Maine Written Exam Samples – 30 Test Questions and Answers



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#1. The distance it takes to stop a car changes with all of the following EXCEPT:

Your stopping distance depends on things like speed, brakes, tires, and roadway conditions. It is also affected by human factors such as tiredness, alcohol, fatigue, and concentration levels.


#2. As an adult, you are operating your vehicle above the legal limit if you have a Breath Alcohol Concentration (BrAC) of:

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.


#3. Drinking any amount of alcohol is likely to:

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.


#4. Your license has expired. What is the grace period before you need to renew your license?

There are no grace periods. Remember, it is unlawful to drive a motor vehicle with an expired license.

About 45 days before a driver’s license expires, a renewal notice is mailed to the driver’s most recent address on file at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. If you do not notify BMV of any address change, you may not receive a renewal notice. You must contact the central office in Augusta and renew your license on time.


#5. The amount of alcohol in a 1 oz. shot of 100 proof liquor is generally equal to:

The kind of beverage you drink does not matter. What is important is the amount of alcohol you drink over a period of time. There is approximately the same amount of alcohol in a 12 oz. can of beer as there is in a 1 oz. shot of 100 proof hard liquor or 4 oz. glass of table wine (or a 10 oz. wine cooler).


#6. Which is true about your following distance when roads are wet or slippery?

On slippery roads, the important points to safe driving are slower speeds, gentler stops and turns, and increased following distances. Keep well behind the vehicle ahead of you, giving yourself plenty of room to stop. Remember that on snow or ice it takes three to twelve times as much distance to stop your car as it does on dry pavement. Wet roads can be just as dangerous as icy roads.


#7. What does this sign mean?

Divided highway ahead. The highway ahead is divided into two one-way roadways. Opposing flows of traffic are separated by a median or other physical barrier.


#8. The first thing you should do when your car starts to skid on a wet road is to:

If the car begins to skid:

  • Take your foot off the gas pedal to slow down gradually.
  • Stay off the brake. If you brake hard, your wheels will lock and that makes the skid worse.
  • Turn the steering wheel in the direction you want the car to go. This lines the front of the car up with the back.
  • As soon as the car begins to straighten out, turn the wheel back the other way so that the car won’t turn too far. If you don’t turn the wheel back, you can start a new skid.
  • Continue to correct your steering, left and right, until you recover completely from the skid.

#9. This white sign means you must not pass:

Do not pass.

You may not pass where a yellow pennant NO PASSING ZONE sign appears on the left of the road or a rectangular white (regulatory) DO NOT PASS sign appears on the right of the road.


#10. What does this sign mean?

Deer crossing.

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


#11. You should never attempt to overtake a bicyclist:

A person operating a motor vehicle near a person operating a bicycle may not make a right turn unless the turn can be made with reasonable safety and without interfering with the safe and legal operation of the bicycle.


#12. When you see a sign with this shape and color, you must:

Stop before the crosswalk or stop line and do not cross it. If there is no crosswalk or stop line, stop at the point nearest the intersection to enable you to see approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway. The stop must be made before any portion of your vehicle has entered the intersection. Give the right-of-way to all vehicles and pedestrians.


#13. When driving at night in heavy traffic, you should use:

Use low beams when following other vehicles, when meeting oncoming vehicles, and when driving in town with other vehicles nearby.

Use high beams when there are no oncoming vehicles nor vehicle close ahead.

Do not drive at any time with only your parking lights on.


#14. Never back your car:

Under no circumstance should you ever back up on the expressway. It is dangerous and illegal.


#15. What should you do if a vehicle comes toward you with high beams on, and fails to dim the lights?

If a vehicle comes toward you with high beams on, and fails to dim the lights, slow down and look toward the right side of the road. This will keep you from being blinded by the other car’s headlights. You should also be able to see enough of the edge of the lane to stay on course until the car passes.

Remember, it normally takes about seven seconds for your eyes to recover from headlight glare. At 55 miles per hour, that is almost the length of two football fields! The eyes of drinking drivers take significantly longer to adjust.

Do not use dark glasses at night. They cut down the light and make it hard to see.


#16. During a traffic stop by a law enforcement officer, you can cause unnecessary anxiety for the officer if you:

Being stopped by a law enforcement officer can be a stressful experience, but knowing what to do during the traffic stop will help to ensure a safe interaction for all involved. You should not reach around inside the vehicle. Keep your hands on the steering wheel so they are easily observable.


#17. If red lights are flashing and gates are closing at a railroad crossing, you should:

Sometimes flashing red lights mark a railroad crossing. Sometimes there are gates or barriers. Stop and wait until the light stops and barriers are removed.


#18. You are driving car B when three vehicles approach an uncontrolled intersection. You have car A on your right and car C on your left. You must yield to:

Car A goes first.

Car B must yield to car A.

Car C must yield to both car A and B.

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.


#19. Which one of the following statements is true about seat belts?

If you wear a lap belt your chances of coming out of a collision alive are about twice as good as if you do not. If you are wearing both lap belt and shoulder strap your chances are three to four times as good.

Regardless of the nature of the accident it is considerably more dangerous to be unrestrained in a crash.

Statistically, every citizen has a one in three chance of being in a serious accident in his or her life.


#20. A red traffic signal in combination with a green arrow means:

A red light with a green arrow means you may go cautiously in the direction of the arrow, yielding to all other vehicles and pedestrians.


#21. If you want to turn at an intersection and a line of cars in one lane is blocking your view of another lane, you should:

If a line of cars in one lane is blocking your view of another lane, wait until the cars move. If you try to look by edging the front of your car into the other lane, you may get hit.


#22. Because you need more room to completely pass a large vehicle, you should:

Before passing a large vehicle be sure to check ahead, behind and in the direction you will move. This is necessary to be sure that you have enough room to complete the maneuver.

Never pass unless in a legal passing zone and do not pass if you have to speed to complete the maneuver. Pass quickly on the left side and do not linger in the blind spot. As long as you are next to a truck or bus, you are probably in a blind spot.

When you have passed a truck or bus, do not pull back into the lane until you can clearly see the front of the vehicle in your rearview mirror.


#23. You are driving 45 mph in a 55-mph speed limit zone. You can be cited for speeding:

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.


#24. When parking at a curb, you should park as close to it as you can and no more than:

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


#25. Which of these statements about drugs and driving is true?

Besides alcohol, there are many other drugs that can affect a person’s ability to drive safely. Some allergy remedies, cough syrups and cold pills which you can buy without prescription contain codeine, alcohol, antihistamines, or bromides which can affect driving.

If you have been prescribed a medication, be sure to ask your doctor about any side effects which could impair your driving.


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

You must obey any traffic direction, order, or signal by a law enforcement officer.


#27. An arrow panel displaying this message means:

Move or merge right. Large flashing or sequencing arrow panels may be used in work zones to guide drivers into certain traffic lanes and to inform them that part of the road or street ahead is closed.


#28. You want to turn right at an intersection. A pedestrian with a guide dog is ready to cross the street in front of you. Before making the turn, you should:

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.


#29. Which is true about air-bag safety?

Air bags do not replace safety belts.

Airbags give you extra protection when the front of your vehicle hits, or is hit by, an object. You must also use your safety belts to give you full protection.


#30. Which is true about giving a signal to other drivers?

Always signal to other drivers when you plan to turn left, right, slow down, or stop. Signals may be given by hand-and-arm positions or by using the vehicle’s signal lights

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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.

  Study tips to help you pass

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.

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

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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