Louisiana OMV Permit Sample Tests – Study Guide



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#1. When is it allowed to drive around or under a lowered gate at a railroad crossing?

Gates are used with flashing signals at certain crossings. Stop when the light begins flashing and before the gates are lowered. Remain stopped until the gates are raised. Never drive around the gates. It is against the law to drive through or around any crossing gate at a railroad crossing.


#2. You see this sign on the highway. What should you expect ahead?

Divided highway ends. The divided highway on which you are traveling ends 350 to 500 feet ahead. You will then be on a roadway with two-way traffic. Keep to the right.


#3. What should you expect ahead when you see this sign?

Yield ahead. This sign warns of a yield sign ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop at yield sign or adjust speed to traffic.


#4. During a rainfall, when are road pavements usually most slippery?

Road surfaces are most slippery immediately after the rain begins to fall. This is because the oil and grease on the pavement have not yet been washed away. Driving on a road covered with oil and water can be like driving on ice. You should reduce your speed, use extra caution, and allow twice the normal following distance.


#5. If you are thrown from the car in an accident, your chances of being killed increase:

Wearing your seat belt is the smartest move you can make to prevent injury or death. Just look at the facts: 80 percent of deaths occur in cars traveling less than 40 miles an hour. 75 percent of crashes occur within 25 miles of home. Your chances of being killed are 25 times greater if you are thrown from the car.


#6. When you see a motorcycle's turn signal flashing:

Do not assume the cyclist’s intention until the maneuver is unmistakably started, such as a turn into an intersection or driveway. Also, turn signals do not automatically shut off on a motorcycle and cyclists occasionally forget to cancel them after a turn is completed. Make sure you know what the cyclist is going to do before you move into the motorcycle’s path.


#7. What is the one thing that will sober up a person who has been drinking alcohol?

Once the alcohol enters your blood, there is nothing you can do to lessen the effect. Black coffee, exercise or a cold shower will not sober you up. Alcohol is burned up by your liver and eliminated from your body through your kidneys and lungs. This process takes time. It is important to remember that only time can sober a person who has been drinking.


#8. If you are going to drive in heavy rain and want to avoid hydroplaning, the most important thing to check before getting behind the wheel is your:

To avoid hydroplaning:

  • Have good tires with deep treads on your vehicle.
  • Keep tires properly inflated.
  • Slow down during rainstorms or when the pavement is wet.
  • Do not use your vehicle’s cruise control system.

#9. The golden rule of driving is to:

The most important factor in the regulation of the highway transportation system is the driver who obeys traffic laws and follows the golden rule of driving to treat others the way you would want to be treated.


#10. Louisiana law prohibits drivers less than 18 years of age from using a cell or mobile phone while driving.

Using a wireless or cellular communication device while operating a motor vehicle if the driver holds a Class E learners or intermediate operator’s license, or is under the age of 18, or has been issued a first-time operator’s license that is within one year from the original issue date, excluding out of state transfers. This is a violation for which your driving privileges will be suspended.


#11. If many vehicles are passing you in the right lane of a multilane roadway:

If many vehicles are passing you in the right lane of a multilane roadway, you are probably going slower than the rest of the traffic. Stay in the right-hand lane unless overtaking and passing, making an exit to the left, or letting another vehicle enter.


#12. A shared center lane for turning can be used:

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.


#13. If you are in a roundabout when an emergency vehicle with flashing lights approaches from behind, you should:

If you are within an intersection, including a roundabout, clear it before you pull over.

Remember, you must stop clear of any intersection, and remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed.


#14. When backing to the right, it is generally wrong to:

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. When backing straight or to the right, turn your body to the right. Place your hand at the top of the steering wheel and back slowly. Always be prepared to stop.


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

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.


#16. Always allow extra room in front of your vehicle when following:

There are situations where you need more space in front of your vehicle. When following drivers who cannot see you, you may need a four-second following distance to be safe. The drivers of trucks, buses, vans, or vehicles pulling campers or trailers may not be able to see you when you are directly behind them. They could stop suddenly without knowing you are there. Large vehicles also block your view of the road ahead. Falling back allows you more room to see ahead.


#17. A road sign shaped like this means:

This three-sided sign is shaped like a pennant. The sign indicates the start of a no passing zone.


#18. 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.


#19. What should you do when you see this sign?

Move or merge right. Large flashing or sequential arrow panels may be used in work zones both day and night to guide drivers into certain traffic lanes and to inform them that part of the road or street ahead is closed.


#20. A traffic light is showing a red arrow. What does it mean?

A red arrow means you must stop, and you may not go in the direction of the arrow until the green arrow or light returns on the signal. Louisiana does not allow turning against the red arrow.


#21. This sign means you:

This sign tells you that a left turn is permitted when you face a green signal, but you must yield to oncoming traffic.


#22. The ability to stop your car safely depends on:

There is no simple way to tell exactly how long it will take you to stop at a certain speed. Your stopping distance depends on things like:

  • Your own reaction time.
  • Weather and road conditions.
  • The weight of the vehicle.
  • The condition of the brakes.
  • The type and condition of the tires.

Note: Posted speed limit does not affect your stopping distance, only your actual speed does.


#23. What is the No-Zone in terms of driving?

No-zones are danger areas around trucks and buses where crashes are more likely to occur. No-zones exist around the front, back and sides of the truck. These No-zones make it difficult for the driver to see.


#24. If you turn on high-beam headlights when driving in thick fog:

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


#25. When you see this sign, how many curves should you expect close ahead?

Reverse curves. This sign tells you there is a gradual curve to left, and then right.

Note the difference between road signs indicating curves and those indicating sharp turns.

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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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