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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. 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. The blind spots where trucks will not be able to see you are:
directly behind the body.
both the immediate left of the cab and directly behind the body.
the immediate left 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 fast.
rely only on your rear-view mirror.
always look through the rear window.
7. When is it safe to pass another vehicle?
When driving through an intersection and there are no oncoming vehicles.
When entering a curve and there are no oncoming vehicles.
Whenever signs and/or roadway 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. Which of the following is not safe when passing?
Signaling left to let other drivers know that you will be pulling out.
Going far enough past a bicycle you are passing so that you are able to see the bicyclist in your inside rearview mirror.
Leaving less than 4 feet of space between your vehicle and any vehicle you are passing.
Looking in your rearview mirrors and over your left 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 Driving Test Facts

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