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Anyone operating a motor vehicle or motorcycle on public roadways in the State of New Mexico must have a driver license or learner's permit. To get a license, you must pass a written and road test in addition to a vision screening. Practice with this sample test to familiarize yourself with the format of the New Mexico driver's license test. The NM MVD written test is designed to check your knowledge of road rules, road signs, traffic laws and safety rules. Everything you need to know is covered in the New Mexico Driver's Manual. The MVD written test consists of 25 questions, and you'll need at least 18 correct answers to pass (72%).
1. Who has a greater risk of being involved in a traffic crash?
Shift workers.
Drivers who are driving alone.
Young people.
All of the above.
2. In heavy rain, tires can begin to ride on the water that is on top of the road pavement. This is called:
3. On slippery roads, drivers should:
go faster.
increase their speed to avoid hydroplaning.
not drive faster than 25 MPH.
slow down.
4. What does a red arrow on a traffic light mean?
You must stop. Do not go in the direction of the arrow until a green light or arrow light goes on.
You may proceed slowly through the intersection.
You must stop and then proceed when the way is clear.
You may turn in the direction of the arrow.
5. You go with a group of friends to a social event, and you plan to have a few drinks. You should:
make alcohol the focus of the event.
avoid alternating between drinks with alcohol and drinks without any alcohol.
stop drinking several minutes before you intend to leave.
arrange to ride home with a friend who does not drink.
6. When following a motorcycle, drivers do not need to allow as much distance as when following a car.
7. If another vehicle passes you on the left, you must:
decrease your speed slightly and keep to the right.
increase your speed slightly and keep to the right.
decrease your speed, then pull over to the right and stop.
increase your speed and move to the left.
8. Drivers may pass another vehicle if the line dividing two lanes is a ________ line.
solid white
solid yellow
double solid yellow
broken white
9. Drivers under 21 years of age are considered to be driving under the influence if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is:
.02% or higher.
.10% or higher.
.05% or higher.
.08% or higher.
10. You can pass on the right:
when passing is restricted by parked cars.
when a vehicle that is approaching from the opposite direction is prepared to turn left.
when a vehicle ahead makes a right turn.
when a vehicle ahead makes a left turn.
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NM DMV Permit Test Facts

Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:18
Passing score:72%
Minimum age to apply: 15
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