Mock Motorcycle Theory Test 8

This motorcycle theory test lasts 57 minutes. You must answer 50 questions. To pass the test, you must score 43 out of 50. You may check your answer after each question by clicking 'check answer'. Alternatively, you can wait until the end of the test to review your answers and final score. Best of luck!

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A Give way to the elderly and infirm only
B Slow down and prepare to stop
C Use your headlights to signal them to 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 out for people waiting to cross and be ready to stop. Some pedestrians may be a little slow to understand that it's safe to cross, so give them time. Be patient and don't rev your engine or surge forward before the crossing is clear.
A Consider whether your journey is essential
B Have a hot drink and a meal
C Plan a route avoiding towns
D Try to avoid taking a passenger
Correct Answer: A Consider whether your journey is essential
Explanation: Don't ride in snowy or icy conditions unless your journey is essential. If you must go out, try to keep to main roads, which are more likely to be treated and clear.
A So drivers behind can see you
B So wind from the lorry won't slow you down
C So you don't breathe in the lorry's exhaust fumes
D So your view ahead isn't obstructed
Correct Answer: D So your view ahead isn't obstructed
Explanation: If you follow a large vehicle too closely, your view beyond it will be restricted. Drop back. This will help you to see more of the road ahead. It will also help the driver of the large vehicle to see you in their mirrors and will give you a safe separation distance if the lorry needs to stop suddenly.
4. What can cause skidding? Mark one answer
A Braking too gently
B Braking too hard
C Feathering the throttle
D Staying upright when cornering
Correct Answer: B Braking too hard
Explanation: To keep control of your motorcycle and prevent skidding, you should plan well ahead and avoid late, harsh braking. Try to avoid braking while changing direction, as the tyres may not have enough grip to cope with both together. Always consider how the road and weather conditions may affect your tyres' grip.
A Close to the kerb
B In the centre of your lane
C Near the centre of the road
D On the right of your lane
Correct Answer: B In the centre of your lane
Explanation: When you're riding a motorcycle, it's very important to ride where other road users can see you. In normal weather, you should ride in the centre of your lane. This will help you avoid uneven road surfaces in the gutter, and allow others to overtake on the right if they wish.
A Go to a dealer for an oil change
B Go to the nearest garage to ask their advice
C Ride slowly for a few miles to see if the light goes out
D Stop as soon as possible and try to find the cause
Correct Answer: D Stop as soon as possible and try to find the cause
Explanation: If the oil-pressure warning light comes on when the engine is running, pull over as soon as you can, stop the engine and investigate the cause; if you don't, you risk serious engine damage.
A Using dipped-beam headlights
B Wearing non-reflective dark clothing
C Wearing tinted glasses or a tinted visor
D With main-beam headlights on at all times
Correct Answer: A Using dipped-beam headlights
Explanation: If there's other traffic on the road at night, use your headlights on dipped beam. Only switch to main beam when you won't dazzle other road users. At night, don't wear tinted glasses or contact lenses, or use a tinted visor, because these make it more difficult to see the road ahead.
A It will have lower exhaust emissions
B It will increase your insurance premiums
C It will reduce your journey times
D It will use much more fuel
Correct Answer: A It will have lower exhaust emissions
Explanation: A badly maintained engine will emit more exhaust fumes than one that's correctly serviced. This is damaging to the environment. The engine will also use more fuel.
A Cyclists may be using the bus stop
B It's illegal to ride over bus stops
C Only emergency vehicles may drive over bus stops
D The painted lines may be slippery
Correct Answer: D The painted lines may be slippery
Explanation: Painted lines and road markings can be very slippery, especially for motorcyclists. Try to avoid them if you can do so safely.
A In any lane
B In the left-hand lane
C In the middle lane
D On the hard shoulder
Correct Answer: B In the left-hand lane
Explanation: You'll see the first advance direction sign one mile from a motorway exit. If you're travelling at 60 mph, you'll only have about 50 seconds before you reach the countdown markers. There'll be another sign at the half-mile point. Move to the left-hand lane in good time. Don't cut across traffic at the last moment and don't risk missing your exit.
A The name of your vehicle insurance company
B The number of the telephone you're using
C The number on your driving licence
D The route you were taking before the breakdown
Correct Answer: B The number of the telephone you're using
Explanation: Have information about your motorcycle and the number of the phone you're using ready before you call from an emergency telephone. For your own safety, face the traffic during the call.
A It will cause excessive chain wear
B The motorcycle will be difficult to control
C Your motorcycle will be harder to ride uphill
D Your motorcycle won't accelerate so quickly
Correct Answer: B The motorcycle will be difficult to control
Explanation: As well as making your motorcycle difficult to control, the leaking oil could find its way onto your tyres and brakes. This could result in a loss of control, putting you and other road users in danger.
A Check regularly to see if it gets any worse
B Reduce the tyre pressure before you ride
C Repair the cut before riding the motorcycle
D Replace the tyre before riding the motorcycle
Correct Answer: D Replace the tyre before riding the motorcycle
Explanation: A cut in the sidewall can be very dangerous. The tyre is in danger of blowing out if you ride the motorcycle in this condition.
A Cover will only be given for riding smaller motorcycles
B The amount of excess you pay will be reduced
C You'll only be able to get third-party cover
D Your insurance may become invalid
Correct Answer: D Your insurance may become invalid
Explanation: Riding while under the influence of drink or drugs can invalidate your insurance. It also endangers yourself and others. The risk isn't worth taking.
A To avoid damage to the indicator relay
B To avoid dazzling other road users
C To avoid flattening the battery
D To avoid misleading other road users
Correct Answer: D To avoid misleading other road users
Explanation: Always check that you've cancelled your indicators after turning. Failing to cancel your indicators could lead to a serious or even fatal collision. Other road users might pull out in front of you if they think you're going to turn off before you reach them.
A Carburettor
B Fuel tap
C Seating position
D Tyre pressures
Correct Answer: D Tyre pressures
Explanation: Take care if you're carrying a heavy load on your motorcycle. Try to carry the weight as low down as possible - ideally in panniers, with the weight evenly spread on each side. You may need to adjust your tyre pressures, your headlight aim and your rear shock-absorber preload setting.
A A final rearward glance
B A reflective jacket
C An approved safety helmet
D The two-second rule
Correct Answer: A A final rearward glance
Explanation: There are areas behind and to either side of you that aren't visible in your mirrors. These are known as blind spots. Just before turning or changing direction, you should look around to check that there's nothing hazardous in the blind spot. This check is known as a 'lifesaver'.
A Move into neutral
B Put both feet down
C Select first gear
D Use your mirrors
Correct Answer: D Use your mirrors
Explanation: Check your mirrors before slowing down or stopping, as there could be vehicles close behind you. If necessary, turn and look behind before stopping.
A Release both brakes together
B Release the front brake only
C Release the front brake, then the rear brake
D Release the rear brake only
Correct Answer: A Release both brakes together
Explanation: Braking too hard will cause a skid. Release the brakes immediately to allow the wheels to turn, then reapply them as firmly as the road surface and conditions will allow.
Correct Answer: D 50 cc
Explanation: Riders of motorcycles with an engine smaller than 50 cc aren't allowed to use motorways, due to their restricted speed. They may cause a hazard - both for the rider and for drivers of other vehicles.
A Emergency items
B Heavy items
C Lightweight items
D Personal items
Correct Answer: C Lightweight items
Explanation: Carrying a heavy weight high up and at the very back of the motorcycle can cause problems in maintaining control, particularly when riding at speed. If you have heavy items to carry, it's better to carry them in panniers and keep the weight roughly the same on either side.
A Give arm signals
B Ride in the centre of the road
C Wear a tinted visor
D Wear reflective clothing
Correct Answer: D Wear reflective clothing
Explanation: At night, you should wear clothing with reflective material, to help other road users to see you. If your jacket doesn't have reflective patches, you could wear garments that do, such as
  • a hi-visibility vest or tabard
  • a reflective belt.
Also use your headlights on dipped or main beam, as appropriate.
A Another vehicle may be coming
B It's safer for you to carry on
C They may not be looking
D They may not be ready to cross
Correct Answer: A Another vehicle may be coming
Explanation: If people are waiting to use a pedestrian crossing, slow down and be prepared to stop. Don't wave them across the road, because another driver may not have seen them, may not have seen your signal, and may not be able to stop safely.
A Accelerate hard to get away from it
B Brake harshly and stop well out into the road
C Maintain your speed and course
D Pull over as soon as it's safe to do so
Correct Answer: D Pull over as soon as it's safe to do so
Explanation: Pull over in a place where the ambulance can pass safely. Check that there are no bollards or obstructions in the road that will prevent it from passing.
A To alert others to your presence
B To allow you right of way
C To greet other road users
D To signal your annoyance
Correct Answer: A To alert others to your presence
Explanation: Your horn mustn't be used between 11.30 pm and 7 am in a built-up area or when you're stationary, unless a moving vehicle poses a danger. Its function is to alert other road users to your presence.
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.
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Always check the road signs. Triangular signs are warning signs: they inform you about hazards ahead and help you to anticipate any problems. There are a number of different signs showing pedestrians. Learn the meaning of each one.
A Be patient and allow them to cross in their own time
B Rev the engine to let them know that you're waiting
C Tap the horn in case they're hard of hearing
D Wave them across so they know that you've seen them
Correct Answer: A Be patient and allow them to cross in their own time
Explanation: Be aware that older people might take a long time to cross the road. They might also be hard of hearing and not hear you approaching. Don't hurry older people across the road by getting too close to them or revving your engine.
A To get the best view of the road ahead
B To give acceleration space to overtake quickly on blind bends
C To leave a gap in case the vehicle stops and rolls back
D To offer other drivers a safe gap if they want to overtake you
Correct Answer: A To get the best view of the road ahead
Explanation: When following a large vehicle, keep well back. If you're too close, you won't be able to see the road ahead and the driver of the long vehicle might not be able to see you in their mirrors.
Correct Answer: D 70 mph
Explanation: Make sure that you know the speed limit for the road that you're on. The speed limit on a dual carriageway or motorway is 70 mph for cars and motorcycles, unless signs indicate otherwise. The speed limits for different types of vehicle are listed in The Highway Code.
A When you have your sidelights on
B When you're in a one-way street
C When you're more than 10 metres (32 feet) from a junction
D When you're under a lamppost
Correct Answer: B When you're in a one-way street
Explanation: Red rear reflectors show up when headlights shine on them. These are useful when you're parked at night, but they'll only reflect if you park in the same direction as the traffic flow. Normally you should park on the left, but in a one-way street you may also park on the right-hand side.
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 hit the kerb. If you're following a long vehicle, stay well back and give it plenty of room.
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 Parking for buses only
B Parking for trams only
C Route for buses only
D Route for trams only
Correct Answer: D Route for trams only
Explanation: Avoid blocking tram routes. Trams are fixed on their route and can't manoeuvre around other vehicles or pedestrians. Modern trams travel quickly and are quiet, so you might not hear them approaching.
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 Bus lane ahead
B End of two-way road
C Give priority to vehicles coming towards you
D You have priority over vehicles coming towards you
Correct Answer: D You have priority over vehicles coming towards you
Explanation: Don't force your way through. Show courtesy and consideration to other road users. Although you have priority, make sure oncoming traffic is going to give way before you continue.
A Adverse camber
B Steep hill downwards
C Steep hill upwards
D Uneven road
Correct Answer: B Steep hill downwards
Explanation: This sign gives you an early warning that the road ahead will slope downhill. Prepare to alter your speed and gear. Looking at the sign from left to right will show you whether the road slopes uphill or downhill.
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: At some junctions, there may be separate signals for different lanes. These are called 'filter' lights. They're designed to help traffic flow at major junctions. Make sure that you're in the correct lane and proceed if the way is clear and the green light shows for your lane.
A The driver intends to turn left
B The driver intends to turn right
C The driver is slowing down
D The driver wishes to overtake
Correct Answer: A The driver intends to turn left
Explanation: There might be an occasion where another driver uses an arm signal. This may be because the vehicle's indicators are obscured by other traffic. In order for such signals to be effective, all drivers should know their meaning. Be aware that the 'left turn' signal might look similar to the 'slowing down' signal.
A Increase your speed to clear the area quickly
B Keep up your speed and sound the horn
C Reduce speed until you're clear of the area
D Wait at the lights until they change to green
Correct Answer: C Reduce speed until you're clear of the area
Explanation: The flashing amber lights are switched on to warn you that children may be crossing near a school. Slow down and take extra care, as you may have to stop.
Correct Answer: C Red
Explanation: Be especially careful if you're on a motorway in fog. Reflective studs are there to help you in poor visibility. Different colours are used so that you'll know which lane you're in. These are
  • red on the left-hand edge of the carriageway
  • white between lanes
  • amber on the right-hand edge of the carriageway
  • green between the carriageway and slip roads

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 across the road, 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 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 Quayside or river bank
B Road liable to flooding
C Steep hill downwards
D Uneven road surface
Correct Answer: A Quayside or river bank
Explanation: You should be careful in these locations, as the road surface is likely to be wet and slippery. There may be a steep drop to the water, and there may not be a barrier along the edge of the road.
A Contraflow cycle lane
B Cycles and buses only
C No cycles or buses
D With-flow cycle lane
Correct Answer: D With-flow cycle lane
Explanation: Usually, a picture of a cycle will also be painted on the road, and sometimes the lane will have a different coloured surface. Leave these areas clear for cyclists and don't pass too closely when you overtake.
A Leave the motorway at the next exit
B Move to the left and reduce your speed to 50 mph
C There are roadworks 50 metres (55 yards) ahead
D Use the hard shoulder until you've passed the hazard
Correct Answer: B Move to the left and reduce your speed to 50 mph
Explanation: You must obey these signs even if there appear to be no problems ahead. There could be queuing traffic or another hazard which you can't yet see.
A You'll travel a much shorter distance
B You're less likely to be delayed
C You're more likely to be held up
D Your journey time will be longer
Correct Answer: B You're less likely to be delayed
Explanation: If possible, avoid the early morning, late afternoon and early evening 'rush hour'. Doing this should allow you to travel in a more relaxed frame of mind, concentrate solely on what you're doing and arrive at your destination feeling less stressed.
A Leave at the next exit
B Pull onto the hard shoulder
C Slow down and watch for further signals
D Stop and wait
Correct Answer: D Stop and wait
Explanation: Red flashing lights above all lanes mean you must stop and wait. You'll also see a red cross lit up. Don't change lanes, don't continue and don't pull onto the hard shoulder (unless in an emergency).
A Catch up with the lorry and try to get the driver's attention
B Go to the next emergency telephone and report the hazard
C Pull over to the hard shoulder, then remove the box
D Stop close to the box until the police arrive
Correct Answer: B Go to the next emergency telephone and report the hazard
Explanation: Lorry drivers can be unaware of objects falling from their vehicles. If you see something fall onto a motorway, look to see if the driver pulls over. If they don't stop, don't attempt to retrieve the object yourself. Pull onto the hard shoulder near an emergency telephone and report the hazard.