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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. If you are involved in a traffic accident where someone is injured, you must always:

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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#2. If your vehicle runs off the roadway and plunges into water:

If your car plunges into water, unfasten your safety belt and escape through a window. Do not attempt to open a door. The weight of the water will make it nearly impossible to open a door and water will flood the passenger compartment through an open door.

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#3. If you are having trouble remembering driving the last few minutes, it is most likely a sign of:

Signs of fatigue include:

  • Trouble focusing your vision.
  • Having no memory of the last few minutes of your drive.
  • Beginning to drift out of your lane.
  • Failing to maintain a constant speed.
  • Head nodding and feeling as though you are about to fall asleep.
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#4. Backing up always requires extra caution because:

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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#5. The blind spot in front of a tractor-trailer may stretch up to:

Blind spots for the tractor-trailer driver will be up to 20 feet in front of the cab, on either side of the trailer, alongside the cab and up to 200 feet behind the vehicle.

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#6. What is true about Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)?

If your vehicle has an anti-lock brake system (ABS), keep your foot on the brake pedal, maintaining firm and continuous pressure while steering normally. Do not pump the brakes. A mechanical sound or noise and vibration or increased resistance in the brake pedal indicates your ABS is working.

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#7. When a traffic signal is showing a flashing yellow light, you must:

A yellow flashing light at an intersection means that you should slow down and use caution when traveling through the intersection. Cross-traffic is required to yield the right-of-way to you. However, you should watch for other vehicles or pedestrians attempting to cross the intersection.

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#8. Crossing a double solid yellow line on your left is:

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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#9. As fog can greatly reduce visibility of other vehicles, pedestrians and traffic signal, you should:

Fog can greatly reduce your visibility of other vehicles, pedestrians and traffic signals. Drive cautiously and at reduced speeds. 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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#10. Unless otherwise posted, the maximum speed limit on a rural interstate highway is:

Rural interstate highways are located outside urban areas with a population of at least 50,000 people. Unless posted otherwise, passenger vehicles may not exceed 70 mph.

Note the difference between interstate highways and state divided highways.

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#11. To prevent skidding on slippery surfaces, you should:

Adjust speed to road conditions. Slow down as you approach curves and intersections. Avoid fast turns and quick stops. Sudden turns, lane changes or hard braking can cause a vehicle to skid .

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#12. If you need to turn around on an interstate highway, you should:

It is illegal for any vehicle, other than an emergency vehicle or a highway maintenance vehicle, to make a U-turn by crossing the median or crossover of an interstate highway.

If you miss an exit, you must drive to the next exit.

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#13. 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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#14. Every passenger vehicle must have:

Each passenger vehicle must red stop lights (brake lights) in the rear.

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#15. When driving in a roundabout, drivers should:

Drivers should not change lanes in the circulatory roadway. Signs, pavement markings or both are provided to guide drivers to the proper lane in advance of the circulatory roadway.

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#16. If you obtain a learner's permit when you are younger than 16 years of age, you may not drive:

A learner’s permit does not allow you to drive alone. You may drive only when you are accompanied by a certified driving instructor in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with dual brake controls, or when a parent, step-parent or guardian who has their valid driver’s license with them is seated in your vehicle’s passenger seat.

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#17. A pedestrian hybrid beacon signal is showing a flashing yellow light. What will the next signal be?

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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#18. If you were parking your car next to the curb here, which way should you turn your wheels?

When you park facing downhill, turn your vehicle’s wheels toward the curb. When you park facing uphill, turn your vehicle’s wheels away from the curb. If there is no curb, turn your vehicle’s wheels away from the street.

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#19. 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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#20. What does a two-to-three second rule mean?

A good rule for drivers to follow is to stay at least two to three seconds behind the vehicle ahead. When following a vehicle, watch for the vehicle ahead to pass a fixed object and estimate how much time elapses before you pass the same object.

The two-to-three-second rule is a minimum safe distance when road conditions are clear and dry.

Allow at least three or four seconds when following a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.

When following behind a tractor-trailer, if you cannot see the tractor-trailer driver’s rearview mirrors, the tractor-trailer driver cannot see you. Tailgating a tractor-trailer is dangerous.

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#21. Why is it dangerous to start your vehicle, or warm up the engine, in a closed garage?

Carbon monoxide gas from a vehicle engine can harm or kill you or your passengers. Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by never letting your vehicle’s engine run in a closed garage.

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#22. You are crossing an intersection. An emergency vehicle with activated lights and sirens approaches from behind. What should you do?

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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#23. You approach a school bus from behind. It displays amber flashing lights at the top. You must:

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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#24. 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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#25. If it appears that your car will hit something, there are three things you can do:

Despite safe driving, emergencies do arise. If it appears that a car will hit something, there are three things you can do, depending on the situation:

  • Stop quickly
  • Turn quickly. If you feel you cannot stop in time, turn your vehicle away from the potential collision
  • Speed up. Accelerating may be the best or only way to avoid a collision.
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#26. What is the safest and easiest way to find out if a railroad crossing has more than one track?

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.

If more than one track, the numbers of tracks are displayed on a sign below the crossbuck.

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#27. After passing a car and before returning to your lane, you should:

Continue to move forward until you can see the vehicle that you are passing in your rearview mirror. Before returning to the lane in which you were originally driving, use the appropriate turn signal.

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#28. The best way to reduce the chance of injury or death in a crash is to:

Wearing a seat belt is the best way to reduce the chance of injury or death in a crash – and it is the law.

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#29. Driving around traffic barricades or past road closed signs is allowed:

Do not drive around traffic barricades or past road closed signs.

It is not legal to enter a road that is officially closed due to hazardous conditions.

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#30. This flag person signals that you must:

This person signals that you may proceed slowly.

Remember, you must know and obey signals a flag person will use.

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#31. During a rainfall, when are road surfaces usually most slick?

Many road pavements are the most slippery when it first starts to rain or snow because oil and dust have not yet washed away. Slow down at the first sign of rain, drizzle, or snow on the road. Turn on your windshield wipers, headlights, and defroster.

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#32. The driver in front of you signals (left arm extended downward, with palm of hand to the rear):

Slowing or stop – left arm extended downward, with palm of hand to the rear.

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.

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#33. If you refuse to submit to a certified chemical test:

If a judge finds that probable cause exists, such that a person operated a vehicle while intoxicated, he or she may face a suspension of driving privileges. A motorist who refuses to submit to a chemical test will face a suspension of driving privileges for up to two years. In addition to a probable cause suspension, a court may suspend a person’s driving privileges following a conviction for operating while intoxicated.

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#34. Which pavement marking separates lanes with traffic going in the same direction?

White lane markings separate multiple lanes of traffic going in the same direction. Most roads with more than two lanes have broken white lines to separate then lanes. You may cross a broken white line when it is safe to change lanes, but you should not cross a solid white line.

A single solid white line means that changing lanes is discouraged. Double solid white lines mean that changing lane is prohibited.

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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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