Hawaii Permit Practice Tests – 30 Questions to Help You Pass



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#1. You approach this sign. What should you do?

Traffic signal ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop, if necessary.


#2. The area in the center of this road is used for:

Two-way left turn channelization markings are a combination of a yellow solid and dashed lines in the center of a roadway which mark a lane in the center of the roadway which may be used by vehicles traveling in either direction for left turn maneuvers only. The lane must never be used for passing.


#3. Persons driving under the influence of alcohol are:

This is your problem as a driver, whether you drink or not.

Remember, the problem is not limited to the alcoholic or chronic drunk that drives. It involves everyone who uses alcohol to a lesser degree and drives.


#4. Which is the most important vehicle control to use during a skid?

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.

#5. When approaching this sign, you are not allowed to:

Do not pass signs are rectangular signs indicating locations where you must not pass on two- or three-lane roads. You must not pass another vehicle where these signs are posted.

A yellow pennant-shaped sign may be on the left-hand side of the road or highway in addition to a Do Not Pass sign or pavement markings.


#6. You approach a vehicle that has just stopped in a parked position by the side of the road. You should:

When you approach a vehicle that has just stopped in a parked position, assume that the driver will open the door as you approach.


#7. A black or white background is generally used for:

The colors black and white indicate a required action (regulatory signs). Black and white signs are always rectangular in shape


#8. When turning right, you must:

Use great care in watching for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists when making turns. They may be hidden by other vehicles, darkness, or poor weather.


#9. You are driving on a four-lane roadway with a median barrier. You approach a stopped school bus from the front. The bus displays 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.


#10. When towing a loaded trailer the weight, of which is more than one-half of the towing vehicle's weight, or is 3,000 pounds or more, the trailer must be equipped with:

If your loaded trailer weighs more than half the weight of the towing vehicle or is 3,000 pounds or more, the trailer must be equipped with brakes and breakaway protection.


#11. You are driving and suddenly your power steering is gone. You should:

Power steering failure usually occurs in combination with engine failure or loss of the belt driving the power unit. In any case additional effort will be required to maintain steering control.

  • Reduce speed.
  • Drive to a safe area and stop.

#12. When passing a truck, it is dangerous to:

Large vehicles require greater stopping distances than other vehicles. When changing lanes or at intersections other drivers and highway users must make allowances for the increased stopping distance required by the large vehicles. If you suddenly pull in the lane in front of a truck, you have compromised the driver’s braking ability and could cause an accident.


#13. Defensive driving is a driving technique in which you as a driver:

Defensive driving is a driving technique in which you identify dangerous driving situations and take action to defend against the danger before an accident situation develops.


#14. Why should you stay well back before passing a large truck?

When near large vehicles, the drivers of other vehicles and other highway users should remain in a location where they can be seen by the driver of the large vehicle and where their view of other traffic is not blocked.


#15. You are driving on a four-lane divided highway. You should know that:

White lines separate lanes of traffic moving in the same direction.


#16. When a child under the age of four is being transported in car, the child:

Hawaii law requires children under the age of four to ride in a child safety seat and children ages of four through seven to ride in a child safety seat or a booster seat when traveling in a motor vehicle. The driver will be held responsible for compliance with the law.


#17. When driving in foggy conditions, high beams will:

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.


#18. When you plan to exit a freeway, you should:

Maintain your speed until you are completely into the exit ramp, then slow down smoothly.


#19. Passing another vehicle to the right is allowed if:

You may pass to the right of another vehicle:

  • When the vehicle you are passing is about to make a left turn, but you may not drive your vehicle off the pavement or main traveled portion of the roadway to pass.
  • On a paved street or highway with two or more lanes marked for traffic in each direction.
  • On a one-way street with two or more lanes marked for traffic.

#20. The following motor vehicle equipment is prohibited:

The following motor vehicle equipment is prohibited:

  • A red light showing from the front, or a blue light visible outside of the vehicle, except on authorized emergency vehicles.
  • A bell, exhaust whistle or siren, except on authorized emergency vehicles.
  • A muffler cut-out or by-pass, or a muffler that makes more noise than an original equipment manufacturer muffler.

#21. It is always illegal to park your vehicle:

Never park within an intersection.

Parking in handicapped parking space is allowed if you have a handicap license plate, tag, or sticker.


#22. To be eligible for an instruction permit, an applicant must be at least:

An instruction permit allows you to operate a motor vehicle when supervised by another driver who is at least 21 years of age and who is licensed to drive that type of vehicle. In all vehicles except motorcycles, the licensed driver must sit in the right front seat. You must be at least 15 1/2 years to be eligible for an instruction permit.


#23. Which is true about signaling a turn when you do not see anyone else around?

When slowing down, stopping, turning, or changing lanes, you must signal to let others know what you plan to do. You must signal every time, even when there are no other vehicles in sight.

Signals must be given for at least 100 feet before you change lanes, turn, or stop. It is advisable to signal for a greater distance when driving at higher speeds.

Signals shall be given either by means of the hand and arm or by signal lamps.

Hand signals must be used when the vehicle turn signals are not operating.


#24. When a police officer is directing you to drive against a red light, you should:

You must obey all lawful orders and directions of a police officer. You must also obey signal of any school crossing guard, flagman, or flag person.


#25. On cold, wet days, which of the following roadways is most likely to freeze first?

Ice may accumulate on or under bridges even when the rest of the road is clear. Snow and ice melt more slowly in shady areas. Watch for shiny spots in the road – they could be icy.


#26. When are you required to stop at a railroad crossing?

You must stop your vehicle not less than 15 feet (4.6m) from the nearest rail when:

  • An installed electric or mechanical signal is giving warning of an approaching train.
  • A crossing gate is lowered, or a flagman is signaling the approach of a train.
  • A train approaching within 1,500 feet (460m) gives audible warning of its approach.
  • When the approaching train is visible and so close as to constitute a hazard.

#27. When a stop line is present at a stop sign, drivers must:

When required to stop at an intersection, you must stop at the stop line. When there is no stop line, you stop before entering any crosswalk. When there is no stop line or crosswalk, stop before entering the intersection.


#28. You approach a traffic signal displaying a yellow light. What is the best thing to do?

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.


#29. A pedestrian has entered a crosswalk and should be given the right-of-way:

Slow down and be prepared to stop whenever you see persons walking on or crossing the roadway. You must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.


#30. You are driving on a highway posted for 60 mph. Traffic around you is traveling at 70 mph. You may legally drive:

Your speed should be no faster than 65 mph. You must not drive at a speed that is greater than the posted maximum limit.

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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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