Kentucky Permit Test Practice – All Questions and Answers

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#1. 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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#2. The three-second rule refers to:

Many drivers follow too closely, and when the vehicle ahead stops, they cannot react in time. A three-second following distance is the minimum following distance. If the vehicle in front of you makes an emergency stop you may be involved in a collision if you are closer than 2.5 seconds behind that vehicle. A safer three- or four-second following distance will help you avoid a collision.

The following distance should increase as your speed increases. There are also other situations where a four- to five-second following distance is needed.

Remember, a three-second rule does not mean that you are able to stop within three seconds.

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#3. When a traffic officer is directing you to drive on the wrong side of the road, you should:

You must follow any lawful order or direction of any law enforcement officer or any firefighter at the scene of a fire who is directing traffic. If a law enforcement officer is directing traffic where there are signal lights, obey the officer – not the signals. You must also obey instructions from school crossing guards, and flaggers that guide traffic through construction or maintenance areas.

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#4. 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)

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#5. The biggest risk with air bags is:

The biggest risk is being too close to the air bag. If your vehicle is equipped with an airbag, move the seat back. The driver’s seat should be as far back from the dashboard as possible while still being able to operate the vehicle safely. Your chest should be located 10 to 12 inches from the center of the steering column.

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#6. If your car starts to skid sideways, you should:

During poor weather conditions, drivers need to anticipate the possibility of slippery roadways and drive cautiously. Remember, if your car skids, you were driving too fast for conditions.

If your vehicle begins to skid sideways, here is how to regain control:

  • Take your foot off the gas pedal.
  • Do not use your brakes, if possible.
  • Turn the wheel in the direction the back of the vehicle is skidding. This will allow the front of the vehicle to line up with the back.
  • Turn the wheel back to prevent the vehicle from skidding in the opposite direction.
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#7. When driving at night you must:

You will need to drive with extra care at night. You cannot see as far ahead or to the side. Remember, speed must be adjusted according to how well you can see. Never drive so fast that you cannot stop within the distance you can see with your headlights.

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#8. You should pass other vehicles on the left because:

In general, you should pass on the left. Passing on the right can be dangerous since other drivers do not expect it. Vehicles on the right side are also more difficult to see.

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#9. The crossbuck sign at a railroad crossing means the driver:

Railroad crossbuck signs are found at most crossings. Slow down, look both ways and listen for a train. The crossbuck sign at the crossing means the driver must yield to oncoming trains. You must stop if the lights are flashing, or the gate is lowered.

It is your responsibility to determine if it is safe to cross the tracks, even if the lights are not flashing. The signal may not be working.

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#10. When you exit a roundabout, you should:

Stay in your lane within the roundabout. When exiting the roundabout, indicate your exit by using the right turn signal.

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#11. When you drink alcohol, how long time does it take for the alcohol to reach your brain?

When alcohol enters your stomach, it goes directly into your bloodstream and then to all parts of your body. It reaches your brain in 20 to 40 minutes.

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#12. If you are involved in a minor collision without injuries, you should always:

When involved in a non-injury accident move the damaged vehicles to the shoulder of the roadway.

Do not stand or walk in traffic lanes. You could be struck by another vehicle.

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#13. When you drive, your most important sense is:

Most of what you do in driving is a reaction to what you see. To be a good driver, you need to see well.

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#14. When making a left turn on a two-way street with multiple lanes, you should complete the turn in:

Finish your turn in the proper lane. When turning into another street, turn into the lane nearest to you. If you need to change to another lane, do so only after you have finished your turn and when the traffic is clear. Avoid a wide swing during your turn. Some intersections are marked to permit turns from more than one lane, and you may make your turns as indicated by signs or pavement markings.

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#15. How many points will be added to your driver's record if you are convicted of changing drivers in a moving vehicle?

Changing drivers in a moving vehicle will result in four points.

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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.

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