Mock Test #2 – Highway Code Knowledge

Driver's Mock Test #2 - Highway Code Knowledge

#1: When joining a motorway you should do the following, except:

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You should give priority to traffic already on the motorway. Use the slip road (acceleration lane) to build up speed. Check the traffic on the motorway and match your speed to fit safely into the traffic flow in the left-hand lane. Do not forget to check your blind spot. This question asked what you should NOT do.

Highway code rule: 259.

#2: What is a common effect of alcohol?

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Alcohol reduces all of the important skills you need to drive safely, even if you are below the legal limit. Alcohol affects judgement of speed, distance and risk. It reduces co-ordination and slows down reactions. It also gives a false sense of confidence.

Highway code rule: 95.

#3: You are on a country road and driving at the speed limit. The driver behind is coming up close and trying to overtake. What should you do?

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If a driver is trying to overtake you, maintain a steady course and speed, slowing down if necessary to let the vehicle pass. Never obstruct drivers who wish to pass.

Highway code rule: 168.

#4: You are going down a narrow street with parked vehicles. Why is it particularly important to drive slowly and carefully?

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You should drive slowly and carefully on streets where there are likely to be pedestrians, cyclists and parked cars. Where children are likely to be present look out for children running out from between vehicles.

Highway code rule: 152.

#5: You are driving fast on a slippery road. Your vehicle starts to skid, you should:

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If skidding occurs, remove the cause by easing off the accelerator.

Stay off the brake. Until the vehicle slows, your brakes could cause you to skid more. Turn the steering wheel in the direction you want the vehicle to go (into the skid). Continue to correct your steering until the vehicle is moving down the road under your control.

Highway code rule: 119.

#6: You are on a fast, open road in good conditions. For safety, the distance between you and the vehicle in front should be at least:

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Leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front so that you can pull up safely if it suddenly slows down or stops. Allow at least a two-second gap between you and the vehicle in front on roads carrying faster-moving traffic and in tunnels where visibility is reduced. This is known as the two-second rule.

Remember, the two-second rule is for good conditions. The gap should be at least doubled on wet roads and increased still further on icy roads.

Highway code rule: 126.

#7: You intend to turn right into a side road. Just before turning you should check for motorcyclists who might be:

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It is often difficult to see motorcyclists and cyclists, especially when they are coming up from behind. Just before turning check for traffic overtaking on your right. Do not forget your blind spot.

Highway code rules: 211, 180.

#8: A driver is carrying two 13 year old children and their parents in his car. Who is responsible for making sure that the children wear seat belts?

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A child over 1.35 metres in height or 12 or 13 years must wear a seat belt. The driver is responsible for making sure they wear their seat belts.

Highway code rules: 99, 100.

#9: When driving in icy or snowy weather you should:

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When driving in icy or snowy weather drive with care, even if the roads have been treated. Allow more time for your journey. Keep well back from the road user in front as stopping distances can be ten times greater than on dry roads.

Highway code rules: 228, 230.

#10: Why should you avoid driving in neutral or with the clutch pressed down for too long?

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Coasting can reduce driver control because
  • engine braking is eliminated
  • vehicle speed downhill will increase quickly
  • increased use of the footbrake can reduce its effectiveness
  • steering response will be affected, particularly on bends and corners
  • it may be more difficult to select the appropriate gear when needed.

Highway code rule: 122.

#11: When is it dangerous to overtake another vehicle?

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DO NOT overtake when approaching or at a road junction on either side of the road.

Highway code rules: 165, 166, 167.

#12: Traffic on a motorway is suddenly braking sharply because of an incident. You warn traffic behind you by turning on hazard warning lights. How long should you keep them on for?

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Hazard warning lights may be used when you are on a motorway or unrestricted dual carriageway and you need to warn drivers behind you of a hazard or obstruction ahead. Only use them for long enough to ensure that your warning has been observed.

Highway code rule: 116.

#13: Emergency Refuge Areas on motorways are designed to be used

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Emergency refuge areas have been built for use in cases of emergency or breakdown.

Highway code rule: 269.

#14: You arrive at the scene of a motorcycle crash where the rider is unconscious and lying in the middle of the road. What is the FIRST thing you should do?

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Further collisions and fire are the main dangers following a crash. In this situation, the motorcyclist is in an extremely vulnerable position. If possible, you should warn approaching vehicles.

Turn on the hazard warning lights and use warning devices where appropriate.

Highway code rule: 283.

#15: To back your vehicle safely:

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You should not depend only on mirrors.

Use all your mirrors. Check all around. Reverse slowly, while looking mainly through the rear window.

Highway code rule: 202.

#16: What is the difference between toucan crossings and other crossings?

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Toucan crossings are light-controlled crossings which allow cyclists and pedestrians to share crossing space and cross at the same time. They are push-button operated. Pedestrians and cyclists will see the green signal together. Cyclists are permitted to ride across.

Highway code rules: 25, 80.

#17: You are following a motorcyclist on an uneven road. You should:

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Motorcyclists and cyclists may suddenly need to avoid uneven road surfaces and obstacles such as drain covers or oily, wet or icy patches on the road. Give them plenty of room and pay particular attention to any sudden change of direction they may have to make.

Highway code rule: 213.

#18: You are on a two-lane road. You need to pass an obstruction on your side of the road. In this situation you must always:

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Give way to oncoming vehicles before passing parked vehicles or other obstructions on your side of the road.

Highway code rule: 163.

#19: Compared to a passenger car, what is true about a large vehicle?

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Large vehicles need a greater distance to stop.

It is no true that they have smaller blind spots, are easier to pass, or need less room to turn.

Highway code rules: 126, 221.

#20: You are driving on a one-way street and wish to overtake a vehicle ahead. You may pass:

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Traffic could pass on either side.

Highway code rule: 143.



Check How Well You’ve Learned the Highway Code

Car theory mock tests help you learn the essential parts of the Highway Code. Make sure you have a good understanding of the most common rules in the U.K. Highway Code before you start taking any of our practice tests.

This test has 20 questions. You will see correct answers at the end of the test.

Structured Learning Instead of Just Memorising

If you are unsure of an answer, make a note or review the corresponding section in the Highway Code. Structured learning instead of just memorising phrases will help you a lot. If you make notes, you should also try to write down facts with your own words.

How Many Questions are on the real Car Theory Test?

A DVSA theory test for car drivers has 50 multiple choice questions. With each question you will see a list of potential answers. Select the correct answer from the list. To pass the examination you must correctly answer 43 out of the 50 questions.

All questions are based on the information in the Highway Code. Many of the rules are legal requirements – if you disobey them you are committing an offence. These rules are identified using the words ‘MUST/MUST NOT’. Pay special attention to these rules.

For other safe driving practices, the words ‘SHOULD/SHOULD NOT’. You should, of course, follow these rules too.

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