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#1. You must avoid sounding your horn:

Never sound your horn when approaching or passing a horse.

You should use extreme caution when approaching horses and horse-drawn carriages. Horses can sometimes become frightened by fast approaching automobiles. Blowing the vehicle horn should be avoided so the animal will not be frightened.

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#2. The alcohol concentration in your blood will be reduced only by:

There is no way to sober up quickly. Things like coffee, fresh air, exercise, or cold showers will not help. Sleep will not help either, except to pass the time.

Time is the only thing that will sober you up.

This is a very common question on DMV tests.

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#3. Which is the most important driving technique when driving on slippery roads?

If the road is slippery, it will not provide the grip your tires need. You will have to drive slower than you would on a dry road. On wet roads, reduce speed by 5 to 10 miles per hour. On snow, reduce speed by half. On ice, slow down to 5 to 10 miles per hour.

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#4. It is important that you always allow more space than normal in front of your vehicle when following:

There are some situations where you should allow more space. In these situations a four- to five-second following distance is needed.

  • On Slippery Roads.
  • Following Motorcycles.
  • Passing.
  • Blocked View.
  • Heavy Load or Towing.
  • Following Large Vehicles.

Increase your following distance when following motorcycles. Motorcyclists can turn and change lanes much quicker than other vehicles. Extra space is needed to react to these sudden moves by motorcyclists.

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#5. What is a suitable restraint system for a child under the age of one year?

Infant carriers or children’s car seats must be used for children up to three years of age and younger.

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#6. A suspension of a driving privilege is the same as:

A suspension is the temporary withdrawal of a licensee’s privilege to drive a motor vehicle.

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#7. On highways with several lanes traveling in the same direction, the right lane should be used for:

The basic rule is to drive in the right lane and pass on the left.

If there are three or more lanes in one direction, the middle lane or lanes are for through traffic. The left lane is for drivers who want to pass or turn left. The right lane is used by drivers who want to go slower or who are entering or turning right. If a road has only two lanes in one direction, the right lane generally has the smoothest traffic flow, with the left lane being reserved for the passing of other vehicles.

Remember, remaining in the left lane on a limited access highway is illegal.

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#8. To make sure you are not driving in a truck's blind spot, you should:

Avoid following too closely and position your vehicle so the truck driver can see you in his side mirrors. If you are driving behind a truck and cannot see the rearview mirrors of the vehicle in front of you, the driver of the large vehicle cannot see you. Do not drive in the blind spot unless absolutely necessary.

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#9. When is a good time to adjust your seat and mirrors?

Adjust your seat, rearview mirror, and side mirror before you start to drive.

Adjust your seat so that you can see the pavement 12 to 15 feet in front of the vehicle. Your chest should be located 10 to 12 inches from the center of the steering column, and your shoulders should be no lower than the top of the steering wheel. Sliding the seat forward will raise it. Do not adjust the seat while the vehicle is in motion. If it is still too low, use a seat cushion. Do not move the seat so far forward that you cannot easily steer.

Adjust your seat belt and shoulder strap so they fit snugly and properly.

To guard against glare from the headlights of a vehicle behind, use a day-night mirror. Adjust it before you drive.

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#10. Which of the following is true about driving on a wet roadway?

As the speed increases, the tires cannot wipe the road as well and start to ride on a film of water, just like a set of water skis. This is called hydroplaning. When your tires are not touching the road, you can easily lose control and skid. Keep your tires on the road by slowing down when it rains, and by having tires with the right air pressure and good tread.

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#11. When you drive through a construction zone, you should:

The color orange has a special meaning. It appears on signs and barricades in construction and maintenance areas as a constant warning to motorists of possible dangers. Slow down and be alert. Follow signs and watch for workers and equipment on the highway.

Failing to obey all signs, signals, markings, flaggers, or other traffic-control devices, which are placed to regulate, control, and guide traffic through construction or maintenance areas, is illegal and could result in double fines if posted.

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#12. When making a right turn you must:

Turn right when the way is clear of vehicle or pedestrian traffic. By law, you must yield to pedestrians when pedestrians are in a crosswalk or at an intersection and there is no traffic light. When you are turning right after passing a bicyclist, leave ample room so you do not cut off the bicyclist when you slow for your turn.

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#13. A driver is turning at an intersection and a pedestrian is preparing to cross. Who must yield?

By law, you must yield when pedestrians are in a crosswalk or at an intersection and there is no traffic light. You must also yield when turning a corner and pedestrians are crossing with the light.

Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

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#14. During an enforcement stop by a police officer, you should:

If you are stopped by a law enforcement officer, remain calm and pull over safely to the extreme right, clear of traffic when possible. Turn off your engine. Roll down your window. Remain in the vehicle unless the officer tells you otherwise. Keep your hands visible. Be prepared to produce your driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance, and the vehicle registration. Do not reach for them, until asked to do so.

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#15. A right turn against a red arrow is:

A red arrow means no turning in the direction of the arrow, until it turns green. Kentucky does not allow turning against a red arrow.

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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. Licenseroute.com 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.

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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:

Albanian
Arabic
Bosnian
Cambodian
Chinese
Croatian
English
French
German
Japanese
Korean
Laotian
Persian
Polish
Romanian
Russian
Somali
Spanish
Thai
Turkish
Vietnamese

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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