Rhode Island DMV Knowledge Test Practice – License & Permit



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#1. The driver ahead signals:

Right turn – left arm extended, with elbow bent upward, at about a 90-degree angle.


#2. What does this sign mean?

T Intersection Ahead. The road you are traveling does not continue. You must turn either right or left. Slow down and prepare to yield or stop .


#3. If you have a tire blowout while driving, you should:

If you experience tire failure, your task is to drive to safety:

  1. Grip the steering wheel firmly with two (2) hands.
  2. Ease up on the accelerator to slow the vehicle. Do not brake. Braking can cause the vehicle to swerve. Let the vehicle slow gradually.
  3. Check the traffic situation as you gain control of the vehicle.
  4. Drive off the roadway slowly, braking gently.
  5. Turn on hazard flashers. Drive slowly to a location where you can stop safely.

Remember, keep the vehicle going straight until you have full control.


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

Always finish your turn in the proper lane.

When the road is clear, make your turn at the proper speed and keep to the right of the center of the roadway. After turning into a four-lane road, keep driving in the center lane until you can change to the right lane without getting in the way of other vehicles.


#5. You must always stop at a railroad crossing when:

Stop if you cannot cross and completely clear the tracks. Never stop on the tracks. Remember that a train cannot stop quickly or swerve out of the way. If you are on the tracks, you risk injury or death.


#6. If your vehicle plunges into water, the best escape route is:

Should your vehicle drive into water or become stalled in a rain-swelled roadway:

  1. Take off your seat belt and attempt to flee through a window.
  2. If your vehicle is equipped with power windows, open the window before the water causes a loss in power.
  3. Avoid opening your door as water will fill the inside of your vehicle and could cause your vehicle to flip onto the roof.
  4. Should your vehicle sink before you are able to get out, climb into the rear seat. The weight of the engine will cause the vehicle to sink nose first. Therefore, a pocket of air may remain in the rear of your vehicle. As the vehicle settles, take a deep breath, and climb out a window.

#7. This sign means:

Trucks are not allowed on the roadway.

Remember, a red outline with a diagonal bar through it always means NO.


#8. You should drive slower at night because:

Your driving speed needs to be lower at night than it is in the daytime because you cannot see as far ahead at night.


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

One of the most important caution signs is the stop ahead sign. It is placed far ahead of a stop sign when the driver’s view of the stop sign is blocked by a curve or other objects.


#10. 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.


#11. The three-second rule is a way for you to determine:

The easiest way to tell if you are a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you is the three-second-following-distance or the three-second rule. If the roadway is wet or slippery, you will need additional distance (seconds).


#12. This sign tells you that:

Hospital is a word message sign or an H symbol sign. General service signs like this are accompanied with a directional message if used at intersections.


#13. When stopped by law enforcement, it is important that you:

Keep your hands on the steering wheel. Do nothing until you are told to do so by the officer. You are not allowed to exit your vehicle unless asked to do so by the officer.


#14. When driving near a pedestrian who is carrying a white cane and using a guide dog, you must:

When a pedestrian using a white cane or a guide dog is crossing or attempting to cross the street ahead of you, you must bring your vehicle to a complete stop before arriving at the intersection and yield the right-of-way to the pedestrian. Pedestrians who are blind or have low vision use the sound of traffic (including your engine) as a guide in determining when it is safe to cross a street, so never assume they will expect you to make a right turn on a red light at an intersection after stopping. Always be alert for pedestrians who are blind or have low vision, particularly if you are driving an electric or hybrid vehicle that is quieter than most other vehicles on the road.


#15. What is distracted driving?

Distraction results when a situation, event or person draws a driver’s focus away from driving.


#16. Signals and directions from a flag person in a work zone:

Flaggers or police officers use hand signals or signs to instruct motorists to slow down or stop, as required. Flaggers have the legal authority to control traffic.


#17. It is against the law to cross a double solid yellow center line:

Solid yellow lines prohibit passing but may be crossed to make a left turn to or from an alley, private road, driveway, or street.

This question asked when you are not allowed to cross solid yellow lines.


#18. When you park on a hill headed downhill 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.


#19. As you approach the crest of a hill where your view is blocked, you should:

Passing on a hill, curve, railroad crossing, at an intersection, where signs prohibit, over solid lines, entering a tunnel or bridge, or over the posted speed limit is dangerous and may be the last mistake you make.


#20. If you are going on a very long trip, it is a good idea to plan a rest stop every:

On long trips, stopping periodically can temporarily offset fatigue. You should be able to drive a reasonable distance without difficulty if you stop for at least 10 minutes every two hours or every 100 miles and make regular stops for fuel, food, and restrooms. The problem with long-distance driving is that many people do not know, or choose to ignore, how much driving is too much. There is no rule to say how far you should drive at any given time, but no destination is worth gambling with your life. Do not overextend yourself. Determine a reasonable distance in advance and stop driving when you reach it.


#21. The alcohol concentration in your blood will be reduced only by:

After drinking, there is nothing that will reduce the effects of alcohol except time. Coffee, food, fresh air, or exercise might wake an intoxicated person up, but it will not sober them up. Alcohol is burned up by the liver at a set rate and eliminated through the kidneys and lungs.


#22. Traffic facing a steady red signal may turn right:

Except when a sign is placed prohibiting a right turn on red, vehicles may turn right on a steady red light after the driver has stopped completely and yielded the right-of-way to pedestrians and other vehicles.


#23. The following are true about large trucks, except:

It is not true that the driver of a large truck can see the road better.

Trucks are less maneuverable than vehicles and also come with far bigger blind spots. Large vehicles also take longer to stop. Always be aware of your position to a semi-trailer in city driving as these large vehicles make wide turns.


#24. To quickly stop your vehicle, three things must happen. You must:

To stop your vehicle, three (3) things must happen. You must perceive (recognize) the danger and the need to stop. Your brain must react to the hazard and tell your foot to step on the brake. Your foot must move to the brake pedal and operate the brake (braking).


#25. Once you have entered 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.
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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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