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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. The road is the most slippery:
when it's been raining for 30 minutes or more.
when it first starts to rain.
after it rains.
All of the above.
2. This sign means:
traffic signal ahead sign
The traffic signal is not operational
Open intersection ahead
Traffic signal ahead
No traffic signal ahead
3. When a pedestrian is crossing a street using a guide dog or carrying a white cane, drivers must:
yield the right of way at corners only.
always yield the right-of-way.
help the pedestrian cross the street.
None of the above.
4. To maintain an adequate "space cushion" to the front, drivers need to:
The other answers are both correct.
keep a safe distance between their car and the vehicle in front.
control their speed to suit the road and traffic conditions.
5. When driving behind a motorcycle:
allow a following distance of at least 4 motorcycle lengths.
allow at least 4 seconds of following distance.
allow a following distance of at least 2 car lengths.
allow at least 2 seconds of following distance.
6. Drugs may interfere with a person’s ability to drive safely:
only when combined with alcohol.
even if they are prescribed by a doctor.
unless they are prescribed by a doctor.
only when driving at night.
7. Drivers should change lanes:
gradually and carefully.
as quickly as possible.
8. This regulatory sign tells drivers that:
left lane turns left
all vehicles must turn left immediately.
traffic in the right lane must go straight.
traffic in the left lane must turn left at the intersection ahead.
None of the above.
9. If an approaching driver does not dim the headlights, you should:
move your eyes to the right and avoid looking directly at the bright lights.
switch to daytime lights.
move your eyes to the left to help avoid the glare of approaching high beams.
flash your headlights to low beam for a second, then return to high beam.
10. Drivers have to yield to pedestrians:
even if the pedestrian is not obeying traffic controls.
Only when the pedestrian is in a crosswalk.
only if the pedestrians have a green light.
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NM DMV Knowledge Test Facts

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