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#1. If you experience a tire blowout, your vehicle can become uncontrollable if you:

If you experience a tire blowout on your vehicle:

  • Do not apply the brakes.
  • Grip the steering wheel firmly and steer to remain in your traffic lane.
  • Reduce speed gradually without using the brakes until you are moving very slowly, then
  • Apply the brakes lightly and pull off the road into a safe area.
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#2. You must have the following motor vehicle equipment in proper working order:

Brake or stop lamps warn other drivers that you are slowing or stopping. Check these lamps frequently to make sure they operate when the brakes are applied.

A bell, siren, or exhaust whistle is not allowed.

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#3. After stopping and yielding, you may turn right at a red light unless:

A steady red light means that you must stop.

After stopping, you may turn right except when a sign prohibits such movement. You must yield to all pedestrians and all vehicles when making such a turn.

After stopping you may also turn left on a red light from a one-way street into a one-way street where traffic is moving to the left, except when a sign prohibits such movement.

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#4. An arrogant driver is a driver who:

Where the impatient driver is simply in a hurry, 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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#5. You are driving on a country road at night. An approaching vehicle from the other direction flashes its headlights once. What should you do?

Make sure you dim your lights. If the lights of an approaching vehicle are too bright, flash your high beams once and look at the right edge of the road and use lane markings or reflectors as a guide.

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#6. You are approaching a stopped school bus on your side of an undivided highway with two lanes. The bus is flashing its red lights. You must:

Whenever a school bus is stopped with alternating red signal lamps flashing, the driver of any motor vehicle on the same highway shall stop before reaching the school bus and shall not proceed until the school bus resumes motion or the flashing red signal lamps are turned off.

Vehicles proceeding in the opposite direction on a divided highway are not required to stop. A divided highway is two roadways separated by a strip of land or other space not intended for vehicular travel.

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#7. 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

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#8. Almost all the information you require to drive a vehicle safely is obtained by:

Almost all of the information you require to drive a vehicle safely is obtained by looking and seeing.

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#9. Your lane ends ahead and there is a large truck in the lane beside you. What is the best thing to do?

Slow down and merge behind the truck.

Large vehicles require greater stopping distances than other vehicles. When changing lanes or at intersections other drivers and highway users must make allowances for the increased stopping distance required by the large vehicles.

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#10. If bad weather makes roads slippery, you should:

Extra care should be used when driving on wet, slippery, or gravel-covered road surfaces. Driving on a road covered with oil and water can be like driving on ice. You should reduce speed, use extra caution, and allow at least twice the normal following distance.

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#11. Parking is prohibited in the following locations:

Parking is not allowed in front a fire hydrant, on a sidewalk, or within an intersection.

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#12. When driving away from a rising or setting sun, it is a good idea to:

For a short period before the sun rises and after the sun sets there is not enough light to see objects clearly. This condition is worse when the sky is cloudy. During this time of the day you should turn the head lamps on low beam so others can see you. Be alert for unlighted objects and pedestrians.

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#13. A sign with this shape means:

No passing zone signs are pennant-shaped yellow and black signs that supplement the Do Not Pass signs. The pennant is located at the left side of the road and points to the beginning of the no-passing zone.

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#14. When entering or crossing a road from a driveway:

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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#15. Which lane is marked as unavailable or closed?

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 red X means you must not use that lane because the lane is being used by traffic proceeding in the opposite direction.

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#16. What does this road sign mean?

Steep hill ahead. Slow down and be ready to shift to lower gear to control speed and protect brakes from damage.

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#17. Why should you avoid resting your foot on the brake pedal when you are not braking?

Do not rest your foot on the brake pedal when you are not braking to avoid giving following drivers a false stop lamp signal.

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#18. Which is true about the use of brakes?

Careful use of the brakes can save considerable energy and money in replacing fuel, brakes, and tires. Avoid bursts of speed followed by heavy braking. A hard application of the brakes will cause one or more wheels to slide on the road. If the brake warning lamp on the instrument panel lights up when you apply the brakes, the brake system has partially failed, and immediate repair is required.

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#19. Bicyclists may legally ride on the left-hand edge of a road:

Bicyclists may legally ride on the left-hand edge of a one-way road.

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#20. Consuming alcohol greatly affects:

Alcohol is a depressant, not a stimulant. It slows normal reflexes, interferes with judgment, reduces alertness and impairs vision. If you feel stimulated after drinking, it is simply because your inhibitions are lowered, causing loss of caution and self-control.

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#21. Passing another vehicle is prohibited:

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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#22. A driver who is involved in a traffic accident with injuries must do which of the following?

Do not leave the scene of an accident without identifying yourself and rendering assistance.

Drivers must give their name, address, and vehicle registration number, and if requested, exhibit their driver’s license to any person injured in the accident or to the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle or other property damaged in the accident

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#23. Unless posted otherwise, left turns against a red arrow are:

A red arrow has the same meaning as a red light for the indicated lane of traffic. After stopping you may turn left on a red light from a one-way street into a one-way street where traffic is moving to the left, except when a sign prohibits such movement.

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#24. Which is true about stopping at a railroad crossing?

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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#25. The most effective means of reducing serious injuries in a traffic crash is:

Safety belts are life belts. They are the most important personal safety item available in vehicles. They help keep you:

  • From being thrown from your car.
  • From being injured by striking the windshield or other interior parts of your car.
  • From injuring another person in the car by being thrown against them.
  • In the driver’s position so you can keep control of your car.

When used with lap and shoulder safety belts, air bags are also particularly good at saving adult lives. They must be used together with safety belts.

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#26. If your vehicle starts to skid, you should:

It is important to remember that when you encounter a skid or control problem, you should stop or reduce whatever it was that you were doing when the problem started.

  • Ease off the accelerator. The skid may stop as soon as you do this.
  • For cars without anti-lock brakes, avoid using the brakes.
  • Turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid.
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#27. Which is true about renewing your license by mail?

You may renew your license twice consecutively by mail but must present yourself before the examiner of drivers on the third renewal.

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#28. If you need to get off the freeway or change directions, you should:

If for any reason you must proceed in the opposite direction, go to the next exit, leave the freeway and re-enter in the opposite direction.

Never cross the center divider of a freeway.

Never turn around on a freeway.

Never back up on a freeway.

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#29. You see white obstruction markings on the pavement ahead. You may:

Obstruction markings are solid lines painted in the traffic lanes to guide you around obstructions, such as bridge supports, in the road. The markings may be yellow or white. You may pass to either side of white obstruction markings, but you must pass only to the right of the yellow markings.

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#30. You are driving in heavy traffic. The highway is posted for 65 mph, but traffic is moving at 35 mph. What should your speed be?

Posted speed limits do not tell you at what speed to drive. You must drive at a safe appropriate speed depending on the area in which you are driving, the type and condition of the road traffic, the presence of pedestrians, the weather, and light conditions.

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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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