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. Which of the following is considered unsafe driving on a highway when traffic is free-flowing?

On the highway, slower vehicles should use the right lane. Leave the left-hand lane for faster moving or passing vehicles.


#2. The best way to increase visibility when backing up is to:

Reversing is more difficult than driving forward because your field of vision is blocked by the vehicle itself, and it is more difficult to control your speed and direction. To reverse, turn your body to the right to look through the back window. Never use only the rearview mirror for reversing. Go slowly, watching carefully in all directions.


#3. Carbon monoxide is a gas produced by engines, and it:

Carbon monoxide gas from a vehicle engine can harm or kill you or your passengers. You cannot see, smell, or taste carbon monoxide.


#4. When is it legal for a person under 21 years of age to use a cell phone while driving?

Indiana law prohibits probationary license holders from operating a motor vehicle while using any form of telecommunications device, such as a wireless phone, personal digital assistant, pager or text messaging device unless the device is being used to make a 911 emergency call.


#5. If you are involved in an accident where someone is injured, you must always:

You must immediately stop your vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close to the accident as possible in a manner that does not obstruct traffic more than is necessary.

You must remain at the scene of the accident until you show you driver’s license, give your name and address, and the vehicle’s registration number to any person involved in the accident.

If the accident results in the injury or death of another person, you must give reasonable assistance to each person injured in or entrapped by the accident. You must get help by making sure local police, county sheriff, or a 911 telephone operator is notified.


#6. When driving in a multi-lane roundabout, you should:

Drivers should not change lanes in the circulatory roadway. Signs, pavement markings or both are provided to guide drivers to the proper lane in advance of the circulatory roadway.


#7. When you want to make a right turn at an intersection with a steady red light, you should:

A steady red light means stop. Do not go until the light turns green. You may turn right through an intersection with a red light, when permissible. You must come to a full stop, check to make sure that there are no vehicles and pedestrians in the path of your turn or about to enter the path of your turn. Check that there is not a No Turn on Red sign and use the correct lane. You may also turn left through an intersection with a red light if you are turning from a one-way street onto a one-way street.


#8. What is true about braking if you suddenly have a tire blowout while driving?

With a flat tire or blowout, you should hold the steering wheel firmly and keep the car going straight. Slow down gradually. Take your foot off the gas pedal, but do not apply the brakes. Let the car slow down, pull off the road and then apply the brakes when the car is almost stopped.


#9. On a long trip, you are more likely to fall asleep behind the wheel and crash when you:

Avoid driving late at night, if possible, or driving at any time without enough sleep.


#10. If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes and you hear a rumble from the brakes and the brake pedal vibrates while braking, it is important that you:

If your vehicle has an anti-lock brake system (ABS), keep your foot on the brake pedal, maintaining firm and continuous pressure while steering normally. Do not pump the brakes. A mechanical sound or noise and vibration or increased resistance in the brake pedal indicates your ABS is working.


#11. This flagger signal means:

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.


#12. As the first step in making a tight turn, the driver of a tractor-trailer will often:

Tractor-trailer drivers often swing out as the first step in making a tight turn. When following a tractor-trailer, watch its turn signals before trying to pass, especially to the right. If the tractor-trailer appears to be moving to the left, wait a moment to check and see which way the driver is signaling and watch for a right turn.


#13. What should you do when you approach a railroad crossing and see a vehicle with this sign ahead?

Vehicles that must stop at all railroad crossings include:

  • All vehicles carrying passengers for hire.
  • All school buses.
  • All vehicles carrying explosives or flammable liquids.

Take note that school buses stop at railroad crossings. There have been an increased number of rear-end collisions involving school buses stopped at railroad crossings. Slow down and be prepared to stop!


#14. You must always obey traffic signal lights, except when:

A law enforcement officer may direct traffic at an intersection or elsewhere. The officer’s command may be different from a traffic signal or sign. In such a case, the law enforcement officer’s command is the one that must be obeyed.

According to Indiana code 9-21-8-49, anyone who does not follow the traffic directions given by a police officer, flagman or school crossing guard has committed a class C misdemeanor.


#15. A center lane with yellow pavement markings on both sides is:

Busy roads on which there are many places a vehicle may make a left turn often have a center lane designated solely for the left-turning vehicles. Always be aware that vehicles traveling in the opposite direction may be entering the center lane to turn left in front of your vehicle. Never use this type of center lane for passing other vehicles.

Designated center lanes for left turns can usually be identified by a sign with alternate directional arrows that states CENTER LANE ONLY or with pavement arrows, although some center lanes do not have signs or pavement arrows.


#16. Overtaking another vehicle by driving on the left side of the road is prohibited:

Do not pass another vehicle at intersections.

Driving on the left half of the roadway is prohibited when approaching within 100 feet of or passing through an intersection or railroad crossing.


#17. When driving at night in town, you should normally use:

Use low beams when following other vehicles, when meeting oncoming vehicles, and when driving in town where there are streetlights.

When headlights are on, lower headlight beams must be used when approaching within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle or when following within 200 feet of the rear of another vehicle.

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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:

  Simplified Chinese

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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