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#1. Traffic accidents resulting in personal injury to any extent, or death, or property damage of $3,000 or more must be reported to:

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.

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#2. 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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#3. When you are driving, signaling your intentions before turning, changing lanes, or driving away from a curb:

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. When driving to an unfamiliar area it is a good idea to:

When driving to an unfamiliar area, you should plan your trip. You should know the exact location of your destination. Do not start with only a hazy idea of where you are going. Check the location on a map before you start. Choose the most appropriate route.

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#5. Three vehicles arrive at an intersection where there are no signs or signals. Vehicle A is turning left. Vehicles B and C are going straight. Vehicle B must:

Vehicle C goes first.

Vehicle A must yield to both B and C.

Vehicle B must yield to vehicle C.

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.

When turning left, yield to all oncoming traffic that is so close as to be a hazard.

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#6. Lighted arrows are sometimes used to control turns from a specific traffic lane. A green arrow:

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.

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#7. What does a lane control sign with a steady yellow X mean?

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 yellow X means that you must move out of that lane of traffic because it is going to be used for traffic moving in the opposite direction. When the yellow X signal is flashing you may use that lane only when preparing to turn left.

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#8. A muffler cut-out or by-pass on a motor vehicle is:

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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#9. Driving slower than other vehicles:

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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#10. Unless accompanied by a licensed parent or a guardian, anyone with an instruction permit is prohibited from driving:

If between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., a holder of a permit must be accompanied by a licensed driver who is the permit holder’s parent or guardian (unless the permit holder is an emancipated minor).

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#11. You should always allow extra room in front of your vehicle when following:

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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#12. All drivers, regardless of age, 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.

Older drivers very often do not recognize the gradual decrease in their capability to cope with the driving situation and become increasingly dangerous to themselves and others.

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#13. When entering a freeway from an entrance lane, how fast should you go?

Use your turn signal to indicate that you are going to merge into the freeway traffic lane, then increase the speed of your vehicle to match that of the freeway traffic.

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#14. If your car 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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#15. Driving off main traveled portion of the roadway to pass another vehicle to the right is:

You may pass a vehicle to the right only in certain situations, and only if you can do so safely. You may not drive your vehicle off the pavement or main traveled portion of the roadway to pass.

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#16. You see flashing red lights at a railroad crossing. You must stop:

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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#17. After stopping at a red traffic signal, you may turn right except when:

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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#18. What is the wrong thing to do if an oncoming vehicle is drifting head-on into your lane?

If you observe an oncoming vehicle in your traffic lane:

  • Flash your lights and honk the horn.
  • Quickly slow your vehicle and steer to the right out of the lane into any available clear area. Do not enter the oncoming traffic lane.
  • Drive off the road if necessary. Avoid solid objects and pedestrians.
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#19. You approach a school bus that has stopped on the other side of a divided highway with a median barrier. The bus has turned on flashing red lights. What should you do?

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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#20. When is a double solid white line used as pavement marking?

Double solid white lines indicate that movement from lane to lane is prohibited.

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#21. When you park on a hill headed downhill and there is no curb, you should turn your front wheels:

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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#22. You see this sign on a vehicle ahead. What does it mean?

This highly reflective 18-inch triangular emblem is required to be displayed on the rear of vehicles designed to operate at speeds of 25 mph or less. When you see this emblem, reduce speed and approach cautiously.

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#23. 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:

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.
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#24. Why is it a good practice to drive slower at night?

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. To ensure safety when driving at night, you should reduce your speed so that you can stop within the distance you can see ahead.

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#25. Leaving a sleeping baby unattended inside a parked car is:

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.

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#26. At this intersection, the driver of the green vehicle (marked A) should:

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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#27. When you are ready to exit a roundabout, 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.

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#28. When traveling at 70 mph, what is your approximate stopping distance with perfect 4-wheel brakes under favorable conditions (distance your car will travel before it comes to a stop, including a thinking time of 3/4 second)?

A car traveling at 70 mph will need approximately 367 feet before it comes to a stop (including perception, thinking, and braking distance).

Table in your manual shows stopping distances with perfect 4-wheel brakes on best type of road service under favorable conditions.

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#29. You may back up on a freeway:

Never back up on a freeway.

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#30. If the pavement is wet when you approach this sign, you could skid if you:

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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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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