Mock Test #8 – The Driving Examination

Mock Test 8 - The Driving Examination

#1: What is the purpose of an Active Traffic Management (ATM) scheme on a motorway?

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An Active Traffic Management (ATM) Scheme helps reduce congestion. In areas where an Active Traffic Management (ATM) Scheme is in force, the hard shoulder may be used as a running lane. You will know when you can use this because a speed limit sign will be shown above all open lanes, including the hard shoulder.

Highway code rule: 269.

#2: You are on a motorway with three lanes. The right-hand lane is:

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On a three-lane dual carriageway, you may use the middle lane or the right-hand lane to overtake but return to the middle and then the left-hand lane when it is safe.

Highway code rule: 138.

#3: You are on a road with street lights but no traffic signs. Normally, the speed limit is

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The 30 mph limit usually applies to all traffic on all roads with street lighting unless signs show otherwise.

National speed limits for cars and motorcycles are: 30 mph (48 km/h) in built-up areas, 60 mph (96 km/h) on single carriageways, and 70 mph (112 km/h) on dual carriageways and motorways.

Highway code rules: 124, 125.

#4: Your mobile phone rings while you are driving. Which of the following is the best thing to do?

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It is safer not to use any telephone while you are driving or riding. Find a safe place to stop first or use the voicemail facility and listen to messages later.

Highway code rule: 149.

#5: What does a double red line along the side of the road mean?

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Red lines are used on some roads instead of yellow lines. Red Routes indicate that stopping to park, load/unload or to board and alight from a vehicle (except for a licensed taxi or if you hold a Blue Badge) is prohibited.

A single red line means that stopping is prohibited at certain times. The times that the red line prohibitions apply are shown on nearby signs.

A double red line means no stopping at any time.

Highway code rules: 240, 247.

#6: Which car is best positioned for a turn right from a one-way street?

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Well before you turn right from a one-way street you should take up a position in the right-hand lane or in the space marked for traffic turning right. This will show other road users what you intend to do.

Highway code rule: 179.

#7: When overtaking another vehicle you should allow plenty of room. This is particularly important when overtaking:

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

Highway code rules: 163, 212, 213.

#8: If your vehicle breaks down on a motorway, you should always try to:

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Pull on to the hard shoulder and stop as far to the left as possible, with your wheels turned to the left. After using an emergency telephone, return and wait near your vehicle - well away from the carriageway and hard shoulder. Never stand between your vehicle and oncoming traffic.

Highway code rules: 274, 275.

#9: You are planning a long journey. Should you include breaks in your plans?

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Plan your journey to take sufficient breaks. A minimum break of at least 15 minutes after every two hours of driving is recommended The few minutes spent on a rest break can save your life.

Highway code rules: 91, 262.

#10: What colour are the reflective studs between a motorway and its slip road?

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Green studs mark the edge of the main carriageway at lay-bys and slip roads.

Highway code rule: 132.

#11: What does this motorway sign mean?

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Right-hand lane closed.

Amber flashing lights may indicate a temporary maximum speed limit, lanes that are closed or a message such as Fog.

Highway code rule: 257.

#12: Which instrument panel warning light shows that headlights are on full beams?

 
 
 
 
Make sure that you understand the meaning of all warning displays on the vehicle instrument panel.

#13: You stop for pedestrians waiting to cross at a zebra crossing. They do not start to cross. What should you do?

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As you approach a zebra crossing, look out for pedestrians waiting to cross and be ready to slow down or stop to let them cross. Do not wave or use your horn to invite pedestrians across - this could be dangerous if another vehicle is approaching. Allow pedestrians plenty of time to cross and do not harass them by revving your engine or edging forward.

Highway code rules: 194, 195.

#14: Signs have different colours and shapes for easy identification. Which shape is used for speed limit for tramcars?

 
 
 
 
The sign shown indicates the speed limit for tramcars. It is diamond in shape to distinguish it from signs for motor vehicles. Remember, all diamond-shaped signs are for tram drivers only.

#15: At an accident someone is unconscious. When should you administer chest compressions?

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If there are no signs of life and there is no pulse, then chest compressions should be administered.

Highway code rule: 283.

#16: If you need to use arm signals, how would you signal a left turn?

For slowing down, extend the right hand at shoulder level with palm facing downward, and wave it downwards and upwards.

Use an arm signal to emphasise or reinforce your signal lights if necessary.

Highway code rule: 103.

#17: You are at the scene of an accident. What can you do to prevent an injured person from going into shock?

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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.

#18: You are driving on a motorway. You MUST stop when signalled to do so by which of these?

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When red lamps are flashing above your lane, you MUST STOP unless you can move safely to a lane where red signals are not showing. When red lamps are flashing above all lanes, you MUST NOT go beyond the signal in any lane.

Highway code rule: 258.

#19: You are entering traffic from a side road. Why should you be especially alert for motorcycles?

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Motorcyclists and cyclist are more difficult to see than other vehicles, especially when they are coming up from behind, coming out of junctions, at roundabouts, overtaking you or filtering through traffic.

Highway code rules: 170, 211.

#20: At the scene of an accident a casualty is unconscious. Their breathing should be checked. This should be done for up to

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Normal breathing should be established. Once the airway is open check breathing for up to 10 seconds.

Highway code rule: 283.

#21: You are driving along a country road. Horse riders are approaching. What should you do?

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When passing animals, drive slowly. Be particularly careful of horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles especially when overtaking. Always pass wide and slowly.

Highway code rules: 214, 215.

#22: You approach a parked ice cream van. You should:

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Drive carefully and slowly when there is a risk of pedestrians, especially children, stepping unexpectedly into the road. Slow down when passing parked vehicles, especially ice cream vans. Children are more interested in ice cream than traffic and may run into the road unexpectedly.

Highway code rules: 205, 206.

#23: What do these road markings indicate?

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Traffic calming measures such as road humps, chicanes and narrowings are intended to slow you down. When you approach these features reduce your speed.

Highway code rule: 153.

#24: When are you allowed to cross a double solid white line in the middle of the road?

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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.

#25: This junction has advanced stop lines. Which vehicle has made a correct stop?

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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.

#26: When driving on icy roads stopping distances can be:

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When driving in icy or snowy weather you should keep well back from the road user in front as stopping distances can be ten times greater than on dry roads.

Highway code rule: 230.

#27: When approaching a long tunnel it is good advice to:

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On the approach to tunnels a sign will usually show a local radio channel. Make sure your radio is tuned to the frequency shown.

Local radio may give a warning of any incidents or congestion ahead. You should also look for variable message signs. Follow the instructions given by the signs or by tunnel officials. Accidents in tunnels can lead to serious casualties.

A tunnel means limited visibility. Do not use sunglasses and the sun visor.

Highway code rule: 146.

#28: 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.

#29: Where is it particularly important to look out for motorcyclists and cyclists?

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Motorcyclists and cyclist are more difficult to see than other vehicles, especially when they are coming up from behind, coming out of junctions, at roundabouts, overtaking you or filtering through traffic. Junctions are the most likely places for car/motorcycle collisions to occur.

Highway code rules: 170, 211.

#30: This warning sign means:

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This sign is used on the approach to a railway level crossing which is equipped with gates or barriers.

It is also used at a tramway crossing if barriers are provided.

#31: Your vehicle breaks down on the motorway. You cannot get your vehicle onto the hard shoulder. What should you do?

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Switch on your hazard warning lights. Do not place any warning device on the motorway. Do not attempt to leave your vehicle until you can safely get clear of the carriageway.

Highway code rule: 277.

#32: When taking any medicine, you should:

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Drugs and medicine may affect your driving. Always check the labels or ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Highway code rule: 96.

#33: What does this sign mean?

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Sharp deviation of route to the left. The chevron sign is often used on roundabouts to face traffic on each approach and elsewhere to denote sharp changes in the direction of a road.

#34: You get increased engine braking when you:

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Lower gear gives increased engine braking. Select a lower gear before you reach a long downhill slope. This will help to control your speed.

Highway code rule: 160.

#35: This marking appears on the road just before:

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The triangular marking is used only at junctions where a transverse Give Way line is painted on the road.

Highway code rule: 172.

#36: What does this sign tell you?

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Two-way traffic.

The two-way traffic sign indicate the resumption of two-way traffic on a single carriageway road after a one-way road.

#37: When driving at dusk or dawn, you should switch your headlights on:

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Use dipped headlights, or dim-dip if fitted, in dull daytime weather, to ensure that you can be seen.

Highway code rules: 115, 226.

#38: You are driving along a slippery road. What happens if your vehicle’s tyres lose their grip on the surface?

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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.

#39: You have stopped before turning right into a side road. There is a queue of traffic behind you. Why is it important to check your right mirror just before turning?

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Just before turning check for traffic overtaking on your right. Do not forget your blind spot.

Highway code rule: 179.

#40: When overtaking another vehicle at night you must be sure that:

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Keep your headlights dipped when overtaking. Switch to full beam when you are level with the other vehicle, but only if necessary and as long this do not dazzle oncoming road users.

Highway code rule: 115.

#41: When travelling on a motorway, you MUST stop when signalled to do so by which of these?

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You MUST follow any directions given by Police officers or Traffic officers.

Highway code rules: 108, 281.

#42: You are driving on a clear night. There is a steady stream of oncoming traffic. The national speed limit applies. Which lights should you use?

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Keep your headlights dipped when full beam headlights would dazzle oncoming road users.

Highway code rules: 113, 115.

#43: At the scene of a traffic accident you can do the situation worse if you:

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Further collisions and fire are the main dangers following a crash. Approach any vehicle involved with care. Switch off all engines and, if possible, warn other traffic. Stop anyone from smoking. Get help. Proper medical assistance is essential.

Highway code rule: 283.

#44: When are you allowed to enter an area with white stripes bordered by broken white lines?

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Areas of white diagonal stripes or chevrons separate traffic lanes or to protect traffic turning right. If the area is bordered by a broken white line, you should not enter the area unless it is necessary and you can see that it is safe to do so.

Highway code rule: 130.

#45: You have entered a built-up area. At what times are you prohibited from using your horn?

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You must not use your horn when driving in a built-up area between the hours of 11.30 pm and 7.00 am, except when another road user poses a danger.

Highway code rule: 112.

#46: Why should you keep well back when following a lorry?

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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.

#47: Why should you wear suitable shoes when you are driving?

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Suitable clothing and footwear help you use the controls in the correct manner.

Highway code rule: 97.

#48: What does this sign indicate?

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Climbing and crawler lanes are provided on some hills. Use this lane if you are driving a slow-moving vehicle or if there are vehicles behind you wishing to overtake.

Highway code rule: 139.

#49: What does the term Blind Spot mean for a driver?

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Be aware that mirrors do not cover all areas and there will be blind spots. You must turn your head and glance over your shoulder.

Highway code rule: 161.

#50: You wish to overtake a long, slow-moving vehicle ahead. Driving up close to the vehicle will:

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Do not follow other vehicles too closely. Keeping well back gives you a better view of the road ahead. Make sure that you have enough room to complete your overtaking manoeuvre before committing yourself.

Highway code rule: 164.

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