Driving Theory Mock Tests (2012-2018)

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You have 57 minutes to answer 50 multiple choice theory test questions. You need to answer at least 43 out of 50 questions correctly to pass. You can review your answer after each question or you can review all of your answers at the end of the test. Best of luck!

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A So that the rider can be seen more easily
B The rider is inviting you to proceed
C To improve the rider's vision
D To stop the battery overcharging
Correct Answer: A So that the rider can be seen more easily
Explanation: A motorcycle can be lost from sight behind another vehicle. The use of the headlight helps to make it more conspicuous and therefore more easily seen.
A When approaching a pelican crossing
B When approaching a zebra crossing
C When oncoming traffic prevents you turning right
D When you are stationary in a queue of traffic
Correct Answer: C When oncoming traffic prevents you turning right
Explanation: The purpose of a box junction is to keep the junction clear by preventing vehicles from stopping in the path of crossing traffic. You must not enter a box junction unless your exit is clear. But, you may enter the box and wait if you want to turn right and are only prevented from doing so by oncoming traffic.
A Estate car
B Long vehicle
C Sports car
D Van
Correct Answer: B Long vehicle
Explanation: A long vehicle may have to straddle lanes either on or approaching a roundabout so that the rear wheels don't cut in over the kerb. If you're following a long vehicle, stay well back and give it plenty of room.
A blue rectangles
B green rectangles
C red circles
D red triangles
Correct Answer: C red circles
Explanation: There are three basic types of traffic sign, those that warn, inform or give orders. Generally, triangular signs warn, rectangular ones give information or directions, and circular signs usually give orders. An exception is the eight-sided 'STOP' sign.
A Parking for buses only
B Parking for trams only
C Route for buses only
D Route for trams only
Correct Answer: D Route for trams only
Explanation: Avoid blocking tram routes. Trams are fixed on their route and can't manoeuvre around other vehicles and pedestrians. Modern trams travel quickly and are quiet so you might not hear them approaching.
A No overtaking
B Two-way traffic ahead
C You are entering a one-way street
D You have priority over vehicles from the opposite direction
Correct Answer: D You have priority over vehicles from the opposite direction
Explanation: Don't force your way through if oncoming vehicles fail to give way. If necessary, slow down and give way to avoid confrontation or a collision.
A Right-hand lane for buses only
B Right-hand lane for turning right
C The right-hand lane ahead is narrow
D The right-hand lane is closed
Correct Answer: D The right-hand lane is closed
Explanation: Yellow and black temporary signs may be used to inform you of roadworks or lane restrictions. Look well ahead. If you have to change lanes, do so in good time.
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: At some junctions there may be a separate signal for different lanes. These are called 'filter' lights. They're designed to help traffic flow at major junctions. Make sure that you're in the correct lane and proceed if the way is clear and the green light shows for your lane.
A At a box junction
B At traffic lights
C Near a level crossing
D On road humps
Correct Answer: D On road humps
Explanation: Due to the dark colour of the road, changes in level aren't easily seen. White triangles painted on the road surface give you an indication of where there are road humps.
A It is a busy junction
B Speed on the major road is de-restricted
C There are hazard warning lines in the centre of the road
D Visibility along the major road is restricted
Correct Answer: D Visibility along the major road is restricted
Explanation: If your view is restricted at a road junction you must stop. There may also be a 'stop' sign. Don't emerge until you're sure there's no traffic approaching. IF YOU DON'T KNOW, DON'T GO.
A facing oncoming traffic
B in the direction of the nearest exit
C in the direction shown on the marker posts
D with the traffic flow
Correct Answer: C in the direction shown on the marker posts
Explanation: Along the hard shoulder there are marker posts at 100-metre intervals. These will direct you to the nearest emergency telephone.
A Be patient and prepare for them to react more slowly
B Flash your headlights to indicate that it is safe for them to proceed
C Overtake them as soon as possible
D Sound your horn to warn them of your presence
Correct Answer: A Be patient and prepare for them to react more slowly
Explanation: Learners might not have confidence when they first start to drive. Allow them plenty of room and don't react adversely to their hesitation. We all learn from experience, but new drivers will have had less practice in dealing with all the situations that might occur.
Correct Answer: C Red
Explanation: Be especially careful if you're on a motorway in fog. Reflective studs are used to help you in poor visibility. Different colours are used so that you'll know which lane you are in. These are
- red on the left-hand side of the road,
- white between lanes,
- amber on the right-hand edge of the carriageway,
- green between the carriageway and slip roads.
A Because there is space available to turn round if you need to
B Because you can continue on the hard shoulder
C To allow you direct access to the overtaking lanes
D To build up a speed similar to traffic on the motorway
Correct Answer: D To build up a speed similar to traffic on the motorway
Explanation: Try to join the motorway without affecting the progress of the traffic already travelling on it. Always give way to traffic already on the motorway. At busy times you may have to slow down to merge into slow-moving traffic.
A ensure that you do not exceed 30 mph
B keep a good distance from the vehicle ahead
C stay close to the vehicle ahead to reduce queues
D switch lanes to keep the traffic flowing
Correct Answer: B keep a good distance from the vehicle ahead
Explanation: There's likely to be a speed restriction in force. Keep to this. Don't
- switch lanes,
- get too close to traffic in front of you. Be aware there will be no permanent barrier between you and the oncoming traffic.
A Glare from the sun may affect the driver's vision
B Oncoming vehicles will assume the driver is turning right
C The black car may stop suddenly
D The bus may move out into the road
Correct Answer: D The bus may move out into the road
Explanation: If you can do so safely give way to buses signalling to move off at bus stops. Try to anticipate the actions of other road users around you. The driver of the red car should be prepared for the bus pulling out. As you approach a bus stop look to see how many passengers are waiting to board. If the last one has just got on, the bus is likely to move off.
A Flash your lights at the lorry
B Make the lorry wait for you
C Move to the right-hand side of the road
D Slow down and be prepared to wait
Correct Answer: D Slow down and be prepared to wait
Explanation: When turning, long vehicles need much more room on the road than other vehicles. At junctions they may take up the whole of the road space, so be patient and allow them the room they need.
A Joining the motorway
B Leaving the motorway
C Stopping in an emergency
D Stopping when you are tired
Correct Answer: C Stopping in an emergency
Explanation: Don't use the hard shoulder for stopping unless it is an emergency. If you want to stop for any other reason go to the next exit or service station.
A be easily seen by others
B go at a much faster speed
C see further along the road
D switch to main beam quickly
Correct Answer: A be easily seen by others
Explanation: You may be difficult to see when you're travelling at night, even on a well lit road. If you use dipped headlights rather than sidelights other road users will see you more easily.
A Green alone
B Green and amber together
C Red alone
D Red and amber together
Correct Answer: C Red alone
Explanation: At junctions controlled by traffic lights you must stop behind the white line until the lights change to green. Red and amber lights showing together also mean stop.You may proceed when the light is green unless your exit road is blocked or pedestrians are crossing in front of you.If you're approaching traffic lights that are visible from a distance and the light has been green for some time they are likely to change. Be ready to slow down and stop.
A oncoming vehicles have priority over you
B the area is a national speed limit zone
C there is a hazard ahead of you
D you should give priority to oncoming vehicles
Correct Answer: C there is a hazard ahead of you
Explanation: A long white line with short gaps means that you are approaching a hazard. If you do need to cross it, make sure that the road is clear well ahead.
A for a short rest when tired
B to answer a mobile phone
C to check a road atlas
D when an emergency arises
Correct Answer: D when an emergency arises
Explanation: Pull onto the hard shoulder and use the emergency telephone to report your problem. This lets the emergency services know your exact location so they can send help. Never cross the carriageway to use the telephone on the other side.
A all speed limit signals are set
B speed limits are only advisory
C the national speed limit will apply
D the speed limit is always 30 mph
Correct Answer: A all speed limit signals are set
Explanation: When an Active Traffic Management (ATM) scheme is operating on a motorway you MUST follow the mandatory instructions shown on the gantries above each lane. This includes the hard shoulder.
A A driver who has broken down
B A traffic officer
C Flashing amber lights above your lane
D Pedestrians on the hard shoulder
Correct Answer: B A traffic officer
Explanation: You'll find traffic officers on England's motorways. They work in partnership with the police, helping to keep traffic moving and to make your journey as safe as possible. It is an offence not to comply with the directions given by a traffic officer.
Correct Answer: B 20%
Explanation: Transport is an essential part of modern life but it does have environmental effects. In heavily populated areas traffic is the biggest source of air pollution. Ecosafe driving and riding will reduce emissions and can make a surprising difference to local air quality.
Correct Answer: D 8 mph (12 km/h)
Explanation: These vehicles are battery powered and very vulnerable due to their slow speed, small size and low height. Some are designed for pavement and road use and have a maximum speed of 8 mph (12 km/h). Others are for pavement use only and are restricted to 4 mph (6 km/h). Take extra care and be patient if you are following one. Allow plenty of room when overtaking and do not go past unless you can do so safely.
A Check they are breathing
B Clear their airway and keep it open
C Give them a warm drink
D Look for witnesses
E Stop any severe bleeding
F Take numbers of vehicles involved
Correct Answer: A Check they are breathing, B Clear their airway and keep it open, E Stop any severe bleeding
Explanation: The first priority with a casualty is to make sure their airway is clear and they are breathing. Any wounds should be checked for objects and then bleeding stemmed using clean material. Ensure the emergency services are called, they are the experts. If you're not first aid trained consider getting training. It might save a life.
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: There will be an orange label on the side and rear of the tanker. Look at this carefully and report what it says when you phone the emergency services. Details of hazard warning plates are given in The Highway Code.
A braking system
B exhaust system
C gearbox
D suspension
Correct Answer: A braking system, D suspension
Explanation: Uneven wear on your tyres can be caused by the condition of your vehicle. Having it serviced regularly will ensure that the brakes, steering and wheel alignment are maintained in good order.
A A collapsible steering wheel
B A properly adjusted head restraint
C An air-sprung seat
D Anti-lock brakes
Correct Answer: B A properly adjusted head restraint
Explanation: If you're involved in a collision, head restraints will reduce the risk of neck injury. They must be properly adjusted. Make sure they aren't positioned too low, in a crash this could cause damage to the neck.
A Car drivers
B Children
C Cyclists
D Motorcyclists
Correct Answer: B Children
Explanation: As you look through the rear of your vehicle you may not be able to see a small child. Be aware of this before you reverse. If there are children about, get out and check if it is clear before reversing.
A Drive slowly and leave plenty of room
B Drive up close and overtake as soon as possible
C Speed is not important but allow plenty of room
D Use your horn just once to warn them
Correct Answer: A Drive slowly and leave plenty of room
Explanation: When you're on country roads be aware of particular dangers. Be prepared for farm animals, horses, pedestrians, farm vehicles and wild animals. Always be prepared to slow down or stop.
A Be prepared to give way if the bus suddenly moves off
B Continue at the same speed but sound your horn as a warning
C Pass the bus as quickly as you possibly can
D Watch carefully for the sudden appearance of pedestrians
Correct Answer: A Be prepared to give way if the bus suddenly moves off, D Watch carefully for the sudden appearance of pedestrians
Explanation: As you approach, look out for any signal the driver might make. If you pass the vehicle watch out for pedestrians attempting to cross the road from the other side of the bus. They will be hidden from view until the last moment.
A carefully reverse in the left-hand lane
B carefully reverse on the hard shoulder
C carry on to the next exit
D make a U-turn at the next gap in the central reservation
Correct Answer: C carry on to the next exit
Explanation: It is against the law to reverse, cross the central reservation or drive against the traffic flow on a motorway. If you have missed your exit ask yourself if your concentration is fading. It could be that you need to take a rest break before completing your journey.
A dry
B firm
C good
D loose
E wet
Correct Answer: D loose, E wet
Explanation: Poor contact with the road surface could cause one or more of the tyres to lose grip on the road. This is more likely to happen when braking in poor weather conditions, when the road surface is uneven or has loose chippings.
A at night on unlit roads
B in foggy conditions
C on dry tarmac
D on loose road surfaces
E on surface water
Correct Answer: D on loose road surfaces, E on surface water
Explanation: In very wet weather water can build up between the tyre and the road surface. As a result your vehicle actually rides on a thin film of water and your tyres will not grip the road. Gravel or shingle surfaces also offer less grip and can present problems when braking. An anti-lock braking system may be ineffective in these conditions.
A dazzle other drivers
B flatten the battery
C improve your visibility
D increase your awareness
Correct Answer: A dazzle other drivers
Explanation: Fog lights can be brighter than normal dipped headlights. If the weather has improved turn them off to avoid dazzling other road users.
A lock them out of sight
B park near a bus stop
C park near a school entrance
D put them in a carrier bag
Correct Answer: A lock them out of sight
Explanation: If you have to leave valuables in your car, always lock them out of sight. If you can see them, so can a thief.
A Finishing your journey as fast as you can
B Keeping off the motorways and using country roads
C Making regular stops for refreshments
D Making sure that you get plenty of fresh air
Correct Answer: C Making regular stops for refreshments, D Making sure that you get plenty of fresh air
Explanation: Make sure that the vehicle you're driving is well ventilated. A warm, stuffy atmosphere will make you feel drowsy. Open a window and turn down the heating.
A Avoid driving with a full tank of petrol
B Carry a fire extinguisher
C Check out any strong smell of petrol
D Keep water levels above maximum
E Use low octane fuel
F Use unleaded petrol
Correct Answer: B Carry a fire extinguisher, C Check out any strong smell of petrol
Explanation: The fuel in your vehicle can be a dangerous fire hazard. Never
- use a naked flame near the vehicle if you can smell fuel,
- smoke when refuelling your vehicle.
A In a quiet road
B In a secure car park
C Opposite a traffic island
D Opposite another parked vehicle
Correct Answer: B In a secure car park
Explanation: When leaving your vehicle unattended, use a secure car park whenever possible.
A apply the handbrake to reduce the stopping distance
B brake normally, but grip the steering wheel tightly
C brake promptly and firmly until you have slowed down
D keep pumping the foot brake to prevent skidding
Correct Answer: C brake promptly and firmly until you have slowed down
Explanation: Releasing the brake before you have slowed right down will disable the system. If you have to brake in an emergency ensure that you keep your foot firmly on the brake pedal until the vehicle has stopped.
A dipped headlights
B hazard flashers
C rear fog lights
D sidelights
Correct Answer: A dipped headlights
Explanation: When surface spray reduces visibility switch on your dipped headlights. This will help other road users to see you.
A Check that your lights are working
B Check the battery
C Make sure that the windows are clean
D Make sure that you have a warning triangle in the vehicle
E Top up the radiator with anti-freeze
Correct Answer: A Check that your lights are working, C Make sure that the windows are clean
Explanation: Don't drive in fog unless you really have to. Adjust your driving to the conditions. You should always be able to pull up within the distance you can see ahead.
A check your location from the marker posts on the left
B get out of the vehicle by the right-hand door
C stand at the rear of the vehicle while making the call
D try to repair the vehicle yourself
Correct Answer: A check your location from the marker posts on the left
Explanation: The emergency services need to know your exact location so they can reach you as quickly as possible. Look for a number on the nearest marker post beside the hard shoulder. Give this number when you call the emergency services as it will help them to locate you. Be ready to describe where you are, for example, by reference to the last junction or service station you passed.
A In The Highway Code
B In the vehicle handbook
C In your licence documents
D In your vehicle registration certificate
Correct Answer: B In the vehicle handbook
Explanation: You must know how to load your trailer or caravan so that the hitch exerts a downward force onto the tow ball. This information can be found in your vehicle handbook or from your vehicle manufacturer's agent.
A It is easier to brake
B The noise from your tyres sounds louder
C You will see tyre tracks on the road
D Your steering feels light
Correct Answer: D Your steering feels light
Explanation: Sometimes you may not be able to see that the road is icy. Black ice makes a road look damp. The signs that you're travelling on black ice can be that
- the steering feels light,
- the noise from your tyres suddenly goes quiet.
A Apply the steering lock
B Switch off the engine
C Switch off the radio
D Use your headlights
Correct Answer: B Switch off the engine
Explanation: If your vehicle is stationary and is likely to remain so for some time, switch off the engine. We should all try to reduce global warming and pollution.
A sound your horn to alert other road users
B stop to allow children to cross
C you must not drive over these lines
D you should not park or stop on these lines
Correct Answer: D you should not park or stop on these lines
Explanation: Where there are yellow zigzag markings, you should not park, wait or stop, even to pick up or drop off children. A vehicle parked on the zigzag lines would obstruct children's view of the road and other drivers view of the pavement. Where there is an upright sign there is mandatory prohibition of stopping during the times shown.
A Get everyone out of the vehicle and clear of the crossing
B Telephone your vehicle recovery service to move it
C Try to push the vehicle clear of the crossing as soon as possible
D Walk along the track to give warning to any approaching trains
Correct Answer: A Get everyone out of the vehicle and clear of the crossing
Explanation: Firstly get yourself and anyone else well away from the crossing. If there's a railway phone use that to get instructions from the signal operator. Then if there's time move the vehicle clear of the crossing.

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