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#1. Traffic signs and pavement markings must be:

You must operate your vehicle as indicated by traffic signs, signals, and pavement markings. If a flag person or police officer is directing traffic, you must obey all lawful orders and directions.

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#2. When driving in reverse, your speed should typically be:

Always back at a slow rate of speed. Back no faster than a slow walk (2-4 mph).

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#3. Every motor vehicle operated on the highways of the State shall be equipped with:

Every motor vehicle operated on the highways of the State shall be equipped with brakes, steering, horn, door handles, tires, exhaust system, lights, glass, windshield wipers, odometer, speedometer, bumpers, proper wheel alignment, wheels, wheel lug nuts, fenders, floor pans, hood and hood catches, and gas tank meeting established standards.

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#4. Driving skills are often impaired by:

A poor physical or mental condition limits your capabilities as a driver. Do not drive if you are ill, injured, emotionally upset or under the influence of intoxicants. If you are taking medication, you should obtain and follow your physician’s advice about driving.

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#5. On a highway with two-way traffic, you may cross a broken yellow center line:

Single broken yellow lines are used to mark the centerline when there are only two lanes of traffic. You must drive to the right of this centerline but when it is safe you may cross this line to pass another vehicle.

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#6. When driving at night it is important to always:

To ensure safety when driving at night, you should reduce your speed so that you can stop within the distance you can see ahead.

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#7. A poor physical or mental condition:

A poor physical or mental condition limits your capabilities as a driver. Do not drive if you are ill, injured, emotionally upset or under the influence of intoxicants.

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#8. If you hold an instruction permit, you must be accompanied by a licensed parent or a guardian when you want to drive:

If between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., a holder of a permit must be accompanied by a licensed driver who is the permit holder’s parent or guardian (unless the permit holder is an emancipated minor).

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#9. This lane control sign (a flashing yellow X) means:

Sometimes it is desirable to have traffic in a lane in one direction at certain times and the opposite direction at other times. Lane control signals are used to control the direction of traffic movement in the lane. The signal is placed over the traffic lane it controls.

The yellow X means that you must move out of that lane of traffic because it is going to be used for traffic moving in the opposite direction. When the yellow X signal is flashing you may use that lane only when preparing to turn left.

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#10. An arrogant driver is a driver who:

The arrogant driver is purposely in a hurry. He competes with his vehicle. His vehicle is an extension of his ego. He has little or no respect for traffic laws or the rights or right-of-way of other drivers or pedestrians. Never allow yourself to become involved in competition with an arrogant driver or become one. There is nothing to gain and too much to lose.

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#11. When driving forward out of your driveway, you must:

Always stop before entering the roadway. The stop should be made before crossing the sidewalk area. Failure to stop is unlawful.

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#12. You are driving on a multi-lane highway and wish to change lanes. You must signal your intentions:

Signal your intention well in advance. The law requires that you signal for at least 100 feet (30m) before you start the lane change.

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#13. Why should you stay well back before passing a large truck?

When near large vehicles, the drivers of other vehicles and other highway users should remain in a location where they can be seen by the driver of the large vehicle and where their view of other traffic is not blocked.

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#14. You see this sign on a vehicle ahead. What does it mean?

This highly reflective 18-inch triangular emblem is required to be displayed on the rear of vehicles designed to operate at speeds of 25 mph or less. When you see this emblem, reduce speed and approach cautiously.

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#15. A traffic light with a green arrow indicates that:

A green arrow has the same meaning as a green light for the indicated lane of traffic. You must yield to all pedestrians and vehicles already in the intersection. When entering the intersection, you must turn or proceed in the direction indicated by the arrow.

The green turn arrow indicates a protected turn/movement. Oncoming traffic is stopped by a red light.

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#16. You see this sign beside the road, you should:

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

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#17. You are passing a car when you see the sign on the picture. You should:

Do not pass another vehicle at intersections or at railroad crossings.

Driving on the left half of the roadway is prohibited when approaching within 100 feet (30.5m) of or passing through an intersection or railroad crossing.

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#18. When entering a roundabout, you:

A roundabout is a one-way circular intersection in which entering traffic must yield the right-of-way to circulating traffic. Drive to the right of the central island and proceed in a counterclockwise direction.

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#19. Driving slower than other vehicles:

You must not drive so slowly that you hold back other traffic. If you cannot keep up with traffic, pull off the roadway and let other traffic pass or change to another route.

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#20. When your tires lose all contact with the pavement and the vehicle hydroplanes:

When tires lose all contact with the pavement, you cannot brake, accelerate, or turn – you have no control over your vehicle.

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#21. What does the markings in center lane (B) mean?

Directional markings are white arrows or words painted in the traffic lane to indicate the direction in which you must go. You must move only in the direction indicated by the arrow. Where arrows indicate more than one direction, you may choose any direction indicated.

Always use traffic lanes as they are defined by pavement markings and road signs.

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#22. Defensive driving is a driving technique in which you as a driver:

Defensive driving is a driving technique in which you identify dangerous driving situations and take action to defend against the danger before an accident situation develops.

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#23. If many vehicles are passing you in the right lane of a highway, you should:

If many vehicles are passing you in the right lane of a multilane roadway, you are probably going slower than the rest of the traffic. The right lane should be used by drivers who go slower or who are entering or turning off the road.

Remember, different traffic lanes should be used for different purposes, there are correct lanes for through traffic, passing and turning.

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#24. You are driving on a busy street and your vehicle's accelerator sticks open. You should:

If your vehicle’s accelerator sticks open, your vehicle will continue to maintain speed or accelerate even though you remove your foot from the accelerator pedal.

  • Slap the accelerator pedal hard with your foot.
  • Turn the ignition off. (Do NOT turn ignition to the lock position.)
  • Apply the brakes.
  • Pull off the roadway into a safe area.
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#25. A white cloth tied to a radio antenna or a door handle indicates:

Indicate the need for assistance by raising the hood of your vehicle. Tie a white cloth to the radio antenna or the door handle or use a sign made for the purpose if available.

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#26. Which of the following would be indicated by a diamond shaped road sign?

The meaning of traffic signs is indicated by color and shape in addition to words, letters, numbers, and silhouettes. The diamond shape is used for warning signs. These signs warn you of dangers that exist or may be found on or near the road. You should be prepared to take safe and proper action when you see these signs.

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#27. Where are you normally allowed to park and leave your car unattended?

You may not park your car on a bridge, in front of a public driveway when your vehicle interferes with the use of the driveway, or on a crosswalk.

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#28. You come to a railroad crossing and the crossing signals are flashing. You must:

You must stop your vehicle not less than 15 feet (4.6m) from the nearest rail when:

  • An installed electric or mechanical signal is giving warning of an approaching train.
  • A crossing gate is lowered, or a flagman is signaling the approach of a train.
  • A train approaching within 1,500 feet (460m) gives audible warning of its approach.
  • When the approaching train is visible and so close as to constitute a hazard.
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#29. You must report to police any motor vehicle accident in which property damage is more than:

Traffic accidents resulting in personal injury to any extent, or death, or property damage of $3,000 or more must be reported to the police immediately by the quickest means of communication.

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#30. You should always wear your lap belt:

Lap belts should be buckled snugly across your hip bones and the lower part of your abdomen. The shoulder belt should be not quite so tight. All belts in late model vehicles are designed to allow body movement and only lock up upon impact.

Lap belts should never be worn across the stomach or soft part of the abdomen.

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Hawaii Driver License Knowledge Test – Quick Facts

What You Should Know
  Number of questions on exam: 30
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 24
  Allotted time to complete test: No limit
  Wait time before retest: 7 days

 

This Practice Test
  Number of questions on each practice test: 30
  Question pool: 1,000+
  Each test is random

The Hawaii Driver’s Practice Test for the Written Knowledge Examination

Driver’s Prep has designed these permit practice tests for use as a guide to help you become a safe driver and qualify for the Hawaii instruction permit or full driver’s license.

Each permit practice test has 30 random questions based on the Hawaii Driver’s Manual, the Complete Test Questions and Answers from Dept. Of Transportation, and real knowledge examination.

The test is easy to use. After each question, you will see the correct answer. If your answer isn’t correct, there is also a brief explanation.

We help you pass your DMV exam

By reading the official Hawaii Driver’s Manual and using these practice tests to check your progress, you increase your chances of passing the real written test the first time.

You can download a PDF-version online or buy a hard-copy from your local licensing office.

Acing the Hawaii Knowledge Test

The Hawaii passing score is 80 percent. To pass, you must answer at least 24 questions correctly.

Since this is only a practice test, don’t stop at this level.

You should answer at least 29-30 questions correctly on two or three practice tests before you are ready. A common mistake by first time applicants is to attempt the real knowledge test too soon.

Spreading your study sessions and practice tests over a longer period helps long-term memory. Instead of cramming for the DMV test just a few days before the real thing, start at least 4 weeks before your real exam. Study the manual and take a practice test or two each day.

Read more: How to Ace the DMV test .

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Who Must Take the Hawaii Written Test?

  First-time applicants

If you apply for an original Driver’s License and have not been licensed before, you must pass the written test consisting of recognition of traffic control devices and knowledge about rules of the road.

  Holders of an expired driver license

When you renew a Hawaii driver’s license, you must do so within a year after the expiration date. If you let your license expire more than a year, you must follow the procedure for an original license and take all tests again.

  Holders of a foreign driver license

When you have driver license from a foreign country other than Canada, you must pass all tests when transferring to a Hawaii license.

Who are Exempt from Taking the Hawaii Written Test?

  Holders of a driver license issued by another state

Hawaii now waives the tests for holders of a valid U.S. or Territory driver license.

Road to safety

The Graduated Driver Licensing Program

Like all states, Hawaii has a graduated licensing law. The purpose of the law is to let new drivers under 18 years to gradually gain driving experience under adult supervision and with restrictions that limits high-risk driving situations.

The Hawaii graduated licensing program has three stages:

  Phase I: Learner’s (Instructional) Permit
  Phase II: Provisional License
  Phase III: Full Driver License

Phase I: Learner’s (Instructional) Permit – Requirements

To apply for the Hawaii learner’s Permit, you must be at least 15 years and six months old.

To complete the application process you must show proof of:

  Your full legal name
  Date of birth (birth certificate is required if under 18 years)
  Your social security number
  Hawaii residency
  Legal presence, if applicable
  Parental approval if under 18 years (An Affidavit form must be submitted)

After paying the fees, and passing the vision test and the knowledge test, the department issues an instruction permit which is valid for one (1) year. If you wish to renew the permit you must do so no later than 90 days after the expiration date of the permit.

Phase I: Learner’s (Instructional) Permit – Restrictions

With the learner’s permit you can practice driving.

Whenever you drive you must be seated next to a person who is at least 21 years of age and licensed to operate the same type of motor vehicle. Under no circumstances can you drive alone.

You must have all occupants wear their seat belts and children under 4 years of age must be properly restrained within a safety seat.

There are no passenger restrictions and no night curfew. If you drive between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., you must, however, be accompanied by a supervising parent or legal guardian.

When you practice driving you must always carry the permit with you.



Phase II: Provisional License – Requirements

To be eligible for the Hawaii provisional license, you must:

  Be at least 16 years (and under 18 years)
  Have held a learner’s permit for 180 days
  Have completed a State certified driver’s education course
  Pass a road skills test at a Driver Licensing Center
  Pay the appropriate fees

Remember, you must schedule an appointment for the road-test exam.

Phase II: Provisional License – Restrictions

With the provisional license you can drive alone without a supervising driver, but the license comes with some restrictions:

  No more than one passenger under 18 years.

Exceptions to this rule apply if (1) the passengers are household members or (2) you are being accompanied by a licensed parent or guardian.

  No driving between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

You must not drive between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

There are however some exceptions to this rule:

  • When driving to or from a place of employment
  • When driving to or from a school-authorized activity
  • If accompanied by a licensed a parent or legal guardian

If going to or from work, you must have a signed statement from the employer. When you drive to or from school activities a statement from a parent or guardian is necessary.

  No driving without the license in your possession

  All occupants wear seat belts or child restraints

The provisional license expires at your 19th birthday.

Phase II: Provisional License – Requirements

You are eligible for a full and unrestricted Hawaii driver license if you:

  Is at least 17 years old
  Have held the provisional license for at least six (6) months
  Have no pending violation that might result in a suspension or revocation
  Pass the vision exam (again)
  Pay the appropriate fees

With a full and unrestricted Hawaii driver license all previous restrictions are lifted from your driving.

Frequently Asked Questions

To apply for the Hawaii learner's Permit, you must be at least 15 years and six months old.

A holder of a Hawaii Learner's Permit must always be accompanied by a person who is at least 21 years of age and licensed to operate the same type of motor vehicle. If driving at night between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m, the supervising driver must be a licensed parent or legal guardian.

You can drive with NO more than one passenger under 18 years. Exceptions to this rule apply if (1) the passengers are household members or (2) you are being accompanied by a licensed parent or guardian.

You must not drive between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Exceptions to this rule may apply if you drive to or from an employment, to or from a school-authorized activity, or if you are accompanied by a licensed a parent or legal guardian.

A provisional licensee may be issued a full driver license if the provisional licensee has satisfactorily held the provisional license for at least six (6) months and has no pending violation that might result in a suspension or revocation

The Hawaii knowledge test has 30 questions. The passing score is 80 percent. To pass, you must answer at least 24 questions correctly.

The passing score on the Hawaii knowledge test is 80 percent. The test  has 30 questions. To pass, you must answer at least 24 questions correctly.

You can retake the Hawaii knowledge test after waiting 7 days.


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