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This Maine Permit Sample Test
  Number of questions on each practice test: 30
  Question pool: 1,000+
  Type of test: Random

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#1. Which of these statements about drugs and driving is true?

Besides alcohol, there are many other drugs that can affect a person’s ability to drive safely. Some allergy remedies, cough syrups and cold pills which you can buy without prescription contain codeine, alcohol, antihistamines, or bromides which can affect driving.

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#2. When you are going down a long or steep hill on a multi-lane road and have a truck behind you, it is a good idea to:

Check your mirrors. Drivers of trucks and buses often try to build up speed so that they can make it to the top of the next hill. If you see them early, you can change lanes.

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#3. If you have to cross several lanes when entering a freeway, you should:

If you have to cross several lanes, change lanes one at a time. If you slow down or stop to wait until all lanes are clear, you will tie up traffic and may cause a collision.

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#4. When driving in fog, you should turn on:

Use low beams in fog, snow, or heavy rain. Light from high beams reflects back from such precipitation and causes glare.

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#5. A driver is preparing to cross a sidewalk when a pedestrian is approaching. Who must yield?

When crossing a sidewalk, you must yield to all pedestrians or bicyclists on the sidewalk.

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#6. When a traffic signal is showing a steady yellow light:

A yellow signal light means caution. The red signal is about to appear. When you see the yellow light, stop if you can do so safely. If you cannot stop safely, enter the intersection cautiously.

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#7. Which is true about altering information on your Maine driver's license:

Changing information on a driver’s license carries severe penalties, including loss of license.

If your name or address changes from that given on your license, Maine law requires that you notify the Bureau of Motor Vehicles within 30 days of change.

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#8. True or false? Before entering a traffic circle or roundabout you must always stop.

Slow down as you approach the roundabout. A roundabout allows you to continue through without stopping, unless otherwise directed by a police officer or by traffic control devices.

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#9. When driving on a slippery surface such as snow or ice, you should:

Slow down. Increase the space between your vehicle and other vehicles. Signal all turns and begin braking well ahead so that other drivers will know what you are going to do

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#10. What should you do when you are pulling a trailer?

You can tell if you are following too closely by using the two-second rule. In some situations, you should allow an extra cushion. A three to four-second (or more) following distance may be needed when you have a heavy load or are pulling a trailer. The extra weight increases your braking distance.

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#11. If you have been drinking alcohol, what will help you to sober up?

Some myths about drinking alcohol say that taking cold showers, drinking black coffee, or exercising will sober a person up. This is not true.

Because everyone’s liver oxidizes alcohol at a constant rate, nothing but time will sober you up.

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#12. Your chances of surviving a collision are three to four times better if:

If you wear a lap belt your chances of coming out of a collision alive are about twice as good as if you do not. If you are wearing both lap belt and shoulder strap your chances are three to four times as good.

Regardless of the nature of the accident it is considerably more dangerous to be unrestrained in a crash.

Statistically, every citizen has a one in three chance of being in a serious accident in his or her life.

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#13. True or false? A police officer may conduct a vehicle safety inspection at any time.

A police officer may conduct a vehicle safety inspection at any time. In fact, Maine occasionally uses legal roadblocks for just that purpose.

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#14. What does this sign mean?

School Zone.

A five-sided sign means you are in a school zone. Be alert for school crossings in the country as well as in town. You must stop when the school crossing guard directs you, and remember to always yield the right-of-way to any schoolchildren crossing the street.

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#15. Unless otherwise posted, at what speed should you travel when driving through a business district?

Unless otherwise posted, the legal speed limit is 25 mph in a business, or residential district, or built-up area of the state.

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#16. This sign means:

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.

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#17. Some municipal ordinances do not allow you to park:

Some municipal ordinances do not allow you to park within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.

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#18. If your vehicle is equipped with air bags, you should adjust your driver's seat by moving it:

Drivers should position the seat as far away from the dashboard as is practical to operate the vehicle. Passenger seat is pushed back as far as possible.

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#19. What does this sign mean?

Deer crossing.

Reduce your speed and be particularly cautious in areas where deer crossing signs are posted.

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#20. Traffic signs with orange background show:

Construction warning signs are posted to alert drivers of road construction or maintenance activity ahead. They also serve to guide a motorist safely through or around the work site. These signs are black symbols or lettering on an orange background and are often diamond shaped.

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#21. Which is true about changing lanes when you turn left at an intersection?

Turn into the lane that is closest to the lane from which you came. If you need to move into another lane, move only after you have finished your turn and when traffic is clear.

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#22. If you damaged a parked vehicle and are unable to find the owner, you must leave a note and:

If a parked car is damaged, try to find the owner. Leave a note in a place where the owner can find it. The note should contain:

  • Your name and address.
  • Driver’s license number.
  • License plate number.
  • Date and time of accident.
  • A description of property damage.

You must also notify police if the damage was more than $1,000 or someone was injured.

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#23. If your car starts to hydroplane, a gust of wind, a curve, or a slight turn can cause:

If tires lose all contact with the road, a gust of wind, a curve, or a slight turn can cause a skid.

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#24. What does this sign mean?

Many streets have signs that show what each of the lanes is to be used for. The sign tells you that you can only a make left turn from this lane.

You must obey the sign in your lane. When the word ONLY is used, you must go in the direction the arrow points – there is no option.

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#25. You are driving on a highway. What is the best thing to do if do not remember driving the last few miles?

Danger signs of drowsiness:

  • You must make a conscious effort to keep your eyes open.
  • You want to prop your head up.
  • You cannot stop yawning.
  • You do not remember driving the last few miles.
  • You keep drifting from your lane.
  • You have wandering, disconnected thoughts.

If you experience even one of these symptoms, you are only heading for trouble. Pull off the road and find a safe place to take a short nap.

Most of us believe we can control when we fall asleep. But the reality is, sleep is not voluntary.

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#26. You arrive at the scene of an accident where electrical wires have landed on a vehicle. What should you do?

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.

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#27. When may you drive faster than a maximum speed limit?

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.

Remember, it is illegal to exceed the posted speed limit.

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#28. How do the following compare in the amount of alcohol they contain: 12 ounces of beer, 1 ounce of 100 proof liquor, and four ounces of wine:

The kind of beverage you drink does not matter. What is important is the amount of alcohol you drink over a period of time. There is approximately the same amount of alcohol in a 12 oz. can of beer as there is in a 1 oz. shot of 100 proof hard liquor or 4 oz. glass of table wine (or a 10 oz. wine cooler).

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#29. Which of the following violations will result in the highest number of demerit points on a driver's record?

Improper Passing will result in six points.

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#30. 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.

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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 license.bmv@maine.gov 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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