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Rhode Island Permit Test Practice
  Questions per test: 25
  Question pool: 500+
  Type of test: Random multiple-choice



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#1. If you are drowsy at the wheel:

Most of us believe we can control when we fall asleep. But the reality is, sleep is not voluntary. There is no guarantee that you will recognize when you are becoming tired behind the wheel. One half of drivers who crashed after falling asleep did not detect any signs of drowsiness before the crash.


#2. The driver ahead signals:

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


#3. If your vehicle begins to skid, you should:

To control a vehicle as it begins to skid:

  1. Let off the gas.
  2. Keep your foot away from the brake pedal and the clutch (if applicable).
  3. Let the vehicle slow gradually.
  4. Turn in the direction you want the vehicle to go.
  5. Be prepared to steer left and right a few times until you get your vehicle completely under control.

#4. This sign means:

Keep right. A traffic island, median or barrier is ahead. Keep to the side indicated by the arrow.


#5. What should you expect ahead?

Traffic signal ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop, if necessary.


#6. When turning in the direction of a green arrow, you must:

Green arrows tell motorists they may proceed in the direction of the arrow. This is known as a protected turn. When another driver fails to stop at a red light, drivers who have a green light should not insist on the right-of-way.


#7. What should you do if you see smoke coming from under your vehicle's hood?

Whenever you see smoke coming from under the hood of your vehicle:

  1. Pull immediately off the road, turn your ignition to the off position, and move away from the vehicle.
  2. Call 911 for police and fire personnel.
  3. Unless you have a fire extinguisher, do not attempt to put out the fire.

Never open the hood as you may be severely burned.


#8. To prepare for hazards on the road ahead, you should:

To avoid last minute moves, look down the road 12 to 15 seconds ahead of your vehicle so you can see hazards early.


#9. You should always be alert to the presence of motorcyclists and be extra cautious, because:

Because of its small size, a motorcycle is harder to see in traffic, seems to be moving faster than it really is, and may look farther away than it is. Remember that a motorcyclist can be easily hidden by objects inside or outside a car. Take an extra moment to thoroughly check traffic, whether you are changing lanes or turning at intersections.


#10. When parking close to a traffic signal beside the road you must keep this distance:

Places where you may not park or stop include within 30 feet of a flashing red or yellow light, a stop sign, or a traffic light.


#11. Which is true about alcohol?

Drunk drivers cause more than half of the collisions in which somebody is killed.


#12. What does this sign mean?

Hospital is a word message sign or an H symbol sign. General service signs like this are accompanied with a directional message if used at intersections.


#13. This warning sign means:

Two-way traffic. You are leaving a separated one-way highway and will soon be driving on a two-way highway. The sign is also used to remind drivers they are on a two-way road. You should drive in the right-hand lane and expect oncoming traffic in the left-hand lane.


#14. When you see a school bus and a railroad crossing ahead, you should be aware that the bus:

There are some vehicles that are required to stop at all railroad crossings, such as transit buses, school buses, or vehicles carrying hazardous materials. If you follow these vehicles, you should increase you following distance. At crossings, you should slow down and be prepared to stop!


#15. When approaching a bicyclist from behind, you should:

When a road is too narrow for cars and bicycles to travel safely side by side, be prepared to slow down or stop when the bicyclists ahead of you takes the travel lane. Allow as much clearance as possible (3-5 feet) when passing to prevent contact with a bicyclist. After you have passed a bicyclist, do not slow down, or stop quickly directly in front of them.


#16. If you often feel dizzy or nauseous while driving, it could be caused by:

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas. Carbon monoxide can be found in the exhaust fumes of all motor vehicles. If you begin to yawn or feel dizzy or nauseous, you may be experiencing the symptoms of the poisoning. The fumes are odorless, and the only cure is to open your windows and allow fresh air to circulate within your vehicle. Having your exhaust system checked periodically as well as not idling your vehicle with the windows closed for a long period of time may avoid the effects of the poisoning. Carbon Monoxide poisoning can cause death if untreated.


#17. If you are arrested for suspected driving while intoxicated and you refuse to take a test:

Implied consent means that any person who drives a motor vehicle in Rhode Island has given consent to a chemical (breathalyzer-blood-urine) test to determine the amount of alcohol/drug, if any, in their blood if arrested for suspected driving while intoxicated (DWI). If you refuse to take a chemical test, your license will be suspended for a minimum of six months. You are also subject to a fine, a highway safety assessment, public community service, and drunk driving school and/or referral to an alcohol treatment program.


#18. When passing a horse rider, you should:

You are required by law to reduce your speed and refrain from sounding a horn or causing other loud noises when approaching a horse being driven or ridden upon a public highway.


#19. If your vehicle has an antilock braking system and the brake pedal pulsates when you use the brake, you should:

You might feel the brake pedal pushing back when the ABS is working. The ABS system will only work with the brake pedal pushed down. Do not let up on the brake pedal.


#20. Virginia law requires motorists to use headlights when visibility is reduced to:

You must turn on vehicle headlights when driving any time from sunset to sunrise and any time you cannot see 500 feet ahead of you. Headlights must be turned on if it is raining or snowing or in conditions which would reduce visibility to less than 500 feet. Headlights must be on anytime wipers are on.


#21. What does this sign mean?

Cross Road – Intersection. Another road crosses the road. Watch carefully for traffic crossing your path.


#22. If a school bus with flashing red lights has stopped on the other side of an undivided highway with two lanes, you must:

If red lights are flashing on the school bus, the law requires that motorists approaching from either direction come to a full stop and remain stopped until the red lights no longer flash. Motorists do not have to stop when the bus is opposite your vehicle on a divided highway. A divided highway is any roadway with a Jersey barrier, grass, guardrail, trees, water, etc. between the lanes of travel in opposite directions. There is also no need to stop your vehicle if a school bus is in a loading zone.


#23. Pavement in a shared center left turn lane is marked on both sides with:

A shared turn lane is the center lane of traffic set apart from the travel lanes by solid single yellow lines on the outside and broken yellow lines inside the shared turn lane. The lane also has arrows painted on the pavement and usually signs indicating restriction for use of the lane for turning only. Motorists wishing to turn shall not enter the lane unless they intend to turn within 100 feet.


#24. If two drivers arrive at an uncontrolled intersection, which one should be given the right-of-way?

Intersections without signs or signals are known as uncontrolled intersections. When approaching uncontrolled intersections, motorists must treat the intersection as if there were a yield sign present. In the absence of signs or signals, when two (2) vehicles approach or enter an intersection from different highways or streets at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left must yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right.


#25. If there is a speed limit posted in a work zone, you must obey posted speed limit:

It is unlawful to drive a motor vehicle greater than the speed limit that is set and posted while driving in a work zone. Fines are doubled for speeding tickets issued within these designated areas twenty-four (24) hours a day.

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The Official Rhode Island Knowledge Exam
  Questions on real exam: 25
  Passing score: 80%
  Correct answers to pass: 20
  Allotted time to complete test: 90 minutes
  Wait time before retest: 8 days

Rhode Island Permit Practice Test

This RI permit practice test has 25 random questions from a large pool of real DMV questions and answers. Each time you re-start the test, a new set of questions are generated. You can take the test as many times as you want or need, at no charge.

Test questions are designed specifically for Rhode Island and you will find all answers in the Rhode Island Driver’s Manual.

Read the manual carefully. Everything you must learn for your official knowledge exam is found in this manual.

You can get a hard copy of the Driver’s Manual from the Cranston DMV headquarters or you can download a free PDF copy online.

Read the manual before you attempt the practice tests. All tests are a supplement to manual and not something you should use instead of reading the manual. Trying to just memorize question and answers is one of those risky study tactics that are likely to cause a failure.

After each question on the test, you get instant feedback and will know if your answer is correct or not. There is also a short explanation if you pick the wrong answer.

The easy way to pass your Rhode Island DMV test

How Many Questions are on the Rhode Island Knowledge Test?

The official written test has 25 questions, and you cannot have more than 5 incorrect answers if you want to pass (80% passing score).

On your practice tests you should aim for a full score (100%) on at least a handful of tests. It gives you a safety margin when you attempt the real thing.

Who Must Take the Rhode Island DMV Test?

When you apply for an initial Rhode Island driver’s license or permit and have not been licensed before, you must pass the computerized knowledge exam.

If you are 16 but less than 18 years old, you must complete the 33-hour driver education course certified by the Community College of Rhode Island. The knowledge test is part of this course. Other first-time applicants must take the examination at the DMV main office in Cranston.

When you move to Rhode Island and hold an out-of-state driver’s license that you let expire for more than one year, you must apply for the Instruction Permit by taking the Rhode Island knowledge test at the DMV main office in Cranston. If your out-of-state license is still valid or expired less than a year, the knowledge test is usually waived.

Anyone holding a valid driver’s license from a foreign country may keep the foreign country license, but must apply for the Instruction Permit and successfully pass the knowledge examination as well as the road test. If you hold a license from Canada, test requirements are waived.

Rhode Island Driver License

The Computerized DMV Test

The computerized knowledge test has questions about the motor vehicle laws of Rhode Island and common rules of the road. Make sure you study the driver’s manual to prepare for the test. While Rhode Island doesn’t record failure rates on the DMV knowledge test, researchers agree that the Rhode Island DMV tests is a difficult test, compared to other states.

The test on a computer is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

If you need a test in another language, you must contact the Cranston DMV office in advance. DMV offers tests in more than 30 different languages on paper. You can see which languages are available and schedule such test here . If you take the foreign language knowledge exam you must be accompanied by someone who can translate for you before and after the test. No translators are allowed during the test.

Remember, all tests are now by appointment only. Walk-ins are no longer accepted. If you have special needs, make sure you check with the Cranston DMV office in advance.

What Happens if I Fail the Test?

If you fail the DMV knowledge exam in Rhode Island, you must wait eight days before you can try again. The waiting time is among the longest in United States.

Cheating on the DMV Test?

When you take the test, you cannot be accompanied by another person in the testing area. You cannot bring books, the manual, or any other papers. Talking or using any wireless device is also prohibited.

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