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  Number of questions on each practice test: 30
  Question pool: 1,000+
  Type of test: Random



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#1. While driving, you should always try to:

One of the most common mistakes inexperienced drivers make is looking in front of the car instead of up the road. Expert drivers try to keep looking 20 to 30 seconds ahead. Looking 20 to 30 seconds ahead also helps you to control the car in another way. When you focus attention about 20 to 30 seconds ahead, it is easier to keep your car on a steady path.


#2. If you run off the pavement, it can be very dangerous to:

If the right wheels of your car unexpectedly run off on to the shoulder of the road:

  • Do not panic! Grip the steering wheel firmly.
  • Ease up on the gas pedal.
  • Do not hit the brake pedal suddenly and hard. Step on the brakes gently.
  • After you have slowed down, you can steer back onto the road. Before doing so, check the road for traffic ahead and behind, then turn your wheels to get back on the road.

Remember, do not overreact. Do not try to swerve back onto the pavement right away, because you may lose control of your vehicle.


#3. The eight-sided shape is used for which road signs?

A stop sign is red with white letters and has eight sides (octagon).

When coming to one, stop before the crosswalk or stop line and do not cross it. If there is no crosswalk or stop line, stop at the point nearest the intersection to enable you to see approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway. The stop must be made before any portion of your vehicle has entered the intersection.

You should learn to recognize road signs by color and shape as well as the messages or symbols they carry.


#4. What is the meaning of this sign?

Reduction of lanes.

There will be fewer lanes ahead. The right lane ends and traffic in this lane must merge left. Drivers in the left lane should allow others to merge smoothly.


#5. Backing your vehicle is generally:

Backing is dangerous because it is so hard for you to see behind your car. Your car is also much harder to control and to stop while you are backing.

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


#6. Why should you dim your headlights when you overtake another vehicle at night?

You must dim your lights when an oncoming vehicle is within 500 feet or when you follow a vehicle within 300 feet.


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

A person who is blind or visually impaired may use a white cane as a means for safe and independent travel. This person may also be led by a guide dog. In either case, this person must always be given the right-of-way.

If you see anyone in the roadway with a white cane or guide dog, stop at least 10 feet away and wait until the person is out of danger.

An operator who fails to yield the right-of-way to a visually impaired pedestrian is liable for a traffic infraction with a minimum $50 and maximum $1,000 fine.


#8. Driving across a parking area to avoid a traffic light is:

You may not drive a motor vehicle through a parking area to avoid obeying the requirements of a traffic control device.


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

Slippery when wet.

Some road surfaces are more slippery than others when wet. These roads are usually posted with this warning sign.

Remember, on cold, wet days, bridges and overpasses can hide spots of ice. These areas freeze first and dry out last.


#10. What should you do when you see this sign?

Move or merge right. Large flashing or sequencing arrow panels may be used in work zones to guide drivers into certain traffic lanes and to inform them that part of the road or street ahead is closed.


#11. Moving into the same lane alongside a motorcycle:

Motorcycles have as much right to the road as cars. Give them as much space as you would give a car. Do not try to deprive a motorcycle of the full use of a lane.


#12. You must always bring your vehicle to a complete stop:

Cars coming out of driveway or alley must stop before the crosswalk, and wait for pedestrians and traffic. They must always stop for blind persons attempting to cross a street. Flashing red lights also mean stop.


#13. When should you proceed straight ahead against a red light?

If you see police directing traffic, do as they direct. Police have authority to direct all traffic and pedestrians as needed. It is illegal to refuse or fail to obey police orders.

You must also obey when a school crossing guard or a flagger directs you.


#14. If your vehicle crashes into a utility pole and electrical wires have landed on a vehicle, the safest course of action is to:

If downed wires are present, do not go near them. Wait for emergency crews to handle the situation. If the wires are touching a vehicle or lying near it, occupants should stay inside until help arrives.


#15. If your brakes get wet, you can dry them if you:

Always test the brakes after driving through deep water. The brakes may pull you to one side, or they may not work at all. Dry the brakes by driving slowly and putting your brakes on lightly for a short distance.


#16. When passing a bicyclist:

Reduce your speed when passing bicyclists, especially if the roadway is narrow. Leave at least three feet of passing space between the right side of your vehicle and a bicyclist.

Do not blast your horn when approaching bicyclists. You could startle them and cause an accident.


#17. You are planning to drive far. How often should you take a rest stop?

Traveling for long distances on straight roads may make you drowsy or unaware of what is happening around you. This is an extremely dangerous situation. Schedule a break every two hours or 100 miles. And, of course, stop sooner if you are experiencing any of the danger signs and take a short 15-to-20-minute nap.


#18. Whenever possible, children 12 years old and younger should be secured:

Whenever possible, children 12 years or younger should ride in the rear seat.

Remember, the driver must ensure that a child who is less than 12 years of age and who weighs less than 100 pounds is properly secured in the rear seat of a vehicle, if possible.


#19. You should always wear your lap belt:

The shoulder strap should cross the collarbone, and the lap belt should fit low and tight.


#20. This sign (red X) over a lane means:

Special overhead lights are sometimes used to indicate which lanes of a highway may be used at certain times:

  • Steady Red X: Do not drive in this lane.
  • Steady Yellow X: Clear this lane, signal is about to change to red.
  • Flashing Yellow X: This lane may only be used for a left turn.
  • Green Arrow: You may use this lane.

#21. 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?

It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus with red lights flashing on school property, on any undivided highway or parking area in Maine.

If you are approaching a stopped school bus from either direction, with its red lights flashing, you must bring your vehicle to a complete stop in front or rear of the school bus and wait while children are getting on or off the bus. You must not proceed until the bus resumes motion or until signaled by the school bus driver to do so. Violations carry severe penalties.

If a school bus has stopped on the other side of a divided highway with a barrier between travel directions, you do not have to stop.


#22. Parallel parking: When you pull up alongside the vehicle in front of a free space, the distance between your car and the other vehicle should be about:

Stop even with the car ahead and about two feet away from it.


#23. A typical offense requiring a suspension of a driving privilege is:

Typical offenses requiring suspension are:

  • Failure to file required insurance.
  • Failure to appear in court for a traffic citation.
  • Operating Under the Influence (O.U.I.).
  • Administrative License Suspension.

#24. If you need to pull off the road and stop on the shoulder because of thick fog, you should:

The best rule during foggy conditions is to avoid driving. If you must drive, you should:

  • Reduce your speed and always be prepared to stop your vehicle within the limits of your vision, even if those limits are not more than a few feet.
  • Turn your headlights on. Put them on low beam to prevent the glaring reflection of your lights in the fog.
  • Look for road edge markings to guide you.
  • If the fog becomes so thick that you can barely see, pull off the road and stop, using your emergency flashers. Wait until visibility improves. Do not creep along at 5 or 10 miles an hour.

#25. True or false? Under certain conditions, you may receive a ticket for speeding even if you are driving at or less than the posted speed limit:

Remember, speed limits are based on the condition of the road, how far you can see, and what typical traffic is like. Posted speed limits do not tell you at what speed to drive. They only say you cannot go faster than the speed shown. If road and weather conditions make the posted speed unsafe, you must slow down. This is known as the basic speed law.

An operator shall operate a vehicle at a careful and prudent speed not greater than is reasonable and proper having due regard to the traffic, surface, and width of the way and of other conditions then existing.


#26. You approach a railroad crossing. There is heavy traffic ahead. You must stop before the crossing when:

If you have to stop in heavy traffic, stop before the tracks, not on them.

Never start across tracks unless there is room on the other side for your vehicle.


#27. Which is true about alcohol?

Alcohol interferes with the brain’s ability to react and to concentrate. A driver who has consumed alcohol is more apt to fall asleep at the wheel or drive off the roadway. Moreover, the more a person drinks, the less control they have over coordinating body functions and movements.


#28. Which offense will carry six demerit points?

The law requires a court to suspend the driver’s license of a person, under 21 years of age, who is adjudicated of the offense of using false or fraudulent credentials to obtain liquor or gain entrance into a drinking establishment. The court is given discretionary authority to suspend the license for 30 days for a first offense and is required to suspend the license for 90 days for a second offense and one year for any subsequent offense. The Secretary of State is obligated to impose the suspension for second and subsequent offenses. The offense will carry six demerit points.


#29. The alcohol level in your body is determined mainly by:

The alcohol level in your body is determined by the amount of alcohol consumed, the time spent drinking, the time required by the body to rid itself of alcohol, and your weight.

It does not depend on what kind of alcoholic beverage you drink, how physically fit you are, or how well you can hold your liquor.

Food in the stomach causes alcohol to be absorbed more slowly, slowing down the rate and the amount of intoxication. It will not prevent the alcohol to get into your blood.


#30. The best way to drive through a sharp curve is:

When you come to curve, slow down before you enter the curve, so you do not have to brake in the curve. You must be able to stop if you need to.

If the curve is too sharp, or if you are going too fast, the tires can lose their grip and cause a skid.

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Facts about Your Maine Driver License Test

Maine Knowledge Test for Learner’s Permit and Driver’s License
  Number of questions on exam: 30 questions
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 24
  Allotted time to complete test: n/a
  Wait time before retest: No official wait time

Maine BMV Driver License & Permit Practice Tests - Driver's Prep

Maine Practice Tests for Permit and Full License

Each preparation test on this website has 30 questions based on the Motorist Handbook & Study Guide and real BMV tests.

You will get instant feedback after each question. If your answer is wrong, you will also see a brief explanation. If you keep the Motorist Handbook handy throughout your studies, you can compare answers with the information in the Handbook.

Make sure you get the latest version of the Study Guide from your BMV office or download it online .

The passing score in Maine is 80 percent, which means must answer at least 24 questions correctly. All questions are from the Motorist Handbook & Study Guide.

It is a good idea to aim higher on a practice test. At a minimum, you should aim for 92 percent. But it is, of course, best to aim for the perfect score of 100%.

Read more about study tactics .

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What You Should Know about the Knowledge Examination in Maine

The knowledge test will check your knowledge of common road signs, rules of the road, Maine’s DUI laws, the dangers associated with distracted driving, and Maine traffic laws.

Traditionally the test had 10 separate questions about road signs and 20 questions about road rules and traffic laws. Expect the same numbers on the new test.

The test should take about 15 minutes to complete.

If you are enrolled in a driver education, you typically take the test as part of your education class at a driving school. You don’t have to take another written test.

Maine does not offer online testing from home.

If you transfer a license from another country or are required to pass the exam for other reasons, you must take the test at a BMV location.

If you fail the test, you may be able to take it again the same day at the discretion of the examiner. There is no official wait time to retake the knowledge test.

The knowledge test is a closed book test, and you cannot used books, manuals, notes, or digital devices in the testing area.

The test is available in several languages, but Maine BMV has made no effort to publish them. Any applicant who requires accommodations for the written or road test should contact the Exams Division of the BMV by phone, inquire in person at any BMV branch, email the Exams unit at or mail Bureau of Motor Vehicles, State House Station 29, Augusta, Maine 04333.

Who Must Pass the BMV Test?

  First-time applicants who have not been licensed before.

You must take all tests, including vision screening, knowledge test, and driving test, when you never had a license or permit before.

  Drivers who let their license expire more than 5 years.

If you had a driver’s license issued in Maine or another state and let that license expire for more than 5 years, you must apply for a new driver’s license and take all tests again.

  Drivers who hold a foreign driver’s license.

New residents with an out-of-country license from a foreign country other than Canada must take all tests to convert their license to a Maine driver’s license. They must show proof of address in Maine and documents that show their legal presence.

  Drivers with a suspended / revoked license.

When your license is suspended for certain violations, BMV may require a new knowledge test and driving test before your license is reinstated.

When is the BMV Knowledge Test Waived?

If you apply for a driver license in Maine and hold a license from another state, US territory, or Canada, the knowledge test and road skills test are usually waived.

Is the BMV Knowledge Test Hard?

The failure rate on the BMV knowledge test is about 30 percent, which means that one out of three fails the test the first time they take it. The difficulty level is graded moderate to hard, so it is a good idea to prepare well.

Don’t Forget Your Documents

Before you can pass the vision screening and the knowledge test, you must have all your paperwork in order. It is common that applicants are sent back home from the BMV service center because they didn’t have all the necessary documents .

You must show:

  2 different proof of identity – at least one must indicate your date of birth and the other must have your written signature.

  Proof that you are a Maine resident.

  Proof that you are a U.S. citizen or are in the country lawfully (legal presence).

Maine Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Laws

1   Learner’s Permit

Minimum Age (Years) Minimum Duration (Months) Required Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours)
15 6 70 (10)


2   Intermediate License

Minimum Age (Years) Nighttime Driving Restriction Passenger Restriction (except family, unless noted)
16 Midnight – 5 a.m. First 9 months: no passengers


3   Full License

Minimum Age (Years, Months)
16 years, 9 months

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