Rhode Island DMV Knowledge Test Practice – License & Permit



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#1. When you see this sign, you should be especially aware of:

Playground area. Presence of children require caution.


#2. Before you make a left turn, you should:

When waiting to turn left, do not turn your wheels in your intended path of travel until you are clear to make your turn.


#3. When driving in fog, you should:

In fog, rain, or snow, use your low beams. Light from your high beams may cause glare and make it more difficult to see ahead.


#4. What is the best thing to do if you start to feel tired while driving?

Remember, resting is by far the most effective way to counter drowsiness. The following actions will not help prevent drowsiness longer than just a few minutes:

  • Trying to tough it out.
  • Playing the radio at high volume.
  • Driving at a faster or slower speed.
  • Chewing gum.
  • Opening the windows.

#5. Which is one factor that greatly affects your stopping distance?

Perception and braking distance will vary depending on weather conditions, like rain, fog, or snow and the conditions of the road.


#6. If two drivers arrive at an uncontrolled intersection, which one should be given the right-of-way?

Intersections without signs or signals are known as uncontrolled intersections. When approaching uncontrolled intersections, motorists must treat the intersection as if there were a yield sign present. In the absence of signs or signals, when two (2) vehicles approach or enter an intersection from different highways or streets at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left must yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right.


#7. What does this sign mean?

This is a regulatory No Right Turn sign. It means that you are not allowed to turn right at the intersection.


#8. If a school bus with flashing red lights has stopped on the other side of an undivided highway with two lanes, you must:

If red lights are flashing on the school bus, the law requires that motorists approaching from either direction come to a full stop and remain stopped until the red lights no longer flash. Motorists do not have to stop when the bus is opposite your vehicle on a divided highway. A divided highway is any roadway with a Jersey barrier, grass, guardrail, trees, water, etc. between the lanes of travel in opposite directions. There is also no need to stop your vehicle if a school bus is in a loading zone.


#9. 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.


#10. You approach this road sign. What should you do?

Pedestrian Crossing. Yield to pedestrians walking in the crosswalk. Slow Down.


#11. 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.


#12. When you accidently run off the pavement, you can lose control of the vehicle if you:

If you have driven off the pavement:

  • Hold the steering wheel firmly on the top half with both hands.
  • Let up on the accelerator.
  • Brake gently 5-10 mph. Avoid hard braking.
  • Position your vehicle so it straddles the roadway edge.
  • Check for traffic. Signal, check your blind spot, and return to the roadway.

#13. Using the right shoulder to pass another vehicle is:

A driver may pass on the right of another vehicle only as follows:

  • When the motor vehicle ahead is making or about to make a left turn.
  • On a street or highway that is wide enough for two or more lanes of traffic with no obstructions and not occupied by parked vehicles.
  • On a one-way street or roadway wide enough for two or more lanes of traffic and free of obstructions or parked vehicles.

Under no conditions can you drive off the pavement or main traveled portion of the road to pass a motor vehicle.


#14. Proof of financial responsibility is needed:

All persons driving on public roads must carry motor vehicle liability insurance. When you obtain or renew your vehicle registration, you must sign a statement that you have liability insurance on your vehicle and will keep this insurance for the full registration period. Proof of insurance ($500 fine for failure to comply) must be carried in your vehicle along with the registration at all times. You must also certify upon obtaining or renewing your license that you understand that you must carry proof of insurance when you drive a motor vehicle in the State of Rhode Island.


#15. A penny test is an easy way of checking what?

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. If you drive with a defective muffler or exhaust system:

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.


#17. The best way to avoid last minute moves when driving is to:

To be a good driver, you must know what is happening around your vehicle. You must look ahead, to the sides, and behind your vehicle. This means, you should check your rearview mirrors frequently.


#18. Which light indicates that you may make an unprotected turn (oncoming traffic has a green light)?

Flashing yellow arrows are sometimes used for left-hand turns. When a flashing yellow arrow is displayed, you may proceed with turning in the direction of the arrow only after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. Oncoming traffic has a steady green light.


#19. 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!


#20. In general, 1.5 ounces of 80 proof liquor (one shot) contains the same amount of alcohol as:

A 12-ounce container of beer, a 4-to-5-ounce glass of wine and a 1 to 1 1/2 ounce shot of hard liquor have about the same amount of alcohol.


#21. Always turn your front wheels away from the curb when you are parked on a grade and facing:

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.


#22. You should always be alert to the presence of motorcyclists and be extra cautious, because:

Because of its small size, a motorcycle is harder to see in traffic, seems to be moving faster than it really is, and may look farther away than it is. Remember that a motorcyclist can be easily hidden by objects inside or outside a car. Take an extra moment to thoroughly check traffic, whether you are changing lanes or turning at intersections.


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

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.


#24. What does this sign mean?

Side Road Ahead. Another road enters the road from the direction shown on the sign. Watch out for traffic entering from the side road and oncoming traffic turning.


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

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.

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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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