You must obtain a learner’s permit before you operate a motor vehicle on public roadways in Pennsylvania. You will need to take and pass the vision, knowledge and road tests to get your driver’s license. The written test covers the information found in the Pennsylvania DOT Driver’s Manual, and includes questions on road rules, traffic laws, road signs and markings, and safe driving practices. The Pennsylvania DOT written test consists of 18 questions, and you need at least 15 correct answers to pass (83%). After passing the knowledge test, the examiner will give you a learner’s permit, which is valid for 1 year.
1. Are drivers allowed to exceed the speed limit to pass other vehicles?
Yes, except for school zones.
Yes, but only if they drive with caution.
Yes, but only by 10 MPH or less.
2. To drive defensively, you must:
use the vehicle ahead as your only points of focus.
avoid scanning the road ahead.
keep one hand on the steering wheel.
keep your eyes moving.
3. A steady yellow light at an intersection means:
Slow down and prepare to stop
Yield to other cars
4. After parking, may you open a door on the road side of your vehicle?
Yes, but only if it does not interfere with bicyclists and other traffic.
Yes, but only if oncoming vehicles or bicycles are at least 10 feet away.
Yes, always.
No, never.
5. Which of the following is true about the speed at which you travel?
Accelerating is always dangerous.
The speed limit is always a safe speed.
The safe speed to drive depends on many conditions.
Driving slowly is always safer.
6. In which of the following situations may drivers need more space in front of their vehicle?
When it is hard to see ahead.
When following motorcycles.
When carrying a heavy load or pulling a trailer.
All of the above.
7. When they see this sign, drivers should:
be ready to brake sharply to control speed.
yield to trucks coming from the hill on the right.
be ready to shift to lower gear.
None of the above.
8. If another driver cuts you off in traffic, you should:
pull next to the driver and yell at him or her.
get back at the other driver by cutting him or her off.
flash your high beams at the driver.
ignore the other driver.
9. This road sign is:
a speed reduction sign.
a guide sign.
a regulatory sign.
a warning sign.
10. Which of the following is true about the Anti-Locking Brake System?
Can help improve vehicle stability.
It allows drivers to steer during an emergency braking situation.
It prevents skidding.
All of the above.
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Number of questions: 18
Correct answers to pass: 15
Passing score: 83%
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