Louisiana OMV Permit Sample Tests – Study Guide



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#1. Worn or bald tires often:

Check your tires and air pressure often. Remember, it is not safe to drive on tires with less than 1/16 inch of tread.

Good tire tread helps water escape quickly through the grooves and helps prevent hydroplaning. Worn or bald tires can increase your stopping distance and make turning more difficult when the road is wet. Worn tires also increase the chance of having a flat tire.


#2. Always stop before railroad tracks when:

Louisiana law requires that the driver of any motor vehicle must stop within 50 feet but no less than 15 feet from the nearest rail of a railroad crossing when:

  • A signal device is flashing, and a train is approaching.
  • A crossing gate is lowered.
  • A train gives a warning signal and is an immediate hazard due to its speed or nearness to the crossing.
  • A train is approaching so close as to create an immediate hazard.

After stopping, the driver shall not proceed to cross the tracks until he can do so safely. Railroad grade crossings are marked with warning devices for your protection. Watch for and respect these devices.


#3. Compared to daytime, what is true about excessive speed at night?

Excessive speed is more dangerous at night because of limited visibility. Reduce your speed so that you can stop within the distance you can see ahead.

Remember, when driving at 75 mph, you have little chance of living through a crash. Driving at such a speed during bad weather or at night means you are over driving your headlights. Since your stopping distance is greater than your visibility, you are gambling that you can stop quickly in an emergency. Furthermore, you are breaking the law since 70 mph is the maximum speed limit in Louisiana.


#4. When driving at higher speeds, which method helps you determine a safe following distance between you and vehicle ahead?

Since most people have trouble judging distances, the three-second rule makes it easier for you to keep a safe following distance. You can use it at any speed.

Remember, there are situations where you need more space in front of your vehicle.


#5. This road sign indicates:

This sign tells you that there is a flag-person ahead to control traffic. Slow down and be prepared to stop.


#6. A traffic light with a green arrow indicates that:

A green arrow means that you may turn in the direction shown by the arrow while opposing traffic must stop. This is called a protected turn. You must yield to pedestrians and vehicles lawfully using the intersection.

Remember, it does not mean that all other traffic is stopped by a red light!


#7. When driving in foggy conditions, high beams will:

When driving in a heavy downpour or in fog, slow down and turn on your low beam headlights. High beams create glare that reflects back into your eyes and will impair your visibility.


#8. When an emergency vehicle using flashing lights approaches you from behind, you must:

You must yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicles that are sounding a siren and flashing warning lights. Pull over to the right edge of the roadway clear of intersections and stop until the emergency vehicle has passed. This applies to traffic in both directions.


#9. Visitors with a driver's license from another state in U.S. may drive in Louisiana, if:

You do not need a Louisiana driver’s license if you are a non-resident and possess a valid license issued by another state. You are permitted to drive in this state for a period of 90 days.


#10. The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level at which it is illegal for any person under 21 years to drive is:

In Louisiana, it is a crime (LA. R. S. 14:98.1) for a person under the age of 21 to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .02 percent or more.


#11. You are driving at dusk. A deer crosses the road ahead. Flashing your headlights:

Deer tend to fixate on headlights so flashing them may cause the animal to freeze. If you have time, reduce your speed, tap your brakes, and sound your horn. Do not swerve to avoid the animal.


#12. Which is true about large trucks?

Generally speaking, the bigger the truck is:

  • The bigger its blind spots.
  • The more room it needs to maneuver.
  • The longer it takes to stop.
  • The longer it takes to pass it.
  • The longer it takes to get up to speed.
  • The more likely you are going to be the loser in a collision.

#13. If you park facing uphill on a street with a curb and turn the front wheels to the left:

Headed uphill, turn your front wheels away from the curb and let your vehicle roll back a few inches. The curb will stop the car from rolling anywhere.


#14. What does this sign mean?

Hill sign. Steep hill ahead. This sign warns of hills where special care must be taken. Reduce speed before you start down.


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

If you are not trained in first aid, remember that there are only a few things that you can do:

  • Summon help.
  • Try to help the injured where they lie in order of their needs. Keep them warm.
  • To stop bleeding, place a clean cloth over the wound.
  • If a person has stopped breathing, give first aid if you know how.
  • Do not move the injured person unless there is immediate life-threatening danger. Movement could cause more injury.
  • Ask a walking injured person to sit or lie down on his back. If the person is bleeding from the lower part of the face or jaw, turn him on his side. Do not give fluids.
  • You should not try to take an injured person to the hospital yourself unless there is no way to get help. With serious injuries, improper movement may be harmful.

#16. What does this sign mean?

Stop sign ahead. When you come to this sign, slow down to be ready to stop at the stop sign.


#17. What does this sign mean?

Sharp Turn. Road ahead makes a sharp turn in the direction of the arrow (right). Slow down, keep right, and do not pass.


#18. What is the standard color of a general warning sign like this?

General warning and advisory of what to expect ahead will have a black legend and border on a yellow background.


#19. When approaching this sign, you are not allowed to:

Do Not Pass. This sign tells you where you cannot pass another vehicle. Passing areas are based on how far you can see ahead. They consider unseen hazards such as hills and curves, intersections, driveways, and other places a vehicle or pedestrian may enter the roadway.


#20. 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.

#21. When stopping and yielding to a blind pedestrian in a crosswalk, you should keep a distance of:

Do not stop your car more than five feet from the crosswalk. The blind pedestrian uses the sound of your engine as a guide, so drive up to the crosswalk to allow the person to hear you.


#22. What do pavement markings in the center of this road indicate?

On many streets where it is difficult to safely make a left turn, there is a shared left turn lane located in the middle of the roadway. The solid yellow center line means you cannot use the center lane for passing. The broken yellow center lines show that vehicles traveling in either direction may use the center lane only to make left turns. Louisiana law prohibits traveling in this lane for more than 200 feet. Do not move into the lane too soon.

If a two-way left turn lane has been provided, do not make a left turn from any other lane.


#23. To back your vehicle safely:

Check behind your vehicle before backing. Do not depend on your mirrors. Turn your head and body so you can see where you are backing. Place your hand at the top of the steering wheel and back slowly. Always be prepared to stop.


#24. What is the first thing you should do when your car starts to skid?

If you find yourself in a skid, remain calm, ease your foot off the gas and carefully steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go. For cars without anti-lock brakes, avoid using your brakes.

Remember, turn your front wheels only enough to keep them going straight down the road. If the rear of your car is skidding to the right, turn the front wheels to the right. Turn left for a skid to the left.

Be careful not to over steer. Your car may start to skid the other way.


#25. When entering an interstate highway, your speed should be:

As you merge, make sure you are traveling the same speed as other traffic without exceeding the speed limit.

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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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