Hawaii Driver License Test Questions – Test 1


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#1. How does alcohol affect you?

Alcohol is a depressant, not a stimulant. It slows normal reflexes, interferes with judgment, reduces alertness and impairs vision. If you feel stimulated after drinking, it is simply because your inhibitions are lowered, causing loss of caution and self-control.


#2. If the pavement is wet when you approach this sign, you could skid if you:

Slippery when wet. In wet weather, drive slowly. Do not speed up or brake hard. Make sharp turns at a very slow speed.


#3. A blind spot is the area of the road:

Your blind spot is the area of the road you cannot see without moving your head and looking over your shoulder.


#4. Which is true about safety belts?

Safety belts help keep you in the driver’s position so you can keep control of your car. The first impact in a crash frequently throws the driver away from the vehicle controls thus preventing any possibility of controlling the vehicle.


#5. To avoid being blinded by the headlights of an approaching car at night:

If the lights of an approaching vehicle are too bright, look at the right edge of the road and use lane markings or reflectors as a guide.


#6. If your vehicle breaks down on a highway, you should always:

Often the vehicle stalls in a hazardous position in relation to other traffic. If possible, move the vehicle to a safe location. Keep yourself and passengers away from traffic.


#7. If you have been drinking alcohol, which will help you sober up?

Once the alcohol enters your blood there is nothing you can do to lessen the effect. Black coffee, food or a cold shower might wake you up, but they will not sober you up. Alcohol is burned up by your liver and eliminated from your body through your kidneys and lungs. This process takes time. Only time will rid you of the effects of alcohol. Only time will sober you up.


#8. A traffic signal is showing a steady yellow light. You should:

A yellow light means that the related green movement is being terminated OR that the red light is going to be shown immediately thereafter. You should avoid entering the intersection when the yellow light is shown. Stop, if you can do so safely.


#9. Pavement marking with a double solid white line means:

Double solid white lines indicate that movement from lane to lane is prohibited.


#10. An orange and red sign attached to the back of a vehicle means:

This highly reflective 18-inch triangular emblem is required to be displayed on the rear of vehicles designed to operate at speeds of 25 mph or less. When you see this emblem, reduce speed and approach cautiously.


#11. The best way to increase visibility when backing up is to:

Turn around and look to the rear. Do not rely on rear-view mirrors. The view through rear-view mirrors is too small to use for this purpose. Always back at a slow rate of speed.


#12. The background color on a sign with this symbol is:

Construction and maintenance signs are used to notify drivers of unusual or potentially dangerous conditions in or near work areas. Most signs in work areas are diamond shaped. A few signs are rectangular. All sings have an orange background.


#13. The diagonal stripes on a barricade or vertical panel indicates:

The diagonal stripes on the barricade or vertical panel guide the driver towards the direction to which traffic is to pass. Stripes sloping downward to the right mean the driver should bear to the right. Conversely, stripes sloping downward to the left mean bear to the left.


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

A red flashing signal has the same meaning as a stop sign. A stop sign will also be posted where this signal is located.

You must always bring your vehicle to a complete stop and yield to approaching traffic before proceeding.


#15. Signaling your intentions before turning, changing lanes or driving away from a curb:

When slowing down, stopping, turning or changing lanes, you must signal to let others know what you plan to do. You must signal every time, even when there are no other vehicles in sight. Signals must be given for at least 100 feet before you change lanes, turn or stop. It is advisable to signal for a greater distance when driving at higher speeds. Signals shall be given either by means of the hand and arm or by signal lamps. Hand signals must be used when the vehicle turn signals are not operating.


#16. When a pedestrian enters a crosswalk at an uncontrolled intersection, you should:

Slow down and be prepared to stop whenever you see persons walking on or crossing the roadway. You must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.


#17. Directions and instructions from a flag person in a work zone:

When a flag person or police officer directs traffic, you must obey his or her signals or directions.


#18. To prevent skidding on slippery surfaces, you should:

Excessive speed for existing road and traffic conditions is the most common cause of skidding. Skidding occurs when making sudden changes in direction or speed.

To prevent skidding, adjust speed to road conditions. Slow down as you approach curves and intersections. Avoid fast turns and quick stops.


#19. Passing another vehicle to the right is allowed if:

You may pass to the right of another vehicle:

  • When the vehicle you are passing is about to make a left turn, but you may not drive your vehicle off the pavement or main traveled portion of the roadway to pass.
  • On a paved street or highway with two or more lanes marked for traffic in each direction.
  • On a one-way street with two or more lanes marked for traffic.

#20. Motor vehicles operated on the public highways must, in general, have an official Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection (PMVI), at least:

All motor vehicles operated on the public highways must have an official Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection (PMVI), at least once a year. New vehicles do not need to be inspected until two years after their initial inspection on the date that they are first sold.


#21. If you are under the age of 18, how long are you required to operate on a provisional license before being eligible for a class 3 driver's license?

If you are under the age of 18, you must operate on a provisional license for at least 6 months before being eligible for a class 3 driver’s license.


#22. When driving in the right-hand lane of a freeway, you should:

The right lane should remain open for traffic entering and leaving the freeway as much as possible. If you are in the right lane, allow space for entering vehicles.


#23. Which is true about checking air pressure in your tires?

Check the air pressure in your tires frequently. Always check the pressure when the tires are cool.


#24. What does this sign mean?

A sign with a wheelchair symbol is the international symbol for accessibility. It means that a facility or parking area is accessible to a person with a disability.


#25. When driving in fog, you should:

Turn on low beam head lamps. Never use the high beam because the reflection, especially at night, will reduce your ability to see and the light will reduce the approaching driver’s ability to see.


#26. This sign means:

Lane ends or road narrows. There will be fewer lanes ahead. This sign shows that the right lane ends and that traffic must merge left. Drivers in the left lane should allow others to merge smoothly.


#27. When parking uphill on a two-way street with no curbs, your front wheels should be:

If you park downhill, with or without a curb, turn your front wheels to the right (to the side of the road). If you face uphill, with a curb, turn your front wheels away from the curb (to the travel lane). If there is no curb, turn your front wheels to the right, toward the edge of the road.

Always set the parking brake. Shift to the PARK position if you have one. If not, shift to reverse or low gear.


#28. If you have refused to take a breath or blood test to measure how much alcohol is in your system, you risk losing your license:

A police officer who believes a driver is under the influence of alcohol, may request the driver to take a test. Refusal to take the test may result in the revocation of your license for one year, two years or four years depending upon the driver’s prior alcohol enforcement contacts. In addition, the driver may be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol even though he refuses the test.


#29. Emotions affect your driving. If you feel angry or excited, you should:

Troubles from home, quarrels, misunderstandings, financial worries, serious illness in the family, personal fears, or overconfidence can make you temporarily accident prone. Strong emotions can work the same way. Persons who have just had violent arguments, or who are angry or in grief, need some time for cooling off or for making an adjustment before they drive a car.

Remember, worry and safe driving do not mix. If worried, ill, nervous, frightened, angry or depressed, let someone else drive.


#30. Failing to turn your head to check for traffic before changing lanes, driving away from a curb or exiting your vehicle in traffic is:

When you learned to drive, you should have been taught that the proper procedure was to look for other traffic before you changed lanes, drove away from the curb or got out of your vehicle on the traffic side. The procedure always required you to turn your head and look behind you for oncoming traffic before taking any action. As you gained proficiency as a driver, you may have inadvertently allowed this check to be reduced to only looking in the rear view mirror and finally to only an occasional check. This is an example of bad driving habits.

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Knowledge Test for Hawaii Driver License

Before Hawaii DMV issues your first Hawaii Learner’s (Instructional) Permit or full driver license, you must pass a written knowledge test.

This test checks your knowledge of Hawaii traffic laws, safe driving, common rules of the road, and road signs and signals.

The Hawaii driver license test has 30 multiple-choice questions. You must correctly answer at least 24 of the 30 questions. That’s a passing score of 80%.

Should you fail your driver license test, you must wait 7 days before you can take it again.

The Hawaii Driver License Test in Summary

  Number of Questions:   30
  Correct answers:   24
  Passing score:   80%
  Test time:   30 minutes
  Days before you can retake:   7 days
  Available languages:   9
  Failure rate:   Not recorded

Who Must Take the Driver License Test?

Anyone applying for a first Hawaii instruction permit or full driver’s license and who hasn’t been licensed before must pass the written knowledge test, a vision test, and a road test.

This also applies to most drivers with a valid out-of-country license.

If you are 18 years or older and have a valid out-of-state license, you may apply for a transfer of your state driver license. You should visit a driver licensing center and complete an application for a transfer. Submit your valid U.S. or Territory driver license and original documents that provide proof of identity, legal presence and social security number, date of birth and two forms of proofs of your principal residence address in Hawaii.

If your out-of-state license is expired, you must pass all original tests, including the knowledge test.

When you wish to renew a valid Hawaii driver license, tests are not required. If you showed proof of legal name, date of birth, legal presence, social security number and proof of principal residence in Hawaii before May 1, 2014, you will be asked to show them again.

Should you, however, let your Hawaii Driver License expire for more than one year, you must apply for a new license and take all tests again.

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How to Study for the Hawaii Knowledge Test

  Get the Driver’s Manual. Always make sure you have the latest version of the Official Hawaii Driver’s Manual. You can download it online or get a copy from a driver licensing center, state library, or local bookstore.

  Give it Time. Don’t try to learn everything in the manual right away. Divide everything into smaller chunks and give it at least a couple of weeks.

  Use practice tests. Taking practice test will help you speed up the learning process and verify your progress. Work on the questions you miss. Remember that all answers are found in the Hawaii Driver’s Manual. Several tests are found on this website. Additional tests at driverspep.com.

You should note that this website is not affiliated with any State or Government Entity. Tests are made available as study guidance only.

Understand Hawaii Graduated Licensing System

Like all states, Hawaii has a graduated licensing program (known as GDL). The purpose is to allow young drivers to gain experience in a controlled manner.

The program has three phases. From a restricted Learner’s Permit to a full unrestricted Hawaii Driver License.

All applicants under 18 years are subject to the GDL program.

Phase One: Hawaii Learner’s Permit

During the first phase, DMV issues a Learner’s Permit, also called an Instructional Permit. To get this permit, you must be at least 15-and-a-half years old and pass the written test.


Important Restrictions on Your Learner’s Permit

  Carry the Permit with you. When you have a Learner’s Permit, you must always be carry the permit with you when you drive a motor vehicle.

  Don’t drive alone You cannot drive alone. At daytime, a person who is at least 21 years of age and licensed to operate the same type of motor vehicle must sit beside you. At night (between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.), you must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

  Make sure everyone is buckled up. Whenever you drive, all occupants must wear their seat belts and children under 4 years of age must be properly restrained in a safety seat.

  Don’t use your cell phone. You cannot use a mobile electronic communication device of any kind, even if hands-free.

The permit is valid one year. Don’t let it expire before you move on to the Provisional License.

Phase Two: Provisional License

If you are 16 years old (but under 18 years), you may apply for the provisional license. The provisional license will allow you to drive alone – but comes with several restrictions.

Before DMV issues the provisional license, they will make sure that your learner’s permit is still valid and that you have held the permit for at least 180 days. You must not have any pending violations that can result in a suspension or revocation of your learner’s permit.

You must show proof of a completed a State certified driver’s education course with the classroom and behind-the-wheel certificates.

You must also pay new fees and pass the road test at a Driver Licensing Center.

Important Provisional License Restrictions

  Carry the License with you. When you have a Provisional Driver’s License, you must always be carry the license with you when you drive a motor vehicle.

  Don’t drive with more than one passenger under 18 years. You must not drive with more than one passenger under 18 years, unless you are accompanied by a licensed parent or guardian or if your passengers are household members.

  Don’t drive at night. You must not driven between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., unless accompanied by a licensed parent or guardian seated beside you. There are a few exceptions to this restriction.

  Make sure everyone is buckled up. Whenever you drive, all occupants must wear their seat belts and children under 4 years of age must be properly restrained in a safety seat.

  Don’t use your cell phone. As long as you are under 18 years, you cannot use a mobile electronic communication device of any kind, even if hands-free.

Phase Three: Unrestricted Hawaii Driver License

DMV can issue a full unrestricted driver license, if you:

  • Have held the Provisional License for at least six (6) months.
  • Have no pending violations that might result in a suspension or revocation.
  • Is at least 17 years old.

Note:If you don’t convert your Provisional License to a full license by your 19th birthday, you must reapply as an adult applicant.

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