Hawaii Permit Practice Tests – 30 Questions to Help You Pass



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#1. You have been involved in an argument before getting behind the wheel. You are angry and upset. In this situation, 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.


#2. You come to a railroad crossing and the crossing signals are flashing. You must:

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.

#3. You are approaching this traffic light in the left-hand lane. You wish to turn left. What should you do?

A green arrow has the same meaning as a green light for the indicated lane of traffic. You must yield to all pedestrians and vehicles already in the intersection. When entering the intersection, you must turn or proceed in the direction indicated by the arrow.

The green turn arrow indicates a protected turn/movement. Oncoming traffic is stopped by a red light.


#4. If there is a small engine fire and no chemical fire extinguisher is available, you should use:

If the fire is small, use a fire extinguisher, dirt, sand, or a blanket to smother the fire. Do not use water on gasoline, oil, or electrical fires.


#5. If your directional signals fail while driving, you should:

If the directional signals fail, use hand signals until you can have them repaired.


#6. When are road pavements usually most slippery?

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.


#7. When driving in fog, you should:

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.


#8. When are you allowed to drive across a barrier or an unpaved space on a highway?

Freeway median crossovers are for highway maintenance or emergency vehicle use only. It is illegal for any other vehicles to use them.


#9. The most effective means of reducing serious injuries in a traffic crash is:

Safety belts are life belts. They are the most important personal safety item available in vehicles. They help keep you:

  • From being thrown from your car.
  • From being injured by striking the windshield or other interior parts of your car.
  • From injuring another person in the car by being thrown against them.
  • In the driver’s position so you can keep control of your car.

When used with lap and shoulder safety belts, air bags are also particularly good at saving adult lives. They must be used together with safety belts.


#10. What color is used for obstruction markings on the pavement to indicate that you may pass only to the right of the obstruction?

Obstruction markings are solid lines painted in the traffic lanes to guide you around obstructions, such as bridge supports, in the road. The markings may be yellow or white. You may pass to either side of white obstruction markings, but you must pass only to the right of the yellow markings.


#11. When you enter city traffic from a parked position, you should:

If parallel parked, signal and move forward into the nearest traffic lane when there is sufficient space in oncoming traffic.


#12. An arrogant driver is a driver who:

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.


#13. You must not pass another motor vehicle to the right side except:

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.

#14. You drive defensively when you:

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. As a defensive driver, you should:

  • Stay alert, keep your eyes moving in order to be aware of developing traffic situations around you at all times.
  • Look well ahead of your vehicle and anticipate the possibility of a chain reaction traffic situation.
  • Have an alternate plan of action ready in case an unexpected event develops. (Always leave yourself a way out.)
  • Always maintain the proper following distance.
  • Always maintain the proper speed for all highway conditions.

#15. Parking is prohibited:

Parking is not allowed in front of or so close to a public or private driveway that your vehicle interferes with the use of the driveway.


#16. On a two-lane street your vehicle is being followed by a fire engine that is not using emergency signals. You should:

When you hear the warning signal (siren, bell, or horn) or see the warning lamps (flashing red or blue) of an emergency vehicle, you must provide a clear path for the emergency vehicle and stop.


#17. Which is true about drugs and driving?

Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants is prohibited in Hawaii.

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.


#18. A police officer stops you, charges you with driving under the influence of alcohol, and tells you, you must take a test to determine the amount of alcohol in your blood. You as the driver:

A police officer who believes a driver is under the influence of alcohol, may request the driver to take a test. Refusal to take the test may result in the revocation of your license for one year, two years or four years depending upon the driver’s prior alcohol enforcement contacts. In addition, the driver may be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol even though he refuses the test.


#19. You are coming to this intersection. You should:

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.


#20. You are coming to an intersection and have a green light. A pedestrian is crossing against the red. You should:

You must yield to pedestrians entering or using a crosswalk in your travel path. Remember that right-of-way is something you give. A big part of driving defensively is giving the right-of-way to prevent unsafe traffic situations.


#21. Holders of a provisional license may drive unsupervised and transport more than one passenger under the age of 18, if:

Unless being accompanied and supervised by a licensed driver who is your parent or guardian, a provisional license allows you to transport only one person under age 18 who is not a household member.


#22. A pavement marking with the letter R on each side of a large X means:

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.


#23. What is a SR-22?

An SR-22 is a certified statement of motor vehicle insurance from your insurer.


#24. Skidding is mainly caused by

Excessive speed for existing road and traffic conditions is the most common cause of skidding. Skidding occurs when making sudden changes in direction or speed.

If your vehicle begins to skid, it is important to take immediate smooth corrective action before you lose control.


#25. To turn left from a one-way street onto a one-way street, start from:

Get into the proper lane for a turn well in advance. Turn from the traffic lane nearest the direction of the turn and into the nearest traffic lane available. Make precise turns. Do not swing wide or cut short.


#26. If your vehicle breaks down on a highway and you cannot move it off the road:

When your car breaks down on the highway, make sure other drivers can see it. Use hazard warning lights, flares, warning reflectors and a flashlight as required. These items should always be carried in your vehicle.


#27. The shape of a do not enter sign is:

The do not enter sign is an example of a square, red, and white regulatory sign. It means do not enter a road or off ramp where the sign is posted. Note that the sign is not round (only the symbol is)!


#28. You are driving in the right-hand lane and approach this sign. What should you do?

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.


#29. The two-second rule refers to how you should:

The two-second rule refers to a following interval. To insure a safe following interval, stay at least two seconds back from the vehicle ahead. You should never have less. In many situations you must increase your following interval.


#30. Sharing a lane with a motorcyclist:

Respect the vehicle space of a motorcycle and its position in traffic. Motorcycles are allowed the full width of a lane in which to maneuver. Refrain from sharing a lane with a motorcyclist. It is against the law.

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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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