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#1. Drivers entering a roundabout:

A roundabout is a one-way circular intersection in which entering traffic must yield the right-of-way to circulating traffic.

You must also yield to pedestrians and bicyclists as you enter and exit the roundabout.


#2. Which is true about bald or badly worn tires?

You should make sure that the tires on the vehicle have good tread depth. Worn or bald tires will hydroplane at lower speeds. Also, make sure that the tires on the vehicle are inflated to the proper pressure. Underinflated tires hydroplane at lower speeds.


#3. Before you make a turn in front of a motorcycle with its turn signal flashing, you should:

Make sure you know what the rider is going to do before you move into the motorcycle’s path. Turn signals do not automatically shut off on a motorcycle and riders occasionally forget to cancel them.


#4. You are driving on the roadway and there is an emergency vehicle with siren and flashing lights directly behind you. You are in heavy traffic and cannot get out of the way. You should:

If the emergency vehicle is directly behind your vehicle when you are in heavy traffic, keep moving slowly until you can get out of the way.


#5. Keeping your eyes moving to be aware of developing traffic situations around you at all times is an example of:

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. As a defensive driver, you should:

  • Stay alert, keep your eyes moving in order to be aware of developing traffic situations around you at all times.
  • Look well ahead of your vehicle and anticipate the possibility of a chain reaction traffic situation.
  • Have an alternate plan of action ready in case an unexpected event develops. (Always leave yourself a way out.)
  • Always maintain the proper following distance.
  • Always maintain the proper speed for all highway conditions.

#6. You approach this road sign. What should you do?

A steep grade is ahead. Check your brakes. Slow down and be ready to shift to lower gear to control speed and protect brakes from damage.


#7. You borrow your friend's vehicle. You have never driven it before. You should:

Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the location and operation of the turn and hazard warning signals, head lamps and beam selector, windshield wipers and washers, brakes, gear selector and horn. Any defects should be corrected before the vehicle is driven.


#8. In most situations, you can park legally:

Never park or leave your vehicle in a tunnel or on a bridge, or on a crosswalk. Parking on a hill is allowed if you are far enough from any travel lane to avoid interfering with traffic (At least 10 feet of the width of the street must remain for the free movement of traffic). Your vehicle must be visible to drivers approaching from either direction.


#9. When approaching an intersection with a stop sign and a sidewalk, but the crosswalk is not painted:

You must stop before entering a crosswalk, painted or unpainted.


#10. 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.


#11. When you drive at night, you must:

You must use extra caution at night because it is harder to see things at night. No one can see as well at night as they can in the daylight. In addition, a driver’s exposure to alternate light and darkness prevents him from attaining his best seeing ability at night.


#12. Which is true about tailgating (following another vehicle too closely)?

One of the most common types of accident, striking the vehicle ahead, is usually caused by following too closely.


#13. You must notify the police by the quickest means of communication if you:

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.


#14. When you approach a school, you should:

Be especially watchful for children near schools, parks, playgrounds and in residential areas. Stop upon the signal of any school crossing guard.


#15. Children under the age of four must ride:

Hawaii law requires children under the age of four to ride in a child safety seat and children ages of four through seven to ride in a child safety seat or a booster seat when traveling in a motor vehicle. The driver will be held responsible for compliance with the law.


#16. You are driving on a four-lane highway and need to change lanes. Before changing lanes, you must:

When a lane change is necessary, check highway and traffic conditions ahead. Make sure there is ample clearance in the other lane. Signal your intention well in advance. Make a gradual, steady movement into the other lane. Avoid abrupt movements. Yield to vehicles in the other lane. Do not force your way into the space between vehicles that have the minimum safe following distance or less.

Never change lanes when approaching or moving through intersections and crosswalks.


#17. You are driving to a party. A passenger opens a bottle of beer. What should you do?

It is against the law to consume or possess any alcoholic beverage on any public highway or any public sidewalk.

An open container must be kept in the trunk of the vehicle, or kept in some other area of the vehicle not normally occupied by the driver or passengers, if the vehicle is not equipped with a trunk


#18. When facing a traffic signal showing a steady green arrow, you:

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.


#19. What does this sign mean?

No Left Turn.

You must not make a left turn at this intersection.


#20. When stopping before a left turn, your front tires should be turned:

Move slowly into the intersection, keep the wheels pointing straight ahead and turn when the intersection is clear, and it is safe to do so


#21. An intersection has no traffic signs or signals. You arrive at the same time as another vehicle. You should:

At intersections not controlled by traffic signals or signs, yield to any vehicle that reaches an intersection before you. Yield to the car on the right when vehicles approach at the same time.


#22. When entering a freeway, you must:

You must yield to vehicles on the freeway. Look to see if there are any oncoming vehicles in the freeway near lane. If not, move into the freeway near lane and maintain your speed. If there are oncoming vehicles, slow your vehicle slightly and move in behind the oncoming vehicle.


#23. When driving on a two-lane road and approaching within 100 feet of an intersection, you must:

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.


#24. By applying for a driver's license in this state you agree to be tested for alcohol or drugs. This law is known as the:

The Implied Consent Law means that any person who operates a motor vehicle on the public highways in Hawaii is deemed to have given his or her consent to be tested to determine the amount of alcohol in his or her blood.


#25. If you run off the pavement, do NOT:

If your vehicle should slip off the edge of the road, loose gravel, dirt, or the edge of the pavement may tend to keep the vehicle from returning to the paved surface smoothly. If this happens:

  • Do not attempt to force the vehicle back onto the pavement by jerking the steering wheel.
  • Continue to drive with the wheels off the pavement and reduce speed.
  • Use the brakes gently.
  • When at a safe speed, turn the steering wheel to return to the pavement. Be prepared to make an immediate adjustment to remain in your traffic lane.

#26. The area in the center of this road is used for:

Two-way left turn channelization markings are a combination of a yellow solid and dashed lines in the center of a roadway which mark a lane in the center of the roadway which may be used by vehicles traveling in either direction for left turn maneuvers only. The lane must never be used for passing.


#27. When are you required to stop at a railroad crossing?

You must stop your vehicle not less than 15 feet 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.

#28. Under the graduated licensing program, the first step for anyone 18 years of age or younger is to obtain:

The Graduated Licensing Program affects license holders under the age of 18.

GDL includes three steps that allow for increased driving privilege as the driver accumulates more skill and demonstrates responsible driving practices.

The three steps are: the instruction permit, provisional license, and the full license.


#29. When you are driving on a highway divided by two solid yellow lines:

No passing lines are single solid yellow lines used on two-lane roads to indicate zones where passing is prohibited. If the solid yellow line is closer to you, you cannot cross the lines. If the broken line is closer to you, you can only cross the line to pass another vehicle when it is safe to do so.

You may cross a solid line on your side only to make a left turn into or from an alley, private road, or a driveway.


#30. What does this sign mean?

A yield sign is a triangular red and white sign indicating that other traffic has the right-of-way. Be ready to stop when you approach a yield sign.

You need to stop only when there is other traffic that has the right-of-way.

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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 .


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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