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If you operate a motor vehicle on public roadways in Kentucky you are required to have a driver’s license or driving permit. The KY DMV written test is based on information contained in the official Driver’s Manual, and is designed to check your knowledge of rules of the road, road signs, traffic laws and safe driving practices. The Kentucky written test consists of 40 multiple-choice questions, and you need at least 32 correct answers to pass (80%). Practice with this sample test to familiarize yourself with the format of the Kentucky driver's license test.
1. Drivers often fail to see a motorcycle headed toward them. Why?
It is difficult to judge a motorcycle's speed.
Motorcycles are hard to see.
All of the above.
2. If traffic on the other side of an intersection is backed up and you cannot get completely through, you must:
enter the intersection and block it.
proceed with caution, and avoid blocking the intersection.
wait until traffic ahead clears.
3. When driving at night, drivers should:
look directly at the headlights of the oncoming vehicle.
always use high beams.
increase the following distance.
4. When preparing to drive, you should:
adjust your seat and mirrors.
pump the brakes.
shift the car’s transmission into neutral.
5. What does a yellow arrow signal mean?
yellow arrow
The same as a green light.
The same as the yellow light, but applies only to movement in the direction of the arrow.
Vehicles moving in all directions must stop if they can. The light will soon be red.
6. To avoid glare from headlights of an approaching car:
stay focused on the center line on the road.
flash your high beams.
keep looking briefly to the side of the road.
7. This sign indicates that:
advisory speed sign
the highest safe speed drivers should travel around the curve ahead is 25 MPH.
the safe speed around the curve ahead is at least 25 MPH.
drivers may not turn right if traveling at 25 MPH or less.
8. Which of the following are common factors contributing to traffic crashes?
Scanning the environment and staying focused on the driving task.
Getting adequate rest and staying alert.
Exceeding the posted speed limit and driving too fast for conditions or circumstances.
9. This road sign means:
speed limit sign
The maximum speed limit under ideal conditions
You must travel at the speed indicated
None of the above.
10. Highway pavement will be most slippery:
if it has been raining several hours.
if it has been raining from one to two hours.
if it has just begun to rain.
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KY DMV Permit Test Facts

Number of questions: 40
Correct answers to pass: 32
Passing score: 80%
Number of questions: 40
Correct answers to pass: 32
Passing score: 80%
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