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#1. Which is true about large trucks?

In general, large vehicles are more difficult to maneuver, have longer stopping and acceleration distances, take wider areas to turn, and weigh much more than cars. Trucks have large areas they cannot see. These are known as their blind spots or the no zone.

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#2. A traffic signal is showing a steady red light. After stopping, and unless prohibited by signs, you may:

A steady red circular signal means stop. You must come to a complete stop at a clearly marked stop line or before entering the crosswalk and if there is no crosswalk then before entering the intersection.

You may turn right on red unless prohibited. You may also turn left from a one-way street into another one-way street unless prohibited.

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#3. You should not use your horn:

Use your horn whenever it will help prevent an accident. Do not use your horn when you want someone to change lane.

This question asked when you should not use your horn.

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#4. When approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with flashing lights, you should:

New Mexico law requires you to move over.

The law says: if reasonably safe to do so, drive in a lane not adjacent to where the authorized emergency vehicle is stopped. You must also slow down and proceed with caution.

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#5. If you have pulled out to pass another vehicle on the left side of the road and an oncoming vehicle is approaching faster than expected, you should:

You will always have to judge whether you have enough room to pass safely. If an oncoming vehicle may create a hazard, pull back and wait.

Remember, drivers overtaking a vehicle traveling in the same direction must yield to that vehicle, even if the vehicle is slowing or coming to a stop.

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#6. To avoid getting tired on a long trip, you should:

Take breaks. Stop every hour or so or when you need to. Walk around, get some fresh air, and have some coffee, soda, or juice. The few minutes spent on a rest break can save your life.

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#7. After a train has passed at a railroad crossing with more than one track, you should:

At crossings with more than one track, wait until the passing train is well down the track before starting to cross. Another train may be hidden by the one that just passed.

Crossings with more than one train track will often post a sign that shows the number of tracks. These signs warn you that there is more than one track and there may be more than one train crossing.

Remember, not all crossings with more than one train track will have these signs so it is important to check for more than one track before crossing.

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#8. Following closely behind another vehicle:

Rear-end crashes are very common. They are caused from drivers following too closely to be able to stop before hitting the vehicle ahead when it suddenly stops.

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#9. If you have a tire blowout while driving, you should:

If a tire suddenly goes flat, hold the steering wheel tightly and keep the vehicle going straight. Slow down gradually. Take your foot off the gas pedal and use the brakes lightly. When your vehicle is under control, pull off the road in a safe place. Do not stop on the road if at all possible.

Remember, it is dangerous to brake or steer off the road before your vehicle is under control.

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#10. A vehicle carrying this sign:

A reflective orange triangle on the rear of a vehicle means the vehicle is traveling less than 25 miles per hour. A driver may see this sign on construction equipment or in rural areas on farm vehicles, or on horse drawn wagons or carriages.

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#11. When backing up or reversing your car:

Place your right arm on the back of the seat and turn around so that you can look directly through the rear window. Do not depend on your rearview or side mirrors, as you cannot see directly behind your vehicle.

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#12. When two vehicles from different directions arrive at the same time at an intersection where there are no signs or signals, which one should yield?

When approaching an intersection where there is no stop sign, yield sign or traffic signal, drivers must yield to vehicles coming from the right.

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#13. The blood alcohol level at which it is illegal for any person 21 years or older to drive is:

In New Mexico, it is illegal to drive with a breath or blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more if you are 21 or over.

The legal limit is .02 if you are under 21 and .04 if you drive a commercial vehicle.

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#14. If you need to pull off the road because of thick fog, you should:

If the fog is so thick you cannot see well, pull completely off the highway, or stop at a rest area, service station or other parking space. Do not continue driving until you can see well.

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#15. What does this sign mean?

Merging traffic sign.

Traffic from the right is merging onto the main roadway.

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#16. Proof of financial responsibility is needed:

Everyone who operates a motor vehicle in New Mexico must have a motor vehicle liability insurance policy. The Mandatory Financial Responsibility Act requires that proof of such insurance be carried in the vehicle at all times.

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#17. Which is the background color on a road sign like this?

Brown destination signs show directions and distance to special areas of public recreational or cultural interest, such as national parks, historical areas, or museums.

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#18. Adult passengers in a car must always wear safety belts:

In the State of New Mexico, it is illegal to drive without wearing safety belts.

Before you drive, always fasten your safety belts, and make sure all your passengers are using safety belts or child restraints

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#19. What does this sign mean?

No left turn.

You cannot make a left turn at this intersection.

Remember, regulatory signs with a red circle with a red slash over a symbol prohibit certain actions.

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#20. Handicap parking may be indicated by this sign and a curb painted:

A blue curb indicates handicap parking only.

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#21. What does this sign mean?

This sign is used at locations along a roadway where a flagger may be stationed to control traffic.

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#22. Which pavement marking separates lanes with traffic going in the same direction?

Multiple lanes of travel in the same direction are separated by white lane markings. A dashed white line between lanes of traffic means that you may cross it to change lanes if it is safe to do so. A solid white line between lanes of traffic means that you should stay in your lane unless a special situation requires you to change lanes.

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#23. A solid green signal light means:

A steady green traffic light means you can go through the intersection. If you are stopped and then the light turns green, you must allow crossing traffic to clear the intersection before you go ahead. Never block an intersection.

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#24. A learner's license does not allow you to drive:

A permit allows you to operate a motor vehicle when supervised by another driver who is at least 21 years of age and who is licensed to drive that type of vehicle.

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#25. What do the light gray areas in the picture mark?

The rear corners of your vehicle are known as blind spots because you cannot see them through your mirrors. You must turn your head and look to see vehicles in your blind spot.

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New Mexico MVD Written Test

Quick facts about your MVD driver’s license and learner’s permit test in New Mexico:

  Number of Questions:50
  Correct answers needed:35
  Passing score:70 percent
  Time limit:
  Earliest retest upon failure:Same day

500 Practice Questions for Your New Mexico License

This is a practice test for your New Mexico Driver License or Instruction Permit. It is a random multiple-choice test with 25 questions from a database with 500+ questions.

You can take the practice test as many times as you like. There is no registration and no hidden fees.

The test will help you cover all important facts in the New Mexico Driver Manual and make it easier to pass the knowledge examination the first time.

A practice test should always be used as a learning tool and a way to verify your knowledge. It means that it is not always exactly the same as the real written test. You cannot use this test as a certificate of a passed knowledge exam. Licenseroute.com is not affiliated with any State or Government Entity and this is not an official test.

The Official New Mexico Knowledge Exam

The official knowledge examination in New Mexico consists of 50 questions. The passing score is 70%, which means that you must correctly answer 35 questions to pass the test.

New Mexico has one of the lowest passing scores in United States



You may take the knowledge test as part of your driver education or at any New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) office. Remember, if you are under 18 years, you must enroll in an approved driver education and complete the 3-step Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program.

The knowledge test is a closed book test, which means that you cannot bring your Driver Manual, any notes, or use digital devices like your cell phone. To avoid misunderstandings, it’s a good idea to turn off your phone during the test.

If you fail your test, you can take it again the same day, but only twice on one day or in one week. If need a third attempt to pass the test, you must wait until the following week. After three failures, you must wait six months before MVD allows you to try again.

Is the New Mexico Written Test Hard?

Even if the failure rate on the New Mexico written exam appears to be higher than expected (about 20%), the difficulty level is rated easy.

Easy - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

The Graduated Driver License Program

The purpose of New Mexico GDL program is to gradually introduce young drivers to driving situations proven to be particularly dangerous and develop driving skills under supervision of an experienced driver. Restrictions that are placed on their driving are gradually relaxed as they mature and develop greater driving skills.

GDL is a three-step program for all teenagers under 18 years. It includes these steps:

  • Step I: Instructional Permit
  • Step II: Provisional License
  • Step III: Unrestricted Driver License

At age 15, a teen can apply for their first instructional permit (learner’s permit). After holding a permit for at least six months, the young driver can advance to step two and apply for a provisional license. Before advancing to step three, an unrestricted Driver License, the teen must hold a provisional license for at least 12 months.

New Mexico Instructional Permit – Requirements

Minimum age: 15 years.

You can apply for a New Mexico permit when you turn 15.

Signed consent form.

A teenager under 18 years must provide a consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Pass vision screening and knowledge test.

Before MVD issues a permit, you must pass the knowledge test and vision screening.

Enrolled in and attending a driver education course.

The driver education course must be approved by the Traffic Safety Bureau and include DWI education and behind-the-wheel practice. Read more here: Drivers Educational Info .

New Mexico Instructional Permit – Restrictions

You cannot drive alone.

Under no circumstances can you drive without being supervised by another driver.

The supervising driver must be an approved driver instructor or a licensed driver who is 21 years or older and has been licensed for at least three years in New Mexico or any other state.

A supervising driver must occupy the seat beside you.

You cannot drive without your permit.

When you drive, you must always have the permit in your possession.

You cannot use your cell phone.

All use of electronic devices, including cell phones, are prohibited while driving – even when in hands-free mode. The only exception is when you must summon medical or emergency assistance.



New Mexico Provisional License – Requirements

Minimum age 15 years and six months.

Held an instructional permit for six months.

Before applying for an instructional permit, you must hold an instructional permit for at least six months.

50 hours of driving practice.

During the permit phase, you must practice driving for at least 50 hours, of which 10 hours must be at night.

When applying for the provisional license, a parent or guardian must certify that you have completed your practice hours.

Pass the road skills test.

In addition to the vision screening and knowledge test, you must pass a behind-the-wheel test, also known as the road skills test.

No traffic violations,

You cannot have any traffic violations in the 90 days prior to applying for the provisional license.



New Mexico Provisional License – Restrictions

Night curfew

You cannot drive unsupervised on public highways between midnight and 5:00 a.m.

If you have a signed statement by a parent or guardian, you may drive during these hours if required by family or medical necessity.

With a signed statement from an employer you may also drive at night to and from work.

School or a religious activity are also exempt if evidenced by a signed statement of a school, religious official or a parent or guardian.

You can also drive at night if necessary due to a medical emergency.

No cell phone use.

Electronic devices, including cell phones, are prohibited while driving – even if in hands-free mode.

Unrestricted Driver License – Requirements

Held a provisional license for 12 months.

Before applying for a full and unrestricted driver license, you must have held the provisional license for at least 12 months.

No traffic violations.

You must not have been convicted of any traffic violations 90 days prior to applying for the driver license and you must have any traffic violations pending.

No alcohol or drug offenses.

You must not have been convicted of any alcohol or drug offenses during the provisional period or have such offenses pending.

New Mexico Driver License

New Drivers 18 Years or Older

If you are 18 years or older, you don’t follow the GDL program and a driver education class is not mandatory. This means that you will bypass the provisional license phase.

If you are under 25 years, you must enroll the “None for the Road” program instead. This program includes a self-taught, self-paced DWI Awareness Class.

A DWI Awareness Class is also necessary if you are 25 years and have been convicted of DWI (DUI).

If you enroll in a private driver education school, the class will include 30 hours classroom education and at least 7 hours behind-the-wheel. The school is often authorized to issue the learner’s permit after you have passed the necessary tests.


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