Vehicle Handling Theory Test

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A When a slower vehicle is travelling in the right-hand lane of a dual carriageway
B When approaching a motorway slip road where you'll be turning off
C When the vehicle in front is signalling to turn left
D When you're in a one-way street
Correct Answer: D When you're in a one-way street
Explanation: You may pass slower vehicles on their left while travelling along a one-way street. Be aware of drivers who may need to change lanes and may not expect faster traffic passing on their left.
A It will be doubled
B It will be halved
C It will be no different
D It will be ten times greater
Correct Answer: A It will be doubled
Explanation: The road will be very wet and spray from other vehicles will reduce your visibility. Tyre grip will also be reduced, increasing your stopping distance. You should at least double your separation distance to make sure you can stop safely in the space you've allowed.
A Beware of bends in the road ahead
B Go past slowly so that you can react to unseen hazards
C Sound your horn twice before moving out
D Wait until a bend so that you can see oncoming headlights
Correct Answer: A Beware of bends in the road ahead
Explanation: Don't overtake if there's a possibility of a road junction, bend or brow of a bridge or hill ahead. There are many hazards that are difficult to see in the dark. Only overtake if you're certain that the road ahead is clear. Don't take a chance.
A When approaching a pelican crossing
B When approaching a zebra crossing
C When oncoming traffic prevents you turning right
D When you're stationary in a queue of traffic
Correct Answer: C When oncoming traffic prevents you turning right
Explanation: The purpose of a box junction is to keep the junction clear by preventing vehicles from stopping in the path of crossing traffic. You mustn't enter a box junction unless your exit is clear. However, you may enter the box and wait if you want to turn right and are only prevented from doing so by oncoming traffic.
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Road humps are used to slow down traffic. They're found in places where there are often pedestrians, such as
  • shopping areas
  • near schools
  • residential areas.
Watch out for people close to the kerb or crossing the road.
A To make overtaking easier
B To make parking easier
C To slow traffic down
D To stop road rage
Correct Answer: C To slow traffic down
Explanation: Traffic-calming measures make the roads safer for vulnerable road users, such as cyclists, pedestrians and children. These can be designed as chicanes, road humps or other obstacles that encourage drivers and riders to slow down.
Correct Answer: C Red
Explanation: Reflective studs are used to help you in poor visibility. Different colours are used so that you'll know which lane you're in. These are
  • red on the left-hand edge of the carriageway
  • white between lanes
  • amber on the right-hand edge of the carriageway
  • green between the carriageway and slip roads.

rumble device
A Alert you to a hazard
B Alert you to low tyre pressure
C Give directions
D Prevent cattle escaping
Correct Answer: A Alert you to a hazard
Explanation: A rumble device consists of raised markings or strips, designed to give drivers an audible, visual and tactile warning. These devices are used in various locations, including in the line separating the hard shoulder and the left-hand lane on the motorway and on the approach to some hazards, to alert drivers to the need to slow down.
A Avoid using dipped headlights
B Follow other vehicles' tail lights closely
C Keep two seconds behind the vehicle ahead
D Leave plenty of time for your journey
Correct Answer: D Leave plenty of time for your journey
Explanation: If you're planning to make a journey when it's foggy, listen to the weather reports. If visibility is very poor, avoid making unnecessary journeys. If you do travel, leave plenty of time - and if someone is waiting for you to arrive, let them know that your journey will take longer than normal. This will also take off any pressure you may feel to rush.
A Flash your headlights before overtaking
B Make sure you don't dazzle other road users
C Select a higher gear
D Switch your headlights to main beam before overtaking
Correct Answer: B Make sure you don't dazzle other road users
Explanation: To prevent your headlights from dazzling the driver of the car in front, wait until you've passed them before switching to main beam.
A Flash your headlights
B Overtake as soon as you can
C Slow down and stay behind
D Sound your horn
Correct Answer: C Slow down and stay behind
Explanation: Be patient and stay behind the car in front. You shouldn't normally overtake other vehicles in areas subject to traffic calming. If you overtake here, you may easily exceed the speed limit, defeating the purpose of the traffic-calming measures.
A To keep the area clear of traffic
B To make you aware of your speed
C To show a safe distance between vehicles
D To warn you to change direction
Correct Answer: B To make you aware of your speed
Explanation: These lines may be painted on the road on the approach to a roundabout, a village or a particular hazard. The lines are raised and painted yellow, and their purpose is to make you aware of your speed. Reduce your speed in good time so that you avoid having to brake harshly over the last few metres before reaching the junction.
A Carry out an emergency stop
B Reverse back to the main road
C Stop at a passing place
D Switch on your hazard warning lights
Correct Answer: C Stop at a passing place
Explanation: Take care when using single-track roads. It can be difficult to see around bends, because of hedges or fences, so expect to meet oncoming vehicles. Drive carefully and be ready to pull into or stop opposite a passing place, where you can pass each other safely.
A To avoid puncturing the tyres on the edge of the drain covers
B To avoid splashing pedestrians on the pavement
C To help judge the bend using the drain covers as marker points
D To prevent the motorcycle sliding on the metal drain covers
Correct Answer: D To prevent the motorcycle sliding on the metal drain covers
Explanation: Other drivers or riders may have to change course due to the size or characteristics of their vehicle. Understanding this will help you to anticipate their actions. Motorcyclists and cyclists will be checking the road ahead for uneven or slippery surfaces, especially in wet weather. They may need to move across their lane to avoid surface hazards such as potholes and drain covers.
A You'll be going down a long hill
B You'll be on a slippery road
C You'll have just crossed a long bridge
D Your brakes will be wet
Correct Answer: D Your brakes will be wet
Explanation: A ford is a crossing over a stream that's shallow enough to drive or ride through. After you've gone through a ford or deep puddle, your brakes will be wet and they won't work as well as usual. To dry them out, apply a light brake pressure while moving slowly. Don't travel at normal speeds until you're sure your brakes are working properly again.
A It's more difficult to see what's ahead
B The brakes don't work as well
C The engine will take longer to warm up
D You'll be dazzled by other headlights
Correct Answer: A It's more difficult to see what's ahead
Explanation: You won't be able to see as far ahead in fog as you can on a clear day. You'll need to reduce your speed so that, if a hazard looms out of the fog, you have the time and space to take avoiding action. Travelling in fog is hazardous. If you can, try to delay your journey until it has cleared.
A Overtaking will be easier
B The engine will work harder
C The high gears will pull better
D The steering will feel heavier
Correct Answer: B The engine will work harder
Explanation: The engine will need more power to pull the vehicle up the hill. When approaching a steep hill you should select a lower gear to help maintain your speed. You should do this without hesitation, so that you don't lose too much speed before engaging the lower gear.
A Be wary of a sudden gust
B Drive alongside very closely
C Expect normal conditions
D Increase your speed
Correct Answer: A Be wary of a sudden gust
Explanation: The draught caused by other vehicles - particularly those with high sides - could be strong enough to push you out of your lane. Be prepared for a sudden gust of wind as you overtake large vehicles. Keep both hands on the steering wheel to help you keep full control.
A In case it changes direction suddenly
B In case it stops suddenly
C In case its brake lights dazzle you
D In case its fog lights dazzle you
Correct Answer: B In case it stops suddenly
Explanation: If you're following another road user in fog, stay well back. The driver in front won't be able to see hazards until they're close and might need to brake suddenly. Also, the road surface is likely to be wet and could be slippery.
A Leave dipped headlights and fog lights switched on
B Leave dipped headlights switched on
C Leave main-beam headlights switched on
D Leave parking lights switched on
Correct Answer: D Leave parking lights switched on
Explanation: If you have to park your vehicle in foggy conditions, try to find a place to park off the road. If this isn't possible, park on the road facing in the same direction as the traffic. Leave your parking lights switched on and make sure they're clean.
A Flash your main-beam headlights
B Pull down your sun visor
C Shade your eyes with your hand
D Slow down or stop
Correct Answer: D Slow down or stop
Explanation: If the headlights of an oncoming vehicle dazzle you, slow down or, if necessary, stop. Don't close your eyes or swerve, as you'll increase your chances of having a collision. Don't flash your headlights either, as this could dazzle other drivers and make the situation worse.
A When an audible warning device is used
B When they aren't as bright as the headlights
C When they're fitted above the bumper
D When visibility is seriously reduced
Correct Answer: D When visibility is seriously reduced
Explanation: Your fog lights must only be used when visibility is reduced to 100 metres (328 feet) or less. You need to be familiar with the layout of your dashboard so you're aware if your fog lights have been switched on in error, or you've forgotten to switch them off.
A Drive with them on instead of your headlights
B Flash them to warn oncoming traffic that it's foggy
C Leave them on if other drivers have their lights on
D Switch them off as long as visibility remains good
Correct Answer: D Switch them off as long as visibility remains good
Explanation: Switch off your fog lights if the weather improves, but be prepared to use them again if visibility reduces to less than 100 metres (328 feet).
A To allow your headlights to work
B To prevent dazzling drivers behind
C To stop draining the battery
D To stop the engine losing power
Correct Answer: B To prevent dazzling drivers behind
Explanation: Don't forget to switch off your fog lights when the weather improves. You could be prosecuted for driving with them on in good visibility. The high intensity of rear fog lights can dazzle drivers behind and make your brake lights difficult to notice.
A They'll dazzle other drivers
B They'll make drivers behind keep back
C They'll make it safer when towing a trailer
D They'll protect you from larger vehicles
Correct Answer: A They'll dazzle other drivers
Explanation: Rear fog lights shine more brightly than normal rear lights, so that they show up in reduced visibility. When the visibility improves, you must switch them off; this stops them dazzling the driver behind.
A To help prevent damage to the road surface
B To help prevent skidding in deep snow
C To help prevent the brakes locking
D To help prevent wear to the tyres
Correct Answer: B To help prevent skidding in deep snow
Explanation: Chains can be fitted to your wheels in snowy conditions. They can help you to move off without wheelspin, or to keep moving in deep snow. You'll still need to adjust your driving to suit these conditions.
A By changing to a higher gear
B By changing to a lower gear
C By selecting neutral
D By selecting reverse gear
Correct Answer: B By changing to a lower gear
Explanation: You should brake and slow down before selecting a lower gear. The gear can then be used to keep the speed low and help you control the vehicle. This is particularly helpful on long downhill stretches, where brake fade can occur if the brakes overheat.
A Engine damage may be caused
B Fuel spillage will occur
C It will wear tyres out more quickly
D You'll have less steering and braking control
Correct Answer: D You'll have less steering and braking control
Explanation: Letting your vehicle roll or coast in neutral reduces your control over steering and braking. This can be dangerous on downhill slopes, where your vehicle could pick up speed very quickly.
A Eight times the normal distance
B Four times the normal distance
C Six times the normal distance
D Ten times the normal distance
Correct Answer: D Ten times the normal distance
Explanation: Don't travel in icy or snowy weather unless your journey is essential. Drive extremely carefully when roads are or may be icy. Stopping distances can be ten times greater than on dry roads.
A Use front fog lights
B Use only your sidelights
C Use rear fog lights
D Use your headlights
Correct Answer: D Use your headlights
Explanation: If you're driving on a motorway at night or in poor visibility, you must always use your headlights, even if the road is well lit. Other road users must be able to see you, but you should avoid causing dazzle.
A Dipped headlights
B Front fog lights
C Main-beam headlights
D Sidelights only
Correct Answer: A Dipped headlights
Explanation: If you're driving behind other traffic on the motorway at night, use dipped headlights. Main-beam headlights will dazzle the other drivers. Your headlights' dipped beam should fall short of the vehicle in front.
A The condition of the tyres
B The speed limit
C The street lighting
D The time of day
Correct Answer: A The condition of the tyres
Explanation: Having tyres correctly inflated and in good condition will ensure they have maximum grip on the road; how well your tyres grip the road has a significant effect on your car's stopping distance.
A When you change to a higher gear
B When you change to a lower gear
C When you only use the parking brake
D When you're in neutral
Correct Answer: B When you change to a lower gear
Explanation: When you take your foot off the accelerator, engines have a natural resistance to turn, caused mainly by the cylinder compression. Changing to a lower gear requires the engine to turn faster and so it will have greater resistance than when it's made to turn more slowly. When going downhill, changing to a lower gear will therefore help to keep the vehicle's speed in check.
A Dipped headlights
B Front fog lights
C Headlights and fog lights
D Rear fog lights
Correct Answer: A Dipped headlights
Explanation: Only use your fog lights when visibility is seriously reduced. Use dipped headlights in poor conditions because this helps other road users to see you without the risk of causing dazzle.
A To make them more visible in thick fog
B To make them more visible when driving at high speed
C To show when they've broken down in a dangerous position
D To warn drivers following closely to drop back
Correct Answer: A To make them more visible in thick fog
Explanation: Rear fog lights make it easier to spot a vehicle ahead in foggy conditions. Avoid the temptation to use other vehicles' lights as a guide, as they may give you a false sense of security.
A Whether you should drive without wearing your seat belt
B Whether you should fit an amber flashing beacon to your car
C Whether you should wear sunglasses to reduce the glare
D Whether your journey is essential
Correct Answer: D Whether your journey is essential
Explanation: Consider whether the increased risk is worth it. If the weather conditions are bad and your journey isn't essential, then don't drive. If you have to drive, make sure you're well prepared in case you get stuck.
A The radiator has enough anti-freeze
B The windows and lights are clean and clear
C You have a mobile phone with you
D You have a warning triangle in the vehicle
Correct Answer: B The windows and lights are clean and clear
Explanation: If you have to drive in fog, switch your dipped headlights on and keep all your windows clear. You should always be able to pull up within the distance you can see ahead.
A Keep your front fog lights switched on
B Keep your rear fog lights switched on
C Leave your fog lights switched on in case the fog returns
D Switch off your fog lights
Correct Answer: D Switch off your fog lights
Explanation: You must turn off your fog lights if visibility is more than 100 metres (328 feet). Be prepared for the fact that the fog may be patchy and you may need to turn them on again if the fog returns.
A Direction indicators may not work properly
B Electrical systems could be overloaded
C The bulbs would fail
D They may be confused with brake lights
Correct Answer: D They may be confused with brake lights
Explanation: If your rear fog lights are left on when it isn't foggy, the glare they cause makes it difficult for road users behind to know whether you're braking or you've just forgotten to turn off your rear fog lights. This can be a particular problem on wet roads and on motorways. If you leave your rear fog lights on at night, road users behind you are likely to be dazzled and this could put them at risk.
A It will cause the engine to overheat
B It will improve tyre wear
C It will reduce your control
D It will use more fuel
Correct Answer: C It will reduce your control
Explanation: Holding the clutch down or staying in neutral for too long will cause your vehicle to freewheel. This is known as 'coasting' and it's dangerous because it reduces your control of the vehicle.
A The engine will overheat
B The fuel consumption will increase
C The tyres will wear more quickly
D The vehicle will gain speed more quickly
Correct Answer: D The vehicle will gain speed more quickly
Explanation: Coasting is when you allow the vehicle to freewheel in neutral or with the clutch pedal depressed. When travelling downhill, this will cause the vehicle to gain speed more quickly as you lose the benefits of engine braking; it may even lead to a loss of control. You shouldn't coast, especially when approaching hazards such as junctions or bends and when travelling downhill.
A Switch on your hazard warning lights
B Switch on your windscreen wipers
C Use a high gear to prevent wheelspin
D Use a low gear and drive slowly
Correct Answer: D Use a low gear and drive slowly
Explanation: In normal conditions, a ford can be crossed quite safely by driving through it slowly. The water may affect your brakes, so when you're clear of the ford, test them before you resume normal driving.
A It will cause the car to skid
B It will make the engine stall
C The engine will run faster
D There won't be any engine braking
Correct Answer: D There won't be any engine braking
Explanation: Try to look and plan well ahead. Plan your approach to hazards and select the correct gear in good time. This will help give you the control you need to deal with anything unexpected that may occur.
A All the time you're driving
B When you're driving along narrow streets
C When you're driving in poor visibility
D When you're parking
Correct Answer: C When you're driving in poor visibility
Explanation: You must use dipped headlights when daytime visibility is seriously reduced, generally to 100 metres (328 feet) or less. You may also use front or rear fog lights, but they must be switched off when visibility improves.