Hawaii Permit Practice Tests – 30 Questions to Help You Pass

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#1. An exhaust system to help reduce entry of fumes into the passenger compartment is:

Every motor vehicle operated on the highways of the State shall be equipped with exhaust system. The exhaust system carries exhaust gases to an exit point located to reduce entry of fumes into the passenger compartment and reduces the noise to an acceptable level.

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#2. A steady circular yellow light on a traffic signal means:

A yellow light means that the related green movement is being terminated OR that the red light is going to be shown immediately thereafter. You should avoid entering the intersection when the yellow light is shown. Stop, if you can do so safely.

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#3. If the brake warning lamp on the instrument panel lights up when you apply the brakes, you should:

If the brake warning lamp on the instrument panel lights up when you apply the brakes, the brake system has partially failed, and immediate repair may be required.

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#4. Which is true about driving too slowly?

You must not drive so slowly that you hold back other traffic. If you cannot keep up with traffic, pull off the roadway and let other traffic pass or change to another route.

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#5. The recommended technique for parallel parking between two cars is to first:

Signal, stop even with front car about 18 inches from it, rear bumpers even.

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#6. You approach a motorcycle in the same lane. When passing you must:

The rules for passing other vehicles are similar for motorcycles. When passing a motorcycle, allow a full lane to the motorcycle. Never crowd into the same lane as the cycle. Returning to the original lane too soon can force a rider to swerve to the right into traffic or off the road.

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#7. In this picture, car A may pass the vehicle ahead:

No passing lines are single solid yellow lines used on two-lane roads to indicate zones where passing is prohibited. If the solid yellow line is closer to you, you cannot cross the lines. If the broken line is closer to you, you can only cross the line to pass another vehicle when it is safe to do so.

You may cross a solid line on your side only to make a left turn into or from an alley, private road, or a driveway.

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#8. Vehicles entering a roundabout must yield to:

A roundabout is a one-way circular intersection in which entering traffic must yield the right-of-way to circulating traffic.

You must also yield to pedestrians and bicyclists as you enter and exit the roundabout.

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#9. This is:

This is a regulatory speed limit sign. It shows the minimum speed you are allowed to travel.

Speed limit signs are rectangular black and white signs which are used to show the established maximum and minimum speed limits. These signs may indicate special speed limits which apply at certain times, or under certain conditions, or to certain kinds of vehicles.

You must not drive faster than the posted maximum speed limit nor slower than the posted minimum speed limit.

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#10. A sign with this shape means:

The meaning of traffic signs is indicated by color and shape in addition to words, letters, numbers, and silhouettes. The five-sided shape is used exclusively for school warning signs.

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#11. This sign tells you that:

Lane ends or road narrows. There will be fewer lanes ahead. Traffic must merge left. Drivers in the left lane should allow others to merge smoothly.

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#12. You have a green light at an intersection and a blind pedestrian is preparing to cross. Who must yield?

Stop for all blind persons in the roadway (identified by a white cane or guide dog) regardless of the traffic signal indication or traffic situation.

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#13. If you get angry or upset after a violent argument, you should:

Troubles from home, quarrels, misunderstandings, financial worries, serious illness in the family, personal fears, or overconfidence can make you temporarily accident prone. Strong emotions can work the same way. Persons who have just had violent arguments, or who are angry or in grief, need some time for cooling off or for making an adjustment before they drive a car.

Remember, worry and safe driving do not mix. If worried, ill, nervous, frightened, angry, or depressed, let someone else drive.

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#14. If your car starts to skid, you can make the skid worse if you:

It is important to remember that when you encounter a skid or control problem, you should stop or reduce whatever it was that you were doing when the problem started.

  • Ease off the accelerator. The skid may stop as soon as you do this.
  • For cars without anti-lock brakes, avoid using the brakes.
  • Turn the steering wheel in the direction of the skid.
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#15. You have a sleeping child under nine years old in the back seat. Can you park and leave the child unattended in the car?

Hawaii law prohibits you or any adult passenger from leaving a child, under nine years of age, unattended in a motor vehicle for five minutes or longer.

Leaving a child unsupervised in a vehicle can have tragic consequences, such as the child suffering from extreme heat exposure or injury when the car is stolen or when parts of the car, such as the emergency brakes, power windows, and trunk releases, are used inadvertently.

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#16. 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?

Whenever a school bus is stopped with alternating red signal lamps flashing, the driver of any motor vehicle on the same highway shall stop before reaching the school bus and shall not proceed until the school bus resumes motion or the flashing red signal lamps are turned off.

Vehicles proceeding in the opposite direction on a divided highway are not required to stop. A divided highway is two roadways separated by a strip of land or other space not intended for vehicular travel.

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#17. What does this sign mean?

The Flagger ahead sign warns drivers that there is a flagger ahead, and to be especially alert in the work zone.

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#18. Hazard warning signals are intended to warn other drivers. You should use the signals when:

Hazard warning signals (4-way flash) are intended to warn other drivers that a vehicle is in a hazardous position on the roadway. This signal should never be used when the vehicle is moving. Operation of this signal is shown by the flashing of all turn signal indicators.

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#19. On highways with several lanes traveling in the same direction, the right lane should be used for:

Different traffic lanes should be used for different purposes, there are correct lanes for through traffic, passing and turning. The right lane should be used by drivers who go slower or who are entering or turning off the road.

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#20. To be aware of and be alert to any hazards that appear, you should:

Look well ahead of your vehicle and anticipate the possibility of a chain reaction traffic situation.

You should have a constant awareness of conditions in the vicinity of your vehicle. Special attention should be devoted to conditions at a considerable distance ahead of your vehicle.

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#21. If you are driving next to a bicycle lane and want to turn right, you should:

When making a right turn at an intersection, do not drive in a bike lane.

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#22. A class 1 license allows you to drive:

A class 1 license allows you to drive mopeds.

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#23. When an emergency vehicle using flashing lights is directly behind you in heavy traffic, you should:

If the emergency vehicle is directly behind your vehicle when you are in heavy traffic, keep moving slowly until you can get out of the way.

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#24. If you have a tire blowout while driving, you should:

If you experience a tire blowout on your vehicle:

  • Do not apply the brakes.
  • Grip the steering wheel firmly and steer to remain in your traffic lane.
  • Reduce speed gradually without using the brakes until you are moving very slowly, then
  • Apply the brakes lightly and pull off the road into a safe area.
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#25. A driver who uses the vehicle as an extension of his ego:

The arrogant driver is purposely in a hurry. He competes with his vehicle. His vehicle is an extension of his ego. He has little or no respect for traffic laws or the rights or right-of-way of other drivers or pedestrians. Never allow yourself to become involved in competition with an arrogant driver or become one. There is nothing to gain and too much to lose.

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#26. You may leave the pavement to pass another vehicle to the right:

You may pass a vehicle to the right only in certain situations, and only if you can do so safely. You may not drive your vehicle off the pavement or main traveled portion of the roadway to pass.

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#27. If you pull off the road and stop on the shoulder because of heavy fog, you should:

It is best to avoid driving in fog but if you must, you should:

  • Sharply reduce speed and turn on low beam head lamps. Never use the high beam because the reflection especially at night will reduce your ability to see and the light will reduce the approaching driver’s ability to see.
  • Be prepared for an emergency stop.
  • If you are unable to see at least two car lengths (40 feet or 12 meters), pull completely off the pavement and stop. Turn on the hazard warning signals.
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#28. Stop lines are solid white lines painted across the traffic lanes, indicating the exact place at which to stop. Where will you find these stop lines?

Stop lines are solid white lines painted across the traffic lanes at intersections and pedestrian crosswalks indicating the exact place at which to stop.

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#29. You are involved in an accident with minor injuries. You must:

If involved in an accident:

  • Stop immediately. Do not leave the scene of an accident without identifying yourself and rendering assistance.
  • If possible, move your vehicle off the travelled portion of the roadway.
  • Help the injured. If there are injuries, remember to call the nearest police agency. Ask for an ambulance if needed
  • Warn passing traffic.
  • Exchange information.
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#30. Driving skills are often impaired by:

A poor physical or mental condition limits your capabilities as a driver. Do not drive if you are ill, injured, emotionally upset or under the influence of intoxicants. If you are taking medication, you should obtain and follow your physician’s advice about driving.

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The Hawaii Knowledge Test for a Permit and Driver License

Quick facts about the Hawaii driver license and permit test:

  Number of Questions: 30
  Correct answers needed: 24
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Time limit: None
  Earliest retest upon failure: 1 week

Prepare for Your Hawaii Permit Examination

To earn your first driving privileges or transfer a foreign driver license to a Hawaii license, you must pass a 30-question multiple-choice written examination.

The test will check your knowledge of rod signs, traffic signals, pavement markings, common traffic rules, and safe driving.

Everything you need to learn is in the official Hawaii Driver’s Manual. Questions on the knowledge test are drawn from this manual and you will always find the answers in this booklet. So, make sure you get yourself a copy and start studying.

The Purpose of the Hawaii Permit Practice Tests

The purpose of the practice test is to help you learn and verify your knowledge.

Practice tests and cheat sheets should not be used instead of studying the manual. While memorizing questions and answers may seem like a quick way of getting ready for and passing the knowledge test, it will not help you become a responsible and safe driver.

One of the first steps towards being a responsible and safe driver is to have a good understanding about traffic laws and the number of risks involved in driving a vehicle.

Safe driving is also about attitude and the will to learn. All drivers occasionally make mistakes or misunderstand the rules of the road but the more you know the less mistakes you will make.

How the Permit Practice Tests Work

All practice tests are random.

Each time you start a test, 30 questions are randomly drawn from a large pool of questions. This makes every new test unique. You will get a new mix of questions and answers each time you take the test.

By the time the test runs out of questions, you are probably ready for the real examination.

Remember to aim for a full score on your Hawaii permit practice. It may seem impossible when you first start but by reading everything carefully, you will get there.

There is instant feedback after each question. If your answer is wrong, there is also a brief explanation. at the end of the test, you will see your score. There is also a button to start the test again.



How to Ace the Test

The most common mistake on the examination is to try to get it over with as quickly as possible.

Remember to try to stay calm and read the question and the answer choices all the way through. Don’t just pick the first answer that looks right. Check everything to make sure your answer makes sense.

When a question has four answer choices it can be easy to spot a “nonsense” answer. The greater the number of “nonsense” choices you can eliminate, the easier it is to work your way to the right answer.

Can you spot any nonsense in this one?


Question: Information you need to drive safely is gained primarily by:

  • A. Following other traffic
  • B. Seeing
  • C. Talking to yourself
  • D. Turning on the radio

There is no time limit on the knowledge examination. You can take the time you need. Most test takers finish in about 15 minutes (and they still had enough time to read carefully).

  Other important tips: Reminders for the DMV test

What if You Fail the Test?

In most cases, you can retake the test after waiting one week. Use this time wisely.

Use 15 minutes each day to read a chapter in the manual. Discuss what you have read with a friend, family member, or anyone who has a license or is an experienced driver. By putting your own words to common traffic rules, the information will stick better.

Use another 15 minutes to take a handful of practice tests. Pace yourself before answering so you don’t make any unnecessary mistakes (use the same strategy when you take the real test).

Try not to cram the day before the test. It is better to split your studies over many days.

Understand the Graduated Licensing Program

Every teenager under 18 years must follow the Hawaii graduated licensing program .

It is a step-by-step program that helps new drivers under 18 years gradually gain driving experience under adult supervision and with restrictions aimed to reduce high-risk driving situations during the learning phase.

The Hawaii graduated licensing program has three steps:

    Step one: Learner’s (Instruction) Permit
    Step two: Provisional License
    Step three: Full Driver License

Each step has its own requirements and restrictions.

You must be familiar with the restrictions and any possible sanctions if you violate any of them.



Things to Remember about the Learner’s Permit

    You cannot drive alone. You must always drive together with a licensed person who is at least 21 years.

    You cannot drive between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. unless you drive together with a licensed parent or legal guardian.

    All occupants must wear seat belts or be restraint in a child safety seat.

    The permit must always be in your possession when you practice driving.

Things to Remember about the Provisional License

    You cannot drive with more than one passenger under 18 years.

This does not apply if passengers are household members or if you are being accompanied by a licensed parent or guardian.

    You cannot drive between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

This does not apply if to or from a place of employment, a school-authorized activity, or if you drive together with a licensed a parent or legal guardian.

    All occupants must wear seat belts or be restraint in a child safety seat.

    The provisional license must always be in your possession when you drive.


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