Indiana BMV Permit Practice Test – Road Rules Part – Random Questions

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Road rules – new questions

The road signs test

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Road rules – new questions

The road signs test

#1. If you cannot get in the clear on the other side of a railroad crossing, you should:

A driver should never begin to cross railroad tracks unless the tracks can be cleared without stopping.

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#2. You should always look carefully for motorcycles before you change lanes because:

Because of their size, motorcycles and motor driven cycles can be hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot or missed in a quick shoulder check. Always check your mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections. The smaller profile of motorcycles and motor driven cycles can also make it more difficult to judge their speed and distance.

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#3. When a stop line is present at a stop sign, drivers must:

If you are approaching a red light or a stop sign, you must stop at the solid white stop line. If there is no stop line, you should come to a complete stop perpendicular to the stop sign or before entering the crosswalk on your side of the intersection. If there is no crosswalk, you should come to a complete stop before entering the intersection.

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#4. When entering an interstate highway or controlled-access highway, you should be driving:

Good judgment and timing are needed to merge smoothly with fast-moving traffic on highways. When you enter an interstate on-ramp, stay to the right and increase your speed in the acceleration lane to allow your car to merge with traffic when your path is clear.

Your speed should be the same speed as the highway traffic, without exceeding the speed limit.

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#5. If a horseback rider signals you to stop:

Approach a rider with caution and be alert for any hand signals used by a horseback rider or the driver of a horse-drawn vehicle. You must stop if a rider or driver signals you to do so. Do not use your horn.

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#6. You are more likely to get tired on a long trip if you:

Drivers are more likely to be tired while driving at night and may have a higher risk for accidents. Avoid driving late at night, if possible, or driving at any time without enough sleep.

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#7. When can you cross yellow center lines to pass another vehicle?

Yellow lane markings separate multiple lanes of traffic going in opposite directions. You may cross a broken yellow line to pass another vehicle when it is safe, but you must not cross a solid yellow line except to turn.

Remember, it is dangerous and illegal to try to pass other vehicles when a solid yellow line is marked on the driver’s side of the center line of the road.

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#8. To avoid being blinded by high-beam headlights of an approaching car:

The glare of oncoming headlights may reduce vision. To avoid the effects of glare, do not look directly into the lights of an approaching vehicle, but focus on the right side of the road.

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#9. Which is the most important vehicle control to use during a skid?

If the rear wheels begin sliding sideways, ease off the gas pedal. Turn the steering wheel in a controlled manner in the direction the rear of the car is sliding. Do not make a fast turn away from the direction of the skid and do not steer too far, which could cause a spin.

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#10. If you are under 21 years, you must take the knowledge test to renew your driver's license when you have:

If you are younger than 21 years of age and have any points on your driving record, or if you are older than 21 years of age and have more than six active points on your driving record, you must take the written knowledge test to renew your driver’s license.

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#11. The most important thing you can do to protect yourself in a collision is:

Seat belts and child safety restraints such as car seats save thousands of lives each year and improve the chances of surviving an accident. A seat belt should be used even in a vehicle with one or more air bags. Air bags are designed to work in tandem with seat belts to slow down the vehicle’s occupants in the event of a collision.

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#12. Before making a turn, you should signal continuously for at least:

You must give a proper turn signal at least 200 feet before turning or changing lanes. If the speed limit is 50 miles per hour or more, you must give a proper turn signal at least 300 feet before turning or changing lanes.

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#13. Before turning left at an intersection, it is important to:

To turn left, be in the far-left lane for your direction of travel. You must give a proper turn signal at least 200 feet before turning. Always check your mirrors and blind spots at intersections. Before entering an intersection, make sure the intersection is clear before you proceed. Only one vehicle at a time may move into an intersection to turn left.

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#14. For an immediate right turn in a roundabout with multiple lanes, you should:

For multi-lane roundabouts where the circular roadway has more than one lane, drivers should know which lane they need to be in prior to entering the roundabout. Signs, pavement markings or both are provided to guide drivers to the proper lane in advance of the circulatory roadway. For a right turn, always enter the right lane. A left lane allows left turns, straight ahead movements and U-turns only. Drivers should not change lanes in the circulatory roadway.

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#15. Passing another vehicle is illegal:

It is illegal to pass when approaching within 100 feet of or traversing an intersection or a railroad grade crossing.

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#16. A pedestrian hybrid beacon signal is showing a flashing yellow light. What will the next signal be?

The pedestrian hybrid beacon is dark unless it has been activated by a pedestrian. Once activated by a pedestrian, the pedestrian hybrid beacon will display a flashing yellow light to allow drivers to clear the crossing. The flashing yellow will be followed by a steady yellow light to warn drivers that their right of way is ending. Then, two steady red lights will be displayed while the pedestrian crosses and then the two red lights will flash to allow drivers to proceed through if crossing is clear of pedestrians. The pedestrian hybrid beacon will then go dark until activated again by a pedestrian.

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#17. To avoid or minimize the impact of a crash, a driver basically has three actions he or she can take:

Despite safe driving, emergencies do arise. If it appears that a car will hit something, there are three things you can do, depending on the situation:

  • Stop quickly
  • Turn quickly. If you feel you cannot stop in time, turn your vehicle away from the potential collision
  • Speed up. Accelerating may be the best or only way to avoid a collision.
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Indiana BMV Permit Knowledge Test

Quick facts about the written knowledge test for an Indiana learner’s permit or adult driver’s license:

  Number of Questions:
34 (road rules)

16 (road signs)
Total: 50 questions

  Correct answers needed:
28 (road rules)

14 (road signs)

  Passing score:84 percent (total)
  Time limit:N/A
  Earliest retest upon failure:1 day

This Indiana Knowledge Test Practice

This practice test for a learner’s permit or driver’s license can help you study for the road rules part of the official Indiana driver examination. It has 17 multiple-choice questions about the road rules and safe driving practices described in the Indiana Driver’s Manual.

The real written test about road rules has 34 questions. This sample test is limited to 17 questions but by taking two practice tests in a row, you can simulate a real examination. Each test is random with questions from a larger pool of BMV questions.

Note that this sample test with random questions is designed to be a learning tool, it should not be considered a cheat sheet with the purpose of giving you all the answers from an exam. To pass the Indiana BMV permit test you should focus on learning the rules of the road, not just memorizing questions and answers.

To study for the road signs part of the knowledge exam, you should use this practice test: Indiana BMV Road Sign Recognition Test

Get the Indiana Driver’s Manual

Before you do anything else, you should get a copy of the driver’s manual. Everything you need to learn for the driver’s test is described in this manual. Read it at least a couple of times and switch between the manual and a practice test. It will speed up the learning process.

You can get the manual from any BMV office or download a PDF-version of the Indiana Driver’s Manual online .



Read the Questions Carefully

Both when using practice tests and taking the real examination, you should read questions and answer choices carefully. You should try not to rush and pick the first answer that looks right. Sometimes all answers are correct (the fourth alternative will say “All answers are correct”). This is not a good way of creating tests, but Indiana BMV still uses it.

This is a good example from the Indiana Driver’s Manual:


Question: As fog can greatly reduce visibility of other vehicles, pedestrians, and traffic signals, you should:

  • A. Drive cautiously and reduce speed
  • B. Not use your high headlight beams
  • C. Use low headlight beams to better illuminate the road and objects
  • D. All answers are correct

It is easy not to read further than choice A. Driving cautiously and reducing speed are general safe driving practices that apply too many situations. So, most test takers will identify this as a correct choice.

But in the next two choices, you are asked which beam to use in fog. B and C actually say the same thing and are either both wrong – or correct.

Now, you have probably learned that you should turn on low beams in fog, which means that C is correct (and B).

By reading everything carefully, you suddenly know that D is the right way to go. All statements are correct.

Other Languages

The Indiana BMV written permit test is available in 13 different foreign languages:

  Arabic
  Burmese
  Chin
  French
  German
  Japanese
  Korean
  Simplified Chinese
  Polish
  Punjabi
  Russian
  Spanish
  Vietnamese

What if You Fail the Test?

The Indiana written driving test is not an easy test. The difficulty on the road signs part is graded easy but hard on the road rules part. The failure rate for first-time test takers is estimated to be around 50%.

Hard - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

Should you fail your exam, you are not alone.

You can take the test again the next day. But if you had 8 or more errors on the road rules test, you need to prepare better. Give it a couple of more days.

What if You Pass the Indiana BMV Permit Test?

If you pass your vision screening and the knowledge test, you are ready to start practicing your driving skills.

Indiana BMV will issue a learner’s permit which you must always have in your possession when you drive.

Under no circumstances can you drive alone when you hold a learner’s permit.

Rules for driving with Indiana BMV permit are slightly different depending on your age and if you are enrolled in a driver education program or not.

Under 16 Years and Enrolled in a Driver Education Program

You may drive only when you are accompanied by a licensed driver training instructor or a certified driver rehabilitation specialist who is both recognized by the BMV and employed through a driver rehabilitation program.

You may also practice driving with a licensed driver who has valid (not expired, suspended, or revoked) driving privileges and is 25 years of age or older. The licensed driver must be related to you by blood, marriage, or legal status. You may also choose to practice driving with your spouse, who must be licensed and at least 21 years of age.

The supervising driver must always sit in the front passenger seat beside you.

Under 18 Years and NOT Enrolled in a Driver Education Program

You may practice driving with a licensed driver who has valid (not expired, suspended, or revoked) driving privileges and is 25 years of age or older.

The licensed driver must be related to you by blood, marriage, or legal status. You may also choose to practice driving with your spouse, who must be licensed and at least 21 years of age.

You may also practice driving if accompanied by an individual licensed as a driver training school instructor who is working under the direction of a driver training school, or a certified driver rehabilitation specialist who is recognized by the Indiana BMV and employed through a driver rehabilitation program.

The supervising driver must always sit in the front passenger seat beside you.



18 Years or Older

You can practice driving only when accompanied by a licensed driver with valid (not expired, suspended, or revoked) driving privileges who is at least 25 years of age, or with your spouse provided he or she is licensed and at least 21 years of age or older.

The licensed driver must always sit in the front passenger seat beside you.


Don’t Forget to Practice for the Road Signs Part

Indiana Road Sign Recognition Test


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