Motorbike Theory Test Practice

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 Close behind the vehicle, to make it easier to overtake
B Close to the vehicle, to keep out of the wind
C To the left of the road, to make it easier to be seen
D Well back, so that you can see past the vehicle
Correct Answer: D Well back, so that you can see past the vehicle
Explanation: You need to be able to see well down the road and be ready for any hazards. Staying too close to the vehicle will reduce your view of the road ahead and the driver of the vehicle in front may not be able to see you either. Without a safe separation gap, you don't have the time and space you need to react to any hazards.
A To be seen better at night
B To be seen better in daylight
C To protect them from direct sunlight
D To protect them from the cold
Correct Answer: A To be seen better at night
Explanation: Fluorescent clothing will help others to see you during the day. At night, however, you should wear clothing that reflects the light. This allows other road users to see you more easily in their headlights. Ask your local motorcycle dealer about fluorescent and reflective clothing.
A At all times
B Just on long journeys
C Only during bad weather
D Only on faster, open roads
Correct Answer: A At all times
Explanation: Protective clothing is designed to protect you from the cold and wet. It also gives you some protection from injury, so it's important that you always wear protective clothing when you ride.
A Keep close to the centre of the road
B Keep close to the vehicle in front
C Keep the vehicle in front in view
D Keep your visor or goggles clear
Correct Answer: D Keep your visor or goggles clear
Explanation: You must use your dipped headlights when visibility is seriously reduced. In fog, a film of mist can form over the outside of your visor or goggles. This can further reduce your ability to see. Be aware of this hazard and keep your visor or goggles clear; anti-mist sprays can help.
A They can brake very quickly
B They can't steer to avoid you
C They give off harmful exhaust fumes
D They're noisy and slow
Correct Answer: B They can't steer to avoid you
Explanation: Electric trams run on rails and can't deviate from the tracks. Keep a lookout for trams, as they move very quietly and can appear suddenly. Be particularly careful when crossing the rails - they can be very slippery, especially when wet.
A The rider may be blown across in front of you
B The rider may be travelling faster than normal
C The rider may stop suddenly
D The rider may turn off suddenly to get out of the wind
Correct Answer: A The rider may be blown across in front of you
Explanation: On a windy day, be aware that the blustery conditions might blow you or other motorcyclists out of position. Think about this before deciding to overtake.
A A broken clutch cable
B Incorrectly adjusted brakes
C Tyre pressure is too high
D Worn steering-head bearings
Correct Answer: D Worn steering-head bearings
Explanation: Worn bearings in the steering head can make your motorcycle very difficult to control. They should be checked for wear or correct adjustment and replaced if necessary.
A Rely on CCTV cameras seeing you
B Remain on your motorcycle
C Switch on hazard warning lights
D Wait for the police to find you
Correct Answer: C Switch on hazard warning lights
Explanation: If your motorcycle breaks down in a tunnel, it could present a danger to other traffic. First switch on your hazard warning lights and then call for help from an emergency telephone point. Don't rely on being found by the police or being seen by a CCTV camera.
A Engine
B Fairing
C Number plate
D Wheels
Correct Answer: C Number plate
Explanation: Maintenance is a vital part of road safety. Lights, indicators, reflectors and number plates must be kept clean and clear.
A Taking 'lifesavers
B The painted area
C Turning right
D Using signals
Correct Answer: B The painted area
Explanation: Avoid riding over the painted area of a mini-roundabout, as this can become very slippery - especially when wet. At any given moment, only a small part of a motorcycle tyre makes contact with the road, so any reduction in grip can seriously affect stability.
A A soft road surface
B Banks of fog
C Mud on the road
D Roadworks ahead
Correct Answer: A A soft road surface
Explanation: In very hot weather, the road surface can become soft and may melt. Take care when braking and cornering on soft tarmac, as this can lead to reduced grip and cause skidding.
A Continually use your horn as a warning
B Ride with your hazard warning lights on
C Stand up on the footrests for a good view ahead
D Watch for vehicles emerging from side roads
Correct Answer: D Watch for vehicles emerging from side roads
Explanation: Other road users may not expect or look for motorcycles filtering through slow-moving or stationary traffic. Your view will be reduced by the vehicles around you. Watch out for pedestrians walking between the vehicles, vehicles suddenly changing direction and vehicles turning into or out of side roads.
A Display a 'long vehicle' sign on the back of the trailer
B Fit a larger battery to your motorcycle
C Hold a full motorcycle licence
D Use a motorcycle that has shaft drive
Correct Answer: C Hold a full motorcycle licence
Explanation: You may not ride a motorcycle towing a trailer if you only hold a provisional motorcycle licence. When you tow a trailer, you need to be aware that lower speed limits apply and the trailer must be no more than 1 metre wide. The trailer's laden weight should be no more than 150 kg or two-thirds of the kerbside weight of the motorcycle - whichever is less.
A If the battery is flat
B Not on any occasion
C When in a 20 mph zone
D When parking for less than five minutes
Correct Answer: B Not on any occasion
Explanation: When you leave your motorcycle parked and unattended on a road, switch off the engine, use the steering lock and remove the ignition key. Also take any tank bags, panniers or loose luggage with you, set the alarm if the motorcycle has one, and use an additional lock and chain, or cable lock.
A Cancel the left signal
B Signal to the right
C Take a lifesaver glance over your left shoulder
D Take a lifesaver glance over your right shoulder
Correct Answer: C Take a lifesaver glance over your left shoulder
Explanation: Before you change lane you need to know whether it's safe to do so. A lifesaver glance in the direction you want to move will allow you to check your mirrors' blind spots. Your life could depend on knowing where other vehicles are.
A When you're accelerating
B When you're braking
C When you're cornering
D When you're going uphill
Correct Answer: C When you're cornering
Explanation: Cornering with the side stand down could lead to a serious crash. Many motorcycles have a device that stops the engine if you try to ride off with the side stand down, but don't rely on this.
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 not wait or park your motorcycle here
D You must stay with your motorcycle if you park here
Correct Answer: C You must not wait or park your motorcycle here
Explanation: Parking here will block the view of the road, endangering the lives of children crossing the road on their way to and from school.
A Answer it immediately
B Ignore it
C Pull up at the nearest kerb
D Stop immediately
Correct Answer: B Ignore it
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 ignore it. When you've stopped in a safe place, you can see who called and return the call if necessary.
A Moving off on a hill
B Passing pedal cyclists
C Turning into a narrow road
D Using the brakes
Correct Answer: B Passing pedal cyclists
Explanation: Always give cyclists plenty of room when overtaking them. You need to give them even more room when it's windy. A sudden gust could easily blow them off course and into your path.
A One-way street
B Parked vehicles
C Pedestrians
D Traffic congestion
Correct Answer: C Pedestrians
Explanation: Make sure that you've reduced your speed and are in the correct gear for the turn. Look into the road before you turn and always give way to any pedestrians who are crossing.
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 Bicycle
B Lorry
C Road-sweeping vehicle
D Tractor
Correct Answer: A Bicycle
Explanation: Don't pass cyclists too closely, as they may
  • need to veer around a pothole or other obstacle
  • be buffeted by side wind
  • be made unsteady by your vehicle.
Always leave as much room as you would for a car, and don't cut in front of them.
A Along the hard shoulder
B Before a junction
C Before a service area
D On a steep gradient
Correct Answer: D On a steep gradient
Explanation: Large, slow-moving vehicles can hinder the progress of other traffic. On a steep gradient, an extra crawler lane may be provided for slow-moving vehicles to allow faster-moving traffic to flow more easily.
Correct Answer: B Green
Explanation: The studs between the carriageway and the hard shoulder are normally red. These change to green where there's a slip road, helping you to identify slip roads when visibility is poor or when it's dark.
A National speed limit
B No entry
C School crossing patrol
D Waiting restrictions
Correct Answer: D Waiting restrictions
Explanation: This sign indicates that there are waiting restrictions. It's normally accompanied by details of when the restrictions are in force. Details of most signs in common use are shown in The Highway Code. For more comprehensive coverage, see Know Your Traffic Signs.
A Clearway (no stopping)
B National speed limit applies
C Waiting permitted
D Waiting restrictions apply
Correct Answer: D Waiting restrictions apply
Explanation: There'll be a plate or additional sign to tell you when the restrictions apply.
A National speed limit applies
B No entry
C No stopping
D Waiting restrictions apply
Correct Answer: C No stopping
Explanation: Clearways are stretches of road where you aren't allowed to stop unless it's an emergency. Stopping where these restrictions apply may be dangerous and is likely to cause an obstruction. Restrictions might apply for several miles and this may be indicated on the sign.
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 Beware of trains
B Beware of trams
C Level crossing
D Tourist attraction
Correct Answer: D Tourist attraction
Explanation: These signs indicate places of interest and are designed to guide you by the easiest route. They're particularly useful when you're unfamiliar with the area.
A The distance to the nearest town
B The number of the next junction
C The route number of the road
D The speed limit on the slip road
Correct Answer: B The number of the next junction
Explanation: Before you set out on your journey, use a road map to plan your route. When you see an advance warning of your junction, make sure you get into the correct lane in plenty of time. Last-minute harsh braking and cutting across lanes at speed is extremely hazardous.
A End of bus lane
B End of motorway
C No motor vehicles
D No through road
Correct Answer: B End of motorway
Explanation: When you leave the motorway, make sure that you check your speedometer. You may be going faster than you realise. Slow down and look for speed-limit signs.
32. What is a cover note? Mark one answer
A A document issued before you receive your MOT certificate
B A document issued before you receive your driving licence
C A document issued before you receive your insurance certificate
D A document issued before you receive your registration document
Correct Answer: C A document issued before you receive your insurance certificate
Explanation: Sometimes an insurance company will issue a temporary insurance certificate called a cover note. It gives you the same insurance cover as your certificate but lasts for a limited period, usually one month.
A Overtake the moped before the junction
B Pull alongside the moped and stay level until just before the junction
C Sound your horn as a warning and pull in front of the moped
D Stay behind until the moped has passed the junction
Correct Answer: D Stay behind until the moped has passed the junction
Explanation: Passing the moped and turning into the junction could mean that you cut across the front of the rider. This might force them to slow down, stop or even lose control. Stay behind the moped until it has passed the junction and then you can turn without affecting the rider.
A Advised separation distance
B Advisory maximum speed limit
C Compulsory maximum speed limit
D Compulsory minimum speed limit
Correct Answer: C Compulsory maximum speed limit
Explanation: The sign gives you an early warning of a speed restriction. If you're travelling at a higher speed, slow down in good time. You could come across queuing traffic due to roadworks or a temporary obstruction.
A Children may run out from between the vehicles
B So that oncoming traffic can see you more clearly
C There may be delivery lorries on the street
D You may set off car alarms
Correct Answer: A Children may run out from between the vehicles
Explanation: Travel slowly and carefully near parked vehicles. Beware of
  • vehicles pulling out, especially bicycles and motorcycles
  • pedestrians, especially children, who may run out from between cars
  • drivers opening their doors

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: Doing this 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 an oncoming vehicle that may have drifted over the centre line while taking the bend.
A The vehicle belongs to a school crossing patrol
B The vehicle has broken down
C The vehicle is a doctor's car
D The vehicle is slow moving
Correct Answer: D The vehicle is slow moving
Explanation: Different coloured beacons warn of different types of vehicle needing special attention. Blue beacons are used on emergency vehicles that need priority. Green beacons are found on doctors' cars. Amber beacons generally denote slower moving vehicles, which are often large. These vehicles are usually involved in road maintenance or local amenities and make frequent stops.
A The exhaust emissions
B The fuel consumption
C The suspension
D The tyre grip
Correct Answer: D The tyre grip
Explanation: If the road surface becomes very hot, it can soften. Tyres are unable to grip a soft surface as well as they can a firm dry one. Take care when cornering and braking.
A At a reduced speed
B At the speed limit
C In the centre of the road
D With headlights on dipped beam
Correct Answer: A At a reduced speed
Explanation: Traffic-calming measures such as road humps, chicanes and narrowings are intended to slow drivers down to protect vulnerable road users. Don't speed up until you reach the end of the traffic-calmed zone.
A There would be a different surface texture
B There would be metal studs around it
C There would be yellow hatch markings around it
D There would be zigzag markings alongside it
Correct Answer: A There would be a different surface texture
Explanation: Trams may run on roads used by other vehicles and pedestrians. The section of road used by trams is known as the reserved area and should be kept clear. It usually has a different surface, edged with white lane markings.
A Keep in the left-hand lane
B Position your vehicle in the centre lane
C Re-adjust your mirrors
D Try to overtake
Correct Answer: A Keep in the left-hand lane
Explanation: Stay in the left-hand lane long enough to get used to the higher speeds of motorway traffic before considering overtaking.
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.
Correct Answer: C 60 mph
Explanation: Exceeding the speed limit is dangerous and can result in you receiving penalty points on your licence. It isn't worth it. You should know the speed limit for the road that you're on by observing the road signs. Different speed limits apply if you're towing a trailer.
A Park facing the traffic
B Park near a street light
C Park with dipped headlights on
D Park with parking lights on
Correct Answer: D Park with parking lights 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 Cycle parking only
B Cycle route ahead
C End of cycle route
D No cycling
Correct Answer: B Cycle route ahead
Explanation: With people's concern today for the environment, cycle routes are being extended in our towns and cities. Respect the presence of cyclists on the road and give them plenty of room if you need to pass.
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 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 It will ease the pain
B It will help them to be seen more easily
C It will help to reduce the blood flow
D To stop them touching other people
Correct Answer: C It will help to reduce the blood flow
Explanation: If a casualty is bleeding heavily, raise the limb to a higher position. This will help to reduce the blood flow. Before raising the limb, you should make sure that it isn't broken.
A By always staying close to the vehicle in front
B By never going over 40 mph
C By staying in the left-hand lane on all roads
D By taking further training
Correct Answer: D By taking further training
Explanation: New drivers and riders are often involved in a collision or incident early in their driving career. Due to a lack of experience, they may not react to hazards appropriately. Approved training courses are offered by driver and rider training schools for people who have passed their test but want extra training.
A Keep their head tilted forwards as far as possible
B Raise their legs to help with circulation
C Remove anything that's blocking their airway
D Try to give them something to drink
Correct Answer: C Remove anything that's blocking their airway
Explanation: Unblocking the casualty's airway and gently tilting their head back will help them to breathe. They'll then be in the correct position if mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is required. Don't move a casualty unless there's further danger.