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#1. A steady circular yellow light on a traffic signal means:

A yellow light means that the related green movement is being terminated OR that the red light is going to be shown immediately thereafter. You should avoid entering the intersection when the yellow light is shown. Stop, if you can do so safely.

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#2. Which is true about safety belts?

Safety belts help keep you in the driver’s position so you can keep control of your car.

The first impact in a crash frequently throws the driver away from the vehicle controls thus preventing any possibility of controlling the vehicle.

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#3. A traffic officer is directing you to do a U-turn against existing signs. What should you do?

You must obey all lawful orders and directions of a police officer. You must also obey signal of any school crossing guard, flagman, or flag person.

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#4. When children are nearby, what should you do before you back out of a driveway or parking lot?

Exercise extraordinary caution when backing up in residential areas. Children often play behind and between parked vehicles. Visually check the area to the rear of the vehicle before entering. Turn around and look to the rear – do not rely on rear-view mirrors. The view through rear-view mirrors is too small to use for this purpose. If you cannot see to the rear, have someone outside of the vehicle guide you.

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#5. Are you allowed to drive faster than the speed limit when overtaking another vehicle?

You must not drive at a speed that is greater than the posted maximum limit. It is illegal to exceed the posted speed limit.

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#6. If you need to turn around on a freeway, 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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#7. You must not pass another motor vehicle to the right side except:

You may pass to the right of another vehicle:

  • When the vehicle you are passing is about to make a left turn, but you may not drive your vehicle off the pavement or main traveled portion of the roadway to pass.
  • On a paved street or highway with two or more lanes marked for traffic in each direction.
  • On a one-way street with two or more lanes marked for traffic.
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#8. When parking uphill on a two-way street with no curbs, your front wheels should be:

If you park downhill, with or without a curb, turn your front wheels to the right (to the side of the road). If you face uphill, with a curb, turn your front wheels away from the curb (to the travel lane). If there is no curb, turn your front wheels to the right, toward the edge of the road.

Always set the parking brake. Shift to the PARK position if you have one. If not, shift to reverse or low gear.

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#9. You encounter a thick fog and conditions quickly get worse. What is the best thing to do?

It is best to avoid driving in fog but if you must, you should:

  • Sharply reduce speed and turn on low beam head lamps. Never use the high beam because the reflection especially at night will reduce your ability to see and the light will reduce the approaching driver’s ability to see.
  • Be prepared for an emergency stop.
  • If you are unable to see at least two car lengths (40 feet or 12 meters), pull completely off the pavement and stop. Turn on the hazard warning signals.
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#10. When following large vehicles you should adjust your following distance so you can:

You can tell if you are following too closely by using the two-second rule. In some situations, you should allow an extra cushion. 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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#11. This sign means:

The 8-sided shape is used exclusively for stop signs. You must always bring your vehicle to a complete stop and yield to approaching traffic before proceeding.

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#12. 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.
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#13. When should you use your parking lights?

Never use parking lights instead of your head lamps.

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#14. You should always signal before you:

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.

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#15. What color is used for obstruction markings on the pavement to indicate that you may pass only to the right of the obstruction?

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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#16. What does this sign mean?

Lane ends or road narrows. There will be fewer lanes ahead. Traffic must merge left. Drivers in the left lane should allow others to merge smoothly.

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#17. You approach an intersection. Where should you stop if there is a stop sign, but no stop line or crosswalk?

When required to stop at an intersection, you must stop at the stop line. When there is no stop line, you stop before entering any crosswalk. When there is no stop line or crosswalk, stop before entering the intersection.

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#18. A class 3 license allows you to drive vehicles designed to transport no more than:

A class 3 license allows you to drive vehicles designed to transport 15 or fewer passengers, including the driver.

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#19. 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.
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#20. To ensure that your physical condition does not cause you to drive in an unsafe manner you should:

All drivers, including older experienced drivers should:

  • Keep physically fit.
  • Have annual physical examinations.
  • Know the effect of medication on your driving ability.
  • Recognize and drive within your limitations.
  • Seek and comply with a physician’s advice concerning your driving capabilities.
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#21. When are you allowed to pass a school bus?

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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#22. If you are involved in a collision, an injured person or other drivers involved have the right to:

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. You are driving on an interstate when you suddenly have a flat tire. What should you do?

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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#24. Which is true about a center left turn lane?

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.

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#25. This red and white sign means:

You may find the red with white sign at exit ramps and the beginning of one-way streets. The Do Not Enter sign tells you not to enter in that direction.

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#26. You have a green light at an intersection. A funeral procession is crossing your path. What should you do?

Funeral processions and convoys have the right of way at intersections. Vehicles in a convoy or procession will usually use headlamps for identification. The first and last vehicles will usually have a distinctive marking.

You should not drive your vehicle between the vehicles in a funeral procession.

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#27. 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.

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#28. You are following a large vehicle. It approaches an intersection and signals left but moves out to the right. What is the best thing to do?

Large vehicles require more space for turning movements. Other drivers and highway users should allow the large vehicle driver additional space to make the maneuvers safely.

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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#29. 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.

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#30. If you see a pedestrian with a white cane attempting to cross the street, you must:

You should always give blind persons the right-of-way, regardless of the traffic signal indication or traffic situation.

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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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