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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. Always driving slower than other traffic:
is always safer than driving faster than other traffic.
is a good defensive driving technique.
can block traffic.
2. A good rule of thumb for drivers sharing the road with a truck is:
always try to stay alongside a truck, but never drive right behind it.
if you can’t see the truck driver in their side mirror, they can’t see you.
it is better to drive to the immediate right of the cab.
3. This sign means:
divided highway ahead sign
Divided highway ends.
Keep to the left.
Drivers will soon be on a roadway with two-way traffic.
Divided highway ahead.
4. Who is most at risk?
Drivers who are fatigued.
Long-distance commuters.
Drivers who are driving on long, boring roads.
All of the above.
5. Taking drugs and alcohol together:
is no more dangerous than alcohol by itself.
helps you get rid of the effects of alcohol in your body.
increase the risk of causing a crash.
has no effect on your general driving ability.
6. When you back up:
do it as fast as possible.
you should rely only on your rearview mirror.
always look through the rear window.
7. When is it safe to pass another vehicle?
When you are driving through an intersection and there are no oncoming vehicles.
When you are entering a curve and there are no oncoming vehicles.
When signs and/or markings permit passing other vehicles.
8. To avoid panic stops, you should:
pump your brakes to make sure they work.
scan the road ahead for hazards.
drive with your window down.
9. When passing you should NOT:
signal left to let others know that you will be pulling out.
go far enough past the vehicle you are passing so that you can see the vehicle in your inside rearview mirror.
leave less than 4 feet of space between your vehicle and the vehicle you are passing.
look in your rearview mirrors and glance over your shoulder before pulling out to pass.
10. When following a motorcycle, drivers must remember that motorcycles can ____________ than other vehicles.
stop much more slowly
accelerate much faster
stop much more quickly
drive much faster
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NM DMV Written Test Facts

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