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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. From which lane should you turn when making a left turn from a one-way street?

To turn left, be in the far-left lane for your direction of travel. You must give a proper turn signal at least 200 feet before turning. Always check your mirrors and blind spots at intersections. Before entering an intersection, make sure the intersection is clear before you proceed. Only one vehicle at a time may move into an intersection to turn left.

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#2. It is illegal to use a handheld cell phone for text messaging while driving:

If you have a probationary driver’s license you may not operate a motor vehicle while using a telecommunication device, such as a cell phone, unless the device is being used to make a 911 emergency call. A person with a standard license may not use a telecommunications device to type, transmit or read a text message or an electronic mail message while operating a moving motor vehicle unless the device is used in conjunction with hands free or voice operated technology, or unless the device is used to call 911 to report a bona fide emergency.

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#3. The risk of hydroplaning increases:

Chances of hydroplaning increases with speed and, at any point your tires may be in contact only with the oil, dirt and water. If this happens, there is no friction to brake, speed up, or turn, and a gust of wind, a change of road level, or a slight turn can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

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#4. What is the minimum amount your liability insurance must cover for bodily injury to or death of two or more persons in any one accident?

The state minimum insurance standard is:

  • $25,000 for bodily injury to, or the death of, one individual.
  • $50,000 for bodily injury to, or the death of, two or more people in any one accident.
  • $25,000 for property damages in any one accident.

This is commonly referred to as 25/50/25 liability insurance.

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#5. Worn or bald tires can:

Worn or bald tires can increase your stopping distance. Your car’s ability to grip the road in adverse conditions is greatly reduced.

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#6. In cold, wet weather the roadways on bridges and overpasses:

Always watch for icy conditions when there is snowfall on the ground. Be aware that moisture on ramps, bridges and overpasses may occasionally freeze before other sections of the driving roadway.

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#7. When entering an interstate highway or controlled-access highway, you should be driving:

Good judgment and timing are needed to merge smoothly with fast-moving traffic on highways. When you enter an interstate on-ramp, stay to the right and increase your speed in the acceleration lane to allow your car to merge with traffic when your path is clear.

Your speed should be the same speed as the highway traffic, without exceeding the speed limit.

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#8. When a law enforcement officer's command is different from a traffic sign or signal, you should:

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.

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#9. What do the light gray areas in the picture mark?

Areas near the left (or right) rear corner of your car are called blind spots because you cannot see them through the mirrors. When changing lanes, briefly turn your head towards the lane that you are entering to make sure that there is no vehicle in your blind spot and that there is sufficient room to move into the adjacent lane.

Because of their size, motorcycles and motor driven cycles can be hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot or missed in a quick shoulder check. Always check your mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.

Don’t linger in the blind spots on the sides and in the rear of large vehicles.

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#10. On a long trip, you are more likely to fall asleep behind the wheel and crash when you:

Avoid driving late at night, if possible, or driving at any time without enough sleep.

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#11. When you want to make a right turn at an intersection with a steady red light, you should:

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.

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#12. When a vehicle makes a turn, the front wheels take:

With any turning vehicle, the rear wheels follow a shorter path than the front wheels, and the longer the vehicle is, the greater the difference will be. Truck drivers often swing out as the first step in making a tight turn. When following a truck, watch its turn signals before trying to pass, especially to the right. If the truck appears to be moving to the left, wait a moment to check and see which way the driver is signaling and watch for a right turn.

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#13. Yellow or amber flashing lights near the top of a school bus mean:

School buses are equipped with both amber and red flashing lights. When the school bus driver activates the amber lights, he or she is warning other drivers that the bus is slowing and is going to load or unload children. Once the bus stops, the red lights and stop arm will be activated.

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#14. You want to overtake the vehicle ahead of you. Which pavement marking tells you that you are allowed to pass?

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.

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#15. If you are involved in a minor accident without injuries or death, you should:

If you are involved in an accident not resulting in injury or death, you should not obstruct traffic more than necessary. Move your vehicle off the roadway.

You must remain at the scene of the accident until you show you driver’s license, give your name and address, and the vehicle’s registration number to any person involved in the accident.

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#16. What is true about a designated center lane for left turns?

Busy roads on which there are many places a vehicle may make a left turn often have a center lane designated solely for the left-turning vehicles. Always be aware that vehicles traveling in the opposite direction may be entering the center lane to turn left in front of your vehicle. Never use this type of center lane for passing other vehicles.

Designated center lanes for left turns can usually be identified by a sign with alternate directional arrows that states CENTER LANE ONLY or with pavement arrows, although some center lanes do not have signs or pavement arrows.

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#17. When you get near a horse or horse-drawn vehicle, you should:

Approach a rider with caution and be alert for any hand signals used by a horseback rider or the driver of a horse-drawn vehicle. You must stop if a rider or driver signals you to do so. Do not use your horn.

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#18. 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.

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#19. If your car is equipped with an air bag on the passenger side, you should:

If a car is equipped with an air bag on the passenger side, the National Safety Council recommends putting children younger than 12 years old in the back seat.

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#20. What should you do when you see this sign?

Move or merge right. Flashing arrow boards are often used to indicate a detour or crossover. In these cases, lane markings on the road, traffic cones, barrels or barricades will outline the path a vehicle must follow.

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#21. Which is true about the right of way at a 4-way stop?

At four-way stops, the first vehicle to stop should move forward first. If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.

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#22. You observe an oncoming vehicle in your traffic lane. You should:

If a collision looks possible, turn away from oncoming traffic, even if it means leaving the road. Do not enter the oncoming traffic lane.

Drive, rather than skid, off the road, allowing for more control. Choose to hit something that will give way, such as brush or shrubs, rather than something hard.

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#23. What is true about giving a signal to other drivers?

You must give a proper turn signal at least 200 feet before turning or changing lanes. If the speed limit is 50 miles per hour or more, you must give a proper turn signal at least 300 feet before turning or changing lanes. When there is opportunity to signal, the law also requires you to signal before stopping or suddenly decreasing speed. Normally, you do that with your brake lights.

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#24. Drivers entering a roundabout:

Incoming traffic always yields to the circulating traffic.

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#25. When an emergency vehicle using flashing lights approaches from the other direction, you must

Ambulances and police vehicles, fire and rescue vehicles are permitted to display a red flashing light and drivers must obey the following rules:

  • Yield the right-of-way.
  • Immediately drive to a position parallel to and as close as possible to the right-hand edge or curb of the highway clear of any intersection.
  • Stop and remain in the position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.
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#26. What does a pedestrian hybrid beacon with steady red lights mean?

The pedestrian hybrid beacon is dark unless it has been activated by a pedestrian. Once activated by a pedestrian, the pedestrian hybrid beacon will display a flashing yellow light to allow drivers to clear the crossing. The flashing yellow will be followed by a steady yellow light to warn drivers that their right of way is ending. Then, two steady red lights will be displayed while the pedestrian crosses and then the two red lights will flash to allow drivers to proceed through if crossing is clear of pedestrians. The pedestrian hybrid beacon will then go dark until activated again by a pedestrian.

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#27. You are driving on a two-lane road and have started to pass the other car. If you see an intersection sign ahead, you should:

Do not pass another vehicle at intersections.

Driving on the left half of the roadway is prohibited when approaching within 100 feet of or passing through an intersection or railroad crossing.

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#28. When backing up or reversing your car:

Reversing is more difficult than driving forward because your field of vision is blocked by the vehicle itself, and it is more difficult to control your speed and direction. To reverse, turn your body to the right to look through the back window. Never use only the rearview mirror for reversing. Go slowly, watching carefully in all directions.

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#29. What can you do to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning?

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.
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    #30. You should never attempt to overtake a bicyclist:

    Be especially careful to look for bicyclists when you are preparing to make a turn. If you are turning right and a bicyclist is approaching on the right, let the bicyclist go through the intersection first before making a right turn. Always avoid turning across the path of a bicyclist.

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    #31. If red lights are flashing and gates are closing at a railroad crossing, you must:

    When a crossbuck is displayed with a stop sign, you must come to a complete stop and proceed over the tracks only after making certain that a train is not approaching.

    When there are active warning bells, flashing lights, or lights and gates, you must stop and not proceed until the active warning is cancelled or you are directed to proceed by a law enforcement officer or railroad flagman.

    You must also stop when an approaching train is plainly visible and is in hazardous proximity to the crossing.

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    #32. Why should you keep more space between your vehicle and others during hard rain?

    Slickness of pavement greatly affects a vehicle’s ability to stop.

    Do not turn on your high beams in a hard rain, always use low beams.

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    #33. When driving in fog, the road and objects ahead are better illuminated by:

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

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    #34. You can park and leave your car:

    Do not park beside another vehicle (double parking), in front of any driveway, or on a crosswalk.

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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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