Car Theory Test

There are 50 questions in this mock car theory test. You have 57 minutes to complete the assessment. You must get a score of 43 out of 50 to pass. You may review your answers after each question or wait until the end of the test for your final mark. Best of luck!

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A Change gear
B Keep to 30 mph
C Move to the right
D Slow down
Correct Answer: D Slow down
Explanation: You should slow down and be cautious. Hump bridges are often narrow and there may not be enough room for you to pass an oncoming vehicle at this point. Also, there's no footpath, so be aware of pedestrians in the road.
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 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.
A Beware of bends in the road ahead
B Go past slowly so that you can react to unseen hazards
C Sound your horn twice before moving out
D Wait until a bend so that you can see oncoming headlights
Correct Answer: A Beware of bends in the road ahead
Explanation: Don't overtake if there's a possibility of a road junction, bend or brow of a bridge or hill ahead. There are many hazards that are difficult to see in the dark. Only overtake if you're certain that the road ahead is clear. Don't take a chance.
A Local speed limit applies
B National speed limit applies
C No entry for vehicles
D No waiting on the carriageway
Correct Answer: B National speed limit applies
Explanation: This sign doesn't tell you the speed limit in figures. You should know the speed limit for the type of road that you're on and the type of vehicle that you're driving. Study your copy of The Highway Code.
A When signalled by another road user
B When there are fewer than two vehicles ahead
C When traffic signs direct you
D When your exit road is clear
Correct Answer: D When your exit road is clear
Explanation: Yellow box junctions are marked on the road to prevent the road becoming blocked. Don't enter the box unless your exit road is clear. You may wait in the box if you want to turn right and your exit road is clear but oncoming traffic or other vehicles waiting to turn right are preventing you from making the turn.
A Heavy vehicles
B High vehicles
C Long vehicles
D Wide vehicles
Correct Answer: B High vehicles
Explanation: The triangular shapes above and below the dimensions indicate a height restriction that applies to the road ahead.
A End of clearway
B End of cycle route
C End of restricted parking area
D End of restricted speed area
Correct Answer: C End of restricted parking area
Explanation: Even though you've left the restricted area, make sure that you park where you won't endanger other road users or cause an obstruction.
A Distance to parking place ahead
B Distance to passing place ahead
C Distance to public house ahead
D Distance to public telephone ahead
Correct Answer: A Distance to parking place ahead
Explanation: If you intend to stop and rest, this sign allows you time to reduce speed and pull over safely.
A Give priority to oncoming traffic
B No overtaking allowed
C One-way traffic only
D Two-way traffic
Correct Answer: A Give priority to oncoming traffic
Explanation: Priority signs are normally shown where the road is narrow and there isn't enough room for two vehicles to pass. Examples are narrow bridges, roadworks and where there's a width restriction. Make sure you know who has priority; don't force your way through. Show courtesy and consideration to other road users.
A All lorries use the hard shoulder
B Lane for heavy and slow vehicles
C Leave motorway at next exit
D Rest area for lorries
Correct Answer: B Lane for heavy and slow vehicles
Explanation: Where there's a long, steep, uphill gradient on a motorway, a crawler lane may be provided. This helps the traffic to flow by diverting the slower heavy vehicles into a dedicated lane on the left.
A 11 tonne weight limit
B Right-hand lane T-junction only
C Right-hand lane closed ahead
D Through traffic to use left lane
Correct Answer: C Right-hand lane closed ahead
Explanation: You should change lanes as directed by the sign. Here, the right-hand lane is closed but the left-hand and centre lanes are available. Merging in turn is recommended when it's safe and traffic is going slowly; for example, at roadworks or a road traffic incident. When vehicles are travelling at speed, this isn't advisable and you should move into the appropriate lane in good time.
A As a high-speed lane
B As a right-turn lane
C As an acceleration lane
D As an overtaking lane
Correct Answer: D As an overtaking lane
Explanation: You should stay in the left-hand lane of a motorway unless you're overtaking another vehicle. The right-hand lane of a motorway is an overtaking lane; it isn't the 'fast lane'. After overtaking, move back to the left when it's safe to do so.
A 40 mph
B 50 mph
C 60 mph
D 70 mph
Correct Answer: C 60 mph
Explanation: If you're travelling on a dual carriageway that becomes a single carriageway road, reduce your speed gradually so that you aren't exceeding the limit as you enter. There might not be a sign to remind you of the limit, so make sure you know the speed limits for different types of road and vehicle.
rumble device
A Alert you to a hazard
B Alert you to low tyre pressure
C Give directions
D Prevent cattle escaping
Correct Answer: A Alert you to a hazard
Explanation: A rumble device consists of raised markings or strips, designed to give drivers an audible, visual and tactile warning. These devices are used in various locations, including in the line separating the hard shoulder and the left-hand lane on the motorway and on the approach to some hazards, to alert drivers to the need to slow down.
A Because there's 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 allow you to fit safely into the traffic flow in the left-hand lane
Correct Answer: D To allow you to fit safely into the traffic flow in the left-hand lane
Explanation: Try to join the motorway without affecting the progress of the traffic in the left-hand lane and 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 Avoid using dipped headlights
B Follow other vehicles' tail lights closely
C Keep two seconds behind the vehicle ahead
D Leave plenty of time for your journey
Correct Answer: D Leave plenty of time for your journey
Explanation: If you're planning to make a journey when it's foggy, listen to the weather reports. If visibility is very poor, avoid making unnecessary journeys. If you do travel, leave plenty of time - and if someone is waiting for you to arrive, let them know that your journey will take longer than normal. This will also take off any pressure you may feel to rush.
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 Carry on waiting
B Edge over the stop line and look for trains
C Park and investigate
D Phone the signal operator
Correct Answer: A Carry on waiting
Explanation: If the lights at a level crossing keep flashing after a train has passed, you should continue to wait, because another train might be coming. Time seems to pass slowly when you're held up in a queue. Be patient and wait until the lights stop flashing.
A When another road user poses a danger
B When it's used only briefly
C When signalling that you've just arrived
D When the road is blocked by queuing traffic
Correct Answer: A When another road user poses a danger
Explanation: When your vehicle is stationary, only sound the horn if you think there's a risk of danger from another road user. Don't use it just to attract someone's attention. This causes unnecessary noise and could be misleading.
A When its tyres are new
B When its tyres are of different makes
C When its tyres are over-inflated
D When its tyres are under-inflated
Correct Answer: D When its tyres are under-inflated
Explanation: Check your tyre pressures frequently - normally once a week. If they're lower than those recommended by the manufacturer, there will be more 'rolling resistance'. The engine will have to work harder to overcome this, leading to increased fuel consumption.
A Flashing amber beacon
B Flashing blue beacon
C Flashing green beacon
D Flashing red beacon
Correct Answer: A Flashing amber beacon
Explanation: Powered vehicles used by disabled people are small and low making them hard to see on the road. They also travel very slowly. On an unrestricted dual carriageway, they must display a flashing amber beacon to warn other road users of their presence.
A Concentrate more than you would on other roads
B Look much further ahead than you would on other roads
C Maintain a shorter separation distance than you would on other roads
D Travel much faster than you would on other roads
Correct Answer: B Look much further ahead than you would on other roads
Explanation: Traffic on motorways usually travels faster than on other roads. You need to be looking further ahead to give yourself more time to react to any hazard that may develop.
A You may find you have to pay a congestion charge
B You may get held up by a tractor
C Your maps may have different scales
D Your original route may be blocked
Correct Answer: D Your original route may be blocked
Explanation: It can be frustrating and worrying to find your planned route is blocked by roadworks or diversions. If you've planned an alternative, you'll feel less stressed and more able to concentrate fully on your driving or riding. If your original route is mostly on motorways, it's a good idea to plan an alternative using non-motorway roads. Always carry a map with you just in case you need to refer to it.
A Unlimited
B £1,000
C £5,000
D £500
Correct Answer: A Unlimited
Explanation: Driving without insurance is a serious offence. As well as an unlimited fine, you may be disqualified or incur penalty points.
A Approaching a junction
B On a one-way street
C On a single carriageway
D Travelling up a long hill
Correct Answer: A Approaching a junction
Explanation: You should overtake only when it's really necessary and you can see it's clear ahead. Look out for road signs and markings that show it's illegal or would be unsafe to overtake; for example, approaching junctions or bends. In many cases, overtaking is unlikely to significantly improve your journey time.
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Look well ahead and check the pavements and surrounding areas for pedestrians. Look for anyone walking towards the crossing. Check your mirrors for traffic behind, in case you have to slow down or stop.
A Whether their airway is open
B Whether their vehicle is insured
C Whether they have any allergies
D Whether they're comfortable
Correct Answer: A Whether their airway is open
Explanation: Remember this procedure by saying DR ABC. This stands for Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing, Circulation. Give whatever first aid you can and stay with the injured person until a medical professional takes over.
A After checking for broken bones
B After you've woken them up
C As soon as possible
D Only as a last resort
Correct Answer: C As soon as possible
Explanation: It's important to make sure that the emergency services arrive as soon as possible. When a person is unconscious, they could have serious injuries that aren't immediately obvious.
A Follow the DR ABC code
B Keep their head tilted forwards as far as possible
C Raise their legs to help with circulation
D Try to give them something to drink
Correct Answer: A Follow the DR ABC code
Explanation: The DR ABC code has been devised by medical experts to give the best outcome until the emergency services arrive and take care of casualties.
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 To enable you to adjust your seat
B To enable you to walk for assistance if you break down
C To maintain control of the pedals
D To prevent wear on the pedals
Correct Answer: C To maintain control of the pedals
Explanation: When you're going to drive, make sure that you're wearing suitable clothing. Comfortable shoes will ensure that you have proper control of the foot pedals.
A Always wait for the green light before proceeding
B Give way to any pedestrians on the crossing
C Signal the pedestrian to cross
D Wait for the red-and-amber light before proceeding
Correct Answer: B Give way to any pedestrians on the crossing
Explanation: The flashing amber light allows pedestrians already on the crossing to get to the other side before a green light shows to the traffic. Be aware that some pedestrians, such as older people and young children, need longer to cross. Let them do this at their own pace.
A Your mirrors will need adjusting
B Your reverse sensors will beep
C Your reversing lights will be hidden
D Your view will be restricted
Correct Answer: D Your view will be restricted
Explanation: Don't reverse into a main road from a side road because your view will be restricted. The main road is likely to be busy and the traffic on it moving quickly.
A All vehicles turn left
B Entrance on the left
C Return to your side of the road
D Road bends to the left
Correct Answer: C Return to your side of the road
Explanation: The arrow indicates the direction in which to pass hatch markings or double white lines. If you're overtaking, you must return to the left-hand side of the road.
A When you're driving at less than 30 mph
B When you're receiving a call
C When you've parked safely
D When your car has automatic transmission
Correct Answer: C When you've parked safely
Explanation: It's illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while you're driving, except in a genuine emergency. Even using a hands-free kit can distract your attention. Park in a safe and convenient place before receiving or making a call or using text messaging. Then you'll also be free to take notes or refer to papers.
A The door locks
B The gearbox
C The seat belts
D The transmission
Correct Answer: C The seat belts
Explanation: Unless exempt, you and your passengers must wear a seat belt (or suitable child restraint). The seat belts in your car must be in good condition and working properly; they'll be checked during its MOT test.
A Drive on; you can't turn right at a box junction
B Drive slowly into the box junction when signalled by oncoming traffic
C Wait before the junction until it's clear of all traffic
D Wait in the box junction if your exit is clear
Correct Answer: D Wait in the box junction if your exit is clear
Explanation: You can wait in the box junction as long as your exit is clear. At some point there'll be a gap in the oncoming traffic, or the traffic lights will change, allowing you to proceed.
A Engine damage may be caused
B Fuel spillage will occur
C It will wear tyres out more quickly
D You'll have less steering and braking control
Correct Answer: D You'll have less steering and braking control
Explanation: Letting your vehicle roll or coast in neutral reduces your control over steering and braking. This can be dangerous on downhill slopes, where your vehicle could pick up speed very quickly.
A To discover which fuel supplier is used the most
B To help protect the environment against pollution
C To make sure diesel and petrol engines emit the same fumes
D To recover the cost of expensive garage equipment
Correct Answer: B To help protect the environment against pollution
Explanation: Emission tests are carried out to make sure your vehicle's engine is operating efficiently. This ensures the pollution produced by the engine is kept to a minimum. If your vehicle isn't serviced regularly, it may fail the MOT emissions test.
A Bifocal
B Half-moon
C Round
D Tinted
Correct Answer: D Tinted
Explanation: If you're driving at night or in poor visibility, tinted lenses will reduce the efficiency of your vision by reducing the amount of light reaching your eyes.
A As you're passing or just after the junction
B It would be better not to signal at all
C Just before you reach the junction
D Well before you reach the junction
Correct Answer: A As you're passing or just after the junction
Explanation: You need to signal to let other drivers know your intentions. However, if you indicate too early, they may think you're turning left into the junction. Correct timing of the signal is very important to avoid misleading others.
A Alongside a parking meter
B In a marked parking space
C In front of a property entrance
D On your driveway
Correct Answer: C In front of a property entrance
Explanation: Don't park your vehicle where it may obstruct access to a business or property. Think carefully before you slow down and stop. Look at road markings and signs to ensure that you aren't parking illegally.
A Whether you should drive without wearing your seat belt
B Whether you should fit an amber flashing beacon to your car
C Whether you should wear sunglasses to reduce the glare
D Whether your journey is essential
Correct Answer: D Whether your journey is essential
Explanation: Consider whether the increased risk is worth it. If the weather conditions are bad and your journey isn't essential, then don't drive. If you have to drive, make sure you're well prepared in case you get stuck.
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 the vehicles behind overtake
D Wave the vehicles behind to come past you if you think they can overtake quickly
Correct Answer: C Pull in when you can, to let the vehicles behind 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 noticed a hazard ahead.
A Being a member of a vehicle breakdown organisation
B Passing an advanced driving test
C Registering with a Vehicle Watch scheme
D Taking car maintenance classes
Correct Answer: C Registering with a Vehicle Watch scheme
Explanation: The Vehicle Watch scheme helps to reduce the risk of your car being stolen. By displaying high-visibility Vehicle Watch stickers in your car, you're inviting the police to stop your vehicle if it's seen in use between midnight and 5 am.
A All damage and injury
B Damage to other vehicles
C Damage to your vehicle
D Injury to yourself
Correct Answer: B Damage to other vehicles
Explanation: Third-party insurance cover is usually cheaper than comprehensive cover. However, it doesn't cover any damage caused to your own vehicle or property. It only covers damage and injury you cause to others.
A Switch on your hazard warning lights
B Switch on your windscreen wipers
C Use a high gear to prevent wheelspin
D Use a low gear and drive slowly
Correct Answer: D Use a low gear and drive slowly
Explanation: In normal conditions, a ford can be crossed quite safely by driving through it slowly. The water may affect your brakes, so when you're clear of the ford, test them before you resume normal driving.
A Allow extra room
B Keep close as you pass
C Overtake very slowly
D Sound your horn repeatedly
Correct Answer: A Allow extra room
Explanation: Cyclists, and motorcyclists, are very vulnerable in high winds. They can easily be blown well off course and veer into your path. Always allow plenty of room when overtaking them. Passing too close could cause a draught and unbalance the rider.
A Call the emergency services
B Call your insurance company
C Stop at the scene of the incident
D Stop only if someone waves at you
Correct Answer: C Stop at the scene of the incident
Explanation: If you're in a collision that causes damage or injury to any other person, vehicle, animal or property, by law you must stop. Give your name, the vehicle owner's name and address, and the vehicle's registration number to anyone who has reasonable grounds for requesting them.