Hawaii Permit Practice Tests – 30 Questions to Help You Pass



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#1. Which lane should you use for a left turn?

Sometimes it is desirable to have traffic in a lane in one direction at certain times and the opposite direction at other times. Lane control signals are used to control the direction of traffic movement in the lane. The signal is placed over the traffic lane it controls.

The yellow X means that you must move out of that lane of traffic because it is going to be used for traffic moving in the opposite direction. When the yellow X signal is flashing you may use that lane only when preparing to turn left.


#2. What is the best thing you can do if your wheels run off the pavement?

If your vehicle should slip off the edge of the road, loose gravel, dirt, or the edge of the pavement may tend to keep the vehicle from returning to the paved surface smoothly. If this happens:

  • Do not attempt to force the vehicle back onto the pavement by jerking the steering wheel.
  • Continue to drive with the wheels off the pavement and reduce speed.
  • Use the brakes gently.
  • When at a safe speed, turn the steering wheel to return to the pavement. Be prepared to make an immediate adjustment to remain in your traffic lane.

#3. A person walking with a white cane is:

A white cane is used by many people who are blind or visually impaired, both as a mobility tool and as a courtesy to others. Motor vehicles must always yield to pedestrians when the pedestrian is a blind person walking with a white cane or guide dog.


#4. Which is the background color on a warning sign like this?

The meaning of traffic signs is indicated by color and shape in addition to words, letters, numbers, and silhouettes. The color yellow indicates a warning of hazardous or dangerous conditions. This color almost always appears on a diamond shaped sign.


#5. The risk of hydroplaning and skidding increase:

The extent of hydroplaning increases with speed and with the amount of water on the highway.


#6. Which of the following is an example of an inattentive driver?

An inattentive driver can easily be identified. He is driving with one arm out the window and talking to a passenger, gesturing with his other hand, and paying little attention to the traffic flow. His passengers are often uncomfortable because of his lack of control of his vehicle. When he is alone, he daydreams or gazes at objects off of the roadway. His inattention forfeits his safety.


#7. Your doctor has given you a prescription medicine. Why should you ask how the medicine will affect you?

There are many drugs which interfere with a person’s ability to drive safely. Some are found in medicine prescribed by your doctor, and others are found in medicine you can buy without a doctor’s prescription.

Before taking medicine, it is important to ask your doctor about any possible effects which might relate to your driving ability.


#8. 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.

#9. You are driving in fog and conditions are so bad that you can barely see the road ahead. 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.

#10. It is legal to leave a child under nine years old unattended in a motor vehicle:

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.


#11. 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.


#12. When may you drive faster than a maximum speed limit?

You must not drive at a speed that is greater than the posted maximum limit. It is illegal to exceed the posted speed limit.


#13. How is your braking distance increased when you triple your speed from 20 mph to 60 mph?

Triple the speed from 20 to 60 mph and the braking distance is about 9 times greater (24 feet compared to 215 feet).

Study the diagram in the manual.


#14. All the following is true about motorcyclists, except:

Motorcycles present a narrow silhouette and are usually much shorter in length than an automobile. The small profile of the motorcycle may make it appear farther away and traveling slower than it actually is. Because it is difficult to judge the motorcycle’s distance and speed, car drivers need to take a second look, and then a third. Its small size also makes it more difficult to spot in traffic than another car.


#15. When you approach a school, you should:

Be especially watchful for children near schools, parks, playgrounds and in residential areas. Stop upon the signal of any school crossing guard.


#16. Where is the pavement marked with the letter R on each side of a large X?

Railroad crossing markings are white markings painted in the traffic lane before railroad crossings. The pavement is marked with a large X and two R’s’.

A solid yellow centerline extends the entire distance to prevent passing, and a white stop line is painted across the traffic lane.


#17. When there is an oncoming car to your left and a child on a bicycle to your right on a two-way road, you should:

Pass only when safe. Instead of driving between the car and the child, take one danger at a time. First, slow down and let the car pass. Then, move to the left to allow plenty of room before you pass the child.


#18. You may change lane and pass when the line dividing two lanes is:

White lines separate lanes of traffic moving in the same direction. You are required to drive between these lane lines.

Single dashed white lane lines may be crossed when you can do so safely.


#19. Which is true about increased vehicle speed and your field of vision?

It is important to remember that increasing speed decreases your field of vision and puts you at greater risk of being involved in a crash. By slowing down, you will increase your field of vision.


#20. If you are traveling in the left lane on a multi-lane road and someone comes up behind you at a faster speed, you should:

Do not tie up traffic in the left lane. In open area when traffic is free flowing, use the right lane and use the left lane for passing or when vehicles are entering from the right. Use the right lane if you are moving slower than other traffic.


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

One of the most common types of accident, striking the vehicle ahead, is usually caused by following too closely.


#22. The driver in front of you signals (left arm extended downward, with palm of hand to the rear):

Slowing or stop – left arm extended downward, with palm of hand to the rear.


#23. Backing is more dangerous than driving forward because of:

Backing is a dangerous maneuver because of restricted visibility and should be done with great caution.

Avoid backing across or into a roadway whenever possible.

Avoid backing into traffic.


#24. When you proceed straight ahead on a solid green light, you must:

A green light means go straight ahead or turn except when signs prohibit turns.

You must yield to all pedestrians and vehicles already in the intersection. Remember, you must not stop your vehicle within an intersection or a crosswalk. Never drive your vehicle into an intersection or a crosswalk unless there is space for your entire vehicle on the opposite side of the intersection or crosswalk.


#25. In most situations, you can park legally:

Never park or leave your vehicle in a tunnel or on a bridge, or on a crosswalk. Parking on a hill is allowed if you are far enough from any travel lane to avoid interfering with traffic (At least 10 feet of the width of the street must remain for the free movement of traffic). Your vehicle must be visible to drivers approaching from either direction.


#26. The minimum age to obtain a provisional license is:

The minimum age to obtain a provisional license is 16 years.


#27. This sign means:

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.


#28. At the scene of a crash, you should not move an injured person unless:

Do not move the injured unnecessarily. Unskilled handling can make serious injuries out of minor ones. Keep the injured warm until skilled help arrives. If there is severe bleeding, attempt to stop the flow of blood with direct pressure. Protect the victim from the oncoming traffic.


#29. Driving at night with parking lights instead of headlights:

Never use parking lights instead of your head lamps. Parking lights are for parked vehicles only.


#30. As a driver you should give a bicyclist:

Bicycles are legally considered vehicles, and as such have all of the rights and responsibilities that other vehicles have. When passing, you should maintain at least three feet of space between the bicyclist and your vehicle until you have safely passed. Remain clear of bike lanes, especially when making a right turn at an intersection.

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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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