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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 parking close to a fire hydrant you must keep what distance?

Parking is prohibited within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.


#2. If a vehicle plunges into deep water, it will usually:

If a vehicle plunges into the water, it will usually float several minutes before sinking, allowing a driver or occupants to escape through an open window, while still on the surface.


#3. If you approach an intersection with a non-operating signal, be cautious and proceed as though there is:

If you are approaching an intersection with a non-operating signal, you should stop before entering the intersection. After stopping, observe right-of-way rules. Proceed only when it is safe, or when a police officer, fire fighter, or traffic control person directs you.


#4. Which of the following is an acceptable reason for not wearing safety 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


#5. If you are sharing the left turn lane with a bicyclist, you should:

If a motorist is sharing the left turn lane with a bicyclist, stay behind the cyclist until he or she has safely completed the left turn.


#6. Sharrow markings indicate that bicyclists:

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.


#7. 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.


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

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


#9. To be safe and legal, car tires should have a minimum tread depth of:

If your tread is at least 2/32 of an inch, you are driving with the legal and safe amount of tread. If your tread gets below 2/32 of an inch, your car’s ability to grip the road in adverse conditions is greatly reduced.


#10. 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.


#11. Driving around a lowered gate at a railroad crossing is:

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. Remember, it is illegal to drive around a crossing gate that is down.


#12. Failure to complete a Driver Safety Program (DSP) course within 90 days from the date of the BMV's mailed notice will result in:

Failure to complete a DSP course within 90 days from the date of the BMV’s mailed notice will result in the suspension of your driving privileges. The suspension will remain on your driver record until such time as you successfully complete the DSP course and the completion is processed by the BMV.


#13. 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.


#14. If a horseback rider signals you to stop:

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.


#15. Overtaking another vehicle by driving on the left side of the road is prohibited:

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.


#16. Instructions from a flagger in a work zone:

At some work sites, one or more flaggers are posted at each end of the work zone to control traffic flow. Always obey the instructions from flaggers.

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.


#17. Which is one factor that greatly affects your stopping distance?

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.

#18. Your car's exhaust contains carbon monoxide, which:

Carbon monoxide gas from a vehicle engine can harm or kill you or your passengers. You cannot see, smell, or taste carbon monoxide.


#19. To avoid or minimize the impact of a crash, a driver basically has three actions he or she can take:

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.

#20. When two vehicles meet at an intersection and both have signaled to turn left, each motorist should:

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.


#21. When moving slower than other traffic, you should:

On the highway, slower vehicles should use the right lane. Leave the left-hand lane for faster moving or passing vehicles.


#22. Which of the following is generally true about large trucks?

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.


#23. If you are driving at a high speed and have a blowout, what should you do?

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.


#24. How does a school bus driver warn other drivers that the bus is slowing and is going to load or unload children?

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.


#25. 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.


#26. If you are involved in an accident, other drivers involved the accident have the right to:

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. 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.


#27. When entering an interstate highway from an acceleration lane, what should your speed be?

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.


#28. To avoid being blinded by the headlights of an approaching car 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.


#29. Which of the following will increase the risk of getting tired on a long trip?

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.


#30. True or false? The best way to check your blind spots is to rely solely on your mirrors.

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.


#31. When approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with flashing lights on a road with only one lane in each direction, 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.


#32. 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.


#33. You are turning onto a two-lane road divided by a broken yellow line. You know immediately that:

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.


#34. When you approach a traffic signal displaying a steady yellow light, you should:

If you are facing a steady yellow light, your right-of-way is ending. Remember, you should stop for a yellow signal, unless you are too close to the intersection to stop safely. If you cannot stop safely, drive cautiously through the intersection after yielding the right of way.

Never speed up to beat the red signal.

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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.

We help you pass your Indiana BMV exam

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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