Hawaii Permit Practice Tests – 30 Questions to Help You Pass

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#1. When heavy rain reduces your visibility, you should reduce speed and:

When heavy rain reduces your visibility, reduce your speed, and turn on your head lamps (low beam) so that others may see you.

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

The first few drops of rain are a danger signal to a defensive driver. Roads are most slippery at this time because the oil dropped from passing cars has not been washed away. Driving on a road covered with oil and water can be like driving on ice. You should reduce speed, use extra caution, and allow at least twice the normal following distance.

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#3. 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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#4. When preparing to stop or turn, it is a good idea to:

Always start slowing your vehicle as soon as it becomes apparent that braking action will be required ahead. Make smooth steady brake applications.

Careful use of the brakes can save considerable energy and money in replacing fuel, brakes, and tires.

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#5. If there is enough room for two vehicles on a two-way road with unmarked lanes, you may pass another vehicle to the right:

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.
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#6. What motor vehicle accidents must be reported to police?

Traffic accidents resulting in personal injury to any extent, or death, or property damage of $3,000 or more must be reported to the police immediately by the quickest means of communication.

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#7. 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.

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#8. Which is true about safety belts?

Using safety belts reduces the risk of being thrown from your vehicle in case of an accident. It also keeps you in a better position to control the car in case of an accident. It is a myth that it takes long to unbuckle a safety belt or that safety belts are not needed when driving around town.

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#9. What does a solid white line between lanes mean?

White lines separate lanes of traffic moving in the same direction. Single solid white lines indicate that movement from lane to lane is hazardous. Double solid white lines indicate that movement from lane to lane is prohibited.

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#10. Your lane ends ahead and there is a large truck in the lane beside you. What is the best thing to do?

Slow down and merge behind the truck.

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.

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#11. If your vehicle breaks down on a highway, you should always:

Often the vehicle stalls in a hazardous position in relation to other traffic. If possible, move the vehicle to a safe location. Keep yourself and passengers away from traffic.

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#12. When entering or crossing a road from a driveway:

Always stop before entering the roadway. The stop should be made before crossing the sidewalk area. Failure to stop is unlawful.

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#13. You are coming to an intersection and have a green light. Pedestrians are crossing against the red. You should:

You must yield to all pedestrians and vehicles already in the intersection.

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#14. As a safe driving practice you should check your rear-view mirrors:

The seeing task should occupy your entire attention while driving. Develop a scanning pattern with most of your attention devoted to the situation ahead but with glances to either side, in the rear-view mirror, and at the instrument panel at regular and frequent intervals. Do not develop a fixed stare.

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#15. Alcoholic beverages will affect you:

Alcohol can affect you differently at different times.

A small amount on an empty stomach will affect you more rapidly than it would if you had recently eaten a quantity of food.

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#16. What does this sign mean?

A yield sign is a triangular red and white sign indicating that other traffic has the right-of-way. Be ready to stop when you approach a yield sign.

You need to stop only when there is other traffic that has the right-of-way.

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#17. The diagonal stripes on a barricade or vertical panel indicates:

The diagonal stripes on the barricade or vertical panel guide the driver towards the direction to which traffic is to pass. Stripes sloping downward to the right mean the driver should bear to the right. Conversely, stripes sloping downward to the left mean bear to the left.

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#18. When parking your vehicle parallel to the curb on a level street:

When parallel parked, the vehicle’s curbside wheels shall be within 12 inches of the curb (30 cm), or completely within the marked parking stall.

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#19. Cars must display a license plate:

Motorcycles, trailers, and semi-trailers must display a license plate on the rear. All other vehicles must display a license plate on both the front and rear.

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#20. Where this sign is posted you may park:

No parking allowed between posted hours (from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

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#21. What is the best way to keep traction and avoid hydroplaning on wet roads?

Partial hydroplaning may start at 35 miles per hour (56 km/h). The extent of hydroplaning increases with speed and with the amount of water on the highway. At 55 miles per hour (89 km/h) in a heavy rain the tires may lose all contact with the pavement. When this happens, you cannot brake, accelerate, or turn. To prevent hydroplaning you should reduce the speed of the vehicle. Hydroplaning occurs most frequently at higher speeds. Slowly step off the gas pedal. Never hit the brakes or turn suddenly. You may lose control and skid.

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#22. You are driving on a multi-lane highway and wish to change lanes. You must signal your intentions:

Signal your intention well in advance. The law requires that you signal for at least 100 feet (30m) before you start the lane change.

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#23. A police officer directing traffic directs you to go through a red light. What should you do?

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.

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#24. When towing a trailer or a house trailer, you should always:

You should not permit passengers to ride in trailers. Riding in house trailers is prohibited.

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#25. Which is true about braking if you suddenly have a tire blowout while driving?

Do not apply the brakes. This may cause your vehicle to become uncontrollable.

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#26. If your driver's license has expired, you may still drive:

Every Hawaii state driver’s license is void after the expiration date. There is no grace period.

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#27. By applying for a driver's license in this state you agree to be tested for alcohol or drugs. This law is known as the:

The Implied Consent Law means that any person who operates a motor vehicle on the public highways in Hawaii is deemed to have given his or her consent to be tested to determine the amount of alcohol in his or her blood.

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#28. When the road is slippery from heavy rain and you are following another vehicle, you should:

Extra care should be used when driving on wet, slippery, or gravel-covered road surfaces. Driving on a road covered with oil and water can be like driving on ice. You should reduce speed, use extra caution, and allow at least twice the normal following distance.

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#29. For which of the following must you always stop your vehicle?

Flashing red signal light, red arrow, and steady red circular signal all mean stop.

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#30. This sign is often placed:

Slippery when wet.

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

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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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