DVSA 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 Answer it immediately
B Leave it until you have stopped in a safe place
C Pull up at the nearest kerb
D Stop immediately
Correct Answer: B Leave it until you have stopped in a safe place
Explanation: It's illegal to use a hand-held mobile or similar device when driving or riding, except in a genuine emergency. The safest option is to switch off your mobile phone before you set off, and use a message service. If you've forgotten to switch your phone off and it rings, you should leave it. When you've stopped in a safe place, you can see who called and return the call if necessary.
A End of controlled parking zone
B End of traffic-calming zone
C Free-parking zone ends
D No through road
Correct Answer: A End of controlled parking zone
Explanation: This sign shows that you're leaving a controlled parking zone and those restrictions no longer apply.
A Approaching a dip in the road
B In a one-way street
C Just after a bend
D On a 30 mph road
Correct Answer: A Approaching a dip in the road
Explanation: Oncoming vehicles or other hazards can be hidden from view by dips in the road. If you can't see into the dip, wait until you have a clear view and can see that it's safe before starting to overtake.
A Damage to other vehicles
B Damage to your vehicle
C Fire damage to your vehicle
D Flood damage to your vehicle
Correct Answer: A Damage to other vehicles
Explanation: Third-party insurance doesn't cover damage to your own vehicle or injury to yourself. If you have a crash and your vehicle is damaged, you might have to carry out the repairs at your own expense.
A Approaching traffic passes you on both sides
B Give way to oncoming vehicles
C Pass either side to get to the same destination
D Turn off at the next available junction
Correct Answer: C Pass either side to get to the same destination
Explanation: These signs are often seen in one-way streets that have more than one lane. When you see this sign, use the route that's the most convenient and doesn't require a late change of direction.
A Change to the lane on your left
B Change to the opposite carriageway
C Leave the motorway at the next exit
D Pull up on the hard shoulder
Correct Answer: A Change to the lane on your left
Explanation: On the motorway, signs sometimes show temporary warnings due to traffic or weather conditions. They may be used to indicate
  • lane closures
  • temporary speed limits
  • weather warnings.

A When driving on a motorway to warn traffic behind of a hazard ahead
B When warning oncoming traffic that you intend to stop
C When you're double-parked on a two-way road
D When your direction indicators aren't working
Correct Answer: A When driving on a motorway to warn traffic behind of a hazard ahead
Explanation: Hazard warning lights are an important safety feature. Use them when driving on a motorway to warn traffic behind you of danger ahead. You should also use them if your vehicle has broken down and is causing an obstruction.
A A doctor on call
B A fire engine
C A tractor
D An ambulance
Correct Answer: C A tractor
Explanation: An amber flashing beacon on a vehicle indicates that it's moving slowly or stopped and a possible hazard. Look well ahead on a dual carriageway and you should be able to see and respond to these vehicles in good time.
A They may slow down to let you turn
B They may want to turn into the side road
C They might not see you turn
D They're harder to see
Correct Answer: D They're harder to see
Explanation: Cyclists and motorcyclists are smaller than other vehicles and so are more difficult to see. They can easily be hidden from your view by cars parked near a junction.
A When pedestrians are waiting to cross
B When you intend to turn right
C When you think the lights may be about to change
D When your exit from the junction is blocked
Correct Answer: D When your exit from the junction is blocked
Explanation: As you approach the traffic lights, look into the road you wish to take. Only proceed if your exit road is clear. If the road is blocked, hold back, even if you have to wait for the next green signal.
A Leave dipped headlights switched on
B Leave parking lights switched on
C Park facing the traffic
D Park near a street light
Correct Answer: B Leave parking lights switched on
Explanation: You must use parking lights when parking at night on a road or in a lay-by on a road with a speed limit greater than 30 mph. You must also park in the direction of the traffic flow and not close to a junction.
A Heavy vehicles should take the next road on the left to avoid a weight limit
B Overtaking traffic should move back to the left
C The road ahead bends to the left
D The road ahead has a camber to the left
Correct Answer: B Overtaking traffic should move back to the left
Explanation: In this picture, the road marking shows that overtaking drivers or riders need to return to the left. These markings show the direction drivers must pass hatch markings or solid double white lines. They're also used to show the route that high vehicles should take under a low arched bridge.
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Road signs in the shape of a circle give orders. Those with a red circle are mostly prohibitive. The 'stop' sign is octagonal to give it greater prominence. Signs giving orders must always be obeyed.
A Allow more time
B Have a caffeinated drink
C Reduce your tyre pressures
D Wear a hi-visibility jacket
Correct Answer: A Allow more time
Explanation: Don't venture out if your journey isn't necessary. If you have to travel and someone is expecting you at the other end, let them know that you'll be taking longer than usual for your journey. This will stop them worrying if you don't turn up on time and will also take the pressure off you, so you don't feel you have to rush.
A Brake sharply
B Increase your distance from the vehicle in front
C Move onto the hard shoulder and stop
D Switch on your hazard warning lights
Correct Answer: B Increase your distance from the vehicle in front
Explanation: On busy roads, traffic may still travel at high speeds. Don't follow the vehicle in front too closely. If a driver behind seems to be 'pushing' you, gradually increase your distance from the vehicle in front by slowing down gently. This will give you more space in front if you have to brake, and will reduce the risk of a collision involving several vehicles.
A Pull up in this lane to answer your mobile phone
B This lane can be used if you need a rest
C Use this lane as a running lane
D You shouldn't travel in this lane
Correct Answer: D You shouldn't travel in this lane
Explanation: Some motorways have been redesigned as smart motorways. At certain times, the hard shoulder will be open as a running lane. However, a red cross above the hard shoulder shows that it isn't open as a running lane and should only be used for emergencies and breakdowns.
A You'll be able to corner more quickly
B You'll give the driver a chance to see you in their mirrors
C You'll help the large vehicle to stop more easily
D You'll keep out of the wind better
Correct Answer: B You'll give the driver a chance to see you in their mirrors
Explanation: If you're following a large vehicle but are so close to it that you can't see its exterior mirrors, the driver won't be able to see you. Keeping well back will also allow you to see the road ahead by looking past the large vehicle.
A Change lane
B Leave the motorway at the next exit
C Move onto the hard shoulder
D Turn left immediately
Correct Answer: B Leave the motorway at the next exit
Explanation: You'll see this sign if the motorway is closed ahead. Pull into the left-hand lane as soon as it's safe to do so. Don't wait until the last moment before you move across, because the lane may be busy and you'll have to rely on another driver making room for you.
A Find someone in the area to tell them about it immediately
B Go back to tell the house owner the next day
C Report the incident to the police within 24 hours
D Report the incident to your insurance company when you get home
Correct Answer: C Report the incident to the police within 24 hours
Explanation: If the property owner isn't available at the time, you must inform the police about the incident. This should be done as soon as possible, and in any case within 24 hours.
A No, not under any circumstances
B No, not unless you stay with your car
C Yes, if you don't block people from crossing
D Yes, in order to drop off a passenger
Correct Answer: A No, not under any circumstances
Explanation: It's an offence to park on the zigzag lines of a zebra crossing. You'll be causing an obstruction by obscuring the view of both pedestrians and drivers.
A Carry on trying to restart the engine
B Get out of the car and clear of the crossing
C Push the vehicle clear of the crossing
D Run down the track to warn the signal operator
Correct Answer: B Get out of the car and clear of the crossing
Explanation: If the warning bells ring, leave the vehicle and get any passengers well clear of the crossing immediately.
A Ahead only
B Crossroads
C Level crossing with gate
D Level crossing without gate
Correct Answer: B Crossroads
Explanation: The priority through the junction is shown by the broader line. You need to be aware of the hazard posed by traffic crossing or pulling out onto a major road.
A Lay-by 30 miles ahead
B Maximum speed 30 mph
C Minimum speed 30 mph
D Service area 30 miles ahead
Correct Answer: C Minimum speed 30 mph
Explanation: This sign is shown where slow-moving vehicles would impede the flow of traffic; for example, in tunnels. However, if you need to slow down or even stop to avoid an incident or potential collision, you should do so.
A Keep in that lane until you reach the queue
B Move to the left immediately
C Move to the left in good time
D Wait and see which lane is moving faster
Correct Answer: C Move to the left in good time
Explanation: Keep a lookout for traffic signs. If you’re directed to change lanes, do so in good time. Don’t
  • push your way into traffic in another lane
  • try to gain advantage by delaying changing lanes.

A No-one has priority
B The faster vehicle
C The larger vehicle
D The smaller vehicle
Correct Answer: A No-one has priority
Explanation: Practise good observation in all directions before you emerge or make a turn. Proceed only when you're sure it's safe to do so.
A Emerge slightly to show your intentions
B Proceed to the central reservation and wait
C Stop in the first lane so that other vehicles give way
D Wait until the road is clear in both directions
Correct Answer: D Wait until the road is clear in both directions
Explanation: When the central reservation is narrow, it may not be able to contain your vehicle. In this case, you should treat a dual carriageway as one road. Wait until the road is clear in both directions before emerging to turn right. If you try to treat it as two separate roads and wait in the middle, your vehicle will stick out and cause an obstruction that may lead to a collision.
A No pedestrians allowed
B Pedestrian zone - no vehicles
C School crossing patrol
D Zebra crossing ahead
Correct Answer: D Zebra crossing ahead
Explanation: Look well ahead and be ready to stop for any pedestrians crossing, or about to cross, the road. Also check the pavements for anyone who looks like they might step or run into the road.
A At a 'pedestrians only' area
B At a playground entrance
C Near a school crossing
D On a school bus
Correct Answer: D On a school bus
Explanation: School buses can stop to pick up or drop off schoolchildren at places that aren't designated bus stops. Watch out for children crossing the road to catch the bus or from the far side of the bus if they've just been dropped off.
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: This sign is found at the entrance to a road that can only be used for access.
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: When you pass pedestrians in the road, leave plenty of room. You might have to use the right-hand side of the road, so look well ahead, as well as in your mirrors, before pulling out. Take great care if a bend in the road obscures your view ahead.
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.
A Brake as quickly as possible
B Continue on at a normal speed
C Pull on the parking brake
D Pull up slowly at the side of the road
Correct Answer: D Pull up slowly at the side of the road
Explanation: A tyre bursting can lead to a loss of control, especially if you're travelling at high speed. Using the correct procedure should help you to stop the vehicle safely.
A Extended-arm side mirrors
B Interior wide-angle mirror
C Ordinary door mirrors
D Ordinary interior mirror
Correct Answer: A Extended-arm side mirrors
Explanation: Towing a large trailer or caravan can greatly reduce your view of the road behind. You may need to fit extended-arm side mirrors so that you can see clearly behind and down both sides of the caravan or trailer.
A When a slower vehicle is travelling in the right-hand lane of a dual carriageway
B When approaching a motorway slip road where you'll be turning off
C When the vehicle in front is signalling to turn left
D When you're in a one-way street
Correct Answer: D When you're in a one-way street
Explanation: You may pass slower vehicles on their left while travelling along a one-way street. Be aware of drivers who may need to change lanes and may not expect faster traffic passing on their left.
A Bridge over the road
B Road ahead ends
C Uneven road surface
D Water across the road
Correct Answer: D Water across the road
Explanation: This sign is found where a shallow stream crosses the road. Heavy rainfall could increase the flow of water. If the water looks too deep or the stream has spread over a large distance, stop and find another route.
A Crossroads
B Give way
C Stop
D Turn right
Correct Answer: C Stop
Explanation: The 'stop' sign is the only road sign that's octagonal. This is so that it can be recognised and obeyed even if it's obscured (for example, by snow).
A A child seat
B An adult holding a child
C An adult lap belt
D An adult seat belt
Correct Answer: A A child seat
Explanation: It's your responsibility to ensure that all children in your car are secure. Suitable restraints include a child seat, baby seat, booster seat or booster cushion. It's essential that any restraint used is suitable for the child's size and weight, and fitted according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Correct Answer: B Buses
Explanation: A bus or high-sided lorry will have to take a position in the centre of the road to clear the bridge. There's normally a sign to show this. Look well ahead, past the bridge and be ready to stop and give way to large oncoming vehicles.
A To make overtaking easier
B To make parking easier
C To slow traffic down
D To stop road rage
Correct Answer: C To slow traffic down
Explanation: Traffic-calming measures make the roads safer for vulnerable road users, such as cyclists, pedestrians and children. These can be designed as chicanes, road humps or other obstacles that encourage drivers and riders to slow down.
A It improves judgement skills
B It increases concentration
C It increases confidence
D It leads to faster reactions
Correct Answer: C It increases confidence
Explanation: Alcohol can increase confidence to a point where your driving behaviour might become 'out of character'. Sensible behaviour might change to risk-taking behaviour. Never let yourself or your friends get into this situation.
A To allow cyclists and pedestrians to cross the road together
B To allow cyclists to position in front of other traffic
C To allow people with disabilities to cross the road
D To allow taxis to position in front of other traffic
Correct Answer: B To allow cyclists to position in front of other traffic
Explanation: These are known as advanced stop lines. When the lights are red (or about to become red), you should stop at the first white line. However, if you've crossed that line as the lights change, you must stop at the second line even if it means you're in the area reserved for cyclists.
A That the insurance documents are in the vehicle
B That the vehicle is insured for your use
C That the vehicle owner has third-party insurance cover
D That your own vehicle has insurance cover
Correct Answer: B That the vehicle is insured for your use
Explanation: Driving a vehicle without insurance cover is illegal, so be sure that, whoever's car you drive, you're insured - whether on their policy or on your own. If you need to take out insurance, it's worth comparing several quotes before you decide which insurance provider best meets your needs.
A To be positioned safely if you skid
B To improve your view of the road
C To let faster traffic from behind overtake
D To overcome the effect of the road's slope
Correct Answer: B To improve your view of the road
Explanation: Keeping to the left as you approach right-hand bends will give you an earlier view around the bend and enable you to see any hazards sooner. It also reduces the risk of collision with any oncoming vehicle that may have drifted over the centre line while taking the bend.
A Flash your lights to alert the driver
B Overtake on the left if there's room
C Sound your horn before overtaking
D Stay behind and don't overtake
Correct Answer: D Stay behind and don't overtake
Explanation: Be cautious and don't attempt to overtake. The driver may be unsure of the location of a junction and may turn suddenly.
A The hard shoulder can be used as a normal running lane
B The hard shoulder can be used as a rest area if you feel tired
C The hard shoulder has a speed limit of 50 mph
D The hard shoulder is for emergency or breakdown use only
Correct Answer: D The hard shoulder is for emergency or breakdown use only
Explanation: A red cross above the hard shoulder shows that it's closed as a running lane and should only be used for emergencies or breakdowns. On a smart motorway, the hard shoulder may be used as a running lane at busy times. This will be shown by a mandatory speed limit on the gantry above the hard shoulder.
A Close the car windows to help you concentrate
B Continue with your journey but drive more slowly
C Stop and rest as soon as possible
D Turn the heater up to keep you warm and comfortable
Correct Answer: C Stop and rest as soon as possible
Explanation: You'll be putting other road users at risk if you continue to drive when you're drowsy. Pull over and stop in a safe place for a rest. Caffeinated drinks and a short nap can temporarily help counter sleepiness. If you're driving a long distance, think about finding some accommodation so you can rest for longer before continuing your journey.
A Up to seven days after the old certificate has run out
B When driving the car with the owner's permission
C When driving to an MOT centre to arrange an appointment
D When driving to an appointment at an MOT centre
Correct Answer: D When driving to an appointment at an MOT centre
Explanation: When a car is three years old (four years old in Northern Ireland), it must pass an MOT test and have a valid MOT certificate before it can be used on the road. Exceptionally, you may
  • drive to a pre-arranged test appointment or to a garage for repairs required for the test
  • drive vehicles that are more than 40 years old without an MOT test, but they must be in a roadworthy condition before being used on the road. See GOV.UK for more details.

A Ask your friend if taking the medicine affected their driving
B Check the label to see if the medicine will affect your driving
C Drink some strong coffee one hour before driving
D Drive a short distance to see if the medicine is affecting your driving
Correct Answer: B Check the label to see if the medicine will affect your driving
Explanation: If you've taken medicine, never drive without first checking what the side effects might be; they might affect your judgement and perception, and therefore endanger lives.
A Change gear and pump the brake pedal
B Have the brakes checked as soon as possible
C Increase the pressure in your tyres
D Use your parking brake at the same time
Correct Answer: B Have the brakes checked as soon as possible
Explanation: The brakes on your vehicle must be effective and properly adjusted. If your vehicle pulls to one side when braking, take it to be checked by a qualified mechanic as soon as you can.
A Level crossings
B Motorway exits
C Pelican crossings
D Zebra crossings
Correct Answer: A Level crossings
Explanation: These signals are found at level crossings, swing or lifting bridges, some airfields and emergency access sites. The flashing red lights mean stop whether or not the way seems to be clear.