

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