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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 MVD Driver’s Manual. The written test consists of 25 questions, and you need at least 18 correct answers to pass (72%).
1. When the traffic light is green, but traffic is blocking the intersection, drivers should:
continue into the intersection and wait for traffic to clear.
partially enter the intersection to establish their right of way.
not enter the intersection until they can get completely across.
2. If your car becomes disabled on the highway, you should:
stop where you are.
stop in the right lane.
park with all four wheels off the traveled highway, if possible.
3. What is the purpose of minimum speed limits?
To decrease the state average speed statistic.
To allow emergency vehicles with red flashing lights to safely pass other vehicles.
To halt the traffic flow.
To keep a smooth traffic flow.
4. Adjust your rearview and side mirrors:
before you get into the car.
before you start driving.
whenever you need to use them.
5. The sign shown means:
advance warning sign
One Way
Pedestrian crossing
No Passing Zone
Railroad crossing
6. What do warning signs mean?
Danger ahead.
Drivers are approaching a hazardous location.
Drivers are approaching a location where there is a special rule.
All of the above.
7. What should you do if your headlights suddenly go out?
Ease your foot off the gas pedal and brake gently.
Brake immediately and activate your emergency lights.
Ease your foot off the gas pedal and brake gently.
Use your emergency lights, parking lights or directional signals.
8. The yield sign means:
yield sign
Drive with caution in wet weather.
You must come to a complete stop.
The traffic light will soon be red.
Slow down and give vehicles crossing your path the right-of-way.
9. A red flashing signal means the same as a:
caution sign.
yield sign.
red light.
stop sign.
10. A driver should always be looking:
beside, ahead and to the rear of the car.
at the middle of the road.
directly in front of the car.
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Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:18
Passing score:72%
Number of questions: 25
Correct answers to pass:18
Passing score:72%
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