Mock Test #4 – Car Theory Questions

Driver's Mock Test #3 - Car Theory Questions

#1: When driving at higher speeds, which method helps you determine a safe following distance between you and vehicle ahead?

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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.

#2: At the scene of an accident, you believe that an injured person may be suffering from shock. What are the warning signs to look for?

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Shock is a life threatening condition. The most common cause of shock is blood loss. Some of the symptoms include
  • Pale face
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Fast, shallow breathing
  • Rapid, weak pulse
Try to make them warm and as comfortable as you can. Protect them from rain or snow, but avoid unnecessary movement.

Give reassurance confidently and try not to leave them alone or let them wander into the path of other traffic.

You should not give them anything to eat or drink.

Highway code rule: 283.

#3: Traffic signs telling you what you must do are generally which shape?

Blue circles generally give a mandatory instruction and red rings or circles tell you what you must not do.

#4: You are approaching a mini-roundabout. The long vehicle in front is signalling left but positioned over to the right. You should

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Remember, large vehicles need extra room. Long vehicles may have to use the whole width of the road to make a turn.

Highway code rules: 187, 221.

#5: You approach this police officer from behind. What does the signal mean?

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This signal is used to beckon traffic on.

You must obey signals given by police officers, traffic officers, traffic wardens, and signs used by school crossing patrols.

You can download the pdf version of Signals by Authorised Persons here

Highway code rule: 105.

#6: You are on a two-lane road. There are cyclists and a sharp bend ahead. What is the best thing to do?

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Overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so. You should not get too close to the vehicle you intend to overtake.

Give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car.

Highway code rules: 163, 212, 213.

#7: You are driving on a slippery road. The rear of your vehicle starts to skid. You should ease off the accelerator and

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Turning the wheel in the direction of the skid (into the skid).

An easy way to decide what way to steer is to look where you want to go (down the road) and steer there.

Highway code rule: 119.

#8: Signs have different colours and shapes for easy identification. What are blue circles used for?

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Blue circles are generally used for positive (mandatory) instructions.

They may also indicates a route for use only by particular classes of vehicle.

#9: You are on a country road and driving at the speed limit. A motorcyclist is coming up close and trying to overtake. What is the best thing to 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.

#10: You are on a motorway at night. You MUST have your headlights switched on unless:

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When your vehicle is broken down on the hard shoulder you should use your hazard lights. Keep your sidelights on when it is dark or visibility is poor.

Highway code rules: 274, 275.

#11: You are driving in heavy rain. Your steering suddenly becomes very light. You should:

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If the steering becomes unresponsive, it probably means that water is preventing the tyres from gripping the road. Ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.

Highway code rule: 227.

#12: In snowy or icy weather you should:

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In winter check the local weather forecast for warnings of icy or snowy weather. DO NOT drive in these conditions unless your journey is essential. If it is, take great care and allow more time for your journey.

Highway code rule: 228.

#13: What does this warning sign mean?

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This sign is used in advance of open railway level crossings which have neither gates nor barriers.

#14: You approach a junction controlled by traffic lights. There is a marked area between two stop lines. What is this area for?

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Some signal-controlled junctions have advanced stop lines to allow cycles to be positioned ahead of other traffic.

Motorists, including motorcyclists, must stop at the first white line reached if the lights are amber or red and should avoid blocking the way or encroaching on the marked area at other times, e.g. if the junction ahead is blocked.

Highway code rule: 178.

#15: What should you do if your vehicle breaks down in a tunnel?

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You should not rely on being found by the police or being seen by a CCTV camera. Remember, the longer your vehicle stays where it is, the more danger it poses to other drivers.

Turn on your hazard warning lights. Leave the vehicle by the left-hand door. Walk to an emergency telephone and call for assistance.

Highway code rules: 274, 275.

#16: What does this sign mean?

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The sign prohibits the use of a road by motor vehicles.

#17: After a breakdown you need to re-join the main carriageway of a motorway from the hard shoulder. What should you do?

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When re-joining the carriageway after a breakdown, build up speed on the hard shoulder. Watch for a safe gap in the traffic before you move out onto the carriageway.

Highway code rule: 276.

#18: What should you do when passing sheep on a road?

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When passing animals, drive slowly. Give them plenty of room and be ready to stop. Do not scare animals by sounding your horn, revving your engine or accelerating rapidly once you have passed them.

Highway code rule: 214.

#19: Which of the following result from drinking alcohol?

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Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive safely. It 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.

#20: If you need to change lane, you should:

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Blind spots are areas around your vehicle your mirror does not cover.

Before taking off, making lane changes or turns, quickly turn your head to look for hidden pedestrians or vehicles. Avoid driving in other drivers' blind spots.

Highway code rule: 133.



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Our mock tests aren’t only for newbies. They can also be used by anyone who wants to brush up their knowledge about U.K. driving rules. Several new laws have been added the last 10 years, laws that every driver must know, regardless if they have already passed the knowledge exam or not.

The first book you must study is the U.K. Highway code. Make sure you have the latest copy. You must also get the booklet ‘Know Your Traffic Signs‘. It explains all the traffic signs you should know for your exam.

Even drivers who passed their driving test some years ago should keep up to date with recently introduced signs. has several simple tests that cover the U.K. traffic signs. They are a good supplement to the tests found on this website.