Ohio BMV Permit Practice Test 2024

The Ohio BMV permit test consists of 40 questions, and you must answer at least 30 questions correctly to get a passing score (75%). The questions in our sample tests are nearly identical to those on the official OH exam.

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Are you required to yield to pedestrians in marked or unmarked crosswalks?

Drivers in Ohio must stop and yield to pedestrians in any marked crosswalk, and unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. When approaching any crosswalk, use caution and watch both sides of the street for pedestrians. Pedestrians have both right and duties, and should not attempt to cross the road at any place other than a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

What do flashing yellow or amber lights on a school bus mean?

Flashing amber lights are used by school buses in Ohio and many other states to indicate that they are slowing down and preparing to stop. In Ohio, these lights will stay on until the bus is fully stopped. Other vehicles are not required to stop for a school bus flashing amber lights, but must once the bus is fully stopped. To keep our children safe, slow down and display caution once the school bus starts to slow down.

Which passengers have to wear a seat belt?

In Ohio, the driver and all front-seat passengers age 15 and older must wear a seat belt. Violation of the seat belt law is a secondary offense. In addition, the child passenger safety law also requires that all children wear an appropriate child restraint. What is appropriate depends on the size, height and weight of the child.

Which of the following is a 4-point violation?

Ohio uses a point system to keep unsafe drivers off the roads, like most other states. Wanton or willful disregard of the safety of persons or their property is punishable by 4 points. All other moving violations are punishable by 2 points. Driving under the influence (DUI) is a 6-point violation. Speeding violations will incur 4 points, 2 points or no poinst depending on the speed. Accumulating 12 or more points within any two-year period will have their driver's license suspended.

What should you do before driving in snowy conditions?

Removing snow and ice will not only make it easier for you to see the road ahead. It will also make it easier for other road users to see you. While it can be beneficial to let your engine warm up before driving, it's unnecessary to let it warm up for 40 minutes. Checking your tire tread depth is important, but it is something you should do when driving in all weather conditions and not just snowy conditions.

When are studded tires permitted?

Studded tires have studs embedded in the tread that provide added traction. They are permitted in Ohio between November 1 to April 15, and the rest of the year if retracted.

Does your trailer need to be equipped with independent braking?

The added weight of the trailer to your vehicle can drastically increase the distance needed to come to a full stop. For this reason, most states have laws regarding independent braking on trailers over a certain gross vehicle weight (GVW). In Ohio, brakes are required if the empty weight is over 3,000 lbs.

How far away from a school bus loading or unloading passengers do vehicles have to stop?


Vehicles from both directions have to stop at least 10 feet away from a school bus loading or unloading passengers in Ohio. School buses use flashing red lights and a stop arm to indicate that the bus is stopped to load or unload school children. Do not proceed until the school bus has started driving again or the bus driver signals for motorists to proceed. A stop is not required when driving on the opposite side of a road with four or more lanes.

When should you begin slowing down when exiting the freeway?

When exiting a freeway or interstate, you may cause a rear-end collision if you begin slowing down too early as other drivers may not expect it. Wait until after entering the deceleration lane before slowing down.

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

The move-over-law in Ohio is designed to protect emergency personnel and workers. If approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with flashing lights, 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. This law also applies to road service vehicles, road maintenance vehicles, and waste collection vehicles.

You see this light on your dashboard and the red light worries you. What does it mean?


The charging system isn’t working properly - drive to a mechanic or service facility so they can determine what’s wrong.

When driving through work zones you should:


Slow down and keep in mind that workers may be working on or near the road, even when you can’t see them.

Driving too close to the vehicle in front:


Rear-end collisions stand for a large sum of all traffic accidents, and they can often be avoided by keeping a sufficient following distance. Increase the following distance when driving at night or in bad conditions.

When backing, who's especially in danger of not being seen?

Be aware that small children may not be visible through the rear windscreen of your vehicle. If there are children nearby, get out and check that it's clear before backing.

Always use your mirrors:


It's very important to know the whereabouts of other road users. This includes: opening your door, changing lanes, turning, slowing down, stopping etc. Remember that you aren't able to see your blind spot through your mirrors.

You’re driving in rain just below the speed limit, and you feel that you’re driving too fast for the conditions. What should you do? 


For your own safety, and the safety of other road users, slow down if you feel that you’re driving too fast for the conditions or that you can’t properly control your vehicle.

You’re passed by several fast-traveling vehicles driving above the speed limit. Are you allowed to drive faster than the speed limit to stay behind them?


You are NOT allowed to drive faster than the speed limit at any time, even if other traffic is doing so.

Car A arrives at an intersection where the exit is blocked by stationary traffic. What should Car A do?


Don’t proceed into the intersection if you risk being stuck halfway through. Stay on the approach side until you see a large enough gap on the other side.

You're taking a medicine that causes drowsiness. You start feeling better, but you still need to take the medicine. Should you drive?


If taking medicine that makes you drowsy, you aren't fit to drive. Check with your doctor if unsure. Never put other road users, your passengers or yourself at risk.

You're driving at night, and there's a steady stream of oncoming traffic. Which lights should you use?


As there’s a steady stream of oncoming traffic, you risk blinding them if you use high beams.

How Many Questions Are on the Ohio BMV Learner’s Permit Test?

The test consists of 40 multiple-choice questions in two sections. The questions will quiz you on motor vehicle regulations and traffic signs. A passing score is 75% (30 out of 40) or higher.

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