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A The car turning (arrowed D)
B The moving car (arrowed C)
C The parked car (arrowed A)
D The pedestrian waiting to cross (arrowed B)
Correct Answer: C The parked car (arrowed A)
Explanation: The car arrowed A is parked within the area marked by zigzag lines at the pedestrian crossing. Parking here is illegal. It also
  • blocks the view for pedestrians wishing to cross the road
  • restricts the view of the crossing for approaching traffic.

A Doors opening on parked cars
B Empty parking spaces
C The uneven road surface
D Traffic following behind
Correct Answer: A Doors opening on parked cars
Explanation: When passing parked cars, there's a risk that a driver or passenger may not check before opening the door into the road. A defensive driver will drive slowly and be looking for people who may be about to get out of their car.
A The road will bend sharply to the left
B The road will bend sharply to the right
C The road will go steeply downhill
D The road will go steeply uphill
Correct Answer: A The road will bend sharply to the left
Explanation: This sign indicates that the road will bend sharply to the left. Slow down in plenty of time and select the correct gear before you start to turn. Braking hard and late, while also sharply changing direction, is likely to cause a skid.
A Flash your headlights at the cyclist
B Rev your engine so the cyclist knows you're following behind
C Slow down and allow the cyclist to turn
D Try to overtake before the cyclist gets to the junction
Correct Answer: C Slow down and allow the cyclist to turn
Explanation: Keep well back and give the cyclist time and room to turn safely. Don't intimidate them by getting too close or trying to squeeze past.
A Give way to them
B Go around them, leaving plenty of room
C Sound your horn and proceed
D Stop and wave at them to cross
Correct Answer: A Give way to them
Explanation: When you're turning into a side road, pedestrians who are crossing have priority. You should wait to allow them to finish crossing safely. Be patient if they're slow or unsteady. Don't try to rush them by sounding your horn, flashing your lights, revving your engine or giving any other inappropriate signal.
A They may be emerging from the side road
B They may be following you closely
C They may be overtaking on your left
D They may be overtaking on your right
Correct Answer: D They may be overtaking on your right
Explanation: Never attempt to change direction to the right without first checking your right-hand mirror and blind spot. A motorcyclist might not have seen your signal and could be hidden by other traffic. This observation should become a matter of routine.
A Car driver
B Lorry driver
C Motorcyclist
D Tractor driver
Correct Answer: C Motorcyclist
Explanation: Pedestrians and riders on two wheels can be harder to see than other road users. Make sure you look for them, especially at junctions. Effective observation, coupled with appropriate action, can save lives.
A Accelerate past as quickly as possible
B Give them plenty of room
C Sound your horn as a warning
D Treat them like any other vehicle
Correct Answer: B Give them plenty of room
Explanation: Horse riders often keep to the outside of the roundabout even if they're turning right. Give them plenty of room and remember that they may have to cross lanes of traffic.
A Drop back until you can see better
B Keep close to the lorry, away from the spray
C Put your headlights on full beam
D Speed up and overtake quickly
Correct Answer: A Drop back until you can see better
Explanation: Large vehicles can throw up a lot of spray when it's wet. This makes it difficult for drivers behind to see the road ahead. You'll be able to see more by dropping back further, out of the spray. This will also increase your separation distance, giving you more room to stop if you have to.
A When approaching a pelican crossing
B When approaching a zebra crossing
C When oncoming traffic prevents you turning right
D When you're 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 mustn't enter a box junction unless your exit is clear. However, you may enter the box and wait if you want to turn right and are only prevented from doing so by oncoming traffic.
A Between each pair of lanes
B Between the acceleration lane and the carriageway
C Between the central reservation and the carriageway
D Between the hard shoulder and the carriageway
Correct Answer: C Between the central reservation and the carriageway
Explanation: On motorways, reflective studs of various colours are fixed in the road between the lanes. These help you to identify which lane you're in when it's dark or in poor visibility. Amber-coloured studs are found on the right-hand edge of the main carriageway, next to the central reservation.
Correct Answer: A 30 mph
Explanation: The presence of street lights generally indicates that there's a 30 mph speed limit, unless signs tell you otherwise.
A During daylight hours
B In the rush hour
C Never
D When it's busy
Correct Answer: C Never
Explanation: Clearways are in place so that traffic can flow without the obstruction of parked vehicles. Just one parked vehicle can cause an obstruction for all other traffic. You mustn't stop where a clearway is in force, not even to pick up or set down passengers.
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 mount the kerb. If you're following a long vehicle, stay well back and give it plenty of room.
A
B
C
D
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Stopping where this clearway restriction applies is likely to cause congestion. Allow the traffic to flow by obeying the signs.
A No trams ahead
B Oncoming trams
C Trams crossing ahead
D Trams only
Correct Answer: C Trams crossing ahead
Explanation: This sign tells you to beware of trams. If you don't usually drive in a town where there are trams, remember to look out for them at junctions and look for tram rails, signs and signals.
A Battery acid
B Distilled water
C Engine coolant
D Engine oil
Correct Answer: B Distilled water
Explanation: Some modern batteries are maintenance free. Check your vehicle handbook and, if necessary, make sure that the plates in each battery cell are covered with fluid.
A Reapply for your full licence immediately
B Retake only your practical test
C Retake only your theory test
D Retake your theory and practical tests
Correct Answer: D Retake your theory and practical tests
Explanation: If you accumulate six or more penalty points within two years of gaining your first full licence, it will be revoked. The six or more points include any gained due to offences you committed before passing your test. If this happens, you may only drive as a learner until you pass both the theory and practical tests again.
A Ignore the displayed limit
B Obey the limit, but only during rush hour
C Obey the speed limit
D Use your own judgment; the limit is only advisory
Correct Answer: C Obey the speed limit
Explanation: Where there are extra hazards, such as at roadworks, it's often necessary to slow traffic by imposing a lower speed limit. These speed limits aren't advisory; they must be obeyed.
A A faulty braking system
B A faulty electrical system
C A faulty exhaust system
D A faulty gearbox
Correct Answer: A A faulty braking system
Explanation: If you see that parts of the tread on your tyres are wearing before others, it may indicate a brake, suspension or wheel-alignment fault. Regular servicing will help to detect faults at an early stage and this will avoid the risk of minor faults becoming serious or even dangerous.
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 Both trams and cars can continue
B Both trams and cars must stop
C Cars must stop
D Trams must stop
Correct Answer: D Trams must stop
Explanation: The white light shows that trams must stop. The green light shows that other vehicles can go if the way is clear. Trams are being introduced into more cities, so you're likely to come across them and you should learn which signs apply to them.
A Drop back to regain a safe distance
B Flash your headlights as a warning
C Stay close to the other vehicle until it moves on
D Try to overtake safely as soon as you can
Correct Answer: A Drop back to regain a safe distance
Explanation: Wet weather will affect the time it takes for you to stop and can affect your control. Your speed should allow you to stop safely and in good time. If another vehicle pulls into the gap you've allowed, ease back until you've regained your stopping distance.
A When you're joining the motorway
B When you're leaving the motorway
C When you're stopping for a rest
D When you're stopping in an emergency
Correct Answer: D When you're stopping in an emergency
Explanation: Don't use the hard shoulder for stopping unless it's an emergency. If you want to stop for any other reason, go to the next exit or service area.
A Keep to the left-hand lane unless you're overtaking
B Overtake using the lane that's clearest
C Stay in one lane until you reach your exit
D Use the lane that has the least traffic
Correct Answer: A Keep to the left-hand lane unless you're overtaking
Explanation: You should normally travel in the left-hand lane unless you're overtaking a slower-moving vehicle. When you've finished overtaking, move back into the left-hand lane, but don't cut across in front of the vehicle that you've overtaken.
A Until the vehicle is insured and MOT'd
B Until the vehicle is repaired or modified
C Until the vehicle is taxed, sold or scrapped
D Until the vehicle is used on the road
Correct Answer: C Until the vehicle is taxed, sold or scrapped
Explanation: A SORN allows you to keep a vehicle off-road and untaxed. SORN will end when the vehicle is taxed, sold or scrapped.
A Your journey will be more hazardous
B Your journey will have fewer delays
C Your journey will take longer
D Your journey will use more fuel
Correct Answer: B Your journey will have fewer delays
Explanation: If possible, avoid the early morning, late afternoon and early evening 'rush hour'. Doing this should allow you to have a better journey, with fewer delays. This should help you to arrive at your destination feeling less stressed.
A Beware of pedestrians crossing ahead
B Beware of pedestrians: no footpath ahead
C Direction to an emergency pedestrian exit
D No access for pedestrians
Correct Answer: C Direction to an emergency pedestrian exit
Explanation: If you have to leave your vehicle and get out of a tunnel by an emergency exit, do so as quickly as you can. Follow the signs directing you to the nearest exit point. If there are several people using the exit, don't panic but try to leave in a calm and orderly manner.
A If you have to read a map
B If your mobile phone rings
C In an emergency or breakdown
D When you're tired and need a rest
Correct Answer: C In an emergency or breakdown
Explanation: You shouldn't normally stop on a motorway, but there may be occasions when you need to do so. If your vehicle breaks down or there's an emergency, stop on the hard shoulder and use the emergency telephones to call for assistance.
A 50 mph
B 60 mph
C 70 mph
D 80 mph
Correct Answer: C 70 mph
Explanation: The national speed limit for a car or motorcycle on a motorway is 70 mph. Lower speed limits may be in force; for example, at roadworks. Variable speed limits also operate in some areas when the motorway is very busy. Cars or motorcycles towing trailers are subject to a lower speed limit.
A Allow them space to turn
B Assume they're turning left
C Overtake them
D Sound your horn
Correct Answer: A Allow them space to turn
Explanation: Cycling in today's heavy traffic can be hazardous. Some cyclists may not feel safe crossing the path of traffic to take up a position in an outside lane. Be aware of this and understand that, although they're in the left-hand lane, the cyclist might be turning right.
A The pedestrian is a dog trainer
B The pedestrian is an older person
C The pedestrian is colour-blind
D The pedestrian is deaf
Correct Answer: D The pedestrian is deaf
Explanation: Dogs trained to help deaf people have a yellow or burgundy coat. If you see one, you should take extra care, as the pedestrian may not be aware of vehicles approaching.
A Areas with hatch markings
B Hazard warning lines
C Other drivers flashing their lights
D Variable message signs
Correct Answer: D Variable message signs
Explanation: Follow the instructions given by the signs or by tunnel officials. In congested tunnels, a minor incident can soon turn into a major one, with serious or even fatal results.
A Apply lotions to the injury
B Burst any blisters
C Douse the burns with clean, cool water
D Remove anything sticking to the burns
Correct Answer: C Douse the burns with clean, cool water
Explanation: Your priority is to cool the burns with clean, cool water. Its coolness will help take the heat out of the burns and relieve the pain. Keep the wound doused for at least 20 minutes. If blisters appear, don't attempt to burst them, as this could lead to infection.
A Removing it could let them get cold
B Removing it could make any injuries worse
C They might not want you to remove it
D You could scratch the helmet as you remove it
Correct Answer: B Removing it could make any injuries worse
Explanation: When someone is injured, any movement that isn't absolutely necessary should be avoided, since it could make the injuries worse. Unless it's essential to remove a motorcyclist's helmet, it's generally safer to leave it in place.
A Traffic speed will increase
B Traffic will move into the left-hand lane
C Traffic will move into the right-hand lane
D Traffic won't need to change position
Correct Answer: B Traffic will move into the left-hand lane
Explanation: Be courteous and allow the traffic to merge into the left-hand lane.
A Always keeping the headlights on
B Always keeping the interior light on
C Etching the registration number on the windows
D Fitting reflective glass windows
Correct Answer: C Etching the registration number on the windows
Explanation: Having your car registration number etched on all your windows is a cheap and effective way to deter professional car thieves.
A Change down one gear before you pass
B Keep close to them as you pass
C Leave them plenty of room as you pass
D Sound your horn as you pass
Correct Answer: C Leave them plenty of room as you pass
Explanation: Allow the cyclist plenty of room in case they wobble or swerve around a pothole or raised drain. Look well ahead before you start to overtake, because you'll need to cross the hazard line. Look for entrances where vehicles could be waiting to pull out.
A Accelerate past it immediately
B Flash your headlights and drive up close behind
C Slow down and be ready to stop
D Swerve past it and sound your horn
Correct Answer: C Slow down and be ready to stop
Explanation: Try to anticipate what other drivers might do. Look and plan ahead so that you're ready to respond safely if a hazard develops. Be tolerant of road users who make mistakes.
A The driver wants you to overtake
B The other car is going to change lanes
C There's a police speed check ahead
D Traffic ahead is slowing or stopping suddenly
Correct Answer: D Traffic ahead is slowing or stopping suddenly
Explanation: If the vehicle in front shows its hazard warning lights, there may be an incident, stopped traffic or queuing traffic ahead. By keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front, you're able to look beyond it and see any hazards well ahead.
A When warning oncoming traffic that you intend to stop
B When you're double-parked on a two-way road
C When your direction indicators aren't working
D When your vehicle has broken down and is causing an obstruction
Correct Answer: D When your vehicle has broken down and is causing an obstruction
Explanation: Hazard warning lights are an important safety feature and should be used if you've broken down and are causing an obstruction. Don't use them as an excuse to park illegally. You may also use them on motorways to warn traffic behind you of danger ahead.
A Avoid making a lot of short journeys
B Avoid using the cruise control
C Use the air conditioning whenever you drive
D Use the gears to slow the vehicle
Correct Answer: A Avoid making a lot of short journeys
Explanation: Avoid using your car for short journeys. On a short journey, the engine is unlikely to warm up fully and will therefore be running less efficiently. This will result in the car using more fuel and emitting higher levels of harmful emissions.
A Apply the parking brake to reduce the stopping distance
B Brake normally but grip the steering wheel tightly
C Brake promptly and firmly until you've stopped
D Keep pumping the footbrake to prevent skidding
Correct Answer: C Brake promptly and firmly until you've stopped
Explanation: If you have ABS and need to stop in an emergency, keep your foot firmly on the brake pedal until the vehicle has stopped. When the ABS operates, you may hear a grating sound and feel vibration through the brake pedal. This is normal and you should maintain pressure on the brake pedal until the vehicle stops.
A Brake sharply to a stop
B Set your mirror to dazzle the other driver
C Set your mirror to the anti-dazzle position
D Switch your rear lights on and off
Correct Answer: C Set your mirror to the anti-dazzle position
Explanation: The interior mirror of most vehicles can be set to an anti-dazzle position. You'll still be able to see the lights of the traffic behind you, but the dazzle will be greatly reduced.
A Be prepared to stop
B Continue on your way
C Wave to the person to cross
D Wave to the person to wait
Correct Answer: A Be prepared to stop
Explanation: You should slow down and be prepared to stop, as you would for an able-bodied person. Don't wave them across, as other traffic may not stop.
A Stand in front of your vehicle to warn oncoming drivers
B Stand in the lane behind your vehicle to warn others
C Stay in your vehicle and wait for the police
D Switch on hazard warning lights, then go and call for help
Correct Answer: D Switch on hazard warning lights, then go and call for help
Explanation: A broken-down vehicle in a tunnel can cause serious congestion and danger to other road users. If your vehicle breaks down, get help without delay. Switch on your hazard warning lights, then go to an emergency telephone to call for help.
A Increase in fuel consumption by about 15%
B Increase in journey times by about 15%
C Reduction in fuel consumption by about 15%
D Reduction in journey times by about 15%
Correct Answer: C Reduction in fuel consumption by about 15%
Explanation: By driving smoothly, you'll not only save about 15% of your fuel but will also reduce the amount of wear and tear on your vehicle and the level of pollution it produces. You're also likely to feel more relaxed and have a more pleasant journey.
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 an appropriate downward force on the tow ball. Information about the maximum permitted noseweight can be found in your vehicle handbook or obtained from your vehicle manufacturer's agent.
A Easier steering
B Improvement in control
C Increased fuel consumption
D Reduction in control
Correct Answer: D Reduction in control
Explanation: Coasting is the term used when the clutch is held down, or the gear lever is in neutral, and the vehicle is allowed to freewheel. This reduces the driver's control of the vehicle. When you coast, the engine can't drive the wheels to stabilise you through a corner, or give the assistance of engine braking to help slow the car.
A Cyclists can travel in both directions in that lane
B The lane must be used by motorcyclists in heavy traffic
C There's a reduced speed limit for motor vehicles using the lane
D You shouldn't drive in the lane unless it's unavoidable
Correct Answer: D You shouldn't drive in the lane unless it's unavoidable
Explanation: Cycle lanes are marked with either a solid or a broken white line. If the line is solid, you should check the times of operation shown on the signs, and not drive or park in the lane during those times. If the line is broken, you shouldn't drive or park in the lane unless it's unavoidable.