Road Signs Theory Test

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A They're circular with a red border
B They're rectangular with a yellow border
C They're square with a brown border
D They're triangular with a blue border
Correct Answer: A They're circular with a red border
Explanation: There are three basic types of traffic sign: those that warn, those that inform and those that give orders. Generally, triangular signs warn, rectangular signs give information or directions and circular signs give orders. An exception is the eight-sided 'stop' sign.
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Road signs in the shape of a circle give orders. Those with a red circle are mostly prohibitive. The 'stop' sign is octagonal to give it greater prominence. Signs giving orders must always be obeyed.
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Signs in the shape of a circle give orders. A sign with a red circle means that you aren't allowed to do something. Study Know Your Traffic Signs to ensure that you understand what the different traffic signs mean.
A '20 cars only' parking zone
B Maximum speed limit with traffic calming
C Minimum speed limit with traffic calming
D Only 20 cars allowed at any one time
Correct Answer: B Maximum speed limit with traffic calming
Explanation: If you're in a place where there are likely to be pedestrians (for example, outside a school, near a park, in a residential area or in a shopping area), you should be cautious and keep your speed down. Many local authorities have taken steps to slow traffic down by creating traffic-calming measures such as road humps. They're there for a reason; slow down.
A End of 20 mph zone
B Minimum speed limit 30 mph
C New speed limit 20 mph
D No vehicles over 30 tonnes
Correct Answer: A End of 20 mph zone
Explanation: Where you see this sign, the 20 mph restriction ends and a 30 mph restriction starts. Check all around for possible hazards and only increase your speed if it's safe to do so.
A Cars and motorcycles only
B Clearway (no stopping)
C No motor vehicles
D No overtaking
Correct Answer: C No motor vehicles
Explanation: A sign will indicate which types of vehicles are prohibited from certain roads. Make sure that you know which signs apply to the vehicle you're using.
A No entry
B No parking
C No road markings
D No through road
Correct Answer: A No entry
Explanation: 'No entry' signs are used in places such as one-way streets to prevent vehicles driving against the traffic. To ignore one would be dangerous, both for yourself and for other road users, as well as being against the law.
A Bend to the right
B No right turn
C No traffic from the right
D Road on the right closed
Correct Answer: B No right turn
Explanation: The 'no right turn' sign may be used to warn road users that there's a 'no entry' prohibition on a road to the right ahead.
A
B
C
D
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Look for and obey traffic signs. Disobeying or not seeing a sign could be dangerous. It may also be an offence for which you could be prosecuted.
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.
A Heavy vehicles
B High vehicles
C Long vehicles
D Wide vehicles
Correct Answer: B High vehicles
Explanation: The triangular shapes above and below the dimensions indicate a height restriction that applies to the road ahead.
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: This sign is used to enable pedestrians to walk free from traffic. It's often found in shopping areas.
A No motor vehicles
B No overtaking
C Two-way traffic
D You have priority
Correct Answer: B No overtaking
Explanation: Road signs that prohibit overtaking are placed in locations where passing the vehicle in front is dangerous. If you see this sign, don't attempt to overtake. The sign is there for a reason; you must obey it.
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 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 you've left the restricted area, make sure that you park where you won't endanger other road users or cause an obstruction.
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 National speed limit applies
B No entry
C No stopping
D Waiting restrictions apply
Correct Answer: C No stopping
Explanation: This is the sign for a clearway. 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 Distance to parking place ahead
B Distance to passing place ahead
C Distance to public house ahead
D Distance to public telephone ahead
Correct Answer: A Distance to parking place ahead
Explanation: If you intend to stop and rest, this sign allows you time to reduce speed and pull over safely.
A Vehicles may not park on the verge or footway
B Vehicles may park fully on the verge or footway
C Vehicles may park on the left-hand side of the road only
D Vehicles may park on the right-hand side of the road only
Correct Answer: B Vehicles may park fully on the verge or footway
Explanation: In order to keep roads free from parked cars, there are some areas where you're allowed to park on the verge. Only do this where you see the sign. Parking on verges or footways anywhere else could lead to a fine.
A Give priority to oncoming traffic
B No overtaking allowed
C One-way traffic only
D Two-way traffic
Correct Answer: A Give priority to oncoming traffic
Explanation: Priority signs are normally shown where the road is narrow and there isn't enough room for two vehicles to pass. Examples are narrow bridges, roadworks and where there's a width restriction. Make sure you know who has priority; don't force your way through. Show courtesy and consideration to other road users.
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
B
C
D
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: To make it easy to recognise, the 'stop' sign is the only sign of this shape. You must stop and take effective observation before proceeding.
A Crossroads
B Give way
C Stop
D Turn right
Correct Answer: C Stop
Explanation: The 'stop' sign is the only road sign that's octagonal. This is so that it can be recognised and obeyed even if it's obscured (for example, by snow).
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 impede the flow of traffic; for example, in tunnels. However, if you need to slow down or even stop to avoid an incident or potential collision, you should do so.
A Approaching traffic passes you on both sides
B Give way to oncoming vehicles
C Pass either side to get to the same destination
D Turn off at the next available junction
Correct Answer: C Pass either side to get to the same destination
Explanation: These signs are often seen in one-way streets that have more than one lane. When you see this sign, use the route that's the most convenient and doesn't require a late change of direction.
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 encounter trams. Look out for road markings and signs that alert you to them. Modern trams are very quiet and you may not hear them approaching.
A They give directions to car parks
B They give mandatory instructions
C They give motorway information
D They give temporary directions during a diversion
Correct Answer: B They give mandatory instructions
Explanation: Signs with blue circles generally give mandatory instruction. These are often found in urban areas and include signs for mini-roundabouts and directional arrows.
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 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: There will also be markings on the road surface to indicate the bus lane. You mustn't use this lane for parking or overtaking.
A Minor roads
B Motorway routes
C Primary roads
D Tourist directions
Correct Answer: D Tourist directions
Explanation: Signs with a brown background give directions to places of interest. They're often seen on a motorway, directing you along the easiest route to the attraction.
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 To give directions
B To give information
C To give orders
D To give warnings
Correct Answer: D To give warnings
Explanation: Triangular signs warns you of hazards ahead. Make sure you look at each sign that you pass on the road, so that you don't miss any vital instructions or information.
A Give way
B No through road
C T-junction
D Turn left ahead
Correct Answer: C T-junction
Explanation: This type of sign warns you of hazards ahead. Make sure you look at each sign and road marking that you pass, so that you don't miss any vital instructions or information. This sign shows there's a T-junction with priority over vehicles from the right.
A Multi-exit roundabout
B Place of historical interest
C Risk of ice
D Six roads converge
Correct Answer: C Risk of ice
Explanation: It will take up to 10 times longer to stop when it's icy. Where there's a risk of icy conditions, you need to be aware of this and take extra care. If you think the road may be icy, don't brake or steer harshly, as your tyres could lose their grip on the road.
A Ahead only
B Crossroads
C Level crossing with gate
D Level crossing without gate
Correct Answer: B Crossroads
Explanation: The priority through the junction is shown by the broader line. You need to be aware of the hazard posed by traffic crossing or pulling out onto a major road.
A Mini-roundabout
B No vehicles
C Ring road
D Roundabout
Correct Answer: D Roundabout
Explanation: As you approach a roundabout, look well ahead and check all signs. Decide which exit you wish to take and move into the correct position as you approach the roundabout, signalling as required.
A Ahead only
B Keep left
C Minimum speed
D Road narrows
Correct Answer: D Road narrows
Explanation: Warning signs are there to make you aware of potential hazards on the road ahead. Take note of the signs so you're prepared and can take whatever action is necessary.
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: A
Explanation: When you pass pedestrians in the road, leave plenty of room. You might have to use the right-hand side of the road, so look well ahead, as well as in your mirrors, before pulling out. Take great care if a bend in the road obscures your view ahead.
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 Give way to farm vehicles
B Give way to trams
C Wait at the barriers
D Wait at the crossroads
Correct Answer: B Give way to trams
Explanation: Obey the 'give way' signs. Trams are unable to steer around you if you misjudge when it's safe to enter the junction.
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 End of dual carriageway
B End of narrow bridge
C Road narrows
D Tall bridge
Correct Answer: A End of dual carriageway
Explanation: Don't wait until the last moment before moving into the left-hand lane. Plan ahead and don't rely on other traffic letting you in.
A Adverse camber
B Airport
C Road noise
D Side winds
Correct Answer: D Side winds
Explanation: A warning sign with a picture of a windsock indicates that there may be strong side winds. This sign is often found on exposed roads.
A Danger ahead
B Service area ahead
C Slippery road ahead
D Tyres liable to punctures ahead
Correct Answer: A Danger ahead
Explanation: This sign is there to alert you to the likelihood of danger ahead. It may be accompanied by a plate indicating the type of hazard. Be ready to reduce your speed and take avoiding action.
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 hidden in the dip. As well as oncoming traffic, the dip may conceal
  • cyclists
  • horse riders
  • parked vehicles
  • pedestrians
in the road.
A Cattle grid ahead
B Gated road ahead
C Level crossing with gate or barrier
D Level crossing without gate or barrier
Correct Answer: C Level crossing with gate or barrier
Explanation: Some crossings have gates but no attendant or signals. You should stop, look both ways, listen and make sure that no train is approaching. If there's a telephone, contact the signal operator to make sure it's safe to cross.
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 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.
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 spread over a large distance, stop and find another route.
A No entry for traffic turning left
B No through road on the left
C Turn left for ferry terminal
D Turn left for parking area
Correct Answer: B No through road on the left
Explanation: This sign shows you that you can't get through to another route by turning left at the junction ahead.
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 Right-hand lane for buses only
B Right-hand lane for turning right
C The right-hand lane ahead is narrow
D The right-hand lane is closed
Correct Answer: D The right-hand lane is closed
Explanation: Yellow-and-black temporary signs may be used to inform you about roadworks or lane restrictions. Look well ahead. If you have to change lanes, do so in good time.
A Change to the left-hand lane
B Contraflow system
C Leave at the next exit
D One-way street
Correct Answer: B Contraflow system
Explanation: If you use the right-hand lane in a contraflow system, you'll be travelling with no permanent barrier between you and the oncoming traffic. Observe speed limits and keep a good distance from the vehicle ahead.
A All lorries use the hard shoulder
B Lane for heavy and slow vehicles
C Leave motorway at next exit
D Rest area for lorries
Correct Answer: B Lane for heavy and slow vehicles
Explanation: Where there's a long, steep, uphill gradient on a motorway, a crawler lane may be provided. This helps the traffic to flow by diverting the slower heavy vehicles into a dedicated lane on the left.
A Proceed with care
B Stop, if you're able to brake safely
C You must stop and wait behind the stop line
D You should stop unless turning left
Correct Answer: C You must stop and wait behind the stop line
Explanation: Whatever light is showing, you should know which light is going to appear next and be able to take appropriate action. For example, when amber is showing on its own, you'll know that red will appear next. This should give you ample time to anticipate and respond safely.
A Go if no pedestrians are crossing
B Go if the way is clear
C Prepare to go
D Stop at the stop line
Correct Answer: D Stop at the stop line
Explanation: When the amber light is showing on its own, the red light will follow next. The amber light means stop, unless you've already crossed the stop line or you're so close to it that stopping may cause a collision.
A When pedestrians are waiting to cross
B When you intend to turn right
C When you think the lights may be about to change
D When your exit from the junction is blocked
Correct Answer: D When your exit from the junction is blocked
Explanation: As you approach the traffic lights, look into the road you wish to take. Only proceed if your exit road is clear. If the road is blocked, hold back, even if you have to wait for the next green signal.
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 Amber signal out of order
B New traffic lights ahead
C Temporary traffic lights ahead
D Traffic lights out of order
Correct Answer: D Traffic lights out of order
Explanation: You might see this sign where traffic lights are out of order. Proceed with caution, as nobody has priority at the junction.
A Nobody
B Traffic going straight on
C Traffic turning left
D Traffic turning right
Correct Answer: A Nobody
Explanation: When traffic lights are out of order, you should treat the junction as an unmarked crossroads. Be cautious, as you may need to give way or stop. Look for traffic attempting to cross the junction, unaware that it doesn't have priority.
A Level crossings
B Motorway exits
C Pelican crossings
D Zebra crossings
Correct Answer: A Level crossings
Explanation: These signals are found at level crossings, swing or lifting bridges, some airfields and emergency access sites. The flashing red lights mean stop whether or not the way seems to be clear.
A No parking at any time
B Parking allowed only for a short time
C Slow down to 20 mph
D Sounding horns isn't allowed
Correct Answer: A No parking at any time
Explanation: The approach to, and exit from, a pedestrian crossing is marked with zigzag lines. You mustn't park on them or overtake the leading vehicle when approaching the crossing. Parking here would block the view for pedestrians and approaching traffic.
A To pass a car signalling to turn left ahead
B To pass a road maintenance vehicle travelling at 10 mph or less
C To pass a vehicle that's towing a trailer
D To pass traffic that's queuing back at a junction
Correct Answer: B To pass a road maintenance vehicle travelling at 10 mph or less
Explanation: You may cross the solid white line to pass a stationary vehicle or to pass a pedal cycle, horse or road maintenance vehicle if it's travelling at 10 mph or less. You may also cross the solid white line to enter a side road or access a property.
A Don't cross the line
B No overtaking allowed
C No stopping allowed
D You're approaching a hazard
Correct Answer: D You're approaching a hazard
Explanation: A single broken line along the centre of the road, with long markings and short gaps, is a hazard warning line. Don't cross it unless you can see that the road is clear well ahead.
A At a box junction
B At traffic lights
C Near a level crossing
D On road humps
Correct Answer: D On road humps
Explanation: Because the road has a dark colour, changes in level aren't easily seen. White triangles painted on the road surface give you an indication of where there are road humps.
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: You need to know the difference between the normal centre line and a hazard warning line. If there's a hazard ahead, the markings are longer and the gaps shorter. This gives you advance warning of an unspecified hazard.
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 Give way to traffic from the right
B Stop at the line
C Traffic from the left has right of way
D You have right of way
Correct Answer: A Give way to traffic from the right
Explanation: Slow down as you approach the roundabout and check for traffic from the right. If you need to stop and give way, stay behind the broken line until it's safe to emerge onto the roundabout.
A Flash the headlights, indicate left and point to the left
B Overtake and give a slowing down arm signal
C Pull alongside you, use the siren and wave you to stop
D Use the siren, overtake, cut in front and stop
Correct Answer: A Flash the headlights, indicate left and point to the left
Explanation: You must obey signals given by the police. If a police officer in a patrol vehicle wants you to pull over, they'll indicate this without causing danger to you or other traffic.
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.
A Change to the lane on your left
B Change to the opposite carriageway
C Leave the motorway at the next exit
D Pull up on the hard shoulder
Correct Answer: A Change to the lane on your left
Explanation: On the motorway, signs sometimes show temporary warnings due to traffic or weather conditions. They may be used to indicate
  • lane closures
  • temporary speed limits
  • weather warnings.

A No services for 50 miles
B Obstruction 50 metres (164 feet) ahead
C Temporary maximum speed 50 mph
D Temporary minimum speed 50 mph
Correct Answer: C Temporary maximum speed 50 mph
Explanation: Look out for signs above your lane or on the central reservation. These will give you important information or warnings about the road ahead. To allow for the high speed of motorway traffic, these signs may light up some distance from any hazard. Don't ignore the signs just because the road looks clear to you.
A 11 tonne weight limit
B Right-hand lane T-junction only
C Right-hand lane closed ahead
D Through traffic to use left lane
Correct Answer: C Right-hand lane closed ahead
Explanation: You should change lanes as directed by the sign. Here, the right-hand lane is closed but the left-hand and centre lanes are available. Merging in turn is recommended when it's safe and traffic is going slowly; for example, at roadworks or a road traffic incident. When vehicles are travelling at speed, this isn't advisable and you should move into the appropriate lane in good time.
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 As a high-speed lane
B As a right-turn lane
C As an acceleration lane
D As an overtaking lane
Correct Answer: D As an overtaking lane
Explanation: You should stay in the left-hand lane of a motorway unless you're overtaking another vehicle. The right-hand lane of a motorway is an overtaking lane; it isn't the 'fast lane'. After overtaking, move back to the left when it's safe to do so.
A On the left-hand edge of the road
B On the right-hand edge of the road
C Separating the lanes
D Separating the slip road from the motorway
Correct Answer: B On the right-hand edge of the road
Explanation: At night or in poor visibility, reflective studs on the road help you to judge your position on the carriageway.
A At slip-road entrances and exits
B Between the carriageway and the central reservation
C Between the hard shoulder and the carriageway
D Separating driving lanes
Correct Answer: A At slip-road entrances and exits
Explanation: Knowing the colours of the reflective studs on the road will help you judge your position, especially at night, in foggy conditions or when visibility is poor.
A Change lane
B Leave the motorway at the next exit
C Move onto the hard shoulder
D Turn left immediately
Correct Answer: B Leave the motorway at the next exit
Explanation: You'll see this sign if the motorway is closed ahead. Pull into the left-hand lane as soon as it's safe to do so. Don't wait until the last moment before you move across, because the lane may be busy and you'll have to rely on another driver making room for you.
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.
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 40 mph
B 50 mph
C 60 mph
D 70 mph
Correct Answer: C 60 mph
Explanation: If you're travelling on a dual carriageway that becomes a single carriageway road, reduce your speed gradually so that you aren't exceeding the limit as you enter. There might not be a sign to remind you of the limit, so make sure you know the speed limits for different types of road and vehicle.
A End of motorway
B End of restriction
C Free recovery ends
D Lane ends ahead
Correct Answer: B End of restriction
Explanation: Temporary restrictions on motorways are shown on signs that have flashing amber lights. At the end of the restriction, you'll see this sign without any flashing lights.
A A cycle route
B A diversion route
C A pedestrian zone
D A picnic area
Correct Answer: B A diversion route
Explanation: When a diversion route has been put in place, drivers are advised to follow a symbol, which may be a black triangle, square, circle or diamond shape on a yellow background.
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 Carry on with great care
B Find another route
C Maintain the same speed
D Telephone the police
Correct Answer: A Carry on with great care
Explanation: When traffic lights are out of order, treat the junction as an unmarked crossroads. Be very careful and be prepared to stop; no-one has priority.
A Cars only
B Motorcycles only
C No cars
D No motorcycles
Correct Answer: D No motorcycles
Explanation: You must comply with all traffic signs and be especially aware of those signs that apply specifically to the type of vehicle you're using.
A Leave the motorway at the next exit
B Move into the right-hand lane
C Pass the lorry on the left
D Stop behind the flashing lights
Correct Answer: C Pass the lorry on the left
Explanation: Sometimes work is carried out on the motorway without closing the lanes. When this happens, signs are mounted on the back of lorries to warn other road users of the roadworks ahead.
A Continue in that lane and look for further information
B Don't continue in that lane
C Pull onto the hard shoulder
D Stop and wait for an instruction to proceed
Correct Answer: B Don't continue in that lane
Explanation: A red cross above your lane shows that your lane is closed. You should move into another lane as soon as you can do so safely.
A To attract a friend's attention
B To give you right of way
C To make slower drivers move over
D To warn others of your presence
Correct Answer: D To warn others of your presence
Explanation: Never sound your vehicle's horn aggressively. You mustn't sound it when driving in a built-up area between 11.30 pm and 7.00 am, or when you're stationary, unless another road user poses a danger. Don't scare animals by sounding your horn.
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 End of the urban clearway restrictions
B No parking at all from Monday to Friday
C No parking on the days and times shown
D You can park on the days and times shown
Correct Answer: C No parking on the days and times shown
Explanation: Urban clearways are provided to keep traffic flowing at busy times. You may stop only briefly to set down or pick up passengers. Times of operation will vary from place to place, so always check the signs.
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.
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: Even though you have priority, be prepared to give way if other drivers don't. This will help to avoid congestion, confrontation or even a collision.
A Bus lane
B Give way
C Hazard warning
D Lane marking
Correct Answer: C Hazard warning
Explanation: The centre of the road is usually marked by a broken white line, with lines that are shorter than the gaps. When the lines become longer than the gaps, this is a hazard warning line. Look well ahead for these, especially when you're planning to overtake or turn off.
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 There's a fault with your vehicle
B There's a radar speed trap ahead
C They're giving way to you
D They're warning you of their presence
Correct Answer: D They're warning you of their presence
Explanation: If other drivers flash their headlights, this isn't a signal to show priority. The flashing of headlights has the same meaning as sounding the horn: it's a warning of their presence.
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 At a mini-roundabout
B At a railway crossing
C On a motorway
D On a pedestrian crossing
Correct Answer: A At a mini-roundabout
Explanation: These markings show the direction in which the traffic should go at a mini-roundabout.
A Move over to the left
B Pull up on the left
C Stop immediately
D Turn left at the next junction
Correct Answer: B Pull up on the left
Explanation: You must pull up on the left as soon as it's safe to do so and switch off your engine.
A Green alone
B Green and amber together
C Red alone
D Red and amber together
Correct Answer: C Red alone
Explanation: At junctions controlled by traffic lights, you must stop behind the white line until the lights change to green. A red light, an amber light, and red and amber lights showing together all mean stop. You may proceed when the light is green unless your exit road is blocked or pedestrians are crossing in front of you. If you're approaching traffic lights that are visible from a distance and the light has been green for some time, be ready to slow down and stop, because the lights are likely to change.
A All vehicles use the hard shoulder
B Leave the motorway at the next exit
C Sharp bend to the left ahead
D Stop: all lanes ahead closed
Correct Answer: B Leave the motorway at the next exit
Explanation: You'll see this sign if there has been an incident ahead and the motorway is closed. You must obey the sign. Make sure that you prepare to leave in good time. Don't cause drivers to take avoiding action by cutting in at the last moment.
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.
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: Other warning signs are the same shape and colour, but the 'give way' triangle points downwards. When you see this sign, you must give way to traffic on the road that you're about to enter.
A Buses turning
B Keep right
C Mini-roundabout
D Ring road
Correct Answer: C Mini-roundabout
Explanation: When you see this sign, look out for any direction signs and judge whether you need to signal your intentions. Do this in good time so that other road users approaching the roundabout know what you're planning to do.
A Two-way traffic crosses a one-way road
B Two-way traffic crosses a two-way road
C Two-way traffic over a bridge
D Two-way traffic straight ahead
Correct Answer: A Two-way traffic crosses a one-way road
Explanation: Be prepared for traffic approaching from junctions on either side of you. Try to avoid unnecessary changing of lanes just before the junction.
A Motorway contraflow system ahead
B Traffic approaching you has priority
C Two-way traffic crosses a one-way road
D Two-way traffic straight ahead
Correct Answer: D Two-way traffic straight ahead
Explanation: This sign may be at the end of a dual carriageway or a one-way street. It's there to warn you of oncoming traffic.
A Hump bridge
B Low bridge
C Traffic-calming hump
D Uneven road
Correct Answer: A Hump bridge
Explanation: You'll need to slow down. At hump bridges, your view ahead will be restricted and the road will often be narrow. If the bridge is very steep, sound your horn to warn others of your approach. Going over the bridge too fast is highly dangerous to other road users and could even cause your wheels to leave the road, with a resulting loss of control.
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: This sign is found at the entrance to a road that can only be used for access.
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.
A Pass the lights if the road is clear
B Stop because the lights are changing to red
C Take care because there's a fault with the lights
D Wait for the green light
Correct Answer: D Wait for the green light
Explanation: Be aware that other traffic might still be clearing the junction as you approach. A green light means you may go on, but only if the way is clear.
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 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.
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: If the road has two lanes, you can use either lane and overtake on either side. Use the lane that's more convenient for your destination unless signs or road markings indicate otherwise.
A Contraflow bus and cycle lane
B No buses and cycles allowed
C No waiting for buses and cycles
D With-flow bus and cycle lane
Correct Answer: D With-flow bus and cycle lane
Explanation: Buses and cycles can travel in this lane. In this example, they'll flow in the same direction as other traffic. If it's busy, they may be passing you on the left, so watch out for them. Times on the sign will show the lane's hours of operation; if no times are shown, or there's no sign at all, this means the lane is in operation 24 hours a day. In some areas, other vehicles, such as taxis and motorcycles, are allowed to use bus lanes. The sign will show if this is the case.
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Look well ahead and check the pavements and surrounding areas for pedestrians. Look for anyone walking towards the crossing. Check your mirrors for traffic behind, in case you have to slow down or stop.
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.
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: This sign is found in or at the end of a one-way system. It warns you that traffic will be crossing your path from both directions.
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: There may be occasions when drivers need to give an arm signal to confirm their intentions. This could include in bright sunshine, at a complex road layout, when stopping at a pedestrian crossing or when turning right just after passing a parked vehicle. You should understand what each arm signal means. If you give arm signals, make them clear, correct and decisive.
A
B
C
D
Correct Answer: B
Explanation: Blue circles tell you what you must do and this sign gives a clear instruction to turn left ahead. You should be looking out for signs at all times and know what they mean.
A All traffic is going one way
B Only one lane is in use
C This is a single-track road
D You can't stop on this road
Correct Answer: A All traffic is going one way
Explanation: In a one-way system, traffic may pass you on either side. Always be aware of all traffic signs and understand their meaning. Look well ahead and react to them in good time.
A Amber alone
B Green alone
C Green and amber
D Red and amber
Correct Answer: D Red and amber
Explanation: If you know which light is going to show next, you can plan your approach accordingly. This can help prevent excessive braking or hesitation at the junction.
A Ancient monument ahead
B Low bridge ahead
C Traffic danger spot ahead
D Tunnel ahead
Correct Answer: D Tunnel ahead
Explanation: When approaching a tunnel, switch on your dipped headlights. Be aware that your eyes might need to adjust to the sudden darkness. You may need to reduce your speed.
A No overtaking
B No parking
C The approach to a hazard
D The edge of the carriageway
Correct Answer: D The edge of the carriageway
Explanation: A continuous white line is used on many roads to indicate the edge of the carriageway. This can be useful when visibility is restricted. The line is discontinued at junctions, lay-bys, and entrances to or exits from private drives.
A All vehicles turn left
B Entrance on the left
C Return to your side of the road
D Road bends to the left
Correct Answer: C Return to your side of the road
Explanation: The arrow indicates the direction in which to pass hatch markings or double white lines. If you're overtaking, you must return to the left-hand side of the road.
Correct Answer: C
Explanation: There may be occasions when other road users are unable to see your indicator, such as in bright sunlight or at a busy, complicated junction. In these cases, an arm signal will help others to understand your intentions.
A Move out and accelerate hard
B Move out slowly
C Pull out before the vehicle reaches the junction
D Wait until the vehicle starts to turn in
Correct Answer: D Wait until the vehicle starts to turn in
Explanation: Other road users may give misleading signals. When you're waiting at a junction, don't emerge until you're sure of their intentions.
A Instead of sounding the horn in a built-up area between 11.30 pm and 7.00 am
B On a motorway or unrestricted dual carriageway, to warn of a hazard ahead
C On rural routes, after a sign warning of animals
D On the approach to toucan crossings, where cyclists are waiting to cross
Correct Answer: B On a motorway or unrestricted dual carriageway, to warn of a hazard ahead
Explanation: When there's queuing traffic ahead and you have to slow down or even stop, briefly showing your hazard warning lights will help alert the traffic behind to the hazard.
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: Leaving your indicators on could confuse other road users and may even lead to a crash. Be aware that if you haven't turned sharply, your indicators may not self-cancel and you'll need to turn them off manually.
A As you're passing or just after the junction
B It would be better not to signal at all
C Just before you reach the junction
D Well before you reach the junction
Correct Answer: A As you're passing or just after the junction
Explanation: You need to signal to let other drivers know your intentions. However, if you indicate too early, they may think you're turning left into the junction. Correct timing of the signal is very important to avoid misleading others.