New Hampshire Written Knowledge Test for Your Driver License



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#1. When stopped by a law enforcement officer at night:

If an approaching police vehicle with lights and/or sirens engaged pulls in behind a vehicle pulling off to the side of the road, a driver must:

  • Come to a complete stop and place the vehicle in park.
  • Remain in the vehicle unless requested to get out.
  • Turn off the engine and turn on the hazard flashers and if at night, the interior lights to help the officer see that everything is in order inside the vehicle.
  • Remain calm and keep the safety belt fastened. Ask any passenger(s) to do so as well. Place hands on the steering wheel and limit movements.
  • When requested, locate and provide their driver license, and vehicle registration. If the officer asks the driver for these documents, tell the officer where they are located and reach for them slowly with one hand on the wheel. Answer the officer’s questions fully and clearly.

#2. You should wear your lap belt:

Use safety belts properly. Keep the lap belt fairly tight but comfortable across your lap and hips. Make sure it is below your stomach and rests on your hip bones. Adjust the shoulder harness just loose enough to let your fist go between the belt and your chest.


#3. If you miss your exit when trying to leave a divided highway, you should:

If a driver misses an exit on a divided highway, they should drive to the next exit to reverse direction. Drivers should never stop, back up or try to turn around.


#4. Which of the following results from drinking alcohol?

Alcohol and other impairing drugs reduce a driver’s vision, reaction time, and ability to make clear and quick judgments while driving.


#5. The four-second rule refers to:

Drivers need time and space to adjust and react to other road users. The more space drivers allow between their vehicle and other roadway users, the more time the driver has time to react. Traffic, speed, along with light, weather and road conditions will impact the space needed between the vehicle being driven and potential hazards. In order to reduce the risk of a collision, drivers should maintain enough following distance space to allow time to safely stop or change the path of travel to avoid a collision.

Drivers should always try to keep a minimum following distance of at least four seconds between their car and the vehicle in front. 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.

#6. Where is it illegal to park a vehicle?

Parking is not allowed in front of a driveway.


#7. If the engine shuts off while you are driving:

If the engine shuts off while you are driving:

  • Keep a strong grip on the steering wheel. Be aware that the steering wheel may be difficult to turn, but it is still able to be turned.
  • Look for an escape path. Do not brake hard. Instead, brake with steady pressure on the pedal, slow down, and then pull off the roadway.
  • Stop and try to restart the engine. If unsuccessful, raise the hood and turn on the emergency flashers. Call for help.

#8. You must yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians in an intersection:

Pedestrians are difficult to see, and it is difficult to determine their intentions. As a driver:

  • Always be prepared to yield to pedestrians even if they are not in a crosswalk.
  • You must yield when a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, even if it is unmarked, including mid-block crosswalks marked by warning signs and pavement markings.
  • You must yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians in the intersection even if the traffic light is green.

#9. What does the marking in left-hand lane (A) mean?

White arrows are painted on some highway lanes to help guide drivers into the proper lanes for turns and through traffic. Always use traffic lanes as they are defined by pavement markings and road signs. When a lane is marked with a curved arrow and the word ONLY, you must turn in the direction of the arrow.


#10. What should you expect ahead?

Divided Highway / Divided Highway Begins. Two-way traffic will be divided by a center strip ahead. Each roadway is one-way. Stay to the right.


#11. If you are about to make a right turn and there is a bicyclist ahead of you:

When making a right turn, signal your turn, and check for bicyclists. You should slow down and let a cyclist clear the intersection before making your turn. Avoid turning sharply in front of a bicyclist and do not force a bicyclist off the road.


#12. You are driving on a rural highway. You see a green road sign far ahead. The sign will most likely:

Green and white signs are used for guide information, such as distance or direction.

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


#13. Trying to beat a truck to a single-lane construction zone is dangerous because:

It is essential not to enter a roadway in front of a large vehicle or change lanes in front of a large vehicle. Large vehicles cannot stop as quickly as cars. Do not cut off a large vehicle in traffic or on the highway to reach an exit or turn or to beat a truck into a single-lane construction zone.


#14. When is it important to turn on your headlights?

New Hampshire law requires drivers to turn on their headlights during the period from half hour after sunset, to half hour before sunrise. For the safety reasons, drivers should use headlights to help other roadway users to see the vehicle when it is raining, snowing or foggy. Headlights must be on whenever rain, snow, or fog shall interfere with the proper view of the road so that persons and vehicles on the way are not clearly discernible at a distance of 1,000 feet ahead.


#15. What is a SR-22?

SR-22 is a certificate being filed by an insurance company. There are motor vehicle convictions that would require a driver to provide the certificate in order to have their driving and registration privileges reinstated.


#16. You should not attempt to pass another vehicle:

Do not attempt to pass when an oncoming vehicle is approaching, when your view is blocked by a curve or a hill, while at intersections, or before a highway-railroad crossing or bridge.


#17. This sign tells you that:

This is a regulatory No U-turn sign. It means that you are not allowed to make a U-turn.


#18. If a school bus with flashing red lights has stopped on your side of an undivided highway with four lanes, 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.


#19. When a traffic signal is showing a flashing red light, you must:

A flashing red signal light means stop. After stopping, you may proceed when it is safe. Observe the right-of-way rules.


#20. If a motorcycle approaches from the left and signals a right turn into the road you are about to leave, you should:

Turn signals don’t automatically cancel out on most motorcycles. At times, the rider may forget to turn the signal off. Before you make a turn in front of a motorcyclist, be sure the rider is turning and not continuing straight ahead into your path with a forgotten turn signal still blinking.

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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.

The New Hampshire Driver's Manual -

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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