#1. Because of restricted visibility while backing a vehicle, you should:
Because it is hard to see while you are backing, try to do as little backing as possible.
Avoid backing across or into a roadway whenever possible.
Avoid backing into traffic.
#2. A leaky exhaust system in your vehicle is dangerous because it can cause:
The exhaust system carries exhaust gases to an exit point located to reduce entry of fumes into the passenger compartment and reduces the noise to an acceptable level. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, keep your exhaust system free of leaks.
#3. This sign tells you that the bridge ahead:
This sign is used on two-way roadways in advance of any bridge or culvert that has only one lane. This lane must be shared by traffic from both directions. Temporary traffic signals might be installed or a flagman stationed to direct and let traffic take turns using the single lane bridge.
#4. The driver in front of you signals:
Right turn – left arm extended, with elbow bent upward, at about a 90-degree angle.
#5. You are approaching a stopped school bus on your side of a divided highway. The bus is flashing its red lights. You must:
Whenever a school bus is stopped with alternating red signal lamps flashing, the driver of any motor vehicle on the same highway shall stop before reaching the school bus and shall not proceed until the school bus resumes motion or the flashing red signal lamps are turned off. Vehicles proceeding in the opposite direction on a divided highway are not required to stop. A divided highway is two roadways separated by a strip of land or other space not intended for vehicular travel.
#6. The following motor vehicle equipment is prohibited:
The following motor vehicle equipment is prohibited:
- A red light showing from the front, or a blue light visible outside of the vehicle, except on authorized emergency vehicles.
- A bell, exhaust whistle or siren, except on authorized emergency vehicles.
- A muffler cut-out or by-pass, or a muffler that makes more noise than an original equipment manufacturer muffler.
#7. You near an intersection. The traffic light changes from the green to yellow. What would your best action be?
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.
#8. This sign means:
Pedestrian crossing. This sign tells you that you are near an area where a large number of pedestrians cross the street. Slow down and watch for people crossing the street on foot. Pedestrians in crosswalks must be given the right-of-way at all times. They can be injured even in minor accidents.
#9. Road signs with red background indicate:
The meaning of traffic signs is indicated by color and shape in addition to words, letters, numbers and silhouettes. The color red indicates that an action is prohibited. The color red appears on signs of various shapes.
#10. Which of these statements about drugs and driving is true?
There are many drugs which interfere with a person’s ability to drive safely. Some are found in medicine prescribed by your doctor, and others are found in medicine you can buy without a doctor’s prescription.
#11. If there are no sidewalks, a pedestrian should:
Responsibility as a Pedestrian:
- Cross only at crosswalks. Jaywalking is illegal.
- Obey all traffic laws and signals. (Required by law)
- Watch for cars at all times when you are walking in the roadway. Don’t assume that the lines on the pavement or the traffic signals guarantee your safety.
- Never start across the street on a green light that has been showing for some time. Wait for the green signal on the next cycle.
- Never enter the street or crosswalk when there are vehicles approaching close by. They may not be able to stop. (Prohibited by law)
- Look for turning vehicles before crossing the street.
- Never run alongside of or across a street.
- Walk on the left side of the street facing oncoming traffic.
- Do not walk or stand upon the travelled portion of the roadway to solicit for any reason or to guard a vehicle or parking place. (Prohibited by law)
- Wear bright colored clothing when walking on or alongside the roadway.
- Do not walk on or near the road if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Insure that your children do not play in the street.
#12. It is illegal to cross a double solid yellow center line:
Yellow center lines are used to separate traffic moving in opposite directions. Single broken yellow lines are used to mark the center when there are only two lanes of traffic. You must drive to the right of this line – but when it is safe you may cross this line to pass another vehicle. Double solid yellow lines are used to mark the center of the roadway where passing is prohibited in both directions. You may cross these lines only to make a left turn into or from an alley, private road or driveway.
#13. You are driving at the legal speed limit in the left lane of a freeway. Other drivers want to go faster, but cannot get around you. What should you do?
Do not tie up traffic in the left lane. Use the right lane if you are moving slower than other traffic.
#14. When you pull up alongside the vehicle in front of a free space to parallel park, you should stop:
Signal, stop even with front car about 18 inches from it, rear bumpers even.
#15. You must report to police any motor vehicle accident in which property damage is more than:
Traffic accidents resulting in personal injury to any extent, or death, or property damage of $3,000 or more must be reported to the police immediately by the quickest means of communication.
#16. If you have a flat tire or blowout while driving, you should take your foot off the gas pedal and:
If you experience a tire blowout on your vehicle:
DO NOT APPLY THE BRAKES. This may cause your vehicle to become uncontrollable.
Grip the steering wheel firmly and steer to remain in your traffic lane. (There may be a strong pull to the right or the left, or the pull may be in one direction and then the other.)
Reduce speed gradually without using the brakes until you are moving very slowly, then
Apply the brakes lightly and pull off the road into a safe area. (You can drive for some distance with a blown out tire at a very slow speed without causing damage to the wheel rim.)
#17. Which is true about large trucks?
Large vehicles require greater stopping distances than other vehicles. When changing lanes or at intersections other drivers and highway users must make allowances for the increased stopping distance required by the large vehicles.
#18. Bicyclists must always ride:
Bicyclists must ride in the same direction as other vehicles. Like motorists, bicyclists are required to obey all traffic signs, signals and other traffic regulations. It is the law, but it also goes a long way in gaining respect for bicyclists and showing that they belong on the road.
Although it is illegal to ride against traffic, many inexperienced bicyclists ride this way at times.
#19. Which of the following freeze first when wet?
Ice may accumulate on or under bridges even when the rest of the road is clear. Snow and ice melt more slowly in shady areas. Watch for shiny spots in the road – they could be icy.
#20. A traffic signal showing a steady red light means:
A steady red light means that you must stop.
After stopping, you may turn right except when a sign prohibits such movement. You must yield to all pedestrians and all vehicles when making such a turn.
After stopping you may also turn left on a red light from a one-way street into a one-way street where traffic is moving to the left, except when a sign prohibits such movement.
#21. Are you allowed to drive faster than the speed limit when overtaking another vehicle?
You must not drive at a speed that is greater than the posted maximum limit. It is illegal to exceed the posted speed limit.
#22. When your driver's license expires you may:
Every Hawaii state driver’s license is void after the expiration date. There is no grace period. You may not drive but you may renew your license within a year after the expiration following normal license renewal steps.
#23. To stay alert behind the wheel, you should keep your eyes:
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.
#24. True or false? You may drive on the left half of the roadway when there is an obstruction in the roadway and oncoming vehicles are not using the left half of the road.
You may drive on the left half of the roadway when:
- Overtaking and passing a vehicle going in the same direction on a road that has two or three lanes of moving traffic and there is no traffic coming from the opposite direction.
- There is an obstruction in the roadway and oncoming vehicles are not using the left half of the road.
- Driving on a one-way street or road.
#25. When driving to an unfamiliar area, you should:
When driving to an unfamiliar area, you should plan your trip. Choose the most appropriate route. Consider traffic conditions, road conditions, weather conditions and light (daylight or darkness) conditions. Avoid troublesome conditions wherever practicable. Allow sufficient time for the trip.
#26. While driving, you should always try to:
One of the most common mistakes drivers make is looking in front of the car instead of up the road. Expert drivers try to keep looking 10 to 15 seconds in the city, 10 to 15 seconds is about one block.
#27. If your vehicle starts to hydroplane, which is the main reason for this?
If your vehicle starts to hydroplane, you are driving too fast. The extent of hydroplaning increases with speed and with the amount of water on the highway.
#28. When entering a roundabout, you:
A roundabout is a one-way circular intersection in which entering traffic must yield the right-of-way to circulating traffic. Drive to the right of the central island and proceed in a counterclockwise direction.
#29. When it starts to rain, you should:
Rain causes two basic driving problems – it reduces the driver’s visibility and changes the condition of the road surface. The first few drops of rain are a danger signal to a defensive driver. You should reduce speed, use extra caution, and allow at least twice the normal following distance. Turn on your windshield wipers. When heavy rain reduces your visibility, turn on your head lamps (low beam) so that others may see you. In many states headlamps are required whenever windshield wipers are operating due to weather conditions.
#30. What should you do when following a motorcycle on gravel roads?
Extra care should be used when driving on wet, slippery or gravel-covered road surfaces. Due to its vulnerable nature and the difficulty motorists have in judging a motorcycle’s speed and distance, space between the two vehicles should be increased to avoid sudden braking. Both riders and drivers are more likely to make incorrect decisions if there is not enough stopping distance or ability to see and react to conditions. This leads to accidents.
Test Questions 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.
These test questions check your knowledge of Hawaii traffic laws, safe driving techniques, common rules of the road, and Hawaii road signs and traffic signals.
The official Hawaii knowledge test has 30 multiple-choice questions. The passing score is 80%, which means you must correctly answer at least 24 of the 30 questions.
Should you fail your driver license test, you must wait 7 days before you can take it again.
The Hawaii Driver License Test in SummaryNumber 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
How to Study for the Hawaii Knowledge TestGet 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.
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