Free Driving Theory Test

There are 50 questions in this free driving theory test mock. 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!

Tests Taken

Last Score

Average Score

Your Progress

1357 votes - average 4.9 out of 5

Free Driving Theory Test Quick View

Click the question box to reveal the correct answer. You can print the Free Driving Theory Test questions and answers by clicking the printer icon below.

A To help you choose the correct lane
B To help you keep the correct separation distance
C To make you aware of your speed
D To tell you the distance to the roundabout
Correct Answer: C To make you aware of your speed
Explanation: These lines are often found on the approach to a roundabout or a dangerous junction. They give you extra warning to adjust your speed. Look well ahead and do this in good time.
A Bicycle
B Car
C Lorry
D Motorcycle
Correct Answer: C Lorry
Explanation: The highest point of the bridge is in the centre, so a large vehicle might have to move to the centre of the road to have enough room to pass safely under the bridge.
A At playground areas
B At the side of the road
C In the window of a car taking children to school
D On the rear of a school bus or coach
Correct Answer: D On the rear of a school bus or coach
Explanation: Vehicles that are used to carry children to and from school will be travelling at busy times of the day. If you're following a vehicle with this sign, be prepared for it to make frequent stops. It might pick up or set down passengers in places other than normal bus stops.
A Any vehicle that isn't overtaking
B Emergency vehicles only
C Large vehicles only
D Slow vehicles only
Correct Answer: A Any vehicle that isn't overtaking
Explanation: On a motorway, all traffic should use the left-hand lane unless overtaking. When overtaking a number of slower vehicles, move back to the left-hand lane when you're safely past. Check your mirrors frequently and don't stay in the middle or right-hand lane if the left-hand lane is free.
A It allows easy location by the emergency services
B It connects you to a local garage
C Mobile phones don't work on motorways
D Using a mobile phone will distract other drivers
Correct Answer: A It allows easy location by the emergency services
Explanation: On a motorway, it's best to use a roadside emergency telephone so that the emergency services are able to find you easily. The location of the nearest telephone is shown by an arrow on marker posts at the edge of the hard shoulder. If you use a mobile, find out the number on the nearest marker post before you call. This number will let the operator know where you are and in which direction you're travelling.
A When you're overtaking only
B When you're overtaking or turning right
C When you're turning right only
D When you're using cruise control
Correct Answer: B When you're overtaking or turning right
Explanation: You should normally use the left-hand lane on any dual carriageway unless you're overtaking or turning right. When overtaking on a dual carriageway, look for vehicles ahead that are turning right. They may be slowing or stopped. You need to see them in good time so that you can take appropriate action.
A On either the right or the left
B Only on the left-hand side
C Only on the right-hand side
D Overtaking isn't allowed
Correct Answer: A On either the right or the left
Explanation: You can overtake other traffic on either side when travelling in a one-way street. Make full use of your mirrors and ensure it's clear all around before you attempt to overtake. Look for signs and road markings, and use the most suitable lane for your destination.
A A bus driver
B A motorcyclist
C A pedestrian
D A police officer
Correct Answer: D A police officer
Explanation: You must obey signals to stop given by police and traffic officers, traffic wardens and school crossing patrols. Failure to do so is an offence and could lead to prosecution.
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Signs in the shape of a circle give orders. A sign with a red circle means that you aren't allowed to do something. Study Know Your Traffic Signs to ensure that you understand what the different traffic signs mean.
A Cars and motorcycles only
B Clearway (no stopping)
C No motor vehicles
D No overtaking
Correct Answer: C No motor vehicles
Explanation: A sign will indicate which types of vehicles are prohibited from certain roads. Make sure that you know which signs apply to the vehicle you're using.
A On a dual carriageway
B On a one-way street
C On a roundabout
D On an urban motorway
Correct Answer: B On a one-way street
Explanation: The traffic permitted to use a contraflow lane travels in the opposite direction to traffic in the other lanes on the road.
A Danger ahead
B Service area ahead
C Slippery road ahead
D Tyres liable to punctures ahead
Correct Answer: A Danger ahead
Explanation: This sign is there to alert you to the likelihood of danger ahead. It may be accompanied by a plate indicating the type of hazard. Be ready to reduce your speed and take avoiding action.
A Change to the left-hand lane
B Contraflow system
C Leave at the next exit
D One-way street
Correct Answer: B Contraflow system
Explanation: If you use the right-hand lane in a contraflow system, you'll be travelling with no permanent barrier between you and the oncoming traffic. Observe speed limits and keep a good distance from the vehicle ahead.
A Go if no pedestrians are crossing
B Go if the way is clear
C Prepare to go
D Stop at the stop line
Correct Answer: D Stop at the stop line
Explanation: When the amber light is showing on its own, the red light will follow next. The amber light means stop, unless you've already crossed the stop line or you're so close to it that stopping may cause a collision.
A Don't cross the line
B No overtaking allowed
C No stopping allowed
D You're approaching a hazard
Correct Answer: D You're approaching a hazard
Explanation: A single broken line along the centre of the road, with long markings and short gaps, is a hazard warning line. Don't cross it unless you can see that the road is clear well ahead.
A Flash the headlights, indicate left and point to the left
B Overtake and give a slowing down arm signal
C Pull alongside you, use the siren and wave you to stop
D Use the siren, overtake, cut in front and stop
Correct Answer: A Flash the headlights, indicate left and point to the left
Explanation: You must obey signals given by the police. If a police officer in a patrol vehicle wants you to pull over, they'll indicate this without causing danger to you or other traffic.
A On the left-hand edge of the road
B On the right-hand edge of the road
C Separating the lanes
D Separating the slip road from the motorway
Correct Answer: B On the right-hand edge of the road
Explanation: At night or in poor visibility, reflective studs on the road help you to judge your position on the carriageway.
A End of motorway
B End of restriction
C Free recovery ends
D Lane ends ahead
Correct Answer: B End of restriction
Explanation: Temporary restrictions on motorways are shown on signs that have flashing amber lights. At the end of the restriction, you'll see this sign without any flashing lights.
A After any lengthy journey
B After travelling at high speed
C When tyres are cold
D When tyres are hot
Correct Answer: C When tyres are cold
Explanation: Check the tyre pressures when the tyres are cold. This will give you a more accurate reading. The heat generated on a long journey will raise the pressure inside the tyre.
A Bury it in your garden
B Leave it on waste land
C Put it in the dustbin
D Take it to a local-authority disposal site
Correct Answer: D Take it to a local-authority disposal site
Explanation: Batteries contain acid, which is hazardous, and they must be disposed of safely. This means taking them to an appropriate disposal site.
A Accelerating around bends
B Harsh braking and accelerating
C Poor steering control
D Staying in high gears
Correct Answer: B Harsh braking and accelerating
Explanation: Accelerating and braking gently and smoothly will help to save fuel and reduce wear on your vehicle. This makes it better for the environment too.
A Be prepared to brake sharply to a stop
B Be prepared to stop for any traffic
C Brake and stop only for large vehicles
D Brake sharply to a stop before looking
Correct Answer: B Be prepared to stop for any traffic
Explanation: When approaching a junction where the traffic lights have failed, you should proceed with caution. Treat the situation as an unmarked junction and be prepared to stop.
A Ignore the driver behind 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 driver behind to come 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 vehicle 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.
A Children running out between vehicles
B Glare from the sun
C Lack of road markings
D Large goods vehicles
Correct Answer: A Children running out between vehicles
Explanation: On roads where there are many parked vehicles, you might not be able to see children between parked cars and they may run out into the road without looking.
A Cars with automatic transmission
B Double-deck buses
C Motorcycles over 50 cc
D Powered mobility scooters
Correct Answer: D Powered mobility scooters
Explanation: Motorways mustn't be used by pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycles under 50 cc, certain slow-moving vehicles without permission, and powered wheelchairs/mobility scooters.
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. A red light, an amber light, and red and amber lights showing together all 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, be ready to slow down and stop, because the lights are likely to change.
A Hump bridge
B Low bridge
C Traffic-calming hump
D Uneven road
Correct Answer: A Hump bridge
Explanation: You'll need to slow down. At hump bridges, your view ahead will be restricted and the road will often be narrow. If the bridge is very steep, sound your horn to warn others of your approach. Going over the bridge too fast is highly dangerous to other road users and could even cause your wheels to leave the road, with a resulting loss of control.
A Direction to bus and coach park
B Direction to park-and-ride car park
C No parking for buses or coaches
D Parking area for cars and coaches
Correct Answer: B Direction to park-and-ride car park
Explanation: To ease the congestion in town centres, some cities and towns provide park-and-ride schemes. These allow you to park in a designated area and ride by bus into the centre. Park-and-ride schemes are usually cheaper and easier than car parking in the town centre.
A You'll be going down a long hill
B You'll be on a slippery road
C You'll have just crossed a long bridge
D Your brakes will be wet
Correct Answer: D Your brakes will be wet
Explanation: A ford is a crossing over a stream that's shallow enough to drive or ride through. After you've gone through a ford or deep puddle, your brakes will be wet and they won't work as well as usual. To dry them out, apply a light brake pressure while moving slowly. Don't travel at normal speeds until you're sure your brakes are working properly again.
A When signalled to stop by a driver who has broken down
B When signalled to stop by a pedestrian on the hard shoulder
C When signalled to stop by a roadworks supervisor
D When signalled to stop by a traffic officer
Correct Answer: D When signalled to stop by a traffic officer
Explanation: You'll find traffic officers on motorways and some primary routes in England and Wales. They work in partnership with the police, helping to keep traffic moving and helping to make your journey as safe as possible. It's an offence not to comply with the directions given by a traffic officer.
A Cyclists and pedestrians
B Motorcyclists and cyclists
C Motorcyclists and pedestrians
D Only cyclists
Correct Answer: A Cyclists and pedestrians
Explanation: There are some crossings where cycle routes lead cyclists to cross at the same place as pedestrians. These are called toucan crossings. Always look out for cyclists, as they're likely to be approaching faster than pedestrians.
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: This sign is found in or at the end of a one-way system. It warns you that traffic will be crossing your path from both directions.
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Blue circles tell you what you must do and this sign gives a clear instruction to turn left ahead. You should be looking out for signs at all times and know what they mean.
A When an ambulance is on its way
B When bystanders offer to help you
C When bystanders tell you to move them
D When there's a risk of further danger
Correct Answer: D When there's a risk of further danger
Explanation: Don't move a casualty unless there's further danger; for example, from other traffic or fire. They may have unseen or internal injuries. Moving them unnecessarily could cause further injury. Don't remove a motorcyclist's helmet unless it's essential.
A A fault in the braking system
B A rear light has failed
C The engine oil is low
D Your seat belt isn't fastened
Correct Answer: A A fault in the braking system
Explanation: If this light comes on, you should have the brake system checked immediately. A faulty braking system could have dangerous consequences.
Correct Answer: D The windows
Explanation: Driving in bad weather increases your risk of having a collision. If you absolutely have to travel, clear your lights, mirrors, number plates and windows of any snow or ice, so that you can see and be seen.
A In case it changes direction suddenly
B In case it stops suddenly
C In case its brake lights dazzle you
D In case its fog lights dazzle you
Correct Answer: B In case it stops suddenly
Explanation: If you're following another road user in fog, stay well back. The driver in front won't be able to see hazards until they're close and might need to brake suddenly. Also, the road surface is likely to be wet and could be slippery.
A When the road ahead is clear
B When you're making a phone call
C When you're overtaking slower traffic in the other lanes
D When your vehicle breaks down
Correct Answer: A When the road ahead is clear
Explanation: You should drive in the left-hand lane whenever possible. Only use the other lanes for overtaking or when directed to do so by signals. Using other lanes when the left-hand lane is empty can frustrate drivers behind you.
A Rapidly and firmly
B Rapidly and gently
C Slowly and gently
D Slowly but firmly
Correct Answer: A Rapidly and firmly
Explanation: You may have to stop in an emergency due to a misjudgement by another driver or a hazard arising suddenly, such as a child running out into the road. If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes, you should apply the brakes immediately and keep them firmly applied until you stop.
A To allow your headlights to work
B To prevent dazzling drivers behind
C To stop draining the battery
D To stop the engine losing power
Correct Answer: B To prevent dazzling drivers behind
Explanation: Don't forget to switch off your fog lights when the weather improves. You could be prosecuted for driving with them on in good visibility. The high intensity of rear fog lights can dazzle drivers behind and make your brake lights difficult to notice.
A Apply the parking brake and footbrake together
B Give an arm signal
C Keep both hands on the steering wheel
D Select reverse gear
Correct Answer: C Keep both hands on the steering wheel
Explanation: As you drive, look well ahead and all around so that you're ready for any hazards that might develop. If you have to stop in an emergency, react as soon as you can while keeping control of the vehicle. Keep both hands on the steering wheel so you can control the vehicle's direction of travel.
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, lock them out of sight. This is the best way to deter an opportunist thief.
A Give way to older and infirm people 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 Only at night time
B Only in bad weather conditions
C When you think it's necessary
D Whenever you're driving
Correct Answer: D Whenever you're driving
Explanation: Have your eyesight tested before you start your practical training. Then, throughout your driving life, have checks periodically, as your vision may change.
A To ask for directions
B To load or unload goods
C To set down and pick up passengers
D To use a mobile telephone
Correct Answer: C To set down and pick up passengers
Explanation: Urban clearways have their times of operation clearly signed. You may only stop to pick up or set down passengers.
A When you're approaching a one-way street
B When you're approaching bends and junctions
C When you're driving on a dual carriageway
D When you're driving on a motorway
Correct Answer: B When you're approaching bends and junctions
Explanation: Windscreen pillars can obstruct your view, particularly at bends and junctions. Look out for other road users - especially cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians who can easily be overlooked.
A You may park on the lines when dropping off schoolchildren
B You may park on the lines when picking up schoolchildren
C You must stay with your vehicle if you park here
D You shouldn't wait or park your vehicle here
Correct Answer: D You shouldn't wait or park your vehicle here
Explanation: Parking here would block other road users' view of the school entrance and would endanger the lives of children on their way to and from school.
A Dipped headlights
B Front spotlights
C Rear fog lights
D Sidelights
Correct Answer: A Dipped headlights
Explanation: Before entering a tunnel, you should switch on your dipped headlights, as this will allow you to see and be seen. In many tunnels, it's a legal requirement. Don't wear sunglasses while you're driving in a tunnel.
A Accelerate past the vehicles in the left-hand lane
B Move across and continue in the right-hand lane
C Pull up on the left-hand verge
D Slow down, keeping a safe separation distance
Correct Answer: D Slow down, keeping a safe separation distance
Explanation: Allow the traffic to merge into the left-hand lane. Leave enough room so that you can maintain a safe separation distance, even if vehicles pull in ahead of you.
A The insurance company will pay the first £500 of any claim
B You'll be paid £500 if you don't claim within one year
C You'll have to pay the first £500 of the cost of any claim
D Your vehicle is insured for a value of £500 if it's stolen
Correct Answer: C You'll have to pay the first £500 of the cost of any claim
Explanation: Having an excess on your policy will help to keep the premium down. However, if you make a claim, you'll have to pay the excess yourself - in this case, £500.