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#1. When parking uphill on a two-way street with no curbs, your front wheels should be:

Headed either uphill or downhill and there is no curb, turn the wheels to the right so the car will roll away from the center of the road if the brakes fail.

Remember, when you park on a hill, the general rule is to turn your wheels sharply towards the side of the road or curb. This way, if your vehicle starts to roll downhill, it will roll away from traffic. However, when headed uphill at a curb, you should turn the front wheels in the opposite direction, away from the curb and towards the road. Then, let your vehicle roll backwards until the back of your front wheel touches the curb. The curb will stop your car from rolling into traffic.


#2. What does this sign mean?

This sign warns that workers are performing maintenance on the roadway. Reduce speed and adjust lane position away from workers.


#3. The background color of a road sign like this is:

Green and white signs give information about directions and distances.


#4. What should you do if nothing seems to help you stay awake while driving?

If nothing seems to help you stay awake, get off the highway and take a short nap. This could save your life.


#5. If you strike an unattended vehicle, are unable to find the owner and do not notify the police, you must:

If you damage an unattended vehicle or property, you must notify the police and attempt to locate the owner. If you cannot locate the owner, leave your name, address, and telephone number on a note where the owner will be sure to see it.


#6. When entering an interstate highway, your speed should be:

As you merge, make sure you are traveling the same speed as other traffic without exceeding the speed limit.


#7. When is it allowed to drive around or under a lowered gate at a railroad crossing?

Gates are used with flashing signals at certain crossings. Stop when the light begins flashing and before the gates are lowered. Remain stopped until the gates are raised. Never drive around the gates. It is against the law to drive through or around any crossing gate at a railroad crossing.


#8. Always signal to other drivers when you plan to:

You must always give a signal to tell other drivers when you plan to turn, change lanes, slow down or stop. You can use either mechanical signal lights or the left arm.


#9. At a four-way stop, a driver should always yield the right-of-way to:

You must yield the right-of-way to the vehicle that reached the intersection first.

When two vehicles approach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left must yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right.


#10. This is the shape and color of a:

A yield sign is a downward pointing triangle. It is red and white with red letters. You will see no other signs of this shape on the highway.

Slow down and give vehicles crossing your path the right-of-way. If the way is clear, you may move forward slowly without stopping. Yield signs are usually placed where auxiliary roads lead into major roads.


#11. You approach this road sign. It tells you to be particularly alert and watch for:

Deer crossing. This sign tells you that you are near an area where deer and other wild animals might cross the street. Use caution and be alert when driving on roadways marked with deer crossing signs. These signs are placed in areas that have had a large number of deer/vehicle collisions.


#12. What is the meaning of this road sign?

Sharp Turn. Road ahead makes a sharp turn in the direction of the arrow (left). Slow down, keep right, and do not pass.


#13. This white sign means you must not pass:

Do Not Pass. This sign tells you where you cannot pass another vehicle. Passing areas are based on how far you can see ahead. They consider unseen hazards such as hills and curves, intersections, driveways, and other places a vehicle or pedestrian may enter the roadway.


#14. Why should you allow more space in front of your vehicle when following a large truck?

Large vehicles block your view of the road ahead. Falling back allows you more room to see ahead.

Remember, there are situations where you need more space in front of your vehicle. When following drivers who cannot see you, you may need a four-second following distance to be safe. The drivers of trucks, buses, vans, or vehicles pulling campers or trailers could stop suddenly without knowing you are there.


#15. On cold, wet days, which of the following roadways is most likely to hide spots of ice?

Take extra precautions on bridges, overpasses, and shaded areas, which can freeze first, and remain icy longer than roadways.


#16. As a defensive driver, you should:

Driving defensively means not only taking responsibility for yourself and your actions, but also keeping an eye on the other guy.

Remember, you must always protect yourself and others from dangerous and unexpected driving situations.


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

A solid yellow line indicates that passing is prohibited.

A line composed of yellow dashes indicates that passing is allowed.

A solid yellow line may appear on one side of the roadway, while a line composed of dashes appears on the other side. If the solid yellow line is on your side, you may not pass.

You may, however, cross this line to make a turn.


#18. If a traffic light has malfunctioned:

If a traffic light is not functioning at an intersection, rules for a 4-way stop will apply. Come to a complete stop before entering the intersection and then proceed when the roadway is clear. If two vehicles arrive at the intersection at about the same time, both must stop and the driver of the vehicle on the left must yield the right-of-way to the driver on the right.


#19. Instructions or directions from a flag person in a work zone:

You must obey all lawful orders and Directions given by a police officer. Uniformed school crossing guards also have the authority to direct traffic at locations near schools. You must also respect and obey a flagger in a work zone.


#20. If smoke comes from under the hood and there is a small fire, you should not try to fight the fire with:

If smoke comes from under the hood:

  • Drive off the road clear of traffic and stop.
  • Turn off the engine and all electrical switches.
  • Get all passengers out of and away from the vehicle. Poisonous fumes may fill the vehicle.
  • If the fire is small, use a chemical fire extinguisher, dirt, mud, sand, or clothing to smother the fire. Do not use water on gasoline, oil, or an electrical fire.

This question asked what you should not do.


#21. What is your approximate stopping distance when driving at 25 mph under ideal conditions?

Thinking distance of 27 feet braking distance of 34.7 feet = total stopping distance of 61.7 feet.

Remember, actual stopping distances depend upon many factors. The table in your driver’s manual are approximate distances for an average passenger car with good brakes in good conditions on dry concrete.


#22. Consuming alcohol often:

If you feel stimulated after drinking, it is simply because your inhibitions are lowered, causing loss of caution and self-control.

Remember, alcohol is a depressant, not a stimulant. It has anesthetic effects on the brain which goes to sleep. Alcohol slows normal reflexes, interferes with judgment, reduces alertness, and impairs vision.


#23. Adult passengers in a car must always wear seat belts:

In Louisiana, a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt must be worn by all drivers and passengers in all seating positions, including the back seat.

Primary Seatbelt (R.S. 32:295.1) – vehicle 10,000 lbs. or less, all occupants must have seat belt when vehicle is in motion.


#24. When is a good time to adjust your rearview and side mirrors?

Before you start your engine, always remember adjust your seat cushions and mirrors. Verify that all occupants are wearing seat belts. Eliminate distractions prior to driving.


#25. To make sure you are not driving in a truck's blind spot, you should:

Look for the truck driver’s reflection in the side mirror.

Generally speaking, if you cannot see the truck driver in the truck’s mirror, the truck driver cannot see you.

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Facts about Louisiana OMV Knowledge Examination

LA Knowledge Test for Permit and Driver’s License
  Number of questions on exam: 40 questions
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 32
  Allotted time to complete test: No limit
  Wait time before retest: None (but no more than 2 tests the same day)

Permit Practice Tests for Louisiana

Each permit practice test at has 25 random questions to help you study for your Temporary Instructional Permit or Adult Louisiana Driver’s License.

All questions and answers are based on the information in the Louisiana Class D & E Driver’s Guide and exam questions.

After each question on the practice test you will get instant feedback. It tells you if your answer is correct or not.

Should you miss a question, there is also a short comment explaining the correct answer. Use the information to look up more facts in the Driver’s Guide. Working with both these practice tests and the Louisiana Driver’s Guide will help you learn faster.

Louisiana OMV

The Real Written Knowledge Test for Your Permit

The written knowledge test in Louisiana has 40 questions. You must reach a score of at least 80% to pass. This means you can only miss 8 out of the 40 questions.

The test has many questions about common road signs and the meaning of traffic light signals.

In addition to knowing the meaning of some road signs, you must also be able to identify signs by their shape and color .

There are also questions about your responsibility as a driver, including knowledge of Louisiana vehicle laws, safe driving practices, and impaired driving.

All new drivers, regardless of age, must complete a driver education or pre-licensing course before Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) issues a permit or adult driver’s license.

These courses are offered by driver education providers who are licensed by the LA Department of Public Safety and some secondary schools. You complete the knowledge test as part of these courses.

Wait time before a re-test is at the discretion of the examiner.

Drivers with an out of country license must also show proof of a driver education training. Drivers with a valid license from Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and Taiwan are exempt from the driver education training requirement, knowledge and road skills tests but are required to pass the vision test.

How to Study for Your Permit or License

If you haven’t done so already, get a copy of the Driver’s Guide online , your third-party education provider, or from your nearest Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) .

OMV recommends that you read through the Driver’s Guide at least three times. They also tell you to focus on memorizing numeric information in the guide like lengths, distances, measurements, etc.

Check your knowledge of some important numbers here

Even if we acknowledge that numbers can be hard to remember, we still think that your main priority should be to focus on true understanding of traffic signs and signals, pavement markings, right-of-way rules, and safe driving practices. Such knowledge will help more on the knowledge test and on the road when you finally get your Temporary Permit and Driver’s License.

After all, learning the rules of the road is all about your safety once you hit the highway.

Read more about our study tips: Ace the DMV Test .

When you are comfortable with your understanding of Louisiana rules of the road, you will also find that most numbers make more sense and, hopefully, are easy to remember.

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Who Must Take the Louisiana Knowledge Test?

  All first-time applicants.

Anyone who hasn’t been licensed before must pass the Louisiana knowledge test to get a Learner’s Permit.

  Holders of a Louisiana license that has been expired more than 12 months.

If you hold a driver’s license from Louisiana or another state and let it expire more than 12 months, you must start over and take all tests again.

If your license has been expired for 12 months or less, you don’t have to take the test.

  Holders of a foreign license.

If you have an out-of-country license you must successfully pass a driver education course, the knowledge exam, and the behind-the-wheel test, before you can get a Louisiana license.

Applicants with a driver’s license from Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and Taiwan are exempt from the knowledge exam and road skills test.

  Drivers who have had their license revoked.

A revocation of your license means your license is cancelled and there is no automatic reinstatement procedure. You must submit to an investigation before you can apply for a new license.

If You Have an Out-of-state License

Applicants with an out-of-state license don’t have to take the knowledge or skills test, unless they let their license expire for more than 12 months. They must, however, pass a new vision test and have your photo taken.

Before You Can Take the Test

To apply for a Louisiana permit, you must:

  • Show proof of residency
  • Have proof of legal presence in United States, if applicable
  • Meet minimum physical and mental requirements
  • Provide current proof of school enrollment if you are a minor
  • Have completed a driver education training course
  • Pass a vision and knowledge test

Anyone applying for their first driver’s license must complete a driver education training course. This applies to both teenagers and adults.

Since 2018, OMV will issue a Temporary Instructional Permit (TIP) after your license application is registered.

You must present this temporary permit to an enrolled driver education provider before they will give a knowledge test, let you drive during a driving skills instruction, or take an on-road driving skills test. Always keep this TIP in your possession when driving.

If you are at least 15 years old and less than 17 years, you must complete 30 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of behind-the-wheel driving instruction.

If you are 17 years or older and haven’t entered the graduated licensing program, you must complete a 38-hour education course or a 6-hour pre-licensing course and an 8-hour behind-the-wheel course.

What is the Graduated Licensing Program?

The Louisiana Graduated Driver Licensing Program (GDL) has three steps:

1   The Learner’s Permit

After completion of the driver education course and after you have passed pass a vision and knowledge test, OMV will convert your TIP to a Learner’s Permit.

The Learner’s Permit allows you to practice driving with a licensed parent, guardian, or adult at least 21 years. You may also drive with a licensed sibling who is at least 18 years.

During this step you must practice driving for a minimum of 50 hours, with at least 15 hours at night.

If you are at least 15 years and under 16 years, you must hold your permit for a minimum of 180 days AND until you are 16 years.

If you are at least 16 years and under 17 years, you must hold your permit for a minimum of 180 days AND until you are 17 years.

When you are 17 years, you may apply for either a learner’s permit or full license.

2   The Intermediate License

An intermediate license is the next step in Louisiana’s GDL program. With the intermediate driver’s license you can drive unsupervised under certain restrictions.

To get an intermediate license, you must present a verified log showing at least 50 hours of driving practice with a licensed adult driver. You must also pass a road skills test, also known as a behind-the-wheel test.

The license comes with a night curfew and a passenger restriction.

  No driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

You may only drive at night if accompanied by a licensed adult at least 21 years or a sibling at least 18 years.

  No more than one passenger under 21 years between 6:00 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Between 6:00 p.m. and 5 a.m. you cannot transport more than one passenger who is under 21 years and not a member of your immediate family.

  All passengers must wear a seat belt.

  No handheld cellphone while driving.

The restriction doesn’t apply to any calls made to report an emergency or criminal activity.

3   The Full License

If you have entered the GDL program (step 1 and 2), you must hold your intermediate license until you turn 17.

At age 17, you are eligible for a full unrestricted license.

If you are 17 years and haven’t completed the GDL program you may apply for a full license or a learner’s permit after completing the full driver’s education course OR a pre-licensing course.

Where do I take the Test?

The knowledge and skills tests are normally administered by the driver education provider. Only teenagers that get their driver education course from a secondary school that does not provide the knowledge or skills test may request OMV to provide the testing.


Can I Take the Test in Another Language?

Unlike many other states, Louisiana does not offer the knowledge test in any other language besides English. You may, however, have an interpreter to translate for you during the examination process.

You may request an oral test, but make sure you check with your education provider or your OMV service office.

What Happens if I Fail the Louisiana Test?

If you fail the test, you can take the test again the same day. You may, however, be placed back in rotation to await your turn at a service office or third-party provider. You can only re-test once per day.

Any attempt to cheat on the test will result in a discontinued and failed test. After cheating, you must wait a minimum of 30 days before you can try again.

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