Mock Test #4 – Car Theory Questions

Driver's Mock Test #3 - Car Theory Questions

#1: 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.

#2: You must be especially cautious when going past this stationary bus. Why is this?

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Watch for people getting off and crossing the road. A stationary bus at a bus stop can hide pedestrians just in front of it. Adjust your speed so you can stop safely if you need to.

You should also be ready to give way if the bus suddenly moves off. Always give priority to buses when you can do so safely,

Highway code rule: 223.

#3: When following a large lorry on a wet road spray could make it difficult to see. What should you do in such a situation?

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Your ability to see and to plan ahead will be improved if you pull back to increase your separation distance. Keeping well back also allows the driver of the lorry to see you in his mirrors.

Highway code rule: 222.

#4: 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.

#5: You are driving along a wet road. How can you tell if your tyres are losing traction?

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As your tyres lose traction, you will also lose the ability to steer. To recover some traction and regain steering control, you must slow down. Take your foot off the accelerator.

Highway code rules: 119, 120, 227.

#6: You have stopped at a junction. The traffic light turns green. When should you not proceed at green?

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A steady green traffic light means you can go through the junction. Only go forward when the traffic lights are green if there is room for you to clear the junction safely or you are taking up a position to turn right.

Highway code rules: 176, 109.

#7: It is recommended that you turn on your hazard warning lights when your vehicle is:

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Hazard warning lights may be used when your vehicle is stationary and temporarily obstructing traffic. You may also use them when you are on a motorway or unrestricted dual carriageway and you need to warn drivers behind you of a hazard or obstruction ahead.

Highway code rule: 116.

#8: You are approaching a zebra crossing where pedestrians are waiting. What is the wrong thing to do in this situation?

Do not wave or use your horn to invite pedestrians across - this could be dangerous if another vehicle is approaching. Be ready to slow down or stop to let pedestrians cross. You must give way when a pedestrian has moved onto a crossing. This question asked which is the wrong thing to do!

Highway code rules: 195, 196.

#9: A white arrow is painted on this road. What does it mean?

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A white arrow may be painted on the road as a reminder to keep left of areas of white diagonal stripes or chevrons ahead. This type of arrow may also mark the route that high vehicles should take under a low bridge.

Highway code rule: 130.

#10: 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.

#11: 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.

#12: The area close to a pedestrian crossing is covered by the zig-zag lines. What do they mean?

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You MUST NOT park on a crossing or in the area covered by the zig-zag lines.

Highway code rule: 191.

#13: What road markings indicate a box junction?

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Box junctions have criss-cross yellow lines painted on the road.

Highway code rule: 174.

#14: 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.

#15: 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.

#16: There is slow moving traffic ahead. What should you do?

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When traffic slows you should reduce the distance between you and the vehicle ahead to maintain traffic flow. Never get so close to the vehicle in front that you cannot stop safely. You should also leave enough space to be able to manoeuvre if the vehicle in front breaks down or an emergency vehicle needs to get past.

Highway code rule: 151.

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

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DO NOT overtake if there is any doubt, or where you cannot see far enough ahead to be sure it is safe.

Highway code rules: 165, 166, 167.

#18: You are about to go down a steep hill. Which of the following is a good idea if you want to control the speed of your vehicle?

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Select a lower gear before you reach a long downhill slope. This will help to control your speed. Use your brakes carefully. Avoid excess use of the brakes, which become less effective if they overheat.

Highway code rule: 160.

#19: You are towing a caravan along a motorway. The caravan begins to swerve from side to side. What is the best thing to do?

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Ease off the accelerator and reduce speed gently to regain control. Braking or steering heavily can make matters worse.

To avoid swerving or snaking, you should properly distribute the weight in your caravan or trailer with heavy items mainly over the axle(s).

Highway code rule: 98.

#20: You see double white lines on the road. The line nearest to you is solid. What does it mean?

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Double white lines where the line nearest you is solid. This means you must not cross or straddle it unless it is safe and you need to enter adjoining premises or a side road.

You may cross the line if necessary, provided the road is clear, to pass a stationary vehicle, or overtake a pedal cycle, horse or road maintenance vehicle, if they are travelling at 10 mph (16 km/h) or less.

Highway code rule: 129.

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You can use our FREE theory questions to practise for the DVSA examination and for self-evaluation. Each mock test helps you determine if you are ready for the final exam or not.

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.

Quizagogo.com has several simple tests that cover the U.K. traffic signs. They are a good supplement to the tests found on this website.

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