Tougher DMV Test for Driver License and Learner’s Permit

Why the DMV Test for Learner’s Permits in United States Will Change

All drivers must learn the rules of the road to be granted the privilege to drive – but how many remember them once they’ve passed their official DMV test?

In the future, teen drivers will no longer be able to pass the DMV permit knowledge exam simply by knowing the name of road signs or that you must signal 100 feet before a turn. All over the country, state Departments, usually known as DMV, are looking for new ways of testing. In many states, the driver license tests have remained the same for decades. Research shows that test results no longer predict the driver’s chance of being involved in an accident. In fact, states with higher passing grades (83% or more) don’t have less accidents than states with lower passing grades (70%).

“It is important that a test given to you when you apply for a learner’s permit better assesses your maturity, attitudes and ability to drive safely”, instructor Joni Stark says. Young drivers are at much higher risk of fatal accidents. It is a problem that we must continue to address.

New Tests in Great Britain

In Great Britain, both theory test and road tests have been revamped. On the theory test, young drivers are expected to analyze fictional but realistic scenarios shown on a short video. It is known as the hazard perception test. By demonstrating their ability to recognize potentially dangerous situation and how to act, teenagers are more likely to truly understand safe driving techniques.

Girl in car - photo by: Bruce Mars

Websites with DMV Practice Test

In United States, teenagers are known to memorize answers from websites and attempt the real DMV test, whether they understand what the answers mean or not. When involved in a crash, they claim that didn’t understand the rules.

Knowing detailed facts can be important, Joni Stark says. But a DMV test must focus on real-life scenarios and how we safely share the roads with others. It must also focus on how we should act on traffic controls, like signs and signals. Today, some questions and answers aren’t important for safe driving and just a way for DMV to verify that the applicant has read the manual. Numbers like stopping distances, fines, and driver demerit points are not important.

Leading Authority on the Written DMV Test

At, a leading authority on the written DMV test, there is an ongoing change of all questions and answers. It started in 2016 and will continue through 2018.

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Our ambition is to be ahead of each state DMV, Mark Heart says. We know that the DMV tests will be upgraded over the coming years and we want to prepare our users by giving them the opportunity to better learn state laws and safe driving. We encourage all our users not to memorize answers. Instead, we hope that they will focus on understanding the whys and hows. With more than 1,000 practice questions, they have a better chance to see answers in different contexts. We think it promotes better understanding and better drivers.

“We will also focus more on attitudes in both tests and articles”, Mark continues. Attitudes in traffic is perhaps the most important factor to avoid accidents.

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