New Hampshire Written Knowledge Test for Your Driver License



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#1. Trucks, tractor-trailers, and buses have:

Large trucks and buses have big No-Zones on both sides. They are much larger than a vehicle’s blind spot. Trucks have a large blind spot on their right side starting behind the cab and extending up to the length of the truck. It is important for a driver to know that if the truck driver’s face cannot be seen in the side view mirror, then the truck driver cannot see the other vehicle. Drivers should avoid driving alongside a large vehicle for any longer than what is required. If the truck driver needs to swerve or change lanes, the chances of a collision are greatly increased.


#2. The Implied Consent Law means that you:

The Implied consent law means that any person who operates a motor vehicle in New Hampshire is considered to have given consent to having their blood, breath, urine, or any combination tested if arrested for an alcohol or drug offense. Refusal to allow testing may result in loss of driving privileges.


#3. You can legally park on a bridge or overpass:

Never park on a bridge or overpass. It is illegal.


#4. If you see pedestrians or children near the road, you should:

If you see a vehicle, pedestrian, or children near the road, you should slow down and be prepared to stop. Be careful in playground and residential areas where children could run out from between parked vehicles. It is a good idea to drive slower than the speed limit in these areas and be prepared to stop quickly.


#5. Which is true about giving your horn a sharp blast?

Never use your horn around visually impaired pedestrians.


#6. When brakes fail and you cannot get them to work:

Engage the parking brake. Pull on the parking brake handle in the center console or push the parking brake foot pedal slowly to avoid locking the rear wheels and causing a skid. Be ready to release the brake if the vehicle starts skid.


#7. You should always fasten your seat belts and make sure all passengers are using seat belts or child restraints:

It is important that a driver adjusts the seat and mirrors before driving a vehicle so that the driver can see clearly, have full control of the steering wheel and foot pedals, and for proper airbag deployment.


#8. This sign tells you:

This is a regulatory speed limit sign. It shows the maximum speed you are allowed to travel.


#9. Anti-lock brakes are most effective when you:

Vehicles equipped with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) will allow a driver to stop the vehicle without skidding and keep steering control. Be sure to read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to use the ABS. Drivers should press on the brake pedal and keep applying pressure. ABS will work only if the driver keeps the pressure on the brake pedal. A driver may feel the pedal vibrate and hear a clicking noise, which is normal.


#10. Making a left turn against a red arrow is:

You may NOT turn left against a red arrow.


#11. If a school bus with flashing red lights has stopped on your side of a divided highway, you must:

Drivers must stop at least 25-feet in any direction for a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and/or the stop arm extended at all times unless the roadway is separated by a physical barrier. Drivers shall remain stopped until the school bus resumes motion or until the flashing red lights cease to operate. Proceed slowly while always watching for children.


#12. Which pavement marking separates traffic traveling in opposite directions?

Yellow lines mean the lanes of traffic are moving in opposite directions. You may pass over any broken (dotted) lines when it is safe to do so. You must not pass if the line on your side is solid.


#13. You often need more space in front of your vehicle when following:

There are certain situations when you need more space in front of your vehicle. Drivers should increase the following distance:

  • On slippery roads.
  • When following large vehicles like trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, and vehicles pulling a trailer.
  • At night, in fog, or in bad weather.
  • When following vehicles required to stop at railroad crossings, like transit buses, school buses or vehicles carrying hazardous materials.

#14. When passing a motorcycle driving in your lane, you must:

Drivers should never attempt to share a lane with a motorcycle. Motorcycles are entitled to the same full lane width as all other vehicles. Never move into the same lane alongside a motorcycle, even if the lane is wide and the cyclist is riding far to one side. Do not try to crowd cyclists in any way or force them to the edge of the road. It is not only illegal, but also extremely hazardous.


#15. Which is true about alcohol?

Alcohol is by far the greatest hazard for a driver. Alcohol and other impairing drugs are involved in approximately 40% of all traffic crashes in which someone is killed each year.


#16. This sign means:

Slippery when wet.

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


#17. If you are involved in a minor highway accident without injuries, you should always:

If a crash occurs, drivers must always stop at the scene. If possible, they should move the vehicle off the road so that traffic is not blocked from passing the site of the crash. They should also:

  • Call 911 if there are injuries.
  • Give aid to any injured people, but do not move them unless it is necessary, and be sure an ambulance has been called.
  • Get information for all people involved in the crash.

#18. A sign with this shape means:

Down pointed triangle means yield. Slow down and give vehicles crossing your path the right of way.

The shapes and colors of highway signs have special meanings. This helps you pick out signs quickly.


#19. What distance must you keep when following a fire truck responding to a fire alarm?

Drivers must not follow a fire truck closer than 500 feet when it is sounding a siren or operating flashing lights. Drivers must not drive or park a vehicle within the block where the fire truck has stopped to answer a fire alarm.


#20. Passing another vehicle on the right by driving onto a paved shoulder is:

Never pass on the shoulder, whether it is paved or not. The shoulder is a hard surface on the right side of the roadway that is to be used as an emergency stopping lane and not for through traffic.

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The New Hampshire Written Knowledge Test

Key numbers for your official knowledge exam in New Hampshire:

  Test questions: 40
  Passing score: 80%
  Correct answers: 32
  Time limit: 40 minutes
  Earliest retest if you fail: 10 days

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Practice for Your New Hampshire Written Test

The official written knowledge test in New Hampshire is designed to verify your knowledge of New Hampshire’s motor vehicle laws, rules of the road, and safe driving guidelines, and many other driving related subjects.

To prepare for this written exam you should:

  Get a copy of New Hampshire’s Driver’s Manual
  Use practice tests to check your progress.

You Will Find Everything in the Manual

Remember, the NH Driver’s Manual is your best friend when preparing for the written knowledge test. Don’t spend too much time browsing the internet for the exact exam questions, because you will not find them.

It is your responsibility as a driver to be familiar with the motor vehicle laws in New Hampshire. By understanding rules and regulations that directly or indirectly affect all drivers, you will become a better driver and you will hopefully be at less risk of being involved in an accident.

The Driver’s Manual has everything you need to learn for the examination and is also an excellent guide for understanding many safe driving practices.

You can get your copy at any DMV office or download it online .

You need at least a day or two to read and understand everything in the manual. After that, you should keep it handy during all study sessions and return to it when you need more information or repeat some chapters.

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Does Practice Tests Help?

Research shows that students who use practice tests or quizzes have a far better chance of passing an exam than students who rely on the manual or notes alone.

The more you practice, the more likely you are to pass the exam.

With a pool of more than 500 question, will help you achieve a passing score on your first try.

Is it the Same Questions on the Real Exam?

This practice test is a sample test with questions designed specifically to help you with the New Hampshire exam. It has 20 random questions drawn from all parts of the information in the manual.

You can take the test over and over again, each time there will be a new set of questions.

Questions cover the same items as the real exam and can be the same that you will see on your test. But remember that the computerized exam is random, which means that you never know which questions you will get. Wording may also differ between a sample test and a real exam.

The real exam has 40 questions, but the practice test is limited to 20 questions in each set. On the real test, you will see 4 choices – on this practice test there is 3 choices. Only one choice is correct.

Is NH Written Test Timed?

Yes, the New Hampshire knowledge test is timed. The allotted time for your exam is 40 minutes, which may not seem to be much, but you should know that most test takers finish in less than 30 minutes.

Is NH Written Test Difficult?

About 25% of all first-time test takers fail the exam, which is a low failure rate compared to many other states.

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What Happens If I Fail the Test?

If you fail your first attempt at the test, there is a mandatory wait time of at least 10 days before you can take the test again.

Together with Virginia, New Hampshire has the longest wait time before retesting is available.

How Old Must I be to Get a Permit in New Hampshire?

Unlike other states, New Hampshire does not issue special non-commercial learner permits.

You can start practice your driving skills on New Hampshire roads if you:

  Are at least 15½ years old and carry proof of your age.
  Drive accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or other licensed adult who is at least 25 years.
  Drive a non-commercial vehicle.

Must I Complete a Driver Education to Get a Driver License?

In New Hampshire, a driver education is mandatory for all new drivers under 18 years.

The driver education must consist of:

  30 hours of classroom instruction
  10 hours of practice driving
  16 hours of driving observation

In addition, a teenager must complete 40 hours of additional supervised driving with a parent, guardian, or other responsible adult. 10 of these hours must be completed at night.

A driver education course is also required for non-US citizens who move to New Hampshire and don’t have previous driving experience.

Driver education is offered at many public high schools in New Hampshire and at over 60 driving schools throughout the state.

How Old Must I be to Get a Driver License in New Hampshire?

New Hampshire does not issue a driver license unless the applicant is at least 16 years old.

To get your first non-commercial driver license, you must the vision test, the knowledge test, and a road skills test.

What are the Restrictions on My First Driver License?

Drivers under 21 years old will be issued a Youth Operator License which will expire on the driver’s 21st birthday.

If you are under 18 years, you cannot:

  Drive between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.
  Have more than 1 non-family passenger under 25 years during the first 6 months
  Never have more passengers than seat belts or safety restraints in the vehicle.


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