Louisiana OMV Permit Sample Tests – Study Guide



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#1. When you approach a yield sign, you must

Slow down and give vehicles crossing your path the right-of-way. If the way is clear, you may move forward slowly without stopping. Yield signs are usually placed where auxiliary roads lead into major road.


#2. When you have passed this sign:

Pass with Care. This sign tells you that you are at the end of a no passing zone. You may pass only when it is safe to do so.


#3. What does this sign mean?

You will see this sign near school buildings or grounds. It warns you to slow down, drive with extreme caution and watch for children.


#4. If you are about to make a right turn and there is a bicyclist ahead of you:

Do not swing in front of a bicyclist to make a right turn. Making a right turn after overtaking a bicyclist is also a cause of accidents. Drivers should slow down and stay behind the bicyclist.


#5. If you are involved in a traffic crash, you must:

If you are involved in a traffic crash resulting in injury, death, or property damage, you are required to stop your vehicle immediately if it is clear and safe. Do not leave the scene of the crash without identifying yourself. Call the police and ask for an ambulance if needed.

Drivers must give their name, address, and vehicle license number and if requested, display their driver’s license to any person involved in the accident.


#6. When you parallel park next to a curb in the space between two parked cars, the distance between the parked cars and your front and rear bumpers should be:

Front and rear bumpers should not be closer than two feet from the other vehicles when in parked position unless the street is otherwise marked.


#7. When you see this sign, what should you expect ahead?

Reverse turn (left and right turns coming – series of turns). This sign tells you there is a sharp turn to left, and then right. Reduce speed and look well ahead.


#8. Which is the best advice if you encounter an aggressive driver on the road?

When confronted by an aggressive driver, you should:

  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Stay calm and relaxed.
  • Make every attempt to get out of the way safely. Do not escalate the situation.
  • Put your pride in the back seat. Do not challenge an aggressive driver by speeding up or attempting to hold your position in the traffic lane.
  • Ignore gestures and refuse to return them.
  • Keep anger from building by not letting other drivers or situations get to you.
  • Emotionally and mentally disconnect from the situation.

Remember, there are many possible answers to this question and answers can be expressed in many different ways.


#9. During a traffic stop by a police officer, you should:

If an officer signals for you to stop, remain calm and pull over safely. Be prepared to produce your driver’s license, vehicle registration certificate, and proof of insurance. Remain in the vehicle unless the officer tells you otherwise. Keep your hands visible.

Remember, to limit the movements of the driver and passengers while stopping your vehicle. Obtain your driver license and vehicle registration only when requested. If you believe the reason for the stop is vague or unclear, you can ask the officer for details. Do not argue with the officer at the scene. Traffic violations and traffic crimes charged against you are decided in court. Treat the officer the way you would like to be treated.


#10. When your tires lose all contact with the pavement and the vehicle hydroplanes:

When tires lose all contact with the pavement, you cannot brake, accelerate, or turn – you have no control over your vehicle.


#11. When a traffic signal is showing a flashing red light, you must:

A flashing red light means that you must come to a complete stop. It is used at dangerous intersections. You may proceed when the road is clear.

A flashing red light means the same as a stop sign.


#12. Lane-hopping or weaving in and out of traffic:

Weaving from lane to lane in an attempt to move faster than the traffic flow is the sign of an immature driver and is dangerous. Frequent lane changes can lead also to road rage.


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

Motor vehicles must be equipped with at least two headlights (white lights), a rear license plate light, a brake light, and at least one red taillight.


#14. Near schools, watch for:

Near school zones, you should slow down and be prepared to stop. Reduced speed limits are required on streets near schools and playgrounds and at locations marked with a school crossing sign when children are present.


#15. A large truck is turning right onto a street with two lanes in each direction. The truck:

In some instances, truck drivers need to swing wide to the left in order to safely negotiate a right turn, especially in urban areas. They cannot see cars directly behind or beside them. Cutting in between the truck and the curb increases the possibility of a crash. So pay attention to truck signals and give truck drivers lots of room to maneuver.


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

Watch for vehicles that must stop at railroad crossings. Drivers of vehicles carrying passengers for hire, school buses or trucks, or any vehicle carrying explosives or flammable liquids must stop at railroad crossings. Do not pass them unless it is legal to do so and there are no unsafe conditions. You should have a clear view of the tracks.

Remember, if you are following this type of vehicle you should slow down and be prepared to stop.


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

Because carbon monoxide does not have an odor, you can be affected without knowing it.

Remember, carbon monoxide is invisible, has no smell, taste, or color, but is poisonous, even deadly.


#18. What is the best advice to a driver who has been drinking alcohol?

There are ways of dealing with social drinking situations. If you plan to drink, always designate a driver who will not drink. You can take turns being a designated driver. You can also use public transportation or a cab.


#19. Road signs with a white background are usually:

Black and white signs are generally regulatory signs and must be obeyed. Other black and white signs are used as route markers.


#20. If you see a pedestrian with a white cane at a crosswalk, you must:

Pedestrians using guide dogs or white canes with or without a red tip must be given the right of way at all times. These pedestrians are partially or totally blind, so be especially careful when turning corners or backing up. Stop at all crosswalks where pedestrians are waiting. Do not honk at a blind person. The blind person has no idea who you are honking at and may be scared by the noise.


#21. An adult Louisiana driver's license is normally valid for:

Your driver’s license will expire four years from your nearest birthday. Licenses may be renewed anytime within 180 days before the expiration date. You must pass the vision exam and may be required to pass a knowledge test before your license is renewed.


#22. What do the light gray areas in the picture mark?

When you are driving, you have two blind spot areas to the left and right back sides of your car. If another vehicle is driving in one of your blind spots, you will not see it unless you turn your head.

Remember , you cannot get rid of these blind spots, but you can make them smaller by adjusting your mirrors. Even with properly adjusted mirrors, always turn your head and check your blind spots when you want to turn or change lanes. Driving in someone else’s blind spot is just as dangerous as not checking your own.


#23. What does Louisiana's general speed law mean?

The General Speed Law is that you must not drive at a speed greater than is reasonable.

Remember, you must drive at a safe, appropriate speed depending on the area in which you are driving, the road and traffic conditions, light, and weather conditions.

  • You must not drive faster than the posted maximum limit.
  • You must not drive slower than the posted minimum limit.
  • While driving within the posted speed limit, you must not drive so slowly that you hold back other traffic.

#24. You approach this vehicle from behind. It is keeping an exceptionally low speed. What should you do?

A broken yellow line indicates that passing on the left is permitted when the way ahead is clear. Overtaking and passing should be done with care because of oncoming traffic.


#25. When driving during foggy weather, a driver should turn on the vehicle's high-beam headlights to increase the field of vision.

When driving in a heavy downpour or in fog, slow down and turn on your low beam headlights.

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Louisiana OMV Knowledge Test

Quick facts about the Louisiana knowledge test for learner’s permit and Class E driver’s license:

  Number of Questions:40 questions
  Correct answers needed:32
  Passing score:80 percent
  Time limit:N/A
  Earliest retest upon failure:Same day (limit 2 tests per day)

This Louisiana Sample Knowledge Test

The real Louisiana knowledge examination has 40 questions. This sample test is limited to 25 random multiple-choice questions in each set. You can, however, take an unlimited number of practice tests with questions drawn from a large question bank.

You will get feedback after each question and if your answer is incorrect there is also a short comment to explain some simple facts.

The Real Louisiana Knowledge Test

To pass the official driver examination supplied by Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV), you must correctly answer at least 32 questions. It is a passing score of 80%. On the practice test that is 20 correct answers, but it is a good idea to aim higher than 80 percent when you study.

If you fail your first attempt at the real written test, you can retake it the same day but only once.

In general, you will take your test a third-party provider or at school. OMV will only administer a written test under certain conditions.

Driver Education Course

OMV will issue a Temporary Instructional Permit (TIP) after they have registered your license application.

You must present this temporary permit to an enrolled driver education provider before they will give a knowledge test, let you drive during a driving skills instruction, or take an on-road driving skills test.

In Louisiana, you must always complete a driver education course before OMV issues a driver’s license.

If you are at least 15 years old and less than 17 years, you must complete 30 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction.

If you are 17 years or older and did not enter the graduated licensing program, you must complete a 38-hour education course or a 6-hour licensing course and an 8-hour behind-the-wheel course.

Holders of a valid driver’s license from United States, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, or Taiwan are exempt from the education course, knowledge test, and road skills test. Holders of license from other countries must complete an approved course and pass all tests.

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The Louisiana Class D & E Study Guide

The best study guide for your learner’s permit and adult driver’s license is the official Class D & E Driver’s Guide. It has all the information you need to pass the written examination.

Get yourself a copy from your school, third-party driving school, or OMV office. You can also download a PDF-version online .

OMV recommends that you read through the Driver’s Guide at least three times.

Use it together with this practice test.

Take as my tests as you need to feel comfortable with all questions and answers. Try to fully understand why some choices are correct and why some are not.

Remember to always read each question and the answer choices all the way through. Pace yourself and don’t pick the first answer that looks right. Most mistakes on a real test are made because the test taker tried to finish as quickly as possible and didn’t pay enough attention to the wording of each question.

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