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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. You must always come to a complete stop:

Before entering a street from an alley or driveway, you should stop and yield the right of way to other vehicles. In a business or residence district, you must stop before a crosswalk, and yield to pedestrians and traffic.


#2. As long as you are under 21 years of age, your Indiana driver's license is considered:

If you are younger than 21 years of age when you obtain a driver’s license, your driver’s license is considered probationary until you turn 21 years of age.


#3. What is an important reason for increasing the distance between your car and a large vehicle ahead?

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. Increase your following distance. By following too closely, you are losing the safety cushion you need if the vehicle in front of you stops short.


#4. A center lane with yellow pavement markings on both sides is:

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.


#5. What does a solid yellow line on a two-lane road indicate?

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.


#6. A police officer is directing traffic at an intersection. You have a green light, but the officer signals you to stop. 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.


#7. This hand signal means:

Right turn – left arm extended, with elbow bent upward, at about a 90-degree angle.


#8. Which is a primary factor affecting your blood alcohol concentration (BAC)?

The primary factors in determining BAC are the amount of alcohol consumed, how quickly the alcohol is consumed, and body weight. BAC does not depend on what kind of alcoholic beverage you drink, how physically fit you are, or how well you can hold your liquor.

Food in the stomach causes alcohol to be absorbed more slowly, slowing down the rate and the amount of intoxication. It will not prevent the alcohol to get into your blood.


#9. When you approach a bicyclist using a roundabout, you should:

Never overtake a bicyclist acting as a vehicle in a roundabout.


#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.


#11. Bicyclists are prohibited from riding:

Bicyclists are prohibited on limited-access highways, expressways and certain other marked roadways. They have the right to use either the bike lane or the travel lane.


#12. When a traffic signal is showing 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.


#13. Backing a vehicle on an interstate highway:

It is unsafe to back up on an interstate highway to reach a missed exit. If you miss an exit, you must drive to the next exit


#14. A pedestrian hybrid beacon is showing alternating flashing red lights. What will follow next?

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.


#15. When an emergency vehicle using flashing lights approaches from behind, 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.

#16. When brakes fail, you should:

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. If many vehicles are passing you in the right lane of a highway, you should:

If many vehicles are passing you in the right lane of a multilane roadway, you are probably going slower than the rest of the traffic. On the highway, slower vehicles should use the right lane. Leave the left-hand lane for faster moving or passing vehicles.


#18. Why should you avoid leaving vents open when following closely behind another car?

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.

#19. When are you required to stop at a railroad crossing?

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.


#20. Vehicle stopping distances depend on:

Many factors affect a vehicle’s ability to stop. Some of the most important are:

  • Weight of vehicle.
  • Type and condition of brakes.
  • Type and condition of tires.
  • Physical condition of pavement.
  • Slickness of pavement.
  • Grade of road.

#21. When driving at night in town, you should normally use:

Use low beams when following other vehicles, when meeting oncoming vehicles, and when driving in town where there are streetlights.

When headlights are on, lower headlight beams must be used when approaching within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle or when following within 200 feet of the rear of another vehicle.


#22. As a driver, you do not need to wear seat belts:

Whatever your reason for not wearing seat belts, it is usually not reasonable and may violate the law. In Indiana it is illegal to drive or to be a passenger without wearing seat belts


#23. To avoid the effects of glare of oncoming headlights at night:

The glare of oncoming headlights may reduce vision. To avoid the effects of glare, do not look directly into the lights of an approaching vehicle, but focus on the right side of the road.


#24. 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.


#25. You may never stop and leave a vehicle parked and unattended:

Parking is prohibited on bridges or other elevated structures.


#26. If you are involved in a collision, you must always:

You must immediately stop your vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close to the accident as possible in a manner that does not obstruct traffic more than is necessary.

An operator of a motor vehicle who knowingly or intentionally fails to comply with the requirements commits leaving the scene of an accident. This offense carries various misdemeanor and felony penalty levels based on the circumstances of the accident.


#27. If your car starts to skid on a wet road, you should:

If the rear wheels begin sliding sideways, ease off the gas pedal. Turn the steering wheel in a controlled manner in the direction the rear of the car is sliding. Do not make a fast turn away from the direction of the skid and do not steer too far, which could cause a spin.


#28. Because of its size, a large truck often appears to be traveling:

Because of its large size, a tractor-trailer often appears to be traveling at a slower speed than it is. A substantial number of collisions involving a car and a tractor-trailer take place at intersections, because the driver of the car did not realize how close the tractor-trailer was or how quickly it was approaching.

Going downhill, a large vehicle may accelerate faster because its weight, but in general large vehicles do not accelerate as fast as cars.


#29. You are passing a car when you see the sign on the picture. You should:

Do not pass another vehicle at intersections or at railroad crossings.

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


#30. What is true about merging onto an interstate highway?

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.


#31. Into which lane should you turn when making a left turn from a one-way street into a two-way street with multiple lanes?

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.


#32. A school bus which is picking up or dropping off children has stopped on the opposite side of a two-lane roadway with a center turning lane. You must:

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.


#33. 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.


#34. 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.

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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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