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  Number of questions on each practice test: 30
  Question pool: 1,000+
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#1. When an emergency vehicle with flashing lights approaches you in the opposite lane on an undivided highway, you should:

Make room for ambulances, fire trucks, police cars, and other emergency vehicles. These vehicles often move at high speeds and use lights and sirens to clear the way for themselves.

You must yield to emergency vehicles approaching from any direction when they are sounding a siren and emitting a flashing light. You must immediately drive to the right side of the roadway, clear of any intersection, and stop until the emergency vehicle has passed. Failure to do so is a Class E crime.


#2. This type of drum is used:

The color orange tells you that you are nearing or in a work zone. Barricades, vertical panels, concrete barriers, drums, and cones are the commonly used devices to guide drivers safely through the work zone. When driving near these devices, keep your vehicle in the middle of the lane and maintain a responsible speed.


#3. Who should be given the right-of-way at a traffic circle or roundabout?

All vehicles approaching traffic circles or roundabouts must yield the right-of-way to vehicles already in the circle or roundabout unless otherwise directed by a police officer or by traffic control devices. You must also yield to pedestrians and bicyclists who are legally crossing the road.


#4. 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.

#5. When you plan to cross traffic and stop halfway across at a median divider, you must make sure that:

When you cross traffic, you need room to get all the way across. Stopping halfway across is only safe when there is a median divider large enough for your vehicle. Do not stop in a divider where part of your vehicle is sticking into traffic.


#6. When parking at a curb, you should park as close to it as you can and no more than:

If there is a curb, park as close to it as you can (and no more than 18 inches away).


#7. Drinking any amount of alcohol is likely to:

As your sight, reflexes, coordination, and judgment diminish with each sip of alcohol, you become less and less aware of it. You even develop a false sense of well-being and confidence. In short, you become a menace to yourself and everyone else on or near a highway and you don’t even know it.


#8. 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.


#9. 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.


#10. Which is true about tailgating (following another vehicle too closely)?

Rear-end crashes are common because many drivers follow too closely. When the car ahead stops, they cannot stop in time. You can tell if you are following too closely by using the two-second rule.


#11. 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.


#12. What does this sign mean?

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.


#13. It is dangerous to sound your horn when:

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. A person walking with a white cane or guide dog is likely to be:

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.


#15. You carry two children under 12 years in your car. Who is responsible for making sure that the children wear child restraints or seat belts?

It is you, the operator, who must ensure that anyone who is less than 18 years is properly secured.


#16. Which is one factor that greatly affects your stopping distance?

Your stopping distance depends on things like speed, brakes, tires, and roadway conditions. It is also affected by human factors such as tiredness, alcohol, fatigue, and concentration levels.

Remember that on snow or ice it takes three to twelve times as much distance to stop your car as it does on dry pavement.


#17. It is recommended that you adjust your speed to a crawl when:

If the road ahead is slippery, it does not provide the grip your tires need. You have to drive slower than you would on a dry road. Here are some guidelines for how much to slow the car:

  • Wet road: Slow down 5 to 10 mph.
  • Packed snow: Slow down to half speed.
  • Ice: Slow to a crawl.

#18. Your brake lights tell other drivers that you:

You may not stop or suddenly decrease a vehicle’s speed without first giving an appropriate signal to the operator of a vehicle immediately to the rear.

Your brake lights let people know that you are slowing down. If you are going to stop or slow down at a place where another driver does not expect it, tap your brake pedal three or four times quickly.

Use hand signals if the signal lights are not working or are hard to see.


#19. You are approaching a stopped school bus on your side of an undivided highway with four lanes. The bus is flashing its red lights. You must:

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.


#20. White lines separate traffic:

White lane lines separate lanes of traffic moving in the same direction. Single white lines may also mark the right edge of the pavement.


#21. Which one of the following statements is true about seat belts?

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.


#22. What should you do if you miss your exit on an expressway?

Under no circumstance should you ever back up, walk or stand on the traveled portion of the expressway. If you miss your exit, go to the next exit.


#23. Which shape is used for stop 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.


#24. What happens if you accumulate 12 demerit points on your driving record?

Once certain point levels are reached (currently 6 points), a warning is issued by the Secretary of State, and if the point total reaches 12 points or more the driver’s license will be suspended.


#25. To back your vehicle safely:

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.


#26. Collisions with moose increase dramatically in:

Collisions with moose increase dramatically in May and June. Autumn incidents are also common. But do not let your guard down. Crashes happen 12 months a year.


#27. If you run off the pavement, you can make the situation worse by:

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.


#28. You should stop before railroad tracks and not cross them if:

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.


#29. What is generally true about large trucks?

Stopping distances are much greater for heavier vehicles than for automobiles.

Be sure that there is plenty of room between you and large vehicles that are traveling behind you. Always leave plenty of space between you and vehicles ahead of you when being followed by a large vehicle. This will give you plenty of time to react as well as the driver of the large vehicle behind you to react.


#30. If you are traveling in lane B (beneath a steady yellow X), you must:

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.
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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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