Kentucky Permit Test Practice – All Questions and Answers



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

By prompt and proper action you may be able to assist in saving a life or in easing pain and suffering of persons who have been injured. Summon trained and skilled help. Only in life-threatening emergencies should you try to move an individual from a collision. Keep the victim warm by covering him with a blanket or coat if necessary. Do not give an injured person anything to drink.


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

Headed either uphill or downhill and there is no curb, turn the wheels to the right so the car will roll away from the center of the road if the brakes fail.

Remember, when you park on a hill, the general rule is to turn your wheels sharply towards the side of the road or curb. This way, if your vehicle starts to roll downhill, it will roll away from traffic. However, when headed uphill at a curb, you should turn the front wheels in the opposite direction, away from the curb and towards the road. Then, let your vehicle roll backwards until the back of your front wheel touches the curb. The curb will stop your car from rolling into traffic.

Study the diagram provided in your driver’s handbook.


#3. When you change lanes, you should:

Blind spots are areas near the left and right rear corners of your vehicle that you cannot see in your mirrors. Before you move sideways to change lanes or to pass, glance over your shoulder to check for traffic near the left or right rear corners of your vehicle. Do not drive in someone else’s blind spot.


#4. You must turn on your headlights:

By law, you must use headlights one half (1/2) hour after sunset to one half (1/2) hour before sunrise. You must also use them at other times as atmospheric conditions render visibility as low as or lower than is ordinarily the case during that period.

It is recommended that you turn on your headlights at sunset. If you turn them on early, you will help other drivers see you and possibly avoid a collision.

On rainy, snowy, or foggy days, it is sometimes difficult for other drivers to see your vehicle. On cloudy days, vehicles seem to blend into surroundings. In these conditions, even during daytime, low beam headlights make your vehicle easier to see.

The best rule to remember is to turn your headlights on whenever you have trouble seeing other vehicles. If you have trouble seeing them, chances are they are having trouble seeing you.


#5. You have given consent to take a test for determining the alcoholic level in your blood:

You will be asked to take a blood test, a urine test, or a breath test if an officer thinks that you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs while driving. By law, if you drive in Kentucky, you have agreed by signing your driver license to take these tests if asked.


#6. To avoid getting tired on a long trip, it is often a good idea to:

When you are tired, you cannot drive as well as you do when you are rested. Decisions are slower and more difficult to make, with a tendency to become upset easily. There is always the chance you will fall asleep behind the wheel. To keep from getting tired on a long trip:

  • Get a lot of rest before you start.
  • Do not take any drugs that can make you drowsy.
  • Do not drive long hours.
  • Take regular rest stops, even if you are not tired. Stop for coffee or a soft drink every 100 miles or every two hours.
  • Keep shifting your eyes from one part of the road to another. Look at objects near and far, left and right, and check the speedometer.
  • Roll your window down to get some fresh air.

If none of the above suggestions seem to help you stay awake, the best thing to do is pull off the highway at the first rest stop. A short nap may be enough to refresh you.


#7. When passing a motorcycle, you should:

Motorcycles have as much right to the road as other vehicles and need as much space. When you pass a motorcycle, give it an entire lane. Do not try to pass in the same lane.


#8. When you come to a hill or curve, you should:

Hills and curves can limit how far you can see. When you come to a hill or curve, adjust your speed so you can stop if a stalled car or slow-moving vehicle is in your lane.


#9. If it feels like your tires have lost traction with the surface of the road you should:

If you are driving at an excessive speed or going downhill, slippery conditions can cause the vehicle to lose traction and begin to skid or to hydroplane.

Remove your foot gradually from the accelerator or brake pedal. Do not try to stop rapidly or turn quickly until your speed has slowed and your tires have regained traction with the roadway. Pump your brakes gently, unless your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes, in which case you should apply steady pressure.


#10. Why should you slow down and be prepared to stop when following a truck carrying flammable liquids or explosives and there is a railroad crossing ahead?

Always approach highway-railroad crossings at a reasonable speed and be prepared to stop if you have to. Be especially alert and leave extra room when you are following school buses and tank trucks carrying flammable liquids or explosives. These vehicles must stop at railroad crossings even when gates are up, and the warning lights are not flashing.


#11. How many points can be deducted from your driver's record if you voluntarily enroll in The Kentucky State Traffic School Program?

You may attend The Kentucky State Traffic School Program one of two ways:

  • Be referred by the court system as a result of any moving traffic violation other than one that requires a mandatory suspension.
  • As a stipulation of being placed on probation.

Attending means that no points are assessed for the violation.

Voluntary enrollment is not permitted. It is not a way to reduce points on your record.


#12. Once you have entered a roundabout:

Do not stop in a roundabout, except to avoid a collision. If you are inside the roundabout, vehicles entering must yield. When exiting the roundabout, indicate your exit by using the right turn signal.


#13. Backing your vehicle is generally:

Follow these steps to back a vehicle up safely:

  • Check behind your vehicle before you get in. Children or small objects are difficult to see from the driver’s seat.
  • When backing straight to the rear or to the right, look over your right shoulder directly through the rear window.
  • When backing to your left, look over your left shoulder. Do not depend on your mirrors.
  • Back slowly. Your vehicle is more difficult to control when you are backing.
  • Continue looking back until you come to a complete stop.
  • Whenever possible, avoid backing into traffic. If possible, use a person outside the car to help you back up.

#14. When can you drive faster than a maximum speed limit?

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 have to go slower if conditions make the posted speed limit unsafe. This is known as the general or basic speed law.

A person shall not operate a vehicle at a greater speed than is reasonable and prudent, having regard for the traffic and for the condition and use of the highway. 189.390(2)


#15. Your car must have the following equipment in proper working order:

The rear light, or taillight, must be red and must be lighted and placed so it can be seen 500 feet behind your vehicle. A vehicle must also be equipped with at least two red brake lights to the rear.

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The Kentucky State Police Permit Test

Key numbers for your official Kentucky knowledge examination:

Test Questions part I:30
Test Questions part II:10
Passing score (each part):80%
Time limit:No
Earliest retest if you fail:1 day

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Kentucky Written Knowledge Test

The written knowledge test in Kentucky is a two-part examination test with 40 questions.

The first part has 30 questions about Kentucky traffic regulations, safe driving, signals, and common rules of the road. You need 24 correct answers to pass this part.

The second part of the examination is a road sign identification test. Out of 10 road signs, you must correctly identify at least 8 signs based on color, shape, symbols, and word messages.

You must reach the passing score of 80% on each part.

This Kentucky Permit Practice Test

This permit practice test is limited to 15 questions that focuses on the main part of your driver examination. For a Kentucky road sign practice, you should visit this page: Kentucky Road Signs and What They Mean .

Questions on your practice tests are random, just like the real examination. They are drawn from a pool with more than 500 questions. All answers to the questions are found in the Kentucky Driver Manual, which means that the test has questions only for the Kentucky examination.

You will get instant feedback and short explanations to help you understand the correct answers. The practice test is easy to use and helps you learn much faster than by just studying the Driver Manual.

This permit practice is not an approved or authorized learning tool. is in no way affiliated with the Department of Kentucky State Police. Hundreds of users each year can, however, verify that the practice test has helped them study and pass the exam on their first try.

Is the Kentucky Permit Test Difficult?

Over the years, the Kentucky Driver Manual has been widely criticized for being poorly organized and a patchwork of information. No doubt, this also affects the pass rates in Kentucky. About one-third of all first-time test takers fail the knowledge part of their license examination.

With the right preparations, the test itself must, however, be considered fairly easy.

Easy - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

Is there a Time Limit on the Test?

There is no time limit on the knowledge test, but examiners expect the test to take 30 minutes. In our experience most test takers finish in less than 15 minutes.

If you have studied the manual and taken enough practice test, most questions will be familiar to you and answering them should be easy. Just remember to read everything with care. Evaluate all answer alternatives before you pick your answer.

Where Should I Take the Test?

In Kentucky, all driver license testing is administered by the Department of Kentucky State Police. You must take the test in the county where you reside. If you, for some reason, want to take the test in another county, you must a written permission by the Transportation Cabinet.

Schools don’t offer knowledge testing and you cannot take the test online.

Can I Take the Test in Spanish?

The computerized knowledge test is available in several languages, including:


Will the Practice Test Help Me Pass the Exam?

All research and every survey confirm that practice tests truly help.

You should, however, use them wisely. A common mistake is to rely solely on practice tests and try to use them as a cheat sheet.

To pass the examination you must think of the Driver Manual as your primary source of learning. Everything you must study for the test is found in this manual. We recommend that you get a hard copy from the Kentucky State Police. If you are comfortable with studying on a computer, you can also rely on the latest PDF-version of the manual, which you can find online .

This practice test works best in combination with the Driver Manual. Try to use both during each study session. It will help you learn much faster.

How Many Times Can I Take this Practice Test?

There is no limit on how many times you can use this practice test and no hidden fees. With random questions in each set, you can feel comfortable that the test will look slightly different each time you take and challenge your knowledge each time.

When you reach a full score on each practice test, you may be ready for the real driver examination.

Why are there Less Questions on the Practice Test?

We have cut the practice test in half. It has 15 questions instead of 30. But we have not excluded any important information. By taking 2-3 tests, you will still cover a wide range of subjects from the manual.

What Happens if I Fail the Test?

Many counties allow you to make another attempt the next business day. In the unlikely event of six failures in a row, you must wait at least six months before you can start over. So, if you hit four or five failures, it is important that you let someone help you and change your study strategy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

At what age can I get a Kentucky learner’s permit?

In Kentucky, you must be at least 16 years to apply for your firs learner’s permit.

What Documents do I need to apply for a permit?

As a first-time applicant you must provide proof of:

  • Identity and date of birth (birth certificate)
  • Legal presence (non-citizens)
  • Kentucky residence

You must also provide your Social Security Card if you have one.

If you are under 18 years, you must also show proof of school attendance (School Compliance Verification Form) and have a parent or guardian approve the application.

Remember that the parent or legal guardian who signed your driver license application can withdraw responsibility at any time, which cancels your permit or license.

Must I enroll in a driver training program?

New driver under 18 years must complete a driver education program before they are eligible for the full, unrestricted driver license. You have several options to complete this driver education:

  • Classroom version that is offered free of charge.
  • Online version with a fee.
  • Driver Education Course at a high school.
  • Private Driver Training course at a driving school.

If you are 18 years or older, the program is still recommended, but not mandatory.

How long must I hold a permit before getting a license?

If you are under 18 years, you must hold the instruction permit for at least 180 days before you can apply for an intermediate driver license.

A moving traffic violation may force you to restart the 180-day waiting period.

How many hours of driving practice must I complete?

To earn a Kentucky driver license, a teen driver must complete at least 50 hours of daylight and 10 hours of night driving (a total of no less than 60 hours).

What are the restrictions on a minor’s permit?

Under no circumstances can you drive on your own when you hold a learner’s permit. You must always be accompanied by a licensed driver in the front passenger seat. The supervising driver must be at least 21 years old.

You cannot drive between midnight and 6:00 a.m. unless there is an emergency or necessary for activities related to your school or work.

You cannot carry more than one passenger under 20 years who is not your immediate family. The passenger restriction does not apply if you drive together with a driver training instructor.

If you are under 18 years, you cannot use any kind of wireless communication device while driving, including all handheld and hands-free cell phones and text messaging devices.

All passengers must wear seat belts, regardless of seating position or age.

Kentucky Road Signs and What They Mean

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