Mock Theory Test

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A Check road markings to see that U-turns are permitted
B Give an arm signal as well as using your indicators
C Look over your shoulder for a final check
D Select a higher gear than normal
Correct Answer: C Look over your shoulder for a final check
Explanation: If you have to make a U-turn, slow down and ensure that the road is clear in both directions. Make sure that the road is wide enough for you to carry out the manoeuvre safely. Use your mirrors and look round to check it's safe before turning across the road.
A Your engine will overheat
B Your mirrors will need adjusting
C Your satnav will be confused
D Your view of the road ahead will be restricted
Correct Answer: D Your view of the road ahead will be restricted
Explanation: Tailgating' is the term used when a driver or rider follows the vehicle in front too closely. It's dangerous because it restricts your view of the road ahead and leaves no safety margin if the vehicle in front needs to slow down or stop suddenly. Tailgating is often the underlying cause of rear-end collisions or multiple pile-ups.
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 Ambulance
B Doctor's car
C Fire engine
D Road gritter
Correct Answer: B Doctor's car
Explanation: A green flashing beacon on a vehicle means the driver or passenger is a doctor on an emergency call. Give way to them if it's safe to do so. Be aware that the vehicle may be travelling quickly or may stop in a hurry.
environmentally friendly tram
A It's powered by diesel
B It's powered by electricity
C It's powered by gravity
D It's powered by unleaded petrol
Correct Answer: B It's powered by electricity
Explanation: Trams are powered by electricity and therefore don't emit exhaust fumes. They ease traffic congestion by offering drivers an alternative to using their car, particularly in busy cities and towns.
A Continue at the same speed
B Drive through quickly
C Slow down and get ready to stop
D Sound the horn
Correct Answer: C Slow down and get ready to stop
Explanation: Look well ahead to see whether any hazards are developing. This will give you more time to deal with them in the correct way. The man in the picture is clearly intending to cross the road. You should be travelling at a speed that allows you to check your mirror, slow down and stop in good time. You shouldn't have to brake harshly.
A It helps them balance as they turn
B Motorcycles don't have mirrors
C To check for traffic in their blind area
D To listen for traffic behind them
Correct Answer: C To check for traffic in their blind area
Explanation: When you see a motorcyclist take a glance over their shoulder, they're probably about to change direction. Recognising a clue like this helps you to anticipate their next action. This can improve road safety for you and others.
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: In windy weather, watch out for motorcyclists and also cyclists, as they can be blown sideways into your path. When you pass them, leave plenty of room and check their position in your mirror before pulling back in.
A Follow the same course as the lorry
B Keep well back
C Overtake on the left
D Sound your horn
Correct Answer: B Keep well back
Explanation: At mini-roundabouts, there isn't much room for a long vehicle to manoeuvre. It will have to swing out wide so that it can complete the turn safely. Keep well back and don't try to move up alongside it.
A To get the best view of the road ahead
B To give yourself acceleration space if you decide to overtake
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.
A Bus and lorry drivers
B Car drivers and motorcyclists
C Cyclists and pedestrians
D Tram and train drivers
Correct Answer: C Cyclists and pedestrians
Explanation: Toucan crossings are similar to pelican crossings but there's no flashing amber phase. Cyclists share the crossing with pedestrians and are allowed to cycle across when the green cycle symbol is shown.
A Cycle in single file
B Cycle route ahead
C Cycles aren't allowed
D Cyclists must dismount
Correct Answer: B Cycle route ahead
Explanation: Where there's a cycle route ahead, a sign will show a bicycle in a red warning triangle. Watch out for children on bicycles and cyclists rejoining the main road.
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Triangular signs give you a warning of hazards ahead. They're there to give you time to prepare for the hazard; for example, by adjusting your speed.
A Entrance to tunnel
B Hump bridge
C Humps in the road
D Soft verges
Correct Answer: C Humps in the road
Explanation: These humps have been put in place to slow the traffic down. They're usually found in residential areas. Slow down to an appropriate speed.
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: If you're overtaking, make sure you move back safely into the left-hand lane before you reach the end of the dual carriageway.
A No through road
B T-junction
C Telephone box ahead
D Toilet ahead
Correct Answer: A No through road
Explanation: You won't be able to find a through route to another road. Use this road only for access.
A
B
C
D
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Ring roads are designed to relieve congestion in towns and city centres.
A It's a busy junction
B Speed on the major road is derestricted
C The junction is on a downhill gradient
D Visibility along the major road is restricted
Correct Answer: D Visibility along the major road is restricted
Explanation: Where emerging traffic has a very restricted view of the main road, you may find a 'stop' sign and a solid white stop line. You must stop at the line and then check carefully before you emerge.
A Continue ahead only
B Stop at the stop line
C Turn left only
D Turn right only
Correct Answer: B Stop at the stop line
Explanation: When a police officer or traffic warden is directing traffic, you must obey them. They'll use the arm signals shown in The Highway Code. Learn what these signals mean and obey them.
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.
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: You should know the speed limit for the road on which you're travelling and the vehicle that you're driving. The different speed limits are shown in The Highway Code.
A Keep a good distance from the vehicle ahead
B Stay close to the vehicle ahead to reduce queues
C Switch lanes to keep the traffic flowing
D Use dipped headlights
Correct Answer: A Keep a good distance from the vehicle ahead
Explanation: At roadworks, and especially where a contraflow system is operating, a speed restriction is likely to be in place. Keep to the lower speed limit and don't
  • switch lanes
  • get too close to the vehicle in front of you.
Be aware that there will be no permanent barrier between you and the oncoming traffic.
A Flash the headlights
B Select a higher gear
C Sound the horn
D Use the mirrors
Correct Answer: D Use the mirrors
Explanation: Before slowing down or stopping, check the mirrors to see what's happening behind you. Also assess what's ahead and make sure you give the correct signal if it will help other road users.
A It marks an area to be used by overtaking motorcyclists
B It separates the two sides of the dual carriageway
C It separates traffic flowing in opposite directions
D It's a temporary marking to warn of the roadworks
Correct Answer: C It separates traffic flowing in opposite directions
Explanation: Areas of 'hatched markings' such as these separate traffic streams that could be a danger to each other. They're often seen on bends or where the road becomes narrow. If the area is bordered by a solid white line, you mustn't enter it except in an emergency.
A Before restarting the engine after it has stalled
B Before using the 'Mirrors - Signal - Manoeuvre' routine
C When checking your gap from the vehicle in front
D When traffic lights change to green
Correct Answer: C When checking your gap from the vehicle in front
Explanation: In good conditions, the 'two-second rule' can be used to check the distance between your vehicle and the one in front. This technique works on roads carrying faster traffic. Choose a fixed object, such as a bridge, sign or tree. When the vehicle ahead passes this object, say to yourself 'Only a fool breaks the two-second rule.' If you reach the object before you finish saying this, you're too close.
A Approach with care and overtake on the left of the lorry
B Cautiously approach the lorry, then overtake on either side
C Follow the lorry until you can leave the motorway
D Use the right-hand lane and overtake the lorry normally
Correct Answer: A Approach with care and overtake on the left of the lorry
Explanation: This sign is found on slow-moving or stationary works vehicles. If you wish to overtake it, do so on the left, as indicated. Be aware that there might be workmen in the area.
A Follow them, flashing your headlights
B Gesture to them with your hand
C Shout abusive language
D Stop and take a break
Correct Answer: D Stop and take a break
Explanation: If you feel yourself becoming tense or upset, stop in a safe place and take a break. Tiredness can make things worse and may cause a different reaction to upsetting situations.
A Flash your headlights for the oncoming traffic to give way
B Follow it closely and keep moving out to see the road ahead
C Keep well back so that you get a good view of the road ahead
D Stay behind until the driver waves you past
Correct Answer: C Keep well back so that you get a good view of the road ahead
Explanation: When you're following a long vehicle, stay well back so that you can get a better view of the road ahead. The closer you get, the less you'll be able to see of the road. Be patient and don't take a gamble. Only overtake when you're certain that you can complete the manoeuvre safely.
A Stop even if the road is clear
B Stop only if a red light is showing
C Stop only if children are waiting to cross
D Stop only if traffic is approaching
Correct Answer: A Stop even if the road is clear
Explanation: 'Stop' signs are situated at junctions where visibility is restricted or where there's heavy traffic. They must be obeyed: you must stop. Look carefully before moving off.
A Alert drivers behind you
B Phone the signal operator
C Proceed with caution
D Wait
Correct Answer: D Wait
Explanation: You must always obey red flashing stop lights. If a train passes but the lights continue to flash, another train will be passing soon. Cross only when the lights go off and the barriers open.
A Check that they're breathing normally
B Move them to somewhere more comfortable
C Splash their face with cool water
D Take photographs of the scene
Correct Answer: A Check that they're breathing normally
Explanation: If a casualty is unconscious, you need to check that they're breathing normally. Look for chest movements, look and listen for breathing, and feel for breath on your cheek.
A Check whether they have any broken bones
B Check whether they have any bruising
C Check whether they're bleeding
D Check whether they're breathing normally
Correct Answer: D Check whether they're breathing normally
Explanation: At the scene of an incident, always be aware of danger from further collisions or fire. The first priority when dealing with an unconscious person is to ensure they can breathe. This may involve clearing their airway if you can see an obstruction or if they're having difficulty breathing.
A Allow the cyclist time and room
B Tap your horn and drive through first
C Try to move off before the cyclist
D Turn right but give the cyclist room
Correct Answer: A Allow the cyclist time and room
Explanation: Hold back and allow the cyclist to move off. Some junctions have special areas marked across the front of the traffic lane. These allow cyclists to wait for the lights to change and move off ahead of other traffic.
A A low bridge is ahead
B A staggered junction is ahead
C The road narrows ahead
D The road surface changes ahead
Correct Answer: B A staggered junction is ahead
Explanation: Traffic could be turning off or pulling out ahead of you, to the left or right. Vehicles turning left will be slowing down before the junction, and any vehicles turning right may have to stop to allow oncoming traffic to clear. Be prepared for this, as you might have to slow down or stop behind them.
A See your doctor each time before you drive
B Stop driving until you're fit to drive again
C Take all your medicines with you when you drive
D Take smaller doses of any medicines
Correct Answer: B Stop driving until you're fit to drive again
Explanation: Only drive if you're fit to do so. Driving when you're ill or taking some medicines can affect your concentration and judgement. It may also cause you to become drowsy or even fall asleep.
A Car drivers
B Children
C Cyclists
D Motorcyclists
Correct Answer: B Children
Explanation: It may not be possible to see a small child through the rear windscreen of your vehicle. Be aware of this before you reverse. If there are children about, get out and check that it's clear before reversing.
A Move out quickly, but be prepared to stop
B Sound your horn and pull out if there's no reply
C Stop, get out and look along the main road to check
D Stop, then move forward slowly until you have a clear view
Correct Answer: D Stop, then move forward slowly until you have a clear view
Explanation: If you want to turn right from a junction and your view is restricted, stop. Ease forward until you can see - something might be approaching. If you don't know, don't go.
Correct Answer: C 50 mph
Explanation: When you're towing a trailer, a reduced speed limit also applies on dual carriageways and motorways. These lower speed limits apply to vehicles pulling all sorts of trailers, including caravans and horse boxes.
A Drive with them on instead of your headlights
B Flash them to warn oncoming traffic that it's foggy
C Leave them on if other drivers have their lights on
D Switch them off as long as visibility remains good
Correct Answer: D Switch them off as long as visibility remains good
Explanation: Switch off your fog lights if the weather improves, but be prepared to use them again if visibility reduces to less than 100 metres (328 feet).
A The engine noise will increase
B The engine will stall
C The steering will feel very heavy
D The steering will feel very light
Correct Answer: D The steering will feel very light
Explanation: If you drive at speed in very wet conditions, your steering may suddenly feel lighter than usual. This means that the tyres have lifted off the surface of the road and are floating on the surface of the water. This is known as aquaplaning. Reduce speed but don't brake until your steering returns to normal.
A There are no footpaths
B There are roadworks ahead of you
C There are solid white lines on either side
D There's a broken white line in the centre
Correct Answer: B There are roadworks ahead of you
Explanation: Look well ahead and read any road signs as you drive. They're there to inform you of what's ahead. In this case, you may need to slow down and change direction. Check your mirrors so you know what's happening around you before you change speed or direction.
A Use front fog lights
B Use only your sidelights
C Use rear fog lights
D Use your headlights
Correct Answer: D Use your headlights
Explanation: If you're driving on a motorway at night or in poor visibility, you must always use your headlights, even if the road is well lit. Other road users must be able to see you, but you should avoid causing dazzle.
A As soon as the vehicle passes you
B Before the vehicle starts to pass you
C Only if the other driver dips their headlights
D Some time after the vehicle has passed you
Correct Answer: A As soon as the vehicle passes you
Explanation: On main beam, your lights could dazzle the driver in front. Dip your headlights as soon as the driver passes you and drop back so that the dipped beam falls short of the vehicle in front.
A Outside its hours of operation
B To get to the front of a traffic queue
C To overtake slow-moving traffic
D You may not use it at any time
Correct Answer: A Outside its hours of operation
Explanation: Some bus lanes operate only during peak hours and other vehicles may use them outside these hours. Make sure you check the sign for the hours of operation before driving in a bus lane.
A It will divert your attention
B It will improve your safety
C It will increase your concentration
D It will reduce your view
Correct Answer: A It will divert your attention
Explanation: Talking to someone while you're driving can distract you and, unlike when someone is in the car with you, the person on the other end of a mobile phone is unable to see the traffic situations you're dealing with. They won't stop speaking to you even if you're approaching a hazardous situation. You need to concentrate on your driving at all times.
A Park near a fire station
B Park near a taxi rank
C Place any valuables on the floor
D Take all valuables with you
Correct Answer: D Take all valuables with you
Explanation: When leaving your car, take all valuables with you if you can. Otherwise, lock them out of sight.
A Check your location from the nearest marker posts beside the hard shoulder
B Phone a friend and ask them to come and collect you
C Stand at the rear of the vehicle while making the call
D Wait in the car for the emergency services to arrive
Correct Answer: A Check your location from the nearest marker posts beside the hard shoulder
Explanation: You should use an emergency telephone when you break down on the motorway; only use your mobile if this isn't possible. The emergency services need to know your exact location so they can reach you as quickly as possible. Look for a number on the nearest marker post beside the hard shoulder. Give this number when you call the emergency services.
A Ask someone to stop the traffic
B Carry out a U-turn
C Drive into a side road and reverse out into the main road
D Turn around in a quiet side road
Correct Answer: D Turn around in a quiet side road
Explanation: Make sure you carry out the manoeuvre without causing a hazard to other vehicles. Choose a place to turn that's safe and considers other road users.
A Choose a voice that you find calming
B Only set the destination when you're lost
C Set it before starting your journey
D Turn it off while you're driving in built-up areas
Correct Answer: C Set it before starting your journey
Explanation: Satnavs can be useful when driving on unfamiliar routes. However, they can also distract you and cause you to lose control if you look at or adjust them while you're driving. Set the satnav before starting your journey, or pull up in a safe place before making any changes to it.
Correct Answer: B 1.6 mm
Explanation: Trailers and caravans may be left in storage over the winter months, and tyres can deteriorate. It's important to check their tread depth and also their pressures and general condition. The legal tread depth of 1.6 mm applies to the central three-quarters of a tyre's breadth, over its entire circumference.