DVLA Theory Test

There are 50 questions in this free mock DVLA 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 To allow lorries to load more freely
B To help the traffic flow
C To provide better parking
D To raise the speed limits
Correct Answer: B To help the traffic flow
Explanation: Inconsiderate parking can obstruct the flow of traffic and so make traffic congestion worse. Red routes are designed to prevent this by enforcing strict parking restrictions. Driving slowly in traffic increases fuel consumption and causes a build-up of exhaust fumes.
A Bicycle
B Lorry
C Road-sweeper
D Tractor
Correct Answer: A Bicycle
Explanation: Don't pass cyclists too closely, as they may
  • need to veer around a pothole, drain or other hazard
  • be buffeted by side wind
  • be made unsteady by your vehicle.
Always leave as much room as you would for a car, and don't cut in front of them.
A Assume the signal is wrong and that it's turning right
B Get closer in order to pass it quickly
C Overtake it as it starts to slow down
D Stay well back and give it room
Correct Answer: D Stay well back and give it room
Explanation: A long vehicle may need to swing out in the opposite direction as it approaches a turn, to allow the rear wheels to clear the kerb. Don't try to filter through if you see a gap; as the lorry turns, the gap will close.
A They warn of a police control ahead
B They're countdown markers to a bridge
C They're countdown markers to the next exit
D They're distance markers to the next telephone
Correct Answer: C They're countdown markers to the next exit
Explanation: The exit from a motorway is indicated by countdown markers. These are positioned 90 metres (100 yards) apart, the first being 270 metres (300 yards) from the start of the slip road. Move into the left-hand lane well before you reach the start of the slip road.
A Get ready and go when the continuous amber light shows
B Give way to pedestrians on the crossing
C Move off immediately without any hesitation
D Wait for the green light before moving off
Correct Answer: B Give way to pedestrians on the crossing
Explanation: This light allows pedestrians already on the crossing to get to the other side in their own time, without being rushed. Don't rev your engine or start to move off while they're still crossing.
A End of 20 mph zone
B Minimum speed limit 30 mph
C New speed limit 20 mph
D No vehicles over 30 tonnes
Correct Answer: A End of 20 mph zone
Explanation: Where you see this sign, the 20 mph restriction ends and a 30 mph restriction starts. Check all around for possible hazards and only increase your speed if it's safe to do so.
A No motor vehicles
B No overtaking
C Two-way traffic
D You have priority
Correct Answer: B No overtaking
Explanation: Road signs that prohibit overtaking are placed in locations where passing the vehicle in front is dangerous. If you see this sign, don't attempt to overtake. The sign is there for a reason; you must obey it.
A National speed limit applies
B No entry
C No stopping
D Waiting restrictions apply
Correct Answer: C No stopping
Explanation: This is the sign for a clearway. Clearways are stretches of road where you aren't allowed to stop unless it's an emergency. Stopping where these restrictions apply may be dangerous and is likely to cause an obstruction. Restrictions might apply for several miles and this may be indicated on the sign.
A To pass a car signalling to turn left ahead
B To pass a road maintenance vehicle travelling at 10 mph or less
C To pass a vehicle that's towing a trailer
D To pass traffic that's queuing back at a junction
Correct Answer: B To pass a road maintenance vehicle travelling at 10 mph or less
Explanation: You may cross the solid white line to pass a stationary vehicle or to pass a pedal cycle, horse or road maintenance vehicle if it's travelling at 10 mph or less. You may also cross the solid white line to enter a side road or access a property.
A At slip-road entrances and exits
B Between the carriageway and the central reservation
C Between the hard shoulder and the carriageway
D Separating driving lanes
Correct Answer: A At slip-road entrances and exits
Explanation: Knowing the colours of the reflective studs on the road will help you judge your position, especially at night, in foggy conditions or when visibility is poor.
A To allow children to be dropped off at school
B To allow children to be picked up after school
C To allow children to see and be seen when they're crossing the road
D To allow teachers to park
Correct Answer: C To allow children to see and be seen when they're crossing the road
Explanation: The markings are there to show that the area should be kept clear. This is to allow an unrestricted view for
  • approaching drivers and riders
  • children wanting to cross the road.

A Carry on with great care
B Find another route
C Maintain the same speed
D Telephone the police
Correct Answer: A Carry on with great care
Explanation: When traffic lights are out of order, treat the junction as an unmarked crossroads. Be very careful and be prepared to stop; no-one has priority.
Correct Answer: D Pedestrians
Explanation: On a quiet country road, always be aware that there may be a hazard just around the next bend, such as a slow-moving vehicle or pedestrians. Pedestrians are advised to walk on the right-hand side of the road if there's no pavement, so they may be walking towards you on your side of the road.
A 10 metres (32 feet)
B 12 metres (39 feet)
C 15 metres (49 feet)
D 20 metres (66 feet)
Correct Answer: A 10 metres (32 feet)
Explanation: Don't park within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction (unless in an authorised parking place). This is to allow drivers emerging from, or turning into, the junction a clear view of the road they're joining. It also allows them to see hazards such as pedestrians or cyclists at the junction.
A Ignore any message signs, as they're never up to date
B Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front
C Make a U-turn and find another route
D Pull up very close to the vehicle in front to save space
Correct Answer: B Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front
Explanation: It's important to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front at all times. This still applies in congested tunnels, even if you're moving very slowly or have stopped. If the vehicle in front breaks down, you may need room to manoeuvre past it.
A The vehicle belongs to a school crossing patrol
B The vehicle has broken down
C The vehicle is a doctor's car
D The vehicle is slow moving
Correct Answer: D The vehicle is slow moving
Explanation: Different coloured beacons warn of different types of vehicle needing special attention. Blue beacons are used on emergency vehicles that need priority. Green beacons are found on doctors' cars. Amber beacons generally denote slower moving vehicles, which are often large. These vehicles are usually involved in road maintenance or local amenities and make frequent stops.
A Don't service it
B Drive faster than normal
C Keep engine revs low
D Only use it for short journeys
Correct Answer: C Keep engine revs low
Explanation: Engines that burn fossil fuels produce exhaust emissions that are harmful to health. The harder you make the engine work, the more emissions it will produce. Engines also use more fuel and produce higher levels of emissions when they're cold. Anything you can do to reduce your use of fossil fuels will help the environment.
A Traffic can overtake on the left
B Traffic can travel faster in poor weather conditions
C Traffic in both directions can use the middle lane to overtake
D Traffic uses the middle lane for emergencies only
Correct Answer: C Traffic in both directions can use the middle lane to overtake
Explanation: If you intend to overtake, you must consider that approaching traffic could be planning the same manoeuvre. When you've considered the situation and decided it's safe, indicate your intentions early. This will show the approaching traffic that you intend to pull out.
A Use all the lanes, including the hard shoulder
B Use any lane except the hard shoulder
C Use the hard shoulder only
D Use the three right-hand lanes only
Correct Answer: A Use all the lanes, including the hard shoulder
Explanation: You must obey mandatory speed-limit signs above motorway lanes, including the hard shoulder. In this case, you can use the hard shoulder as a running lane but you should look for any vehicles that may have broken down and may be blocking the hard shoulder.
A When a police officer asks you for it
B When buying or selling a vehicle
C When making a SORN
D When your vehicle is having an MOT test
Correct Answer: A When a police officer asks you for it
Explanation: You must produce a valid insurance certificate when requested by a police officer. If you can't do this immediately, you may be asked to take it to a police station. Other documents you may be asked to produce are your driving licence and the vehicle's MOT certificate.
A At the nearest service area
B On a slip road
C On the central reservation
D On the hard shoulder
Correct Answer: A At the nearest service area
Explanation: If you feel tired, stop at the nearest service area. If that's too far away, leave the motorway at the next exit and find a safe place to stop. You mustn't stop on the carriageway or hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency, when in a traffic queue, or when signalled to do so by a police officer, a traffic officer or traffic signals. Plan your journey so that you have regular rest stops.
A Ask them how it happened
B Give them something to eat
C Keep them where they are
D Move them away from the vehicles
Correct Answer: C Keep them where they are
Explanation: When the area is safe and there's no danger from other traffic or fire, it's better not to move casualties. Moving them may cause further injury.
A When a vehicle is following too closely
B When you slow down quickly because of danger ahead
C When you're being towed by another vehicle
D When you're riding on the hard shoulder
Correct Answer: B When you slow down quickly because of danger ahead
Explanation: Briefly using your hazard warning lights will warn the traffic behind you that there's a hazard ahead. Turn them off again when following drivers have seen and responded to your signal.
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 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 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 The driver
B The road
C The vehicle
D The weather
Correct Answer: A The driver
Explanation: Skidding is usually caused by driver error. You should always adjust your driving to take account of the road and weather conditions.
A Apply your parking brake
B Coast into the bend
C Firmly use your footbrake
D Slow down gently
Correct Answer: D Slow down gently
Explanation: Harsh use of the accelerator, brakes or steering is likely to lead to skidding, especially on slippery surfaces. Avoid steering and braking at the same time. In icy conditions, it's very important that you constantly assess what's ahead so that you can take appropriate action in plenty of time.
A Drive home if you can stay awake for the journey
B Drive home, but take a tablet for headaches
C Wait for a short time, then drive home slowly
D Wait until you're fit and well before driving
Correct Answer: D Wait until you're fit and well before driving
Explanation: All of your concentration should be on your driving. Any pain you feel will distract you, and you should avoid driving when drowsy. The safest course of action is to wait until you've rested and are feeling better before starting your journey.
A Overtaking will be easier
B The engine will work harder
C The high gears will pull better
D The steering will feel heavier
Correct Answer: B The engine will work harder
Explanation: The engine will need more power to pull the vehicle up the hill. When approaching a steep hill you should select a lower gear to help maintain your speed. You should do this without hesitation, so that you don't lose too much speed before engaging the lower gear.
A 40 mph
B 50 mph
C 60 mph
D 70 mph
Correct Answer: C 60 mph
Explanation: If you're towing a small, light trailer, it won't reduce your vehicle's performance by very much and it may not be visible in your mirrors. However, strong winds or buffeting from large vehicles might cause the trailer to snake from side to side. Be aware of your speed and don't exceed the reduced speed limit imposed on vehicles towing trailers.
A Flash your headlights
B Sound your horn
C Switch on your hazard warning lights
D Switch on your headlights
Correct Answer: C Switch on your hazard warning lights
Explanation: Using your hazard warning lights, as well as your brake lights, will give the traffic behind an extra warning of the problem ahead. Only use them for long enough for your warning to be seen.
A Instead of sounding the horn in a built-up area between 11.30 pm and 7.00 am
B On a motorway or unrestricted dual carriageway, to warn of a hazard ahead
C On rural routes, after a sign warning of animals
D On the approach to toucan crossings, where cyclists are waiting to cross
Correct Answer: B On a motorway or unrestricted dual carriageway, to warn of a hazard ahead
Explanation: When there's queuing traffic ahead and you have to slow down or even stop, briefly showing your hazard warning lights will help alert the traffic behind to the hazard.
Correct Answer: C Loose
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 and when the road has a loose, slippery or uneven surface.
A It will improve the road holding
B It will make the steering lighter
C It will reduce stability
D It will reduce the stopping distance
Correct Answer: C It will reduce stability
Explanation: A heavy load on your roof rack will reduce the stability of the vehicle because it moves the centre of gravity away from that designed by the manufacturer. Be aware of this when you drive round bends and corners. If you change direction at speed, your vehicle and/or load could become unstable and you could lose control.
A Drive through as you have priority
B Move to the opposite side of the road
C Sound your horn and be prepared to stop
D Speed up and drive through quickly
Correct Answer: C Sound your horn and be prepared to stop
Explanation: White lights at the rear of a car show that the driver has selected reverse gear. The driver is hidden from view so can't see you approaching. Sound your horn to warn of your presence, and be ready to stop if the car reverses into your path.
A The car dealer's details
B The owner's manual
C The service record
D The vehicle registration document
Correct Answer: D The vehicle registration document
Explanation: Never leave the vehicle registration document inside your car. This document would help a thief to dispose of your car more easily.
A Brake firmly
B Flash your lights
C Keep a safe gap
D Sound the horn
Correct Answer: C Keep a safe gap
Explanation: If another vehicle cuts in sharply, ease off the accelerator and drop back to allow a safe separation distance. Try not to overreact by braking sharply or swerving, as you could lose control. If vehicles behind you are too close or unprepared, it could lead to a crash.
A The date of the MOT
B The registered keeper
C The service history details
D The type of insurance cover
Correct Answer: B The registered keeper
Explanation: Every vehicle used on the road has a registration document. This shows the vehicle's details, including date of first registration, registration number, registered keeper, previous keeper, make of vehicle, engine size, chassis number, year of manufacture and colour.
A Approach slowly and edge out until you can see more clearly
B Build up your speed so that you can emerge quickly
C Stay well back and wait to see if anything comes
D Stop and apply the parking brake even if the road is clear
Correct Answer: A Approach slowly and edge out until you can see more clearly
Explanation: You should slow right down, and stop if necessary, at any junction where your view is restricted. Edge forward until you can see properly. Only then can you decide whether it's safe to go.
A To accelerate quickly
B To brake progressively
C To engage cruise control
D To improve fuel economy
Correct Answer: A To accelerate quickly
Explanation: Kick down' selects a lower gear, enabling the vehicle to accelerate faster.
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 To help you avoid neck injury
B To help you maintain your driving position
C To help you relax
D To make you more comfortable
Correct Answer: A To help you avoid neck injury
Explanation: In a collision, rapid deceleration will violently throw vehicle occupants forward and then backwards as the vehicle stops. Seat belts and airbags protect occupants against the forward movement. Head restraints should be adjusted so they give maximum protection to the head and neck during the backward movement.
A Pull up on the hard shoulder and wave traffic down
B Stop at the next emergency telephone and report the incident
C Stop on the motorway and switch on hazard warning lights while you pick it up
D Walk back up the motorway to pick it up
Correct Answer: B Stop at the next emergency telephone and report the incident
Explanation: If any object falls onto the motorway carriageway from your vehicle, pull onto the hard shoulder near an emergency telephone and call for assistance. Don't stop on the carriageway or attempt to retrieve anything.
A Allow a two-second separation gap
B Be aware of spray reducing your vision
C Move into a lane that has less spray
D Switch your headlights onto main beam
Correct Answer: B Be aware of spray reducing your vision
Explanation: The usual two-second time gap increases to four seconds when the roads are wet. If you stay well back, you’ll
  • be able to see past the vehicle
  • be out of the spray thrown up by the lorry’s tyres
  • give yourself more time to stop if the need arises
  • increase your chances of being seen by the lorry driver.

A The radiator has enough anti-freeze
B The windows and lights are clean and clear
C You have a mobile phone with you
D You have a warning triangle in the vehicle
Correct Answer: B The windows and lights are clean and clear
Explanation: If you have to drive in fog, switch your dipped headlights on and keep all your windows clear. You should always be able to pull up within the distance you can see ahead.
A Keep your front fog lights switched on
B Keep your rear fog lights switched on
C Leave your fog lights switched on in case the fog returns
D Switch off your fog lights
Correct Answer: D Switch off your fog lights
Explanation: You must turn off your fog lights if visibility is more than 100 metres (328 feet). Be prepared for the fact that the fog may be patchy and you may need to turn them on again if the fog returns.
A It will cause the engine to overheat
B It will improve tyre wear
C It will reduce your control
D It will use more fuel
Correct Answer: C It will reduce your control
Explanation: Holding the clutch down or staying in neutral for too long will cause your vehicle to freewheel. This is known as 'coasting' and it's dangerous because it reduces your control of the vehicle.
A Check out the problem quickly and safely
B Continue if the engine sounds all right
C Deal with the problem when there's more time
D Hope that it's just a temporary electrical fault
Correct Answer: A Check out the problem quickly and safely
Explanation: Make sure you know what the different warning lights mean. An illuminated warning light could mean that your car is unsafe to drive. If you aren't sure about the problem, get a qualified mechanic to check it.
A Your internet service provider
B Your name, address and vehicle registration number
C Your national insurance number
D Your occupation and reason for your journey
Correct Answer: B Your name, address and vehicle registration number
Explanation: Try to keep calm and don't rush. Make sure that you've shared all the relevant details with the other driver before you leave the scene. If possible, take pictures and note the positions of all the vehicles involved.