Rhode Island DMV Knowledge Test Practice – License & Permit



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#1. When making a left turn from the lane closest to the center on a street with more than one lane marked for left turns, you should:

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.


#2. This sign means:

Lane use control signs are used where turns are required or where special turning movements are permitted for specific lanes. Traffic in the lane must turn in the direction of the arrow.


#3. Bicyclists must ride:

Bicyclists must ride in the same direction as other vehicles.

Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standard vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction except where official traffic control devises (signs or pavement markings) specifically direct bicyclists to do otherwise.


#4. If your vehicle has an antilock braking system and the brake pedal pulsates when you use the brake, you should:

You might feel the brake pedal pushing back when the ABS is working. The ABS system will only work with the brake pedal pushed down. Do not let up on the brake pedal.


#5. Road marking with a white diamond means:

Lanes marked with a diamond symbol are known as carpool or high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.


#6. When following a large truck that blocks your view ahead, you should:

Allow extra space when following large vehicles that block your view ahead. The extra space allows you to see around the vehicle and allows the other driver to see you.


#7. When can you drive at the maximum speed indicated by a speed limit sign?

The speed limit sign shows the maximum speed for ideal conditions.


#8. How do safety belts help you as a driver?

Properly worn safety belts can save lives. Lap and shoulder belts working together reduce the risk of death and serious injury by almost 50%. Safety belts will keep you from hitting the steering wheel, dashboard, or other objects in your vehicle. Belts will also keep you inside your vehicle, which is really your only protection in a violent crash. Every person occupying the vehicle must be properly fastened by a seat belt or child restraint system.


#9. Parking in an intersection is legal and allowed:

Never park in an intersection. It is always illegal.


#10. This sign means:

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.


#11. 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.


#12. 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.


#13. To avoid glare from high-beam headlights of an approaching car:

To avoid being temporarily blinded by approaching headlights, glance at the right edge of the roadway until the bright lights have gone by and your vision has returned to normal. Motorists who stare into oncoming vehicles headlights or rear-view mirror light will experience temporary blindness as their body regains sight from the glare.


#14. Drinking a small amount of alcohol:

If you drink, even just a little, your chances of a collision are seven (7) times greater than if you do not drink.


#15. On a freeway, the middle lane is for:

The far-left lane is for passing other vehicles. Trucks, busses, and other special vehicles are prohibited from traveling in this lane. The middle lane(s) is (are) for through traffic. The right lane is for slower moving traffic and for motorists entering and exiting the freeway.


#16. If your accelerator pedal sticks and you cannot jar it free, you should:

If your accelerator pedal sticks to the floor or your engine races out of control:

  1. Kick the side of the accelerator once to try to jar it free.
  2. Shift the car to NEUTRAL at the same time you apply the brake.
  3. Choose an escape path that leads to an open zone off the roadway. Continue braking.
  4. If you are steering into a sharp curve or turn, shift to NEUTRAL immediately. Depress the clutch in a stick shift vehicle. The engine will race, but power is removed from the drive wheels. You might damage the engine or transmission in an automatic transmission, but you may avoid a collision.
  5. Follow your escape path off the roadway.
  6. Turn off the ignition once you are off the roadway.

#17. What does this sign mean?

This sign tells you that you are approaching a bridge wide enough to accommodate two lanes of traffic, but with very little clearance.


#18. When a traffic signal is showing a flashing red light, you must:

When nearing a flashing red traffic light, you must make a full stop and yield the right-of-way to all vehicles on your right and left. Treat the flashing red signal as a stop sign.


#19. What happens if the power-steering system fails?

Steering will be harder when power is lost by engine failure. Try to start the engine.


#20. This sign means:

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


#21. If you are drowsy at the wheel:

Most of us believe we can control when we fall asleep. But the reality is, sleep is not voluntary. There is no guarantee that you will recognize when you are becoming tired behind the wheel. One half of drivers who crashed after falling asleep did not detect any signs of drowsiness before the crash.


#22. If a school bus with flashing red lights has stopped on your 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.


#23. If you are involved in a collision, you must give your name and address to:

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.

#24. What does this sign mean?

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


#25. If you see a pedestrian with a white cane attempting to cross the street, 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.

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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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