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  Number of questions on each practice test: Indiana Road Rules: 34
  Question pool: 500+
  The test is randomized and not an official test



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#1. When driving in fog, you should turn on:

Do not use high headlight beams when driving in fog, snow or heavy rain. Low headlight beams better illuminate the road and objects ahead.


#2. True or false? Before entering a roundabout you must always stop.

A roundabout allows you to continue through without stopping at a stop sign or a traffic signal. The roundabout is typically controlled with yield signs.


#3. Trying to beat a tractor-trailer to a single-lane construction zone is particularly dangerous because:

Do not cut off a tractor-trailer in traffic or on the highway to reach an exit or turn. Cutting into the open space in front of a tractor-trailer removes the tractor-trailer driver’s cushion of safety. Trying to beat a tractor-trailer to a single-lane construction zone creates a particularly dangerous situation. Take a moment to slow down and exit behind a tractor-trailer. It will only take you a few extra seconds and will greatly reduce the risk of an accident.


#4. Why is it important not to drive with a defective muffler or exhaust system?

Carbon monoxide gas from a vehicle engine can harm or kill you or your passengers. Carbon monoxide is most likely to leak into a vehicle when its heater is running, when the exhaust system is not working properly, or in heavy traffic where exhaust fumes are breathed from other vehicles.

How to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Have your vehicle’s exhaust system checked regularly.
  • Be alert for any unusual roar from under the car.
  • Never let your vehicle’s engine run in a closed garage.
  • In congested traffic, close the fresh-air vent.
  • On highways in cold weather, open the fresh-air vent.

#5. If you are involved in an accident, you must show your driver license to:

You must show your driver’s license to any person involved in the accident or occupant of or any person attending to any vehicle involved in the accident.


#6. When you approach traffic signal with a steady red light:

A steady red light means stop. Do not go until the light turns green. You may turn right through an intersection with a red light, when permissible. You must come to a full stop, check to make sure that there are no vehicles and pedestrians in the path of your turn or about to enter the path of your turn. Check that there is not a No Turn on Red sign and use the correct lane. You may also turn left through an intersection with a red light if you are turning from a one-way street onto a one-way street.


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

With a flat tire or blowout, you should hold the steering wheel firmly and keep the car going straight. Slow down gradually. Take your foot off the gas pedal, but do not apply the brakes. Let the car slow down, pull off the road and then apply the brakes when the car is almost stopped.


#8. When approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with flashing lights and it is unsafe to move over and change lanes, you should:

When you see a stationary emergency vehicle with flashing lights, you must slow down and move into a lane that is not adjacent to the emergency vehicle, if it is possible to do so safely. If it is not possible to do so safely, you must slow down and proceed with caution.


#9. When you drive in winter weather, why should you drive with a full tank of gas?

Drive with a full tank of gas so that if stranded, the heater can remain in use for as long as possible.


#10. What should you do when following a motorcycle on gravel roads?

Leave extra space between your vehicle and a motorcycle in front of you. Allow at least three or four seconds when following a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.


#11. What are sharrows?

Sharrows or sharrow markings are pavement markings of a bike with two arrows above it. They are intended to help bicyclists position themselves away from parked cars and to alert other road users to expect bicyclists to occupy travel lanes.


#12. When a stop line is present at a stop sign, you must stop:

If you are approaching a red light or a stop sign, you must stop at the solid white stop line. If there is no stop line, you should come to a complete stop perpendicular to the stop sign or before entering the crosswalk on your side of the intersection. If there is no crosswalk, you should come to a complete stop before entering the intersection.


#13. When driving in the right lane of an interstate highway you should:

The right lane should remain open for traffic entering and leaving the highway as much as possible. Drivers already on the interstate should make allowances for those entering. However, drivers entering an interstate must yield the right of way to vehicles on the interstate.


#14. When a doctor prescribes drugs, which are likely to affect your driving, you should:

Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol or ride with anyone who is under the influence. Even some over-the-counter drugs can make you drowsy.


#15. Which is always a safe speed on two-lane highways?

No speed is safe in all situations.

Remember, speed limits are posted for ideal conditions. Reduce speed in dangerous conditions. Driving at the posted speed limit during the following roadway conditions is dangerous:

  • Bad weather and poor visibility.
  • Slick or icy roads.
  • Driving with worn tires.
  • Unsafe vehicle conditions.
  • Impaired physical condition.
  • Hazardous conditions on road surface.

#16. What should you do if your brakes fail and you cannot get them to work?

When brakes fail do not panic. Ease off the gas pedal. With conventional brakes, pump the brake pedal fast and hard several times. This may build up enough brake pressure to stop your vehicle. If possible, shift to a low gear. With your vehicle in a low gear, begin looking for a place to stop off the roadway. Use the parking brake, but hold the brake release so it can be released to avoid skidding if the rear wheels lock.


#17. When driving on wet winter roads, you should:

Be aware that moisture on ramps, bridges and overpasses may occasionally freeze before other sections of the driving roadway.


#18. What should you do when you see this board?

There is a work area ahead. Drive with extra caution.

A flashing arrow board not indicating a direction either way is a signal to use caution.


#19. When a traffic signal is showing a steady green arrow, you:

If you are facing a green arrow, you may turn through an intersection, as long as the intersection is clear. Drivers who are not facing a green arrow or a green signal must stop. This is known as a protected turn.

The green arrow does not mean that all other traffic is stopped by a red light.


#20. After a train has passed at a railroad crossing with more than one track, you should:

Where there is more than one track, a driver waiting for the track to clear must make sure another train is not coming on the other track once the first train has cleared. Be careful that a train is not proceeding in the opposite direction behind the first train.


#21. When passing another vehicle, it is a good idea to:

Drive where your car can be seen. Do not drive in another driver’s blind spot. When passing another vehicle, move into the passing lane, accelerate and continue to move forward until you can see the vehicle that you are passing in your rearview mirror.


#22. The driver in front of you signals (left arm extended horizontally out of open window):

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

The safest type of signal is using the lighted signals used in most vehicles. If, however, one or more of these signals is malfunctioning, you may use hand signals.


#23. When a pedestrian crosses at an uncontrolled intersection, you should:

Follow these rules and guidelines when pedestrians are in the vicinity:

  • Always yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.
  • Do not make a turn that causes a pedestrian to stop, slow down or make some other special effort to avoid a collision.
  • If children are in the vicinity, take special care, because children are not fully aware of the dangers of traffic.
  • Be respectful of others who have difficulty in crossing streets, such as elderly persons or persons with a visual disability.

#24. You are more likely to get tired on a long trip if you:

Drivers are more likely to be tired while driving at night and may have a higher risk for accidents. Avoid driving late at night, if possible, or driving at any time without enough sleep.


#25. A police officer is directing you to drive against a red light. What should you do?

A law enforcement officer may direct traffic at an intersection or elsewhere. The officer’s command may be different from a traffic signal or sign. In such a case, the law enforcement officer’s command is the one that must be obeyed.

According to Indiana code 9-21-8-49, anyone who does not follow the traffic directions given by a police officer, flagman or school crossing guard has committed a class C misdemeanor.


#26. You are driving on a one-way street. You may turn left onto another one-way street only if:

To turn left, be in the far-left lane for your direction of travel. Do not turn against traffic.


#27. A yellow unbroken line on the right-hand side of the centerline means:

Yellow lane markings separate multiple lanes of traffic going in opposite directions. You may cross a broken yellow line to pass another vehicle when it is safe, but you must not cross a solid yellow line except to turn.

Remember, it is dangerous and illegal to try to pass other vehicles when a solid yellow line is marked on the driver’s side of the center line of the road.


#28. Which traffic is required to stop if a school bus makes a passenger stop in the far-right lane on a four-lane street without a barrier between lanes?

You must stop when you approach a school bus with flashing red lights activated and stop arm extended.

If you are driving on a highway that is divided by a barrier or unimproved median, you are required to stop only if you are traveling in the same direction as the school bus.


#29. You are driving in a lane next to a bicycle lane. You want to make a right turn at the upcoming intersection. You:

Do not move into a bicycle path or lane in preparation for a turn.

Cross a bicycle path or lane only when turning or when entering or leaving an alley, driveway or private road.


#30. When passing a bicyclist, you must:

Drivers may pass a bicyclist when there is a safe amount of room beside the bicyclist (three-foot minimum) and when there is no danger from oncoming traffic. Drivers must yield the right of way to a bicyclist just as they would to another vehicle.


#31. Parking on the roadside beside another parked vehicle (double parking):

You may not park your vehicle in a traffic lane next to a row of parked vehicles (double parking).


#32. Seat belts must be used by:

Indiana law requires a driver and all passengers to use seat belts at all times when a vehicle is in operation.


#33. If you are traveling in the left lane on a multi-lane road and someone comes up behind you at a faster speed, you should:

Do not tie up traffic in the left lane. On the highway, slower vehicles should use the right lane. Leave the left-hand lane for faster moving or passing vehicles.


#34. To obtain a learner's permit you must be at least:

You must be at least 15 years of age and show proof of your enrollment in a BMV-approved driver education program by presenting the Certificate of Driver Education Enrollment form from the school dated no earlier than three weeks prior to the start of class. The online course certificate of completion is not an acceptable document.

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Facts about the Indiana BMV Knowledge Examination

BMV Knowledge Test for Learner’s Permit and Driver’s License
  Number of questions on exam: Traffic signs: 16 questions
Traffic laws and safe driving: 34 questions
Total: 50 questions
  Passing score: 84 percent
  Correct answers to pass: Traffic signs: 14 correct answers
Traffic laws and safe driving: 28 correct answers
  Allotted time to complete test: 45 minutes (must start 1 hour before closing)
  Wait time before retest: 1 day

The Two-Part BMV Permit Practice

The driver’s exam in Indiana has a two-part written test with 16 signs questions and 34 multiple-choice questions about road rules.

This Indiana sample test focuses on the road rules part. It has 34 questions randomly picked from a large database.

After each test question, you will see the correct answer. If you missed the question, there is also a short explanation. At the end of the test, you will see your score.

You can find the answers to all test questions in the latest version of the Indiana Driver’s Manual.

The total passing score in Indiana is 84 percent (slightly higher on the road signs sequence and lower on the road rules sequence).

When studying for your real examination, you should try to reach a score close to 100% on each sample test. It gives you a safe margin when you attempt the real thing.

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Your Way to Success

Visit your nearest Indiana BMV office or go online to get the latest version of the Driver’s Manual.

You need to review and understand the contents of this booklet, including road signs, signals, safe driving, Indiana traffic rules and laws.

When you take a practice test, make sure you have the manual handy. Look up information in the manual to speed up your learning. Discuss tricky questions with a friend or a parent. Putting words to things you don’t understand will also help your learning process.

Read more: How to Ace the Test.

Who Must Take the Indiana Knowledge Exam?

You must pass the Indiana the written knowledge test when you:

  • Apply for a learner’s permit
  • Become a new Indiana resident and hold an out-of-country driver’s license
  • Let your driver’s license expire for more than 180 days
  • Have six or more active points on your driving record and want to renew your driver’s license

Note that holders of a valid out-of-state driver’s license are no longer required to pass the knowledge test. Just like many other states, the tests are waived if you hold a valid license from another state.

What You Must Know about the Indiana Knowledge Test

The Official BMV written knowledge test is based on information contained in the driver’s manual. The purpose of the test is to make sure you have read the manual and have a good understanding of traffic laws and safe driving practices.

Read more: Test Tips Before You Take the BMV Test

You must arrive at a licensing branch at least one hour before the branch closes, otherwise you will not be allowed to take the test.

If you fail the test you must wait until the next business day before you can take it again.

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Indiana Knowledge Test – FAQ

There are 50 multiple choice questions on the Indiana knowledge test. 16 questions are about common road signs and the other 34 questions deal with safe driving techniques. You need 14 correct answers on the road sign part and 28 correct answers on the second part.

The Indiana BMV test is generally considered medium hard. Failure rate is estimated to 30%.

The Indiana knowledge test is offered on a walk-in basis. No appointment is needed unless you need assistance when taking the test. Appointments for applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can be made by a branch manager or by calling the BMV’s Contact Center.

You are expected to finish your test within 45 minutes, but there is no official time limit.

If you fail the knowledge exam you must wait until the next business day before taking the test again.

The Indiana knowledge test is available in: Arabic. Burmese, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

By preparing 3 or 4 weeks ahead of the real test, you have a better chance of passing the first time. Read the manual at least twice. Take many practice tests and discuss traffic rules with friends and family.

Apply for a Permit – Get Your Documents Ready

Remember, when you apply for a learner’s permit or driver’s license you must get your documents ready. BMV will ask for:

 Proof of your identity

The most common documents you can use to prove your identity include: an original U.S. birth certificate, unexpired United States passport, and foreign passport with a visa and I-94 form (checkout this list with approved documents).

 Social Security Number

It is best to bring your Social Security card. But you can also show a W-2 form or a pay stub with your name and Social Security number on it.

 Legal Presence

Usually, your U.S. birth certificate or unexpired passport also show your legal status, but if you are born abroad or hold a foreign passport, you must show proof of legal presence – like an unexpired visa.

 Two Docs Proving Indiana Residency

The easiest way of proving residency is to get a statement from your bank/credit card company and a utility bill that has your name and address on it. Pay stubs are also a common way of proving your Indiana residency. All documents should be issued within 60 days of the date you visit a BMV branch.

If you do not have two original documents proving your Indiana residency, you may instead submit an Indiana Residency Affidavit. The affidavit must be signed by an individual who is at least 18 years of age and with whom you reside. The individual signing an Indiana Residency Affidavit must present his or her unexpired Indiana driver’s license or identification card, one document proving identity, and two documents proving their Indiana residency.

What is a Learner’s Permit?

The Learner’s Permit allows you to practice driving before you get a full driver’s license.

BMV may issue a learner’s permit if you are at least 15 years old and enrolled in an approved behind-the-wheel training course.

To get a learner’s permit without enrolling in or completing a driver’s education course, you must be 16 years of age or older.

With a learner’s permit you must always drive under supervision of a licensed driver. The supervising driver must meet certain requirements. For details, please visit the BMV website.

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