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  Number of questions on each practice test:30
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#1. In general, which drink contains more alcohol than the other two?

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).

Note: We compared with 4 oz. of whiskey, not 1 oz.


#2. True or false? Seat belts are not necessary when you drive at low speeds within 25 miles from home.

When a vehicle is equipped with seat belts, they must be used the operator and any passenger over 18 years of age, regardless of seating position.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 75% of all deaths and serious injuries occur in cars traveling under 40 mph within 25 miles from one’s home.

Not using a safety belt because you are just going to the store is a poor excuse – and dangerous.


#3. You see this sign attached to the back of a vehicle ahead. What should you do?

Some vehicles have trouble keeping up with the speed of traffic. When you see these vehicles ahead, adjust your speed before you reach them. Slowing suddenly is one cause of traffic accidents.

Vehicles that go 25 mph or less have a red-edged orange triangle (slow-moving vehicle sign) on the back. These vehicles include: farm tractors, animal-drawn carts, and roadway maintenance vehicles.


#4. If red lights are flashing and gates are closing at a railroad crossing, you should:

Sometimes flashing red lights mark a railroad crossing. Sometimes there are gates or barriers. Stop and wait until the light stops and barriers are removed.


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

Pass Within 100 Feet of Intersection will result in six points.


#6. When a traffic signal is showing a solid red light:

A steady red light means that you must stop.

A right turn is permitted, after stopping, unless posted otherwise.


#7. Braking in a curve:

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.


#8. You must use extra caution when approaching a pedestrian using a white cane because:

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.


#9. Going significantly slower than other cars:

Going slower than other cars or stopping all of a sudden can be just as bad as speeding. Cars bunch up behind you and could cause a rear-end crash. If many cars are pulling out to pass you, and you are driving at the posted speed, you should drive slower or pull over to the right side and wait until they pass.


#10. Which of the following would be indicated by circular road sign?

A round yellow sign with a black diagonal cross gives warning 350 to 500 feet ahead of a railroad crossing.

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


#11. Before turning left or right, you must signal during the last:

Signal as early as you can – at least 100 feet before any change or turn.


#12. When are you required to report a motor vehicle accident to police?

If the accident involves any injuries, or property damage of $1,000 or more, the drivers must report it to the police or local sheriff. Failure to report an accident may result in criminal charges and a driver’s license suspension.


#13. When should you give sharp blast on your horn?

People cannot see you unless they are looking your way. The horn can get their attention. Use it whenever it will help prevent an accident. If danger is near, do not be afraid to sound a sharp blast.

Horns can be wrongly used. You should NOT use them without cause or to make an unreasonably loud noise.

Tap the horn lightly, well in advance, to warn others you are there. Try to avoid using the horn around bicycles or horses because the riders may lose control if startled.


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

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.


#15. What is the first thing you should do before backing a vehicle?

Check behind the car before you get in. Children or small objects are hard to see from the driver’s seat. Turn your shoulders and head to the right so that you can look directly through the rear window. Do not depend solely on your mirrors. Back slowly. Your car is much harder to control and to stop while you are backing. Back no faster than a slow walk.

Remember, it is always safest to look behind the vehicle before getting in and not become overly reliant on backup cameras and sensors.


#16. What does this sign mean?

Many streets have signs that show what each of the lanes is to be used for.

Traffic in the right lane may proceed straight ahead or turn left. Traffic in the left lane must turn left.

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.


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

If you are parked on a hill: Turn wheels so that if the car moves downhill the wheels will be stopped by the curb. Or, if there is no curb, the wheels will turn the car off the road (not into traffic). Study illustrations in the Maine Motorist Handbook.


#18. What is the best thing to do if you start to feel tired while driving?

At the first sign of drowsiness, do not just sit there and try to fight it. Pull over at the nearest rest stop or service area and either walk around and stretch, take a nap, or if possible, change drivers. Do not depend on stay-awake drugs which are likely to make your driving even more hazardous.


#19. During a rainfall, when are road pavements usually most dangerous?

Roads are more dangerous at the start of a light rain when road oil and water mix to form a greasy film on the road. Rain makes the road slippery until the oil is washed off.


#20. Tire pressure should be checked:

Check air pressure when tires are cold before you have driven very far.


#21. If it feels like your tires have lost contact with the road you should:

The best way to keep from hydroplaning is to be sure that your tires are in good condition and that you keep your speed down. If tires lose all contact with the road, there is no friction to brake, accelerate, or corner. If you think your car has started to hydroplane:

  • Keep moving in a straight line.
  • Slowly take your foot off the gas pedal.
  • Do not try to stop or turn quickly until your tires are gripping the road again.

#22. When two vehicles from different directions arrive at the same time at a four-way stop, which one should be given the right-of-way?

At a 4-way stop, the driver reaching the intersection first gets to go first. If more than one vehicle arrives at the same time, the vehicle on the right goes first.

Remember, if you are in doubt, always give the right-of-way to the driver on your right.


#23. 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.


#24. Unless otherwise posted, the legal speed limit outside a residential district is:

Unless otherwise posted, the legal speed limit is 45 mph outside any business or residential or built-up area of Maine.


#25. In this situation (approaching the bicyclist from behind), you should:

It is unsafe to pass just before a curve. Slow down and be patient.

An experienced bicyclist will often command the lane by moving further into the roadway. Motorists must yield. When it is safe to pass allow at least three feet to your right side when passing.

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


#26. 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.


#27. To check your blind spot when changing lanes to the left you should glance:

Areas near the left (or right) rear corner of your car are called blind spots because you cannot see them through the mirrors. You have to turn your head and look. Look on the side you want to move to.

Check quickly. Do not take your eyes off the road ahead for more than an instant. The vehicle ahead of you could stop suddenly while you are checking behind.

No matter what kind of car you have, or how well you adjust your mirrors, there is still a blind spot. Never rely solely on your mirrors. It is the car you do not see that is the most dangerous.


#28. Before a person under 21 years of age can apply for a road test, that person must have held a learner's permit:

Before a person under 21 years of age can apply for a road test and be issued a driver’s license, that person must have held a learner’s permit for 6 months from the date of issue of the learner’s permit and must complete a minimum of 70 hours of driving, including 10 hours of night driving, while accompanied by a licensed driver at least 20 years of age and held a valid license for 2 years.


#29. How do lap belts and shoulder straps help you when driving?

Seat belts help you to stay alert by keeping you from slouching while you drive. They also help to keep you from getting tired by cutting down on the effort needed to keep your body in the seat as the car bounces and turns.

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.


#30. How does alcohol affect you?

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.

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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)
15670 (10)


2   Intermediate License

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


3   Full License

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

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