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#1. If you need to read a map or directions while driving, you should:

If you need to read a map or directions, pull over to the side of the road in a safe place. Stop until you are ready to give your complete attention to driving.

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#2. When following a truck and there is a single-lane construction zone ahead, you should:

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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#3. Which is true about turn signals?

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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#4. You are on a two-lane roadway with a common left-turn lane. You approach a school bus with flashing red lights that has stopped on the other side of the road. 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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#5. You are involved in an accident with minor injuries. You must:

If involved in an accident:

  • Stop immediately. Do not leave the scene of an accident without identifying yourself and rendering assistance.
  • If possible, move your vehicle off the travelled portion of the roadway.
  • Help the injured. If there are injuries, remember to call the nearest police agency. Ask for an ambulance if needed
  • Warn passing traffic.
  • Exchange information.
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#6. 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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#7. When a police officer directs you to drive on the wrong side of the road, you should:

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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#8. On cold, wet days, which of the following roadways is most likely to freeze first?

Ice may accumulate on or under bridges even when the rest of the road is clear. Snow and ice melt more slowly in shady areas. Watch for shiny spots in the road – they could be icy.

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#9. 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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#10. This sign tells you that:

Hospital is a word message sign or an H symbol sign. General service signs like this are accompanied with a directional message if used at intersections.

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#11. Car tires must have a minimum tread depth of:

Tires must meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and have tire tread of at least 1/16 of an inch.

Replace tires that have less than 1/16 inch of tire tread. An easy method of checking tire tread is to use a Lincoln penny. Place the penny upside down within the tread. If the top of Lincoln’s head is visible, the tire needs to be replaced. Also, check tires for cuts, bulges, tread separation and uneven wear. Check your spare tire too.

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#12. The road is wet when you approach this sign. Which of the following is most likely to cause a problem?

Slippery when wet. In wet weather, drive slowly. Do not speed up or brake hard. Make sharp turns at a slow speed.

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#13. Increasing your vehicle's speed:

It is important to remember that increasing speed decreases your field of vision and puts you at greater risk of being involved in a crash. By slowing down, you will increase your field of vision.

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#14. Which traffic light has the same meaning as a stop sign?

A red flashing signal has the same meaning as a stop sign. A stop sign will also be posted where this signal is located.

You must always bring your vehicle to a complete stop and yield to approaching traffic before proceeding.

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#15. A sign with this shape means:

The meaning of traffic signs is indicated by color and shape in addition to words, letters, numbers, and silhouettes. The five-sided shape is used exclusively for school warning signs.

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#16. The two-second rule helps a driver know:

To insure a safe following interval, note when the vehicle ahead is opposite a tree, a telephone pole or other marker, then start counting at a normal rate one thousand one, one thousand two, etc. If you get to the word two before your vehicle reaches the marker, you have at least a two second interval. You should never have less. In many situations you must increase your following interval.

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#17. 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.

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#18. 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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#19. To prevent skidding on slippery surfaces, you should:

Excessive speed for existing road and traffic conditions is the most common cause of skidding. Skidding occurs when making sudden changes in direction or speed.

To prevent skidding, adjust speed to road conditions. Slow down as you approach curves and intersections. Avoid fast turns and quick stops.

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#20. Which of the following conflict more with other traffic and are generally much more hazardous?

Avoid left turns and U-turns whenever possible. These turns conflict more with other traffic, are much more hazardous than right turns and also impede other traffic.

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#21. Before applying for a provisional license, a minor must hold an instruction permit for at least:

You must hold a valid instruction permit for a period of 180 days before applying for a provisional license.

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#22. After passing a car and before returning to your lane, you should:

Move back into the proper traffic lane when you can see the overtaken vehicle in your interior rear-view mirror.

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#23. What is the best thing to do if your brakes suddenly fail to respond?

If your brakes fail completely:

  • Pump the brake pedal quickly.
  • Shift to a lower gear.
  • Look for an escape route. Use lights and horn to warn others.
  • Apply the parking brake gradually and bring your vehicle to a stop.
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#24. If you are driving slower than the normal speed of traffic and holding back other vehicles, you must:

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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#25. You wish to exit the freeway but have missed your exit ramp. You should:

If you pass the place where you intended to exit, do not stop, and do not back up! Continue on to the next exit.

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#26. You must yield to a pedestrian using a white cane or guide dog:

Stop for all blind persons in the roadway (identified by a white cane or guide dog) regardless of the traffic signal indication or traffic situation.

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#27. You just parked parallel to a curb. Your wheels must be within __________ of the curb.

When parallel parked, the vehicle’s curbside wheels shall be within 12 inches of the curb (30 cm), or completely within the marked parking stall.

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#28. Why should you NOT use your high beam headlights when driving in fog?

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.

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#29. Taking a few drinks after work before driving home:

The problem is not limited to the alcoholic or chronic drunk that drives. It involves everyone who uses alcohol to a lesser degree and drives, including those decent, law-abiding, responsible persons with homes and families who just overindulge occasionally. It is a few extra martinis during lunch, or a few with friends after work on payday, or driving home from a party.

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#30. What does this sign mean?

The Flagger ahead sign warns drivers that there is a flagger ahead, and to be especially alert in the work zone.

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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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