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New Hampshire DMV Test & Practice Questions – 2021

This New Hampshire DMV Practice Test
  Questions per test:20
  Question pool:500+
  Type of test:Random multiple-choice



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#1. If you are involved in a traffic accident where someone is injured, you must always:

If a crash occurs, drivers must always stop at the scene. If possible, they should move the vehicle off the road so that traffic is not blocked from passing the site of the crash. They should also:

  • Call 911 if there are injuries.
  • Give aid to any injured people, but do not move them unless it is necessary, and be sure an ambulance has been called.
  • Get information for all people involved in the crash.

#2. You should not attempt to pass another vehicle:

Do not attempt to pass when an oncoming vehicle is approaching, when your view is blocked by a curve or a hill, while at intersections, or before a highway-railroad crossing or bridge.


#3. Which background color is used for signs that give general warning of specific road conditions?

Yellow is used for general warning and advisory of what to expect ahead.

The shapes and colors of highway signs have special meanings. This helps you pick out signs quickly.


#4. When driving at night with a steady stream of oncoming traffic, you should use:

Use the high beams whenever there are no oncoming vehicles and dim the high beams for all approaching traffic.


#5. This triangular sign means:

A fluorescent or reflective orange and red triangle displayed on the rear of a vehicle means the vehicle is traveling less than 25 mph. Use caution when approaching a slow-moving vehicle, and be sure it is safe before you pass.


#6. Before you start driving, you should:

It is important that a driver adjusts the seat and mirrors before driving a vehicle so that the driver can see clearly, have full control of the steering wheel and foot pedals, and for proper airbag deployment.


#7. The alcohol concentration in your blood will be reduced only by:

After drinking, there is nothing that will reduce the effects of alcohol except time. Coffee, food, fresh air, exercise, or cold showers might make a person more alert, but will not counter the effects of alcohol. Each ounce of alcohol consumed takes about an hour to go through the body.


#8. If you are in an intersection when an emergency vehicle with flashing red lights approaches from behind, you should:

If you are within an intersection, including a roundabout, clear it before you pull over. Drivers must avoid blocking an intersection when stopping.


#9. On roads with broken white lines, the lines can be crossed over:

A broken white line separates two lanes traveling in the same direction. Once you have signaled, and it is safe to do so, you may cross this line when changing lanes.


#10. This sign is often posted:

Slippery when wet.

In wet weather, drive slowly. Do not speed up or brake hard. Make sharp turns at a very slow speed. This sign is often located near bridges and overpasses.


#11. When a traffic signal is showing a solid red light and there are no pedestrian crossing signals:

A steady red signal means stop.

You may make a right turn on a red signal only if:

  • there is no sign prohibiting a right turn on red and
  • (if the intersection is equipped) a steady DON’T WALK signal is being displayed.

Remember, it is a violation of the law to make a right turn on red when a steady or flashing walk signal is being displayed even if there are no pedestrians in the crosswalk.


#12. Traffic in this lane:

Lane use control signs tell you where you can go or where you can turn. This sign means you must turn left


#13. If there is a stop line before a crosswalk, you must:

White stop lines are usually located on the pavement to show drivers where to stop. After initially stopping at the required point, a driver should look both ways and proceed forward making sure it is safe to continue into the intersection. If there is no white stop line but only a crosswalk present, then drivers must stop before the crosswalk. If no crosswalk lines are present, drivers should come to a full stop prior to entering the intersection.


#14. To prevent skidding on slippery surfaces, you should:

Skidding is caused when a driver is traveling too fast for conditions, stops too suddenly or when the tires can no longer grip the roadway. Once the vehicle begins to skid, a driver has little control of the vehicle. If the vehicle begins to skid, drivers should:

  • Ease up on the accelerator.
  • Steer in the direction that the rear of the vehicle is sliding. This will allow the vehicle to go straight instead of sideways.
  • Be prepared to steer in the opposite direction if the vehicle starts swerving in the other direction.
  • Once the vehicle stops skidding, straighten the front wheels and steer back in the original direction of travel.

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

Never drive if you are sleepy. Before getting too tired, stop driving, pull off at the next exit or rest area to take a 15-to-20-minute nap or find a place to sleep for the night.


#16. Keeping a safe following distance using a four-second rule means:

Drivers need time and space to adjust and react to other road users. The more space drivers allow between their vehicle and other roadway users, the more time the driver has time to react. Traffic, speed, along with light, weather and road conditions will impact the space needed between the vehicle being driven and potential hazards. In order to reduce the risk of a collision, drivers should maintain enough following distance space to allow time to safely stop or change the path of travel to avoid a collision.

Drivers should always try to keep a minimum following distance of at least four seconds between their car and the vehicle in front. Drivers should increase the following distance:

  • On slippery roads.
  • When following large vehicles like trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, and vehicles pulling a trailer.
  • At night, in fog, or in bad weather.
  • When following vehicles required to stop at railroad crossings, like transit buses, school buses or vehicles carrying hazardous materials.

#17. At a fire hydrant, parking is not allowed:

Parking is not allowed within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.


#18. Why should you slow down and be prepared to stop when following a truck with hazardous load and there is a railroad crossing ahead?

There are some vehicles that are required to stop at all railroad crossings, such as transit buses, school buses, or vehicles carrying hazardous materials. If you follow these vehicles, you should increase you following distance. At crossings, you should slow down and be prepared to stop!


#19. The easiest way to avoid lingering in a truck's No-zone is to:

Stay out of blind spots. It is important for a driver to know that if the truck driver’s face cannot be seen in the side view mirror, then the truck driver cannot see the other vehicle.


#20. Pedestrians crossing at street corners should be given the right-of-way:

Pedestrians are difficult to see, and it is difficult to determine their intentions. As a driver:

  • Always be prepared to yield to pedestrians even if they are not in a crosswalk.
  • You must yield when a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, even if it is unmarked, including mid-block crosswalks marked by warning signs and pavement markings.
  • You must yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians in the intersection even if the traffic light is green.
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The Official New Hampshire Written DMV Test
  Questions on real exam:40 questions
  Passing score:80%
  Correct answers to pass:32
  Allotted time to complete test:40 minutes
  Wait time before retest:10 days

New Hampshire DMV knowledge test - Photo by Buro Millennial

What is the NH Practice Test?

This DMV practice test for New Hampshire has 20 random questions to help you prepare for the written knowledge test. It is designed specifically for New Hampshire and available without any hidden costs or gimmicks. You have access to a pool of more than 500 DMV test questions with complete answers.

You can take the test as many times as you need or want. Since the test is randomized, not two tests will be exactly the same.

After each question, there is an instant feedback which tells you if your answer is correct or not. Should you miss a question, you will also see a brief explanation to help you understand the correct answer. When you don’t understand the answers, you should have the driver’s manual handy and look up more information about the subject.

All answers are found in the New Hampshire Driver’s Manual.

The practice test is not timed.

You should also be aware that a practice will not be exactly the same as your DMV test. Every test has random questions from a large pool of exam questions. You never know which questions you will get.

How Should I Study for the NH DMV Test?

Before you start practicing you should get the latest version of the New Hampshire Driver’s Manual . Visit a local DMV office or download it online.

New Hampshire DMV Driver's Manual

Everything you must learn for your examination is in this manual. Even if you find it boring to read the manual, you should know that it is hard to pass the examination without a good understanding of the contents of the manual.

The practice tests on this website works best as a supplement to the manual, not as a replacement. By using the manual and practice test in combination during each study session, you will have a good chance of passing the test the first time.

Read more about our study tips: Best Way to Study

How Many Questions are on the NH DMV Test?

There are 40 exam questions on the New Hampshire knowledge test. The passing score is 80 percent, which means you must answer at least 32 of the 40 questions correctly. You can only miss 8 questions.

When you use the practice tests at Driver’s Prep, you should aim for a full score. It is a good idea to truly understand all questions and answers before you take on the real thing.

Who Must Take the Written Knowledge Test?

  First-time applicants
  Drivers with an expired license (one year)
  Drivers with a foreign license (other than Canada and France)
  When a NH license was revoked
  When a NH license was suspended for three years or more

For your first driver’s license, you must take the written, vision, and road tests.

If you want to upgrade your license to a different class, you must take the written test for that class of vehicle and a road test.

When moving to New Hampshire and transferring a valid out-of-state driver license, DMV will normally waive the written test. If your out-of-state license expired more than a year ago, a written and road test is required. Please note that DMV will not waive the knowledge if you hold a license from Puerto Rico.

When you want to transfer an out-of-country license from a country other than Canada or France, you must take both a written knowledge test and road skills test.

A revocation of your license means that your privilege to drive is terminated. This means that, after the revocation period, you must submit to an investigation and apply for a new driver’s license.

You must also pass all tests if your license was suspended for a period of three years or more.

Where Can I Take the Written Knowledge Test?

All license examinations are conducted by at DMV service centers by their personnel.

New Hampshire does not offer third-party testing or online testing.

Is the Test Available in Spanish?

The test is available in several languages, including:

American Sign Language (ASL)

What to Expect at the Test Station

You take the test on a touch screen monitor. You don’t need any special knowledge of computers. Each question has four possible answers (unlike this practice test which only has three alternatives). Identify your choice by touching the letter on the screen which corresponds to your choice.

DMV Test - Touch Screen

New Hampshire written tests have a time limit based upon the number of questions. In general, you have one minute per question. Expect 40 questions on the knowledge exam and 40 minutes to complete the test. The allotted time is usually more than enough. Most test-takers finish in 15-20 minutes.

If you exceed the time limit or have too many incorrect answers, the test will automatically end.

Should you fail your test, you must wait at least 10 days before you can try again.

The test station has an optional audio feature which can be accessed by using headphones. Let the licensing representative know if you have trouble reading and want to use headphones.

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