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#1. Because of restricted visibility while backing a vehicle, you should:

Because it is hard to see while you are backing, try to do as little backing as possible.

Avoid backing across or into a roadway whenever possible.

Avoid backing into traffic.


#2. When you park and leave your car, you must:

Drivers are responsible for making sure that their vehicle is not a hazard when it is parked. When you leave your vehicle unattended, you must:

  • Stop the engine
  • Lock the ignition and remove the ignition key
  • Set the parking brake

When the vehicle is on a grade, turn the wheels toward the curb (or when facing uphill and there is a curb, away from the curb).


#3. What does this sign mean?

This sign can mean either school crossing or school zone

You are nearing a school area. Watch for children and a marked school crossing.


#4. Can you leave a child under nine years old unattended in a parked car?

Hawaii law prohibits you or any adult passenger from leaving a child, under nine years of age, unattended in a motor vehicle for five minutes or longer.

Leaving a child unsupervised in a vehicle can have tragic consequences, such as the child suffering from extreme heat exposure or injury when the car is stolen or when parts of the car, such as the emergency brakes, power windows, and trunk releases, are used inadvertently.


#5. To stay alert behind the wheel, you should keep your eyes:

To avoid accidents, you, as a defensive driver, should keep your eyes moving in order to be aware of developing traffic situations around you at all times.


#6. To practice defensive driving you should:

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.

#7. The basic speed law means you must:

The basic law means you must not drive at a speed that is greater than is reasonable and prudent.

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.


#8. At this intersection, cars in the left lane must:

Cars in left lane may turn left or go straight. Cars in center lane must go straight. Cars in right lane must turn right.

Lane use control signs are rectangular, black and white signs indicating that turning movements are required or the unusual turning movements are permitted from specific lanes at an intersection. You must move your vehicle only in the direction indicated for your traffic lane.


#9. Which pavement marking separates traffic traveling in opposite directions?

Yellow centerlines are used to separate traffic moving in opposite directions. 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. Double solid yellow lines are used to mark the center of the roadway where passing is prohibited in both directions. You may cross these lines only to make a left turn into or from an alley, private road, or driveway.


#10. When you proceed straight ahead on a solid green light, you must:

A green light means go straight ahead or turn except when signs prohibit turns.

You must yield to all pedestrians and vehicles already in the intersection. Remember, you must not stop your vehicle within an intersection or a crosswalk. Never drive your vehicle into an intersection or a crosswalk unless there is space for your entire vehicle on the opposite side of the intersection or crosswalk.


#11. You are in an intersection and see an emergency vehicle with flashing lights behind you. What should you do?

When you hear the warning signal (siren, bell, or horn) or see the warning lamps (flashing red or blue) of an emergency vehicle, you must provide a clear path for the emergency vehicle and stop. Do not panic and jam on the brakes. The following steps indicate the procedure:

  • Reduce your speed.
  • Determine where the emergency vehicle is coming from.
  • Move your vehicle out of the path of the emergency vehicle toward the edge of the road and stop.
  • 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.

Remember, never stop in the middle of an intersection or roundabout. Drive through the intersection and pull over as soon as it is safe.


#12. If your power steering fails:

Power steering failure usually occurs in combination with engine failure or loss of the belt driving the power unit. In any case additional effort will be required to maintain steering control.

  • Reduce speed.
  • Drive to a safe area and stop.

#13. Which is true about alcohol?

The use of alcohol is a factor in over 18,000 (about 40%) of the fatal motor vehicle accidents that occur every year in the United States.


#14. When you stop at a railroad crossing, you must stop at what distance from the nearest rail?

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.

#15. If your vehicle starts to hydroplane, you should:

Partial hydroplaning may start at 35 miles per hour (56 km/h). The extent of hydroplaning increases with speed and with the amount of water on the highway. At 55 miles per hour (89 km/h) in a heavy rain the tires may lose all contact with the pavement. When this happens, you cannot brake, accelerate, or turn. To prevent hydroplaning you should reduce the speed of the vehicle. Hydroplaning occurs most frequently at higher speeds. Slowly step off the gas pedal. Never hit the brakes or turn suddenly. You may lose control and skid.


#16. You should always look carefully for motorcycles before you change lanes because:

Motorcycles present a narrow silhouette and are usually much shorter in length than an automobile. The small profile of the motorcycle may make it appear farther away and traveling slower than it actually is. Because it is difficult to judge the motorcycle’s distance and speed, car drivers need to take a second look, and then a third. Its small size also makes it more difficult to spot in traffic than another car.


#17. Before entering or crossing a road from a driveway:

Stop and yield when entering any public street or road from alley, driveway, or farmyard.


#18. If you hit an unattended vehicle and are unable to find the owner, you must:

Upon striking an unattended vehicle, stop and locate the owner, or leave a written notice containing your name and address and circumstances of the accident. You must also notify police if the damage was more than $3,000 or someone was injured.


#19. A holder of an instruction permit must always be accompanied by a licensed driver who is:

You may operate a motor vehicle upon any highway with an instruction permit only when accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years of age. If between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., you must be accompanied by a licensed driver who is your parent or guardian (unless you are an emancipated minor).


#20. You are driving on a country road at night and a vehicle with high beams comes toward you. What should you do?

If a vehicle comes toward you with high beams on, and fails to dim the lights, slow down and look toward the right side of the road. This will keep you from being blinded by the other car’s headlights. You should also be able to see enough of the edge of the lane to stay on course until the car passes.

Remember, it normally takes about seven seconds for your eyes to recover from headlight glare. At 55 miles per hour, that is almost the length of two football fields! The eyes of drinking drivers take significantly longer to adjust.


#21. This sign is often placed:

Slippery when wet.

In wet weather, drive slowly. Do not speed up or brake hard. Make sharp turns at a slow speed. This sign is often located near bridges and overpasses.


#22. What is a safety zone?

A safety zone is the area or space officially set apart within a roadway for the exclusive use of pedestrians and which is protected or is so marked as to be plainly visible.

Never drive through a pedestrian safety zone. It is prohibited by law.


#23. When approaching a roundabout to make a right turn, you must:

Use your turn signals in the same way as any other intersection. If you travel through the roundabout, use your right turn signal when you are ready to exit.


#24. When are you allowed to drive with a red light showing from the front of your motor vehicle?

The following motor vehicle equipment is prohibited:

  • A red light showing from the front, or a blue light visible outside of the vehicle, except on authorized emergency vehicles.
  • A bell, exhaust whistle or siren, except on authorized emergency vehicles.
  • A muffler cut-out or by-pass, or a muffler that makes more noise than an original equipment manufacturer muffler.

#25. You are approaching a stopped school bus on your side of a divided highway. 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.


#26. When you want to make a right turn at an intersection with a steady red light, you should:

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.


#27. Which is true about signaling before making a sudden stop?

When slowing down, stopping, turning, or changing lanes, you must signal to let others know what you plan to do. You must signal every time, even when there are no other vehicles in sight.

Signals must be given for at least 100 feet before you change lanes, turn, or stop. It is advisable to signal for a greater distance when driving at higher speeds.

Signals shall be given either by means of the hand and arm or by signal lamps.

Hand signals must be used when the vehicle turn signals are not operating.


#28. If the brake warning lamp on the instrument panel lights up when you apply the brakes, you should:

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 may be required.


#29. If you drive slower than the flow of traffic on a multi-lane highway you should:

Different traffic lanes should be used for different purposes, there are correct lanes for through traffic, passing and turning. The right lane should be used by drivers who go slower or who are entering or turning off the road.


#30. 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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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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