Anyone operating a motor vehicle or motorcycle on public roadways in Rhode Island must have a driver license or learner’s permit. The DMV written test covers the contents of the Rhode Island Driver’s Handbook, and includes questions on road rules, safe driving practices, road signs, and identification of signals and pavement markings. The written knowledge test consists of 25 questions, and you need at least 20 correct answers to pass (80% or higher). Practice with this sample DMV test and study the manual to get ready for the official Rhode Island driver's license test.
1. Always signal when:
changing lanes.
pulling into traffic from a parking area or alley.
pulling in or out of a parking space.
All of the above.
2. A solid yellow line next to a broken yellow line means that vehicles:
next to the solid line may pass.
next to the broken line may pass.
in both directions may pass.
3. To prevent a fatigue-related crash while driving:
continue driving so you will reach your destination sooner.
drive late at night when there are not as many users on the roadway.
find a safe parking area to take a 15 to 20 minute nap.
4. If your vehicle has a mechanical problem, you should:
put on your hazard lights and pull off the road.
signal and pull into the slow lane.
stop in your lane and put on your hazard lights.
5. When following motorcycles, drivers should:
try to pass them as they have different braking capabilities than other motor vehicles.
keep more space in front of their vehicle.
reduce the minimum following distance.
keep less space in front of their vehicle.
6. If cars approaching from opposite directions reach an intersection at the same time:
a car that moves straight must yield to cars that turn left.
a car that turns left must yield to cars that move straight or turn right.
a car that turns right must yield to cars that move straight or turn left.
None of the above.
7. Vertical rectangles tell drivers:
what is not allowed.
the law.
the direction they should travel.
that there's a school zone ahead.
8. It is legal to make a left turn at a red traffic light after stopping if:
you yield to all other traffic at the intersection.
you are traveling on a one-way street and turning onto another one-way street.
you are traveling on a two-way street and turning onto a two-way street.
9. This sign means:
The divided highway on which drivers are traveling ends ahead.
The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways.
Roundabout ahead. Slow down.
Intersection ahead.
10. What do warning signs mean?
Drivers are approaching a location where there is a special rule.
Drivers are approaching a hazardous location.
Danger ahead.
All of the above.
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Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass: 20
Passing score: 80%
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