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#1. To be safe, car tires must have a minimum tread depth of:

Check your tires and air pressure often. Remember, it is not safe to drive on tires with less than 1/16 inch of tread.

Good tire tread helps water escape quickly through the grooves and helps prevent hydroplaning. Worn or bald tires can increase your stopping distance and make turning more difficult when the road is wet. Worn tires also increase the chance of having a flat tire.

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#2. What should you check before you start driving?

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.

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#3. The following are true about large trucks, except:

It is not true that the driver of a large truck can see the road better.

The size and configuration of many trucks, especially those with trailers, create large blind spots for the truck driver. If you cannot see a truck driver’s face in one of his mirrors, the truck driver cannot see you and probably does not know that you are there.

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#4. When approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with activated lights on a multi-lane roadway, you must:

When driving on an interstate with two or more lanes traveling in the same direction as the emergency vehicle, slow to a speed of twenty-five miles per hour until it is safe to proceed at the posted speed limit and merge into the lane farthest from the emergency vehicle.

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#5. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway ends. The divided highway on which you are traveling ends 350 to 500 feet ahead. You will then be on a roadway with two-way traffic. Keep to the right.

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#6. The following practices are dangerous while driving. Which is also illegal?

Using a text messaging communication device while operating a motor vehicle is illegal in Louisiana. This is a violation for which your driving privileges will be suspended.

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#7. What does this sign mean?

Stop sign ahead. When you come to this sign, slow down to be ready to stop at the stop sign.

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#8. When driving in foggy conditions, high beams will:

When driving in a heavy downpour or in fog, slow down and turn on your low beam headlights. High beams create glare that reflects back into your eyes and will impair your visibility.

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#9. This sign tells you that the center lane is used for:

Two-way left turn only. The sign tells you that the center lane is reserved for the exclusive use of left-turning vehicles in either direction. Enter this lane only to make a left turn. Passing in this lane is prohibited.

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#10. Unless posted otherwise, you can legally park at a railroad crossing if you keep this distance from the nearest rail:

It is against the law to park within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing

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#11. First offense of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), is punishable by a fine of:

First DWI conviction include:

  • A criminal record.
  • Six months in jail.
  • $1,000 fine plus court costs.
  • Loss of driver’s license for 365 days.
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#12. What does this sign mean?

This sign tells you that there is a flag-person ahead to control traffic. Slow down and be prepared to stop.

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#13. What does this sign mean?

This sign tells you that a left turn is permitted when you face a green signal, but you must yield to oncoming traffic.

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#14. It can be dangerous to leave a motor running in a garage because of:

Carbon monoxide is gas given off from a vehicle’s exhaust system. It can seep into a car if there are holes in the exhaust system. It may also build up when the engine is running in closed spaces such as a garage.

Remember, carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly.

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#15. When driving on a slippery surface, you should:

Reduce your speed, use extra caution, and allow twice the normal following distance. You can prevent skids by driving slowly and carefully, especially on curves. Avoid sudden stops, sharp steering or changing speed quickly.

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#16. When you see this sign:

Merging Traffic sign. You are coming to a point where another traffic lane joins the one you are on. Watch for other traffic and be ready to yield the right-of-way when necessary.

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#17. Before turning left or right, you must signal during the last:

A right or left turn signal must be given continuously for not less than 100 feet before making the turn. A greater distance is suggested when driving at faster speeds or in heavy traffic.

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#18. Always allow extra room in front of your vehicle when following:

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 may not be able to see you when you are directly behind them. They could stop suddenly without knowing you are there. Large vehicles also block your view of the road ahead. Falling back allows you more room to see ahead.

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#19. Do not pass another vehicle on the left side of the road:

It is against the law to pass another vehicle when:

  • Your view is blocked by a hill or a curve.
  • There is a solid yellow line in your lane.
  • You are within one hundred feet of an intersection or a railroad crossing.
  • You are within one hundred feet of a bridge or tunnel.
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#20. 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.

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#21. You may always continue carefully against a yellow light if:

A steady yellow light means caution. It warns you that the light is about to turn red. Slow down and stop. Do not try to beat the light.

Remember , do not enter the intersection, if you can stop safely.

If you cannot stop safely, proceed through the intersection with caution.

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#22. If you have been drinking alcohol, what will help you to sober up?

Once the alcohol enters your blood, there is nothing you can do to lessen the effect. Black coffee, exercise or a cold shower will not sober you up. Alcohol is burned up by your liver and eliminated from your body through your kidneys and lungs. This process takes time. It is important to remember that only time can sober a person who has been drinking.

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#23. If the rear of your vehicle starts to skid left, you should:

Carefully steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go. Turn your front wheels only enough to keep them going straight down the road. If the rear of your car is skidding to the right, turn the front wheels to the right. Turn left for a skid to the left.

Be careful not to over steer. Your car may start to skid the other way.

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#24. A sign showing information about gas services is an example of a traffic sign with:

Blue is used as background color for traveler services. They show the location of various services such as rest areas, gas stations, hotels, or hospitals.

Blue is also used on emergency evacuation route signs, and as part of interstate and some state route markers.

Remember, understanding what the colors represent is important.

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#25. If your car stalls on railroad tracks and a train is approaching, you should leave your vehicle and move quickly:

Louisiana law prohibits any driver from stopping a vehicle on railroad tracks. Never get trapped on a crossing. If your vehicle stalls in the path of an oncoming train, get all passengers and yourself out and move quickly alongside the tracks. Move in the direction toward the approaching train so that you will not be struck by debris when your vehicle is hit.

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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 driversprep.com 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.

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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.



COVID-19 Alerts

Louisiana has not offered any automatic license extensions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are no official mask mandates when visiting an office.

Masks or face coverings should, however, be worn in indoor public spaces and anytime in public when you are near others who are not in your immediate household. Wearing a mask is about protecting others. It is being kind and courteous.

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