Kentucky DMV Practice Test 2022

The Kentucky DMV permit test consists of 40 questions, and you must answer at least 32 questions correctly to get a passing score (80%). The questions in our sample tests are nearly identical to those on the official KY exam.

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What will happen if you refuse a breath test when an officer suspects you of driving while intoxicated?

Your driver license will be suspended
BYou will face imprisonment for up to 5 years
CNothing - the officer cannot require you to submit a breath test

The implied consent law in Kentucky says that by getting behind the wheel, you have already given consent (i.e. answered "yes") to allow a blood, breath, or urine test if requested by a law enforcement officer. Refusing a police breath/chemical test is a serious offense and will result in license suspension.

What is the BAC-limit for drivers that are 21 years old or older?


Operating a vehicle with a BAC of 0.08 or more is illegal in Kentucky and counts as DUI. You can also be convicted if you are impaired by alcohol or drugs, even when your BAC is below the legal limit. The penalty for a first-time conviction is a fine of up to $500, up to 30 days in jail, and a mandatory license revocation for up to 30-120 days.

What is the BAC-limit for drivers under 21 years old?


Drivers under 21 face stricter rules than older drivers and may be convicted of a DUI in Kentucky with a blood alcohol concentration of .02 or higher.

When driving at night, you must dim your lights to low-beam when you're within _____ of an oncoming vehicle.

500 feet
B700 feet
C1000 feet

High beam headlights will temporarily blind other drivers if used the wrong way. In Kentucky, you are required to dim your light to low beam if (1) within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle or (2) within 200 feet of a vehicle traveling in your direction.

You're driving at night and approaching another vehicle traveling in your direction. When must you dim your lights?

Within 200 feet of the vehicle
BWithin 300 feet of the vehicle
CWithin 400 feet of the vehicle

High beam headlights will temporarily blind other drivers if used the wrong way. In Kentucky, you are required to dim your light to low beam if (1) within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle or (2) within 200 feet of a vehicle traveling in your direction.

You are required to use your headlights in certain conditions. Which of the following is an example of such a condition?

1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise
BWhen visibility is less than 1500 ft
COn a clear day in a business district

In Kentucky, you must use your headlights between (1) 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise or (2) when visibility is low. Also, you are required to dim your light to low beam if (1) within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle or (2) within 200 feet of a vehicle traveling in your direction.

Is the use of Hazard Lights permitted while driving?


Hazard light use is permitted while driving in Kentucky unless otherwise posted.

You see that there is a stopped emergency vehicle on the road shoulder ahead,. What should you do?

ACome to a complete stop at least 50 feet from the emergency vehicle
Vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle
CTry to pass the emergency vehicle as quickly as possible

The move-over-law in Kentucky is designed to protect emergency personnel and workers. If approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with flashing lights, including tow trucks and recovery vehicles, you must vacate the lane closest to the stopped vehicle. If changing lanes is unsafe or not possible, you must slow down to a safe and prudent speed for the conditions.

What is considered a sufficient following distance on a dry road?

A2 seconds or less
At least 3 seconds
CAt least 4 Seconds

You should always maintain a following distance of at least 3 seconds to the vehicle in front of you according to the "three-second rule" used in Kentucky. In bad conditions and at higher speeds, you should consider increasing the following distance to 4-5 seconds so you have time to safely stop if necessary. On slippery roads, it may be necessary to increase the following distance even more.

What is the standard speed limit in business and residential districts?

A15 mph
B25 mph
35 mph

In Kentucky, the standard speed limit in residential or business districts is 35 mph unless signs indicate otherwise.

When is it important to maintain enough space on all sides of your vehicle?

AOnly in bad conditions
BOnly if you’re a newly licensed driver
Always, as it will give you time to react and respond to potential hazards

It’s important that you maintain enough space on all sides to give you time to react and respond to potential dangers. This applies regardless of the conditions, weather, and how long you have held your license. However, newly licensed drivers may need more space to their sides.

The term ‘blind spot’ refers to an area:

AThat’s covered by your right side mirror
BThat isn’t covered by your headlights
That isn’t visible to the driver

No matter how you adjust your mirrors, you can’t see every angle around your vehicle. This is why you must know when and how to check your blind spots, so that you can detect potential hazards.

What does this sign mean?

AYou aren’t allowed to turn left or go straight ahead
BYou may only turn left
CYou may only go straight ahead
You may only turn left or go straight ahead

Regulatory signs must be obeyed. This sign indicates that you must turn left or go straight ahead.

Which driving technique will minimize fuel consumtion?

AUsing lower gears when driving
BNot utilizing engine braking
CDriving without skipping gears
Skipping gears when shifting up

You can reduce fuel consumtion by skipping gears when shifting up. This will reduce the amount of time spent accelerating. Remember, lower gears equal higher fuel consumption.

Many crashes throughout the U.S. are a result of deer running out onto the road in front of a vehicle. What should you keep in mind regarding deers?

ADeer often travel in groups - be extra aware if you pass a deer close to the road
BDeer activity peaks at sunset and sunrise - drive with caution during those hours
CIf a deer crosses your path - turn off your high-beam headlights
All of the above

Always be extra cautious in areas with high deer-activity and scan the area for any signs of deer. If a deer crosses your path, turn off your high-beam headlights as the bright light may cause the deer to freeze in the middle of the road.

What should you be aware of when driving in the right-most lane on freeways?

AThis is the ‘fast’ lane - only use it for passing
Traffic entering and exiting the freeway will need to use this lane
CThis lane is reserved for emergency vehicles

Traffic entering the freeway will need to merge into your lane, and the same goes for traffic exiting the freeway. Be prepared to change lanes if necessary.

You’re driving in wet conditions. What should you do? 

AKeep a two-second following distance
Slow down to avoid hydroplaning
CDrive at the speed limit to avoid causing a queue

Driving in wet conditions is challenging. You will see less, have increased stopping distances, and have a harder time controlling your vehicle. 

Driving at high speeds on wet roads, especially in combination with under-inflated tires or tires with poor tread depth, also increases the chance of hydroplaning - so slow down when there is water on the road.

How should you act when nearing an intersection with out-of-order traffic lights?

ASlow down. You have the right-of-way, but other traffic may act unpredictably
Treat the intersection like a 4-Way Stop
CCome to a complete stop before the intersection and wait for an officer to arrive and direct traffic

Treat out-of-order intersections like a 4-Way Stop i.e. like all vehicles approaching the intersection are facing STOP signs This means you must first come to a complete stop, and then apply the ‘right-of-way’ rules.

Which car goes first?

Neither - both cars can pass in front of each other

As both vehicles are making a left turn, they can safely pass in front of each other and perform their turns at the same time. However, they should both look for vehicles "hiding" out-of-view behind the oncoming vehicle.

What is ‘tailgating’?

AIncreasing and decreasing speed unexpectedly
Following too closely behind a vehicle
CAnother word for defensive driving
DReversing around a corner

‘Tailgating’ is the term used to describe when a driver is following too closely behind a vehicle. It’s dangerous as you’ll have less time to respond to hazards, your view of the road will be limited, and you won’t have a sufficient safety margin. For all of these reasons,  you should never tailgate another vehicle!

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