Mock Test #8 – The Driving Examination

Mock Test 8 - The Driving Examination

#1: 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.

#2: 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.

#3: It is recommended that you only use your mobile phone when:

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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.

#4: 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.

#5: White zigzag lines close to a pedestrian crossing 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.

#6: Signs have different colours and shapes for easy identification. What is the standard colour on a primary road sign like this is?

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Direction signs on primary routes have green backgrounds, yellow route numbers and white lettering.

Primary routes are roads of national and regional importance, other than motorways.

#7: You are turning right onto a dual carriageway. Before emerging, you should:

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When crossing or turning right onto dual carriageways, first assess whether the central reservation is deep enough to protect the full length of your vehicle.
  • If it is, then you should treat each half of the carriageway as a separate road. Wait in the central reservation until there is a safe gap in the traffic on the second half of the road.
  • If the central reservation is too shallow for the length of your vehicle, wait until you can cross both carriageways in one go.


Highway code rule: 173.

#8: 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.

#9: 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.

#10: If a horse rider signals you to stop:

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Look out for horse riders' and horse drivers' signals and heed a request to slow down or stop. You must stop if a rider or driver signals you to do so.

Highway code rule: 215.

#11: You are travelling along a motorway. You see this sign. What must you do?

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Leave motorway at next exit.

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: 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.

#13: If you are on a motorway and decide you need a rest, you should:

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You MUST NOT stop on the carriageway, hard shoulder, slip road, central reservation or verge except in an emergency, or when told to do so by the police, HA traffic officers in uniform, an emergency sign or by flashing red light signals.

Do not stop on the hard shoulder to either make or receive mobile phone calls.

Highway code rules: 262, 270.

#14: When going down this narrow street a driver should particularly look out for:

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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.

#15: 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.

#16: You are driving in fog with your front fog lights switched on. What should you do when the fog clears?

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You MUST switch them off when visibility improves to avoid dazzling other road users.

Highway code rules: 114, 226.

#17: For which of the following reasons should you flash your headlights to other road users?

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Only flash your headlights to let other road users know that you are there.

Highway code rule: 110.

#18: 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.

#19: 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.

#20: 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.

#21: As you approach a roundabout you see a horse rider signalling right but keeping well to the left. You should:

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Give plenty of room to cyclists and horse riders who may stay in the left-hand lane and signal right if they intend to continue round the roundabout. Allow them to do so.

Highway code rule: 187.

#22: In which situation are you allowed to go beyond this sign?

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Vehicles must not go beyond the sign.

The sign may be placed only by a police officer in uniform or a person acting under the instructions or authority of the chief officer of police. The sign gives an instruction to drivers not to proceed beyond it. It may be placed on a highway for a period not exceeding seven days.

#23: When should you turn on your headlights during the day?

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When driving in fog you should turn on your headlights to see and be seen. Use your dipped headlights in fog.

Remember, you MUST use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced, generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres (328 feet).

Highway code rules: 113, 226.

#24: What is the best thing to do when another road user is behaving aggressively?

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Do not make the situation worse. Try to be understanding if other road users cause problems. Do not allow yourself to become agitated or involved if someone is behaving badly on the road.

Highway code rule: 147.

#25: You approach a bus signalling to move off from a bus stop. In this situation you should

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Give priority when you can do so safely. Watch for people getting off and crossing the road.

Highway code rule: 223.

#26: 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.

#27: While driving, a warning light on your vehicle’s instrument panel comes on. What should you do?

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Make sure that you understand the meaning of all warning displays on the vehicle instrument panel. If they come on while you are driving, stop and investigate the problem, as you could have a serious fault.

#28: 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.

#29: You are following a long lorry. The driver signals to turn left into a narrow road. What should you do?

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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.

When they swing wide, they could mask another vehicle turning out of the same junction. Stay well back and be prepared to stop.

Highway code rules: 170, 221.

#30: Your vehicle is fitted with an anti-lock braking system. When will the system start to work?

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An anti-lock braking system has sensors that detect when the wheels are about to lock.

Highway code rule: 120.

#31: What does this sign tell you?

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Priority must be given to vehicles from the opposite direction on a narrow length of road.

#32: When you see flashing amber light at a pelican crossing, you must:

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Pelican crossings are signal-controlled crossings where flashing amber follows the red light.

When the amber light is flashing, you must give way to any pedestrians on the crossing. If the amber light is flashing and there are no pedestrians on the crossing, you may proceed with caution.

Highway code rule: 196.

#33: 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.

#34: 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.

#35: When a traffic signal is showing a steady red light:

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A red signal light means stop. You can make a right turn against a red light after you stop and yield to pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles close enough to be a hazard. Make the right turn only when it is safe. Do not turn if a no turn on red sign is posted.

A left turn against a red light can only be made from a one-way street onto a one-way street.

Remember, in California, you may not turn against a red arrow.

Highway code rules: 175, 176, 109.

#36: 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.

#37: 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.

#38: 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.

#39: 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.

#40: What should you do as you approach this road marking?

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Road markings guide high vehicles through the highest part of an arch bridge. High vehicles may need to move to the middle of the road so that they can pass safely under the bridge. You should be ready to stop and give way to oncoming high vehicles in the middle of the road.

You may keep to the left-hand side of the road, crossing the road markings, where this would enable you to pass oncoming vehicles in safety.

Highway code rules: 166, 221.

#41: 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.

#42: 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.

#43: Why is coasting for too long dangerous?

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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.

#44: 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.

#45: What should you do when elderly people are crossing the road?

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Older pedestrians may need more time to cross the road. Be patient and allow them to cross in their own time. Do not hurry them by revving your engine or edging forward.

Highway code rule: 207.

#46: This school crossing patrol signal means:

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You MUST stop when a school crossing patrol shows this 'Stop for children' sign

Highway code rules: 105, 210.

#47: You are on a road with more than one lane going in your direction. You may overtake on the left if:

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Stay in your lane if traffic is moving slowly in queues. If the queue on your right is moving more slowly than you are, you may pass on the left.

Highway code rule: 163.

#48: As a driver, you may remove your seat belt when

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You must wear a seat belt if one is fitted in the seat you are using. There are only a few exceptions.

You are not required to wear a seat belt if you are reversing your car or supervising a learner driver who is reversing. Exemptions are also allowed for the holders of medical exemption certificates and those making deliveries or collections in goods vehicles when travelling less than 50 metres.

Highway code rule: 99.

#49: 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.

#50: 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.

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