Attitude Theory Test

There are 39 Attitude Theory Test questions. You must get 86% (34 out of 39) to pass the test. You may review answers after each question by clicking the 'check answer' button or you can wait until the end of the test for your final score. Good luck!

Tests Taken

Last Score

Average Score

Your Progress

Test Quick View

Click question box to reveal the correct answer. You can print these questions out by clicking the printer icon.

A Give way to pedestrians already on the crossing
B Give way to pedestrians waiting to cross
C Stop and wait for the green light
D Stop and wait for the red light
Correct Answer: A Give way to pedestrians already on the crossing
Explanation: Pelican crossings are signal-controlled crossings operated by pedestrians. Push-button controls change the signals. Pelican crossings have no red-and-amber stage before green; instead, they have a flashing amber light. This means you must give way to pedestrians who are already on the crossing. If the crossing is clear, however, you can continue.
A Another vehicle may be coming
B It's safer for you to carry on
C They may not be looking
D They may not be ready to cross
Correct Answer: A Another vehicle may be coming
Explanation: If people are waiting to use a pedestrian crossing, slow down and be prepared to stop. Don't wave them across the road, because another driver may not have seen them, may not have seen your signal, and may not be able to stop safely.
A Driving with rear fog lights on
B Following another vehicle too closely
C Reversing into a parking space
D Using the rear door of a hatchback car
Correct Answer: B Following another vehicle too closely
Explanation: 'Tailgating' is the term used when a driver or rider follows the vehicle in front too closely. It's dangerous because it restricts their view of the road ahead and leaves no safety margin if the vehicle in front needs to slow down or stop suddenly. Tailgating is often the underlying cause of rear-end collisions or multiple pile-ups.
A Your brakes will overheat
B Your engine will overheat
C Your view ahead will be increased
D Your view ahead will be reduced
Correct Answer: D Your view ahead will be reduced
Explanation: Staying back will increase your view of the road ahead. This will help you to see any hazards that might occur and give you more time to react.
A Four seconds
B One second
C Three seconds
D Two seconds
Correct Answer: A Four seconds
Explanation: Water will reduce your tyres' grip on the road. The safe separation gap of at least two seconds in dry conditions should be doubled, to at least four seconds, in wet weather.
A Change direction
B Hold your speed
C Slow down
D Speed up
Correct Answer: C Slow down
Explanation: A long lorry with a heavy load will need more time to pass you than a car, especially on an uphill stretch of road. Slow down and allow the lorry to pass.
A Bomb disposal
B Breakdown recovery
C Motorway maintenance
D Snow plough
Correct Answer: A Bomb disposal
Explanation: Emergency vehicles use blue flashing lights. If you see or hear one, move out of its way as soon as it's safe and legal to do so.
A Accelerate hard to get away from it
B Brake harshly and stop well out into the road
C Maintain your speed and course
D Pull over as soon as it's safe to do so
Correct Answer: D Pull over as soon as it's safe to do so
Explanation: Pull over in a place where the ambulance can pass safely. Check that there are no bollards or obstructions in the road that will prevent it from passing.
A Ambulance
B Doctor's car
C Fire engine
D Road gritter
Correct Answer: B Doctor's car
Explanation: A green flashing beacon on a vehicle means the driver or passenger is a doctor on an emergency call. Give way to them if it's safe to do so. Be aware that the vehicle may be travelling quickly or may stop in a hurry.
A Bus drivers
B Lorry drivers
C Taxi drivers
D Tram drivers
Correct Answer: D Tram drivers
Explanation: These signs apply only to tram drivers, but you should know their meaning so that you're aware of the priorities and are able to anticipate the actions of the driver.
Correct Answer: C Cycles
Explanation: The narrow wheels of a bicycle can become stuck in the tram rails, causing the cyclist to stop suddenly, wobble or even lose balance altogether. The tram lines are also slippery, which could cause a cyclist to slide or fall off.
A To alert others to your presence
B To allow you right of way
C To greet other road users
D To signal your annoyance
Correct Answer: A To alert others to your presence
Explanation: Your horn mustn't be used between 11.30 pm and 7 am in a built-up area or when you're stationary, unless a moving vehicle poses a danger. Its function is to alert other road users to your presence.
A In either lane, depending on the traffic
B In the left-hand lane
C In the right-hand lane
D Just left of the centre line
Correct Answer: C In the right-hand lane
Explanation: When you're in a one-way street and want to turn right, you should take up a position in the right-hand lane. This will allow other road users, not wishing to turn, to pass on the left. Indicate your intention and take up the correct position in good time.
A To allow drivers to pass you on the right
B To allow other drivers to pull out in front of you
C To give a better view into the road that you're joining
D To help other road users know what you intend to do
Correct Answer: D To help other road users know what you intend to do
Explanation: If you wish to turn right into a side road, take up your position in good time. Move to the centre of the road when it's safe to do so. This will allow vehicles to pass you on the left. Early planning will show other traffic what you intend to do.
Correct Answer: C Toucan
Explanation: A toucan crossing is designed to allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross at the same time. Look out for cyclists approaching the crossing at speed.
A Accelerate to make a gap behind you
B Allow the vehicle to overtake
C Maintain your speed to prevent the vehicle from overtaking
D Touch the brakes sharply to show your brake lights
Correct Answer: B Allow the vehicle to overtake
Explanation: Don't enforce the speed limit by blocking another vehicle's progress. This will only lead to the other driver becoming more frustrated. Allow the other vehicle to pass when you can do so safely.
A When letting them know that you're there
B When showing that you're about to turn
C When showing that you're giving way
D When telling them that you have right of way
Correct Answer: A When letting them know that you're there
Explanation: You should only flash your headlights to warn others of your presence. Don't use them to greet others, show impatience or give priority to other road users, because they could misunderstand your signal.
A Accelerate and keep to the middle
B Accelerate and look to the left
C Slow down and keep to the right
D Slow down and look both ways
Correct Answer: D Slow down and look both ways
Explanation: Be cautious, especially when your view is restricted by hedges, bushes, walls, large vehicles, etc. In the summer months, these junctions can become more difficult to deal with, because growing foliage may further obscure your view.
A Before restarting the engine after it has stalled
B Before using the 'Mirrors - Signal - Manoeuvre' routine
C When checking your gap from the vehicle in front
D When traffic lights change to green
Correct Answer: C When checking your gap from the vehicle in front
Explanation: In good conditions, the 'two-second rule' can be used to check the distance between your vehicle and the one in front. This technique works on roads carrying faster traffic. Choose a fixed object, such as a bridge, sign or tree. When the vehicle ahead passes this object, say to yourself 'Only a fool breaks the two-second rule.' If you reach the object before you finish saying this, you're too close.
A Flashing amber
B Flashing green
C Steady amber
D Steady red
Correct Answer: C Steady amber
Explanation: Puffin crossings have infra-red sensors that detect when pedestrians are crossing and hold the red traffic signal until the crossing is clear. The use of a sensor means there's no flashing amber phase as there is with a pelican crossing.
A Ignore the following driver and continue to travel within the speed limit
B Move over to a position just left of the centre line of the road
C Signal left and wave the following driver past
D Slow down, gradually increasing the gap between you and the vehicle in front
Correct Answer: D Slow down, gradually increasing the gap between you and the vehicle in front
Explanation: If the driver behind is following too closely, there's a danger they'll collide with the back of your car if you stop suddenly. You can reduce this risk by slowing down and increasing the safety margin in front of you. This reduces the chance that you'll have to stop suddenly and allows you to spread your braking over a greater distance. This is an example of defensive driving.
Correct Answer: A Dipped headlights
Explanation: Use the full-beam headlights only when you can be sure that you won't dazzle other road users.
A Drive on, keeping to the left
B Hold your speed and sound your horn
C Overtake on the right of it
D Slow down and let the vehicle turn
Correct Answer: D Slow down and let the vehicle turn
Explanation: Large, long vehicles need extra room when making turns at junctions. They may move out to the right in order to make a left turn. Keep well back and don't attempt to pass them on their left.
A Accelerate to get closer to the red van
B Drop back to leave the correct separation distance
C Flash your headlights several times
D Give a long blast on the horn
Correct Answer: B Drop back to leave the correct separation distance
Explanation: There are times when other drivers make incorrect or ill-judged decisions. Be tolerant and try not to retaliate or react aggressively. Always consider the safety of other road users, your passengers and yourself.
A Use the clutch with the accelerator
B Use the footbrake only
C Use the parking brake only
D Use the parking brake with the footbrake
Correct Answer: C Use the parking brake only
Explanation: In queuing traffic, your brake lights can dazzle drivers behind you. If you apply your parking brake, you can take your foot off the footbrake. This will deactivate the brake lights.
A Accelerate to get away from the driver behind
B Keep a steady course and allow the driver behind to overtake
C Move closer to the car ahead, so the driver behind has no room to overtake
D Wave the driver behind to overtake when it's safe
Correct Answer: B Keep a steady course and allow the driver behind to overtake
Explanation: Keep a steady course to give the driver behind an opportunity to overtake safely. If necessary, slow down. Reacting incorrectly to another driver's impatience can lead to danger.
A The lane is in operation 24 hours a day
B The lane is only in operation at peak times
C The lane is only in operation in daylight hours
D The lane isn't in operation
Correct Answer: A The lane is in operation 24 hours a day
Explanation: Bus-lane signs show the vehicles allowed to use the lane and also its times of operation. Where no times are shown, the bus lane is in operation 24 hours a day.
A Continue on but drive slowly
B Ignore them as they have no authority
C Stop and switch off your engine
D Try to get past quickly
Correct Answer: C Stop and switch off your engine
Explanation: If someone in charge of animals asks you to stop, you should do so and switch off your engine. Animals are unpredictable and startle easily; they could turn and run into your path or into the path of another moving vehicle.
A Flash your headlights as a warning
B Go past as quickly as possible
C Go past slowly and carefully
D Sound your horn as a warning
Correct Answer: C Go past slowly and carefully
Explanation: Horses can be startled by the sound of a car engine or the rush of air caused by a vehicle passing too closely. Keep well back and only pass when it's safe. Leave them plenty of room; you may have to use the other side of the road to go past safely.
A Give way to the elderly and infirm only
B Slow down and prepare to stop
C Use your headlights to indicate they can cross
D Wave at them to cross the road
Correct Answer: B Slow down and prepare to stop
Explanation: As you approach a zebra crossing, look for pedestrians waiting to cross. Where you can see them, slow down and prepare to stop. Be especially careful of children and older people, who may have difficulty judging when it's safe to cross.
A Accelerate past it immediately
B Flash your headlights and drive up close behind
C Slow down and be ready to stop
D Swerve past it and sound your horn
Correct Answer: C Slow down and be ready to stop
Explanation: Try to be ready for the unexpected. Plan ahead and learn to anticipate hazards. You'll then give yourself more time to react to any problems that might occur. Be tolerant of other road users who don't behave correctly.
A When a driver from the opposite direction reaches the crossing
B When the pedestrians have cleared the crossing
C When the pedestrians push the button on the far side of the crossing
D When you start to edge forward onto the crossing
Correct Answer: B When the pedestrians have cleared the crossing
Explanation: A sensor will automatically detect that the pedestrians have reached a safe position. Don't drive on until the green light shows and it's safe for you to do so.
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: You should be aware of all the warning lights and visual aids on the vehicle you're driving. If you're driving a vehicle for the first time, you should familiarise yourself with all the controls, warning lights and visual aids before you set off.
Correct Answer: B Dry
Explanation: In good, dry conditions, a driver needs to keep a distance of at least two seconds from the car in front. This should allow enough space for you to stop if the driver in front has to stop suddenly.
A Flash your headlights
B Switch off your headlights
C Use dipped headlights
D Use full-beam headlights
Correct Answer: C Use dipped headlights
Explanation: If you follow another vehicle with your headlights on full beam, they could dazzle the driver. Leave a safe distance and make sure that the light from your dipped beam falls short of the vehicle in front.
A Give a left signal when it's safe for vehicles to overtake you
B Keep well out to stop vehicles overtaking dangerously
C Pull in when you can, to let following vehicles overtake
D Wave following vehicles past you if you think they can overtake quickly
Correct Answer: C Pull in when you can, to let following vehicles overtake
Explanation: If you're driving a slow-moving vehicle along a narrow road, try not to hold up faster traffic. If you see vehicles following behind, pull over in a safe place and let the traffic pass before continuing. Don't wave other traffic past - this could be dangerous if you or they haven't seen any hazard that's hidden from view.
A It can improve your vehicle's fuel consumption
B It can increase the level of exhaust emissions
C It can make the engine difficult to start
D It can make the roads slippery for other road users
Correct Answer: D It can make the roads slippery for other road users
Explanation: Diesel fuel can spill out if your filler cap isn't secured properly. This is most likely to occur on bends, junctions and roundabouts, where it will make the road slippery, especially if it's wet. At the end of a dry spell of weather, the road surfaces may have a high level of diesel spillage that hasn't been washed away by rain.
A Check that you've used a locking filler cap
B Check that your filler cap is securely fastened
C Check that your fuel gauge is working
D Check that your tank is only three-quarters full
Correct Answer: B Check that your filler cap is securely fastened
Explanation: When learning to drive, it's a good idea to practise filling your car with fuel. Ask your instructor if you can use a petrol station and fill the fuel tank yourself. You need to know where the filler cap is on the car you're driving, so you know which side of the pump to park at. Take care not to overfill the tank and make sure you secure the filler cap correctly, so that no fuel leaks onto the road while you're driving.
A Competitive
B Considerate
C Defensive
D Responsible
Correct Answer: A Competitive
Explanation: Competitive driving increases the risks to everyone and is the opposite of responsible, considerate and defensive driving. Defensive driving is about questioning the actions of other road users and being prepared for the unexpected. Don't be taken by surprise.