PCV Theory Test: Traffic Signs

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A End of clearway
B End of cycle route
C End of restricted parking area
D End of restricted speed area
Correct Answer: C End of restricted parking area
Explanation: Even though there are no restrictions, make sure that you park where you won't cause an obstruction or endanger other road users.
A
B
C
D
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Stopping where you see this sign is likely to cause an obstruction, which could lead to traffic delays. Obeying the sign will help keep the traffic flowing.
A Give way to traffic from the opposite direction
B Two-way traffic ahead
C You have priority over vehicles from the opposite direction
D You're entering a one-way street
Correct Answer: C You have priority over vehicles from the opposite direction
Explanation: You have priority over vehicles from the opposite direction. However, if a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction isn't going to stop, you should slow down and give way to avoid confrontation or an incident.
A Crossroads
B Give way
C Stop
D Turn right
Correct Answer: C Stop
Explanation: The 'Stop' sign is the only sign in the shape of a hexagon. This helps you to recognise it even when the wording can't be seen.
A Lay-by 30 miles ahead
B Maximum speed 30 mph
C Minimum speed 30 mph
D Service area 30 miles ahead
Correct Answer: C Minimum speed 30 mph
Explanation: This sign is shown where slow-moving vehicles would block the flow of traffic. However, if you need to slow down to avoid an incident, you should do so.
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: This sign gives a clear instruction. You should prepare to negotiate a left-hand turn.
A Give way to buses
B Give way to trams
C Route for buses
D Route for trams
Correct Answer: D Route for trams
Explanation: Take extra care when you're driving on roads where trams operate. Look out for road markings and signs that tell you to expect them. Modern trams are very quiet and you might not hear them approaching.
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: If a one-way street has two lanes, you can use either lane and overtake on either side. Use the lane that's more convenient for your destination unless directed by road signs or markings.
A Bus station on the right
B Contraflow bus lane
C Give way to buses
D With-flow bus lane
Correct Answer: B Contraflow bus lane
Explanation: If you see a contraflow sign, there'll also be markings on the road to indicate the bus lane. Don't use this lane for parking or overtaking.
A Bus lane
B Minimum speed
C One-way street
D Road narrows
Correct Answer: D Road narrows
Explanation: A triangular sign is a warning sign. Knowing this, you can prepare for the hazard ahead.
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Be cautious, especially if there's a bend in the road and you're unable to see well ahead. If you have to pass pedestrians, leave them plenty of room. You might have to use the right-hand side of the road, so look well ahead and in your mirrors before you pull out.
A Adverse camber
B Airport
C Road noise
D Side wind
Correct Answer: D Side wind
Explanation: Side-wind warning signs are often found on roads that are frequently affected by strong wind. High-sided vehicles, caravans and motorcycles are more susceptible to windy weather, and you should be aware of the difficulties they may be having.
A Danger ahead
B Service area ahead
C Slippery road ahead
D Tyres liable to puncture ahead
Correct Answer: A Danger ahead
Explanation: A sign showing an exclamation mark (!) tells you that there may be danger ahead. Be ready to slow down for whatever that may be.
A Hold back until you can see clearly ahead
B Move to the right to get a better view
C Overtake the other driver as quickly as possible
D Switch your headlights on before overtaking
Correct Answer: A Hold back until you can see clearly ahead
Explanation: You won't be able to see any hazards that might be out of sight in the dip. As well as oncoming traffic, there may be cyclists, horse riders, parked vehicles or pedestrians hidden from view. Only start to overtake when you can see the road ahead is clear, giving you enough time to overtake safely.
A Bridge over the road
B Road ahead ends
C Uneven road surface
D Water across the road
Correct Answer: D Water across the road
Explanation: This sign is found where a shallow stream crosses the road. Heavy rainfall could increase the flow of water. If the water looks too deep or the stream has swelled over a large distance, stop and find another route.
A Green alone
B Green and amber together
C Red alone
D Red and amber together
Correct Answer: C Red alone
Explanation: The amber light means stop. You may only go on if the light changes to amber after you've crossed the stop line or when you're so close to the line that stopping might cause a collision. The amber light is followed by the red light. You must wait behind the stop line until the green light shows.
A At a level crossing
B At a pelican crossing
C At a school crossing
D At a zebra crossing
Correct Answer: A At a level crossing
Explanation: These signals can be found at level crossings, some airfields, bridges and emergency access sites. You must stop if the red lights are flashing. At level crossings, if the lights continue to flash after a train has passed, continue to wait because another train is coming.
A All traffic must leave at the next exit
B Large vehicles must go straight ahead
C The distance to the next exit
D Traffic is joining from the left
Correct Answer: C The distance to the next exit
Explanation: This sign gives you advance warning of a junction where the permanent sign is obscured by roadworks.
A No stopping at any time
B No stopping at peak times
C Stop only to pick up passengers
D Stop only to set down passengers
Correct Answer: A No stopping at any time
Explanation: This traffic sign means no stopping on the main carriageway at any time, not even to set down passengers. However, you may stop in a lay-by.
A The hard shoulder
B The left-hand lane
C The middle lane
D The right-hand lane
Correct Answer: B The left-hand lane
Explanation: When there's no traffic ahead of you, you should always drive in the left-hand lane.
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: You'll need to identify the sign in time, so that you can select an appropriate gear.
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Some signs can look similar to others but each one has a different meaning. For example, this one looks a little like the sign for a hump bridge. Learn the meaning of every sign to prepare yourself for how to react to them.
A To allow cyclists to position in front of other traffic
B To allow room for pedestrians to cross the road
C To allow space for large vehicles to turn
D To allow you to select where to stop
Correct Answer: A To allow cyclists to position in front of other traffic
Explanation: Advanced stop lines allow cyclists to take a position ahead of other traffic. When the green signal shows, they then have the time and space to move off in front of the following traffic.
A The driver intends to slow down
B The driver intends to turn left
C The driver wants you to go past
D The driver wants you to keep back
Correct Answer: B The driver intends to turn left
Explanation: Sometimes, drivers or riders use arm signals as well as direction indicators and brake lights; for example, in bright sunshine or when approaching a zebra crossing. Using the arm signals shown in The Highway Code can help other road users to understand your intentions.
A All lanes closed ahead
B Contraflow system ahead
C Overhead bridge repairs
D Use the hard shoulder
Correct Answer: A All lanes closed ahead
Explanation: When the red lights are flashing, don't go beyond this signal. This sign shows that all lanes ahead are closed and you mustn't enter the motorway. Motorway signals are located on the central reservation, to the left of the hard shoulder, on overhead gantries and at the entrance to the motorway.
A Double bend
B Overhead electrified cable
C Series of bends
D Slippery road
Correct Answer: B Overhead electrified cable
Explanation: This sign is used to warn of overhead electrified cables and is usually accompanied by a plate indicating the safe height limit.
A Larger vehicles
B Oncoming traffic
C Smaller vehicles
D You have priority
Correct Answer: B Oncoming traffic
Explanation: When you see this sign, you must give way to traffic from the opposite direction, regardless of the size of your vehicle.
A Car lane only
B Keep your distance
C Queues likely
D Single file only
Correct Answer: C Queues likely
Explanation: When you see this sign, beware of traffic queues ahead. Check your mirrors and reduce your speed. Research shows that you make poor decisions when you're angry, so you're less likely to spot and respond safely to hazards. Be patient when you're delayed and reduce the possibility of being involved in an incident.
A Loose chippings
B Risk of punctures
C Road flooded
D Uneven surface
Correct Answer: A Loose chippings
Explanation: This is a warning sign to indicate loose chippings ahead. The sign is usually accompanied by an advisory speed limit. Vehicles travelling too fast for the conditions can throw up chippings or stones. Avoid causing damage to paintwork and windscreens by keeping your speed down.
A Don't cross the bridge if your weight exceeds the limit
B Don't cross unless the bridge is clear of other vehicles
C You should continue slowly if your weight is above the limit
D You're allowed to carry on, but only with a police escort
Correct Answer: A Don't cross the bridge if your weight exceeds the limit
Explanation: Vehicles over the weight shown on the sign may not use the bridge ahead. You must know the weight of your vehicle, including any load. With this knowledge you should plan your route in advance, so that you don't come to a bridge you can't cross. That way, you'll avoid delays and save time and fuel.
A A concealed level crossing
B A motorway slip road
C A primary road junction
D A roadside rest area
Correct Answer: A A concealed level crossing
Explanation: When you see this sign, reduce your speed. You may well have to stop at the level crossing, or there may already be traffic queuing ahead.
A Bus route
B Limited loading
C No stopping
D Short-term parking
Correct Answer: C No stopping
Explanation: Double red lines indicate that you're on a Red Route and in a no-stopping area. Red Routes also have single red lines, with signs showing the times that restrictions are in force. There are also parking and loading boxes, which have signs explaining the restrictions that apply.
A At the entrance to a car park
B At the start of a cycle lane
C On the approach to a lifting barrier
D On the approach to an arched bridge
Correct Answer: D On the approach to an arched bridge
Explanation: High vehicles are often directed to the centre of the road to go under an arched bridge. Check that your vehicle doesn't exceed the height restriction indicated. Plan your route in advance to avoid any bridges that your vehicle won't be able to clear.
A Amber, then green
B Green and amber, then green
C Green, then amber
D Red and amber, then green
Correct Answer: D Red and amber, then green
Explanation: If you know which light is going to show next, you can plan your approach. This will help prevent excessive braking or hesitation at the junction.
A To check it's safe to overtake the vehicle in front
B To overtake a driver travelling at 20 mph or less
C To overtake a pedal cycle travelling at 10 mph or less
D To overtake any maintenance vehicle in front
Correct Answer: C To overtake a pedal cycle travelling at 10 mph or less
Explanation: Solid white lines are used where it would be dangerous to overtake. If the solid line is on your side of the road, you may cross it to pass a stationary vehicle, or to overtake a pedal cycle, horse or road-maintenance vehicle that's travelling at 10 mph or less. You may also cross the solid line to enter premises or a side road.
A Accelerate because you have priority
B Maintain your speed; it's just an information sign
C Slow down; the road may be narrow ahead
D Stop and give way to oncoming traffic
Correct Answer: C Slow down; the road may be narrow ahead
Explanation: When the road narrows, there'll be less room than normal and others may not obey the rules, so slow down and approach with caution. Even when you have priority, you should still be ready to stop.
A Because children may be crossing
B Because pedestrians have right of way
C There's a 'road race' in progress
D There's a pedestrian crossing ahead
Correct Answer: A Because children may be crossing
Explanation: Whenever you see this sign, take extra care with these very vulnerable road users.
A Emergency diversion route for motorway traffic
B Holiday route
C Vehicle broken down ahead
D Vehicle carrying dangerous goods in packages
Correct Answer: A Emergency diversion route for motorway traffic
Explanation: Major roadworks often cause complicated diversions for large vehicles. Drivers may be advised to follow a special symbol until the original road can be rejoined. Look for the yellow-and-black symbols in these shapes:
  • square
  • triangle
  • diamond
  • circle.
They'll often be shown with additional information and will help guide you around the diversion.
Correct Answer: B The left-hand lane
Explanation: White reflective studs separate each of the lanes. Red studs mark the left-hand edge of the carriageway, where the hard shoulder begins.
A Drivers of buses
B Drivers of lorries
C Drivers of tractors
D Drivers of trams
Correct Answer: D Drivers of trams
Explanation: You need to show caution when driving in areas where trams operate. You might not hear their approach and they can't change direction to avoid you. There may also be crossing points where you'll need to give way to them, or areas specifically reserved for trams, which you aren't allowed to enter.
41. What's a 'Red Route'? Mark one answer
A An area where drivers have to pay a toll
B An area where night-time and weekend weight limits apply
C An area where part-time traffic lights operate
D An area where special waiting restrictions apply
Correct Answer: D An area where special waiting restrictions apply
Explanation: Red Routes operate in many busy cities and are designed to ensure the route has no obstructions to cause delays during peak periods. Road signs and red road markings identify roads where Red Route waiting and loading restrictions apply.
Correct Answer: A Amber
Explanation: Reflective studs on motorways and dual carriageways are provided to help drivers in bad visibility. Reflective studs are coloured
  • red on the left-hand edge of the carriageway
  • white to indicate lane markings
  • green at slip roads and lay-bys
  • amber on the right-hand edge of the carriageway, marking the central reservation.

A They mark access points for emergency services
B They mark the lanes in a contraflow system
C They separate the edge of the hard shoulder from the grass verge
D They separate the slip road from the motorway
Correct Answer: B They mark the lanes in a contraflow system
Explanation: Roadworks can involve complex lane layouts. Reflective green-and-yellow fluorescent studs are used to separate the lanes in a contraflow traffic system. As you approach roadworks, look for traffic signs giving you advance information, which may relate to the size or type of vehicle you're driving.
A Distance to level crossing
B Goods-vehicle weight limit
C Maximum passenger capacity
D Tramway speed limit
Correct Answer: D Tramway speed limit
Explanation: Trams are becoming increasingly common in large towns and cities, as the move to more environmentally friendly transport continues. They may either cross the road you're driving on or share it with you. Always be aware of their virtually silent approach, and look out for places where you may be required to give way to them.
A Flashing amber
B Green
C Red
D Steady amber
Correct Answer: A Flashing amber
Explanation: A flashing amber light is shown at pelican crossings, but not at puffin crossings. Puffin crossings have sensors that detect when pedestrians are using the crossing.
A Until a driver from the opposite direction reaches the crossing
B Until the pedestrians are clear of the front of your vehicle
C Until the pedestrians have reached a safe position
D Until you start to edge forward onto the crossing
Correct Answer: C Until the pedestrians have reached a safe position
Explanation: The traffic light will remain on red to give pedestrians on the crossing time to reach safety. Don't proceed until the green light shows and it's safe to do so.
A The bus lane is in operation 24 hours a day
B The bus lane is only in operation at peak times
C The bus lane is only in operation in daylight hours
D The bus lane isn't in operation at all
Correct Answer: A The bus lane is in operation 24 hours a day
Explanation: When a bus-lane sign shows no hours of operation, the lane operates all the time.
A Flashing amber
B Flashing green
C Steady amber
D Steady red
Correct Answer: C Steady amber
Explanation: Puffin crossings have sensors that detect when pedestrians are using the crossing. The sensors control the timing of the traffic lights, and this means that there's no flashing amber phase as there is with a pelican crossing.
A Encourage pedestrians to cross
B Give way to pedestrians on the crossing
C Stop even if the crossing is clear
D Wait until the green light appears
Correct Answer: B Give way to pedestrians on the crossing
Explanation: When the amber light is flashing, you must give way to any pedestrians on the crossing. Don't be impatient or encourage pedestrians to cross by waving or flashing your headlights; they or other road users may misunderstand your signal.
A As a place to stop for a short rest when you're tired
B As a place to stop to answer a mobile phone
C As a place to stop to check a road atlas
D As a place to stop when an emergency arises
Correct Answer: D As a place to stop when an emergency arises
Explanation: When an emergency arises, pull onto the hard shoulder and use the emergency telephone to report your problem. You'll be connected to an operator, who will put you through to a breakdown service. Never cross the carriageway or a slip road to use a telephone.
A When you need to answer your mobile phone
B When you're picking up hitchhikers
C When you're signalled to do so by flashing red lights
D When you're tired and need to walk in the fresh air
Correct Answer: C When you're signalled to do so by flashing red lights
Explanation: If red lights flash on the overhead signals above your lane, you mustn't go past the signal in that lane. If other lanes aren't displaying flashing red lights, you may go ahead in those lanes if it's clear and you can move into them safely. If red lights flash on a signal in the central reservation or at the side of the road, you mustn't go past the signal in any lane.
A
B
C
D
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: This sign is placed on sections of road where overtaking would be dangerous. There'll often be a plate underneath the sign, telling you how far the restriction extends. You mustn't overtake until you pass another sign cancelling the restriction.
A 1 tonne weight limit ahead
B Left-hand lane closed ahead
C Right-hand lane closed ahead
D T-junction 1 mile ahead
Correct Answer: C Right-hand lane closed ahead
Explanation: Four amber lights flash in alternate horizontal pairs to provide a warning and to draw the driver's attention to the message displayed.
A End of one-way system
B No U-turns
C One-way system
D Two-way traffic
Correct Answer: B No U-turns
Explanation: You mustn't make a U-turn on roads where this sign is displayed.
A Accident blackspot
B Low bridge
C Speed camera
D Tunnel ahead
Correct Answer: D Tunnel ahead
Explanation: A tunnel can present a number of dangers to large vehicles. Look out for height or width limits and always be aware of your vehicle's size. Reduce speed and turn on your headlights before entering the tunnel. Remove sunglasses if you're wearing them, and remember, your eyes may take a little time to adjust to the sudden darkness.
A Double hump bridge
B Road humps
C Rumble strips
D Uneven road
Correct Answer: D Uneven road
Explanation: Slow down when you see a warning sign for an uneven road. Be especially careful if you're carrying passengers, livestock or fragile items.
A To avoid splashing others with water
B To avoid throwing up loose chippings
C To prevent grit from blocking your air filter
D To reduce the risk of a blow-out
Correct Answer: B To avoid throwing up loose chippings
Explanation: This sign is usually accompanied by a reduced speed limit. When chippings fly out from your tyres, they can cause a lot of damage to other vehicles, or injury to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Slowing down will reduce the risk.
A The national speed limit applies
B The set speed limit is displayed
C The speed limit is always 30 mph
D The speed limits displayed are advisory
Correct Answer: B The set speed limit is displayed
Explanation: When you're driving on a smart motorway, speed limits will show above each lane. These limits are shown inside a red circle and must be obeyed. A red cross will usually appear above the hard shoulder. When the hard shoulder is being used as a running lane, an appropriate speed limit will be displayed instead.
A England and Wales
B England only
C England, Scotland and Wales
D England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Correct Answer: A England and Wales
Explanation: Traffic officers have powers to stop vehicles on safety grounds; for example, if you have an insecure load. They only operate in England and Wales. It's an offence not to comply with their directions.
A It's for a police patrol to park and watch traffic
B It's for construction and road workers to store emergency equipment
C It's for use if you think you'll be involved in a road-rage incident
D It's for use in case of emergency or breakdown
Correct Answer: D It's for use in case of emergency or breakdown
Explanation: Emergency refuge areas may be found next to the hard shoulder on a smart motorway. If possible, you should use one of these areas, rather than the hard shoulder, when you break down. If the hard shoulder is being used as a running lane, take care when you rejoin the motorway.
A Carry out enforcement duties
B Issue fixed penalty notices
C Stop and direct anyone on a motorway
D Test drivers suspected of drink-driving
Correct Answer: C Stop and direct anyone on a motorway
Explanation: Traffic officers don't have enforcement powers, but they're able to stop and direct people on motorways and some 'A' class roads. They only operate in England and work in partnership with the police at incidents. Traffic officers can be recognised by their orange-and-yellow jackets and their vehicles, which have yellow-and-black markings.
A Stop in this lane to answer your mobile phone
B This lane can be used if you need a rest
C You may use this lane as a running lane
D You shouldn't use this lane as a running lane
Correct Answer: D You shouldn't use this lane as a running lane
Explanation: On smart motorways, the hard shoulder can be used as a running lane when a speed limit is shown above it. However, a red cross above the hard shoulder means that this lane shouldn't be used, except for emergencies and breakdowns.
A Large vehicles must use the hard shoulder
B The hard shoulder can be used as a running lane
C You can park on the hard shoulder if you feel tired
D You shouldn't use the hard shoulder as a running lane
Correct Answer: B The hard shoulder can be used as a running lane
Explanation: If a mandatory speed-limit sign is shown above the hard shoulder, this lane can be used as a running lane. You must stay within the signed speed limit. Look out for any vehicles that have broken down and are blocking the hard shoulder.
A To prevent overtaking
B To prevent tailgating
C To reduce congestion
D To reduce rest stops
Correct Answer: C To reduce congestion
Explanation: Smart motorways are intended to reduce congestion and make journey times more reliable. In these areas, the hard shoulder may be used as a running lane to ease congestion at peak times or when an incident occurs. The variable speed limits shown in red circles are mandatory and help to keep traffic flowing at a steady speed.
A The national speed limit will always apply
B The speed limit is always 30 mph
C The speed limit on the sign is advisory
D The speed limit on the sign must be obeyed
Correct Answer: D The speed limit on the sign must be obeyed
Explanation: When a smart motorway is in operation, you must follow the instructions shown on the gantries above each lane. There may also be instructions above the hard shoulder. The signals displayed are mandatory and may be enforced with camera technology.
A The hard shoulder can be used as a normal running lane
B The hard shoulder can be used as a rest area if you feel tired
C The hard shoulder has a speed limit of 50 mph
D The hard shoulder is for emergency or breakdown use only
Correct Answer: D The hard shoulder is for emergency or breakdown use only
Explanation: A red cross above the hard shoulder means that it's closed as a running lane and should only be used for emergencies or breakdowns. At busy times, the hard shoulder may be used as a running lane; the red cross will then be replaced by a mandatory speed-limit sign.
A All lanes, including the hard shoulder
B Any lane except the hard shoulder
C The hard shoulder only
D The three right-hand lanes only
Correct Answer: A All lanes, including the hard shoulder
Explanation: Mandatory speed-limit signs above the hard shoulder and all other lanes show that you're on a smart motorway. In this case, you can use the hard shoulder as a running lane. You must stay within the speed limit shown. Look well ahead for any vehicles that have broken down and are blocking the hard shoulder.
A When signs show that you can
B When taking the next exit
C When traffic has stopped
D When traffic is moving slowly
Correct Answer: A When signs show that you can
Explanation: Normally, you should only use the hard shoulder for emergencies and breakdowns. On smart motorways, the hard shoulder may be used as a running lane, but only when speed-limit signs are shown directly above it. This technology has been introduced to ease traffic congestion.
A Fuel and water tanks will leak
B Only cars may park here
C Parking restrictions apply
D Soft verges
Correct Answer: D Soft verges
Explanation: This sign tells you that the verge is soft. If you park here, there's a danger that your vehicle will become stuck. This can be inconvenient and could be costly if you need to be pulled out. In extreme cases, your vehicle may even tip over.
A Bus lane
B Bus stop
C Buses only
D No buses
Correct Answer: D No buses
Explanation: No buses with more than eight passenger seats are permitted past this sign. Exceptions apply for scheduled services, school and works buses.
A Disabled driver
B Learner driver
C Lorry driver
D Taxi driver
Correct Answer: D Taxi driver
Explanation: The bus-lane signs will indicate which road users are allowed to share the lane with buses and any time restrictions that may apply. Taxis are often allowed to use bus lanes, as these lanes provide a route that has less congestion and can therefore be quicker.
A Don't proceed past the sign but find another route
B Proceed as normal; the sign doesn't apply to you
C Set down all your passengers at a safe place before the sign
D Stop and check the legal lettering on the side panel
Correct Answer: B Proceed as normal; the sign doesn't apply to you
Explanation: The sign shows the maximum authorised mass for goods vehicles. It's used to restrict heavy lorries (for example, in residential areas), but it doesn't apply to buses and coaches.