Hawaii DMV Practice Test 2022

The Hawaii DMV permit test consists of 30 questions, and you must answer at least 24 questions correctly to get a passing score (80%). The questions in our sample tests are nearly identical to those on the official HI exam.

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What will happen if you refuse a breath test when an officer suspects you of driving while intoxicated?

Your driver license will be suspended
BYou will face imprisonment for up to 5 years
CNothing - the officer cannot require you to submit a breath test

The implied consent law in Hawaii says that by getting behind the wheel, you have already given consent (i.e. answered "yes") to allow a blood, breath, or urine test if requested by a law enforcement officer. Refusing a police breath/chemical test is a serious offense and will result in license suspension.

What is the BAC-limit for drivers that are 21 years old or older?


Operating a vehicle with a BAC of 0.08 or more is illegal in Hawaii and counts as DUI. You can also be convicted if you are impaired by alcohol or drugs, even when your BAC is below the legal limit. The penalty for a first-time conviction is a fine of up to $1,000, between 48 hrs and 5 days in jail, and a license revocation for up to 12 months depending on your BAC.

What is the BAC-limit for drivers under 21 years old?


In Hawaii, drivers under 21 face stricter rules than older drivers and may be convicted of a DUI with a blood alcohol concentration of .02 or higher.

You are required to use your headlights in certain conditions. Which of the following is an example of such a condition?

1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise
BWhen visibility is less than 1500 ft
COn a clear day in a business district

In Hawaii, you must use your headlights between (1) 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise, (2) when visibility is less than 500 feet, and (3) when in conditions of insufficient light. or unfavorable atmospheric conditions. Also, you're required to dim your lights to low beam when meeting or overtaking.

Is the use of Hazard Lights permitted while driving?


Hazard light use is not permitted while driving in Hawaii.

You see that there is a stopped emergency vehicle on the road shoulder ahead,. What should you do?

ACome to a complete stop at least 50 feet from the emergency vehicle
Vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle
CTry to pass the emergency vehicle as quickly as possible

The Hawaii move-over-law is designed to protect emergency personnel and workers. If approaching a stationary emergency vehicle with flashing lights, including tow trucks, you must slow down to a prudent speed and vacate the lane closest to the stopped vehicle. If possible, move two lanes over. If changing lanes is unsafe or not possible, you must slow down to a safe and prudent speed for the conditions.

What is considered a sufficient following distance on a dry road?

A1 second or less
At least 2 seconds
CAt least 3 Seconds

You should always maintain a following distance of at least 2 seconds to the vehicle in front of you according to the "two-second rule" that is used in Hawaii. In bad conditions and at higher speeds, you should consider increasing the following distance to 4-5 seconds so you have time to safely stop if necessary. On slippery roads, it may be necessary to increase the following distance even more.

When may you turn right on a red light?

AAt all times
Unless signs prohibit
COnly if signs permit

If the turn can be made safely, you may turn right on a red light in Hawaii after coming to a complete stop and yielding to any pedestrians/vehicles lawfully proceeding through the intersection. Look for signs that prohibit the turn.

When may you turn left on a red light?

From a one-way street onto another one-way street
BFrom a two-way street onto another two-way street
CFrom a one-way street onto a two-way street

The only time you're permitted to turn left on a red light in Hawaii is when you're turning from a one-way street onto another one-way street. Before turning, yield to any pedestrians/vehicles lawfully proceeding through the intersection and make sure there aren't any signs prohibiting the turn

When facing a green light at an intersection, you may proceed:

After yielding to traffic already in the intersection
BWithout yielding to traffic already in the intersection

Before proceeding at an intersection, you're always required to yield to traffic already in the intersection. This applies even if you're facing a green light.

“Before getting into your vehicle, you should look for children and other small obstructions nearby”. Is this statement true?


Small children or other small obstructions may be too small or close for you to see by using your mirrors. Check your surroundings before getting into your vehicle!

Is driving in the United States a privilege or a right?


Driving is a privilege that you must earn! That privilege can be taken away if you drive unlawfully.

When emergency braking with a vehicle equipped with ABS-brakes, you should: 

APump the brakes
BRemove the pressure from the brakes if you feel a ‘pulsating’ or ‘twitching’ feeling
Press down hard and maintain pressure on the brake pedal

A ‘pulsating’ or ‘twitching’ feeling means that the ABS-system is working! Do NOT remove the pressure as doing so will disengage the ABS.

Which statement is true? When parking, recovering from skids, or turning at low speeds:

Use hand-over-hand steering
BUse hand-to-hand steering
CUse one-handed steering

Think of the steering wheel as a clock and position your hands at 9 and 3 o’clock.

How to use hand-over-hand steering
Depending on which way you’re turning, one hand will push the wheel up as the other hand lets go and reaches across the other arm to grasp the steering wheel and pull up. Quick hand-movements are recommended on the entry of the manoeuvre - and slower movements upon completing the maneuver. 

What does this sign mean?

AYou must slow down and come to a complete stop
BYou have the right-of-way
You must slow down and be ready to stop if necessary
DYou are approaching a four-way intersection

This is a YIELD sign. You must slow down and be prepared to yield the right-of-way.

You approach a railroad crossing with flashing red warning lights. What must you do?

BSlow down, but be prepared to stop. You may proceed if you can’t see any approaching trains
CNothing, but you’re recommended to stop

Flashing red warning lights must be obeyed and mean that you must stop. They indicate a train is approaching.

What does this sign mean?

Only left turn or U-turn from this lane
BNo left turn or U-turn from this lane
COnly left turns from this lane

You must make a left turn or a U-turn from a lane marked with this sign.

On the road shoulder ahead, there’s a stopped car with its brake lights activated. What should you keep in mind when passing the car?

Be alert, reduce your speed and keep a sufficient safety margin
BBe alert, increase your speed and drive past
CNothing, maintain your speed and drive past

As the driver hasn’t turned off the ignition, he/she may attempt to enter traffic suddenly. In most cases, the driver will look for approaching traffic before pulling out into traffic, but that isn’t always the case. 

Always look for an indication that a driver may pull out, such as a turning movement in the front wheels.

You see this light on your dashboard and the red light worries you. What does it mean?

AThe battery is overheated - stop and let the battery cool down
BThe battery is dead
The battery isn’t charging properly
DNothing is wrong - the light tells you that the battery is working correctly

The charging system isn’t working properly - drive to a mechanic or service facility so they can determine what’s wrong.

When is it extra important to know how traffic is moving behind you?

AWhen driving on level roads
BJust after changing lanes
Before braking or reducing your speed

Braking and changing lanes. It’s important to know your surroundings when braking or changing lanes since you may cause a collision otherwise. 

When driving on level roads. It’s false that you should be extra careful if the road is level. Rather, you should be extra aware of traffic behind you if driving down a long or steep hill. Large vehicles take a long time to stop when driving down steep hills, and their brakes can fail.

Is the Hawaii Permit Test Hard?

Yes and no, it really depends on how you prepare for it. Around 50% fail the permit test nation-wide, but many of those fail due to bad studying techniques or resources.

Zutobi’s Hawaii practice permit tests use questions from current and past Hawaii permit tests to simulate the real exam. We also provide the answers and explanations to all of the multiple choice questions, so you can learn from your mistakes. With these test questions, you’ll be ready for any question on the written test.

Ace Your Hawaii DMV Permit Test with Zutobi

Here’s how Zutobi can help you ace your Hawaii permit test.

  • Learn the entire Hawaii driver’s manual through easy-to-understand and bite-sized lessons.
  • Learn all things driving-related: like road signs and their meanings, traffic laws, and safe driving skills like what to do when your car is hydroplaning.
  • Challenge your friends to some healthy competition as you earn points and level-up through our different learning levels.
  • Test your knowledge with our Hawaii permit practice tests that are designed to simulate the real test.
  • Check when you can sit the real thing by taking our exam-like mock exams.
  • Pass your Hawaii DMV permit test on the first try (95% of Zutobi customers do).

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