Maine Written Exam Samples – 30 Test Questions and Answers

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#1. Which lane is closed for traffic going straight ahead?

Special overhead lights are sometimes used to indicate which lanes of a highway may be used at certain times:

  • Steady Red X: Do not drive in this lane.
  • Steady Yellow X: Clear this lane, signal is about to change to red.
  • Flashing Yellow X: This lane may only be used for a left turn.
  • Green Arrow: You may use this lane.
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#2. If you are involved in a crash, you must always:

If you are involved in an accident:

  • Stop your car at once. If you can, move your car off the road so that you do not block traffic.
  • Render all possible aid to any injured people and send for an ambulance, if needed.
  • Do not move an injured person unless there is an immediate danger.
  • Stay at the scene until the police have arrived and questioned everyone involved.
  • Get the names and addresses of all people involved in the accident and any witnesses.
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#3. If your vehicle is equipped with air bags, you should:

Drivers should position the seat as far away from the dashboard as is practical to operate the vehicle. Passenger seat is pushed back as far as possible.

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#4. You must use extra caution when approaching a pedestrian using a white cane because:

A person who is blind or visually impaired may use a white cane as a means for safe and independent travel. This person may also be led by a guide dog. In either case, this person must always be given the right-of-way.

If you see anyone in the roadway with a white cane or guide dog, stop at least 10 feet away and wait until the person is out of danger.

An operator who fails to yield the right-of-way to a visually impaired pedestrian is liable for a traffic infraction with a minimum $50 and maximum $1,000 fine.

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#5. Three vehicles approach an uncontrolled intersection. Car A is on the right of Car C. Car B is on the left of Car C. In which order should they proceed through the intersection?

Car A goes first, followed by car C.

Car C must yield to car A.

Car B must yield to both car A and car C.

When approaching an intersection, yield the right-of-way to vehicles which have already entered the intersection. If two cars enter an uncontrolled intersection at about the same time, yield to the car on your right.

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#6. What does this sign mean?

Deer crossing.

Reduce your speed and be particularly cautious in areas where deer crossing signs are posted.

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#7. When entering a freeway or controlled-access highway, you should be driving:

You need skill and caution to enter a freeway safely from an access lane, and merge smoothly with the fast-moving traffic. Look for a gap, then increase speed in the entrance lane and enter the gap at highway speed.

Do not impede the flow of traffic by pulling into the lane before you have built up some speed.

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#8. Before a person under 21 years of age can apply for a road test, that person must have held a learner's permit:

Before a person under 21 years of age can apply for a road test and be issued a driver’s license, that person must have held a learner’s permit for 6 months from the date of issue of the learner’s permit and must complete a minimum of 70 hours of driving, including 10 hours of night driving, while accompanied by a licensed driver at least 20 years of age and held a valid license for 2 years.

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#9. What does the Implied Consent law mean?

When you operate a motor vehicle in Maine you automatically consent to a test at any time the authorities wish to administer it. You will not be forced to take such a test, but your driver’s license will be immediately suspended if you refuse. The suspension will be for a period of up to six years by the Secretary of State. It is administrative. That means no court action is necessary.

The law states: If there is probable cause to believe a person has operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, that person shall submit to and complete a test to determine an alcohol level and the presence of a drug or drug metabolite by analysis of blood, breath, or urine.

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#10. You should NOT use your horn:

People cannot see you unless they are looking your way. The horn can get their attention. Use it whenever it will help prevent an accident. If danger is near, do not be afraid to sound a sharp blast.

Horns can be wrongly used. You should NOT use them without cause or to make an unreasonably loud noise.

Tap the horn lightly, well in advance, to warn others you are there. Try to avoid using the horn around bicycles or horses because the riders may lose control if startled.

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#11. Does a posted speed limit of 65 mph mean that you may always drive 65 mph on that highway?

Remember, speed limits are based on the condition of the road, how far you can see, and what typical traffic is like. Posted speed limits do not tell you at what speed to drive. They only say you cannot go faster than the speed shown. If road and weather conditions make the posted speed unsafe, you must slow down. This is known as the basic speed law.

An operator shall operate a vehicle at a careful and prudent speed not greater than is reasonable and proper having due regard to the traffic, surface, and width of the way and of other conditions then existing.

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#12. Which is true about an administrative license suspension following a test refusal?

The administrative suspension issued by the Secretary of State remains in effect even if you are later found innocent of OUI.

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#13. The most important thing to do when you are approaching a work zone is to:

The most important thing to do when you are approaching a work zone is to be alert and slow down. This helps protect you as the driver and the workers who are working in a dangerous location.

Keep a safe following distance to vehicles ahead. The most common type of accidents in work zones is rear-end crashes.

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#14. What is the first thing you should do before backing a vehicle?

Check behind the car before you get in. Children or small objects are hard to see from the driver’s seat. Turn your shoulders and head to the right so that you can look directly through the rear window. Do not depend solely on your mirrors. Back slowly. Your car is much harder to control and to stop while you are backing. Back no faster than a slow walk.

Remember, it is always safest to look behind the vehicle before getting in and not become overly reliant on backup cameras and sensors.

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#15. What does alcohol do to your driving skills and judgement?

Good driving requires good judgment. Good judgment is the ability to think clearly and to make quick decisions, including proper evaluations of time, space, and distance. Alcohol impairs good judgment. The more a driver drinks, the more rapidly their judgment goes from good, to bad, to deadly.

Worse yet, as your sight, reflexes, coordination, and judgment diminish with each sip of alcohol, you become less and less aware of it. You even develop a false sense of well-being and confidence. In short, you become a menace to yourself and everyone else on or near a highway and you don’t even know it!

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#16. If gates close at a railroad crossing, but no red light are flashing, you should:

Do not drive around any railroad crossing gate or barrier. A vehicle may proceed across the track only when the gates have been raised.

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#17. This warning sign means:

Two-way Traffic.

Keep to the right because you are leaving a one-way street and are entering a two-way street. The sign is also used to remind drivers they are on a two-way road.

Remember, you should drive in the right-hand lane and expect oncoming traffic in the left-hand lane.

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#18. Which of the following would be indicated by a diamond shaped road sign?

Warning signs are almost always yellow and shaped like a diamond. These signs warn you of danger ahead. If you see these signs, you should reduce your speed. Then you will have time to react if there is trouble.

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#19. True or false? A police officer may conduct a vehicle safety inspection at any time.

A police officer may conduct a vehicle safety inspection at any time. In fact, Maine occasionally uses legal roadblocks for just that purpose.

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#20. If you are stopped behind a truck on an uphill grade, how should you position your car?

If you are stopped behind a large vehicle on an upgrade, leave space in case the vehicle drifts backward when it starts to move. Also stay to the left so the driver can see you in the mirror.

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#21. To see vehicles in your blind spots you must:

Areas near the left (or right) rear corner of your car are called blind spots because you cannot see them through the mirrors. You have to turn your head and look. Look on the side you want to move to.

Check quickly. Do not take your eyes off the road ahead for more than an instant. The vehicle ahead of you could stop suddenly while you are checking behind.

No matter what kind of car you have, or how well you adjust your mirrors, there is still a blind spot. Never rely solely on your mirrors. It is the car you do not see that is the most dangerous.

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#22. Who is exempt from the seat belt law?

Certain people are exempt from the seat belt law. They include a rural mail carrier of the United States Postal Service. He or she is not required to be secured in a seat belt while engaged in the delivery of mail.

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#23. You are over 21 and have been drinking at a party. On your way home, you are stopped by an officer. To be arrested and convicted of OUI your BrAC level:

If you are the operator of a motor vehicle and are driving with an alcohol level of 0.08 grams per 100 milliliters of blood or 210 liters of breath, you are guilty of a criminal offense of operating under the influence.

However, any amount of alcohol is likely to impair your driving ability. A testimony of the arresting police officer regarding your driving performance can result in an OUI conviction even without the alcohol test results to back it up. This means that your alcohol level can be less than .08 and you can still be convicted.

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#24. Your headlights suddenly go out. What is the first thing you should do?

If your headlights suddenly go out, you cannot see as well ahead and must slow down.

  • Try the dimmer switch. That will often put them on again.
  • Turn the headlight switch on and off a few times.
  • If that does not work, turn on your parking lights, turn signals or emergency flashers.
  • Pull off the road as quickly as possible, leaving your emergency flashers on.
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#25. Which is true about turn signals?

Signal as early as you can – at least 100 feet before any change or turn.

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#26. You approach a traffic congestion at a traffic light. A parking area offers an opportunity to avoid the traffic light. What should you do?

You may not drive a motor vehicle through a parking area to avoid obeying the requirements of a traffic control device.

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#27. Which of the following will improve your fuel economy:

You can drive further on the same amount of gasoline if you drive at moderate speeds. (Automobiles get 20% better mileage at 55 mph than at 70 mph.)

Drive at a steady pace. Braking and accelerating frequently uses more energy.

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#28. True or false? Alcohol is the most damaging and widely used drug in the United States today.

Remember, alcohol is a drug, a drug which has damaged or destroyed the lives of tens of millions of drinkers and their families. Alcohol is the most dangerous and widely used drug in the United States today!

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#29. When driving in a fog, you should:

The best rule during foggy conditions is to avoid driving. If you must drive, you should:

  • Reduce your speed and always be prepared to stop your vehicle within the limits of your vision, even if those limits are not more than a few feet.
  • Turn your headlights on. Put them on low beam to prevent the glaring reflection of your lights in the fog.
  • Look for road edge markings to guide you.
  • If the fog becomes so thick that you can barely see, pull off the road and stop, using your emergency flashers. Wait until visibility improves. Do not creep along at 5 or 10 miles an hour.
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#30. When you park on a public road, you must always make sure:

When you park on a public road, make sure you do not get in the way of traffic.

If there is a curb, park as close to it as you can (and no more than 18 inches away).

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Maine Written Knowledge Exam

Quick facts for your written driver’s license exam in Maine:

  Number of Questions: 30
  Correct answers needed: 24
  Passing score: 80 percent
  Time limit: No
  Earliest retest upon failure: Same day

500+ Maine Test Questions

This sample test is a random test with 30 questions drawn from a bank of more than 500 exam questions.

It will help you study for your written exam and help you pass the first time, but remember to start by reading the manual.

Everything on your written exam is taken from the Motorist Handbook and Study Guide. Get a copy from your BMV service office or download a copy online .

You should read the manual at least 2-3 times over the course of a week or two. Pay special attention to Maine’s drinking and driving laws. There will always be questions about alcohol and impaired driving on your written test.

When you have a good understanding of the rules described in the handbook, use practice tests to verify your knowledge.

The Best Way to Use Practice Tests

Basically all experts agree that being active is the best way to learn and retain new knowledge.

Simply taking test after test and try to remember questions and answers is a less effective strategy. You will improve your chances on the real examination if you read carefully and also make a note of the incorrect choices. When you miss a question, you should look up the chapter in the handbook and read about. Note how facts are worded in the handbook. The same phrases will often appear on the knowledge exam.

If facts doesn’t make sense, discuss them with a parent, teacher, driving instructor, or a licensed friend. Keep an opened mind.

You can take the practice test as many times as you want. There will be a slightly different set of question and answer choices each time. Read carefully and try to reach a full score every time you take the test.

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What You Should Know about the Real Exam

The Maine BMV written exam has 30 questions. You need 24 correct answers to pass (a passing score of 80%).

The test is not timed. Most test takers finish in about 15 minutes.

It is a multiple-choice test that may also have some true or false questions.

The written exam is a closed book test, which means that you cannot use the handbook, notes, or any digital devices in the testing area.

Should you fail the test, you may be able to take the test again the same day (discretion of the examiner), but it is probably a good idea to wait a bit longer and study the handbook again. Try to remember which questions you missed and read up on these items.

If you aren’t fluent in English, the test is available in other languages, but you must contact your local branch to check if they have the test in your language.

Is the Maine Written Exam Hard?

The failure rate on the Maine BMV exam is about 30%. The difficulty level is graded “moderate”.

Expect one-third of the test questions to address common road signs and signals. The rest will check your knowledge of Maine traffic laws and regulations, safe driving techniques, and vehicle handling.

There is an emphasis on impaired driving and its consequences. So, be sure to study the chapter about Maine’s Operating Under the Influence (OUI) Law.

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Who Must Pass the Maine Written Exam?

You must take all tests, including vision screening, knowledge test, and driving test, if you haven’t had a driver’s license or permit before. You must also pass the tests if you move to Maine and hold a license from a country other than United States or Canada.

After a license revocation, you will be required to apply for a new license and pass all tests. Testing can also be required after certain serious suspensions.

If you let your license expire more than 5 years, you must also apply for a new license and pass all tests.

Your First Learner’s Permit

To get a learner’s permit in Maine, you must be at least 15 years old.

If you are under 18 years, you must complete a driver education course before applying for a learner’s permit.

You must pass the knowledge test and the vision screening.

When you get your permit, it allows you to drive a vehicle when accompanied by a person who:

  • Is licensed to drive the same class vehicle
  • Is at least 20 years
  • Has held a valid license for at least 2 years
  • Is occupying a seat beside you

When you drive, you cannot use a mobile telephone or any handheld electronic device.

Your first learner’s permit is normally valid for 2 years.


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