Rhode Island DMV Knowledge Test Practice – License & Permit



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#1. Two of the most common causes of work zone crashes are:

Slow down and pay attention when driving in a work zone. Speed and inattention are two of the most common causes of work zone crashes.


#2. The three-second rule refers to how you should:

The three-second rule refers to a following distance. If the roadway is wet or slippery, you will need additional distance.


#3. This red and white sign means:

Do Not Enter is a square sign with a white horizontal line inside a red ball. It warns you not to enter a road or freeway. If you do, you will be driving against traffic.


#4. Before opening your car door, you should always:

Be aware of other traffic when exiting your vehicle. Look for other cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians before opening the door. Before turning, always check your mirrors for bicyclists that may be behind you and yield to bicycles in the lane.

Dooring is when the driver or passenger carelessly opens the door of a parked or stopped vehicle and collides with a passing cyclist. Every passenger of a stopped or parked vehicle should check their surroundings before opening the door of a vehicle.


#5. When approaching an intersection to make a left turn and oncoming traffic prevents you from making an immediate turn, you should:

Make sure it is safe to turn. Yield to pedestrians and oncoming traffic. Both the motor vehicle directly approaching you and the vehicle approaching on your right has the right-of-way.


#6. To back your vehicle safely:

While backing, you should look over your right shoulder, partially turning your body, while maintaining proper control of your vehicle.

When backing in a straight line, you should periodically check all mirrors to be sure that no other vehicles, pedestrians, or obstacles are in your path of travel.


#7. What does this sign mean?

School Crossing. Slow down and watch for children crossing the road. The arrow shows the actual location of the crosswalk. The traditional yellow school sign is being transitioned to neon green.


#8. A pedestrian has entered an uncontrolled crosswalk. Who has the right-of-way?

Always yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian. Watch for pedestrians who are walking against a red light, stepping into traffic from between parked vehicles, and crossing in locations where there is not a marked crosswalk. Even in situations where pedestrians cross the street carelessly, the driver must always yield.


#9. If you are in an intersection when an emergency vehicle with flashing lights approaches from behind, you should:

If an emergency vehicle is approaching, pull over to the right, stop and wait for it to pass. Before re-entering the flow of traffic, you should activate your turn signal, glance over your shoulder to ensure another emergency vehicle is not coming, then proceed. If you are within an intersection, including a roundabout, clear it before you pull over.


#10. What does this sign indicate?

Object markers are used to notify drivers of objects in the roadway or very close to the edge of the roadway. This sign emphasizes the need to not stray outside of the marked travel lane. You will often see these markers on bridges.


#11. Your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) depends on several factors, including:

Your BAC depends on several factors:

  • How much alcohol you have had to drink.
  • How much you weigh.
  • How much food you ate before drinking.
  • How much time you have been drinking.
  • The speed at which your body processes the alcohol in your system, which is different for each person.

It does not depend on what kind of alcoholic beverage you drink, how physically fit you are, or how well you can hold your liquor.

Food in the stomach causes alcohol to be absorbed more slowly, slowing down the rate and the amount of intoxication. It will not prevent the alcohol to get into your blood.


#12. A driver who is involved in a crash with minor injuries must do which of the following?

What to do after a collision:

  • Try to stay calm.
  • Stop your vehicle immediately.
  • Make your identity known to any interested person. Severe penalties are imposed against drivers who choose to leave the scene of a collision without properly identifying themselves.
  • Report all collisions to the nearest state or local police immediately.
  • Request rescue assistance if personal injury is involved.
  • In the event of a minor collision, if possible, drive your vehicle off to the side of the roadway and notify the police.

#13. When you park on a hill headed uphill and there is no curb, you should turn your front wheels:

This how you park on hills:

  • If you park facing uphill where there is a curb, you should set the parking brake and turn the wheels away from the curb.
  • In any other situation turn the wheels toward the curb or edge of the road.

See illustration in the driver’s manual.


#14. When driving in a roundabout, you should:

  • Slow down to the posted speed. Yield to pedestrians and other motorists, they have the right-of way.
  • Ensure you have an adequate safe gap. Move to the proper lane position upon entering, maneuvering and exiting the roundabout.
  • ENTER: Yield to vehicles in the roundabout. Wait for a gap in traffic, and then merge into traffic in the roundabout in a counterclockwise direction.
  • PROCEED: Continue through the roundabout until you reach your street. Never stop in a roundabout unless it is an emergency.
  • EXIT: Signal, then exit the roundabout to the right. Yield to pedestrians.

#15. Car tires must have a minimum tread depth of:

You may not drive on a tire that has less than 2/32 of an inch of tread (measure the depth of the tread with a penny). Never mix and match tires on your vehicle (radial with bias-belted). Use your owner’s manual for a schedule of prescribed maintenance checks. Measure tire pressure while your tire is cold to get an accurate reading.

See Rhode Island 31-23-45 – Tire treads for correct information.


#16. This hand signal means:

Left turn – left arm extended horizontally out of open window.


#17. Which is the main cause of car skids?

Most skids are caused by the driver’s failure to react in time to adjust the vehicle’s speed to road and traffic conditions. They were driving too fast for conditions.


#18. If you often feel dizzy or nauseous while driving, it could be caused by:

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas. Carbon monoxide can be found in the exhaust fumes of all motor vehicles. If you begin to yawn or feel dizzy or nauseous, you may be experiencing the symptoms of the poisoning. The fumes are odorless, and the only cure is to open your windows and allow fresh air to circulate within your vehicle. Having your exhaust system checked periodically as well as not idling your vehicle with the windows closed for a long period of time may avoid the effects of the poisoning. Carbon Monoxide poisoning can cause death if untreated.


#19. What does this sign mean?

Winding Road. There are several curves ahead. Slow down and drive carefully.


#20. A reversible lane is marked with:

Reversible lanes are designed to carry traffic in one direction at certain times and in the opposite direction at other times. These lanes are usually marked by double-dashed yellow lines.


#21. What does this sign mean?

The octagonal (eight-sided) shape is used for stop signs only. When stopping, drivers should completely cease all forward motion for a minimum of three seconds. This gives the driver time to look left, look right, look left again, and proceed with caution. Do not proceed to move again until you are sure the way is clear.


#22. When driving at night with a steady stream of oncoming traffic, you should use:

When driving a motor vehicle on the open highway at night, you should use high beams. Dim your high beam headlights promptly at a distance of at least 500 feet ahead when approaching another vehicle.


#23. What should you do if must make a conscious effort to keep your eyes open while driving?

Be aware that there may be no warning before falling asleep, but recognize any warning signs that you may detect, including:

  • Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking or heavy eyelids.
  • Yawning repeatedly or rubbing your eyes.
  • Daydreaming or wandering/disconnected thoughts.
  • Trouble remembering the last few miles driven and missing exits or traffic signs.
  • Trouble keeping your head up.
  • Drifting from your lane, following too closely or hitting a shoulder rumble strip.
  • Feeling restless and irritable.

Remember, resting is by far the most effective way to counter drowsiness.


#24. Which of the following vehicles must always stop before crossing railroad tracks?

There are some vehicles that are required to stop at all railroad crossings, such as transit buses, school buses, or vehicles carrying hazardous materials. If you follow these vehicles, you should increase you following distance. At crossings, you should slow down and be prepared to stop!


#25. At a circular green signal, left turning traffic:

A steady GREEN traffic light means you can go through the intersection if clear, after yielding or stopping for vehicles or pedestrians.

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The Rhode Island DMV Knowledge Test

Key numbers for your official knowledge exam in Rhode Island:

  Test questions:25
  Passing score:80%
  Correct answers:20
  Time limit:90 minutes
  Earliest retest if you fail:8 days

Rhode Island Permit Test - Photo by William Fortunato

What is the Rhode Island DMV Practice Test?

This RI DMV practice test is an unofficial prep test for your Rhode Island license permit or full driver’s license.

It has 25 practice question designed to help you study for and pass the real DMV exam in Rhode Island.

You should, however, be aware that this is not an official examination, you will not be eligible for a permit by passing this test. Licenseroute.com is not affiliated with Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Are the Practice Test Answers Correct?

Licenseroute.com always strives to have the latest and the correct information to help you pass your examination and become a knowledgeable driver.

Answers to all question are found in the Rhode Island Driver’s Manual. You should always start by getting a copy of this manual, either from the Cranston service center or from their website . Read the manual and keep it handy when you use the practice test. Using the manual and practice tests in parallel will always give you the best result.

Whenever you are in doubt of any of the answers of the test, look up the item in the Driver’s Manual.

Should our test answers have been outdated, which might happen when laws are changed, we appreciate if you let us know. Use the comment field below or contact us here

How Many Questions are on the Rhode Island DMV Test?

The DMV exam in Rhode Island has 25 questions about road signs, traffic signals, Rhode Island traffic laws, and safe driving practices. You need 20 correct answers to pass the examination, which is a passing score of 80%. This is the most common passing grade in United States.

You can miss no more than 5 questions on the test. If you do, the test will stop.

What Happens if I Fail the Test?

Should you fail the test on your first try, you must wait at least 8 days before DMV will allow you to try again. This is a longer than in most states and can be a bit frustrating, so prepare well for your examination.

It is i good idea to try to get a full score on some practice tests before you attempt the real examination.

Is the Rhode Island DMV Test Hard?

If you are under 18 years, you should make the most of your driver education which will prepare you for the test. Without the driver education, the test is considered to be very difficult, in part because of an over-complicated driver’s manual.

Very Hard - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

Again, prepare well for the test.

Is the Test Timed?

There is an allotted time of 90 minutes. Most test takers finish in 20 minutes or less.

Is the Test Available in Other Languages?

DMV will normally give to the test on a computer. This computerized test is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

The test is also available in printed format on paper in the following languages:

Farsi (Persian)
Haitian (Creole)

Remember, a test on paper in a foreign language must always be scheduled in advance so that DMV can prepare the test for you. You must always bring someone who can translate for you before and after the test. This person will not be allowed to help you during the test.

Can I take the Rhode Island DMV Test Online?

No, Rhode Island DMV does not offer the license exam online.

At What Age Can I Get the RI License Permit?

You must be at least 16 years to get a permit in Rhode Island.

If you are under 18 years, you must have completed the 33-hour driver education course certified by the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI).

The CCRI driver education course is designed for high school students who are at least 15 years and 10 months. Successful completion of this course earns a certificate that students must present to the DMV before taking a knowledge test and get a permit. Minors under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, licensed foster parent, or adult spouse who must sign the permit application.

At the moment, you can the education course online, but an online course does not include the knowledge test.

To take the test, you must visit DMV or take the test at an approved driving school.

What is Rhode Island Graduated Licensing Program?

The graduated licensing program in Rhode Island affects all new drivers under 18 years.

The purpose of the program is to ensure that new license holders have sufficient training and experience and to promote safe, responsible driving.

The program includes three steps towards a Rhode Island driver’s license:

  Level 1 – Limited instruction permit.
  Level 2 – Limited provisional license.
  Level 3 – Full operator’s license.

With a limited instruction permit, you may drive only when supervised by another driver who has held a license for at least five (5) years and is twenty-one (21) years of age or older. The supervising driver must be seated beside you in the front seat. All passengers must wear seat belts or be restrained by a child passenger restraint system.

Rhode Island DMV recommends you to practice driving with as many different supervising drivers as possible to gain as much experience as possible.

Before you can move on to level 2, the provisional license which allows you to drive on your own, you must hold your permit for at least six months and complete no less than 50 hours of driving practice.


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