Mock Test #9 – Find Your Weaknesses

Drivers Mock Test #9 - Weaknesses

#1: Which of the following is a likely effect of 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.

#2: Who must give way on a road with this sign?

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

#3: You are in an Active Traffic Management area on a motorway. You can use the hard shoulder as a running lane:

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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.

#4: You are driving at 50 mph. Road conditions are ideal. Your overall stopping distance is approximately

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Typical stopping distances are for general information only. The stopping distance will depend on your attention (thinking distance), the road surface, weather conditions, and the condition of your car.

Highway code rule: 126.

#5: You carry a load on a roof rack. The load must be:

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You must secure your load. If you cover your load, make sure that the cover is also securely fitted.

Highway code rule: 98.

#6: Who has priority at unmarked junctions?

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In side roads and country lanes you should look out for unmarked junctions where nobody has priority.

Highway code rule: 146.

#7: Two elderly pedestrians are crossing the road in front of you. You should:

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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.

#8: Why should you not follow this vehicle too closely?

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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.

#9: You see this sign partly covered by snow. What does it mean?

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The eight-sided shape is exclusively used for stop signs.

#10: You are in the right-hand lane at traffic lights. You are waiting to turn right. At which of these traffic lights must you not move on?

 
 
 
 
You may proceed in the direction of the green arrow when it, or the full green light shows. Read and amber mean stop.

Highway code rule: 177.

#11: You are leaving a motorway. You discover that you have taken the wrong exit. What should you do?

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If you have taken the wrong exit, carry on. Never reverse or drive against the traffic flow.

Highway code rule: 263.

#12: You are upset by an impatient driver who weaves in and out of traffic. What is the best thing to do?

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You should not allow yourself to become agitated or involved if someone is behaving badly on the road. This will only make the situation worse. Try not to react.

If you get too upset, pull over and calm down and.

Highway code rule: 147.

#13: You approach this road sign. What should you expect ahead?

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Traffic calming schemes can employ a variety of measures, including road humps and narrowings. Warning signs often indicate the type of measure to be expected.

Highway code rule: 153.

#14: What does this sign mean?

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Crossroads sign.

Take extra care at road junctions. Make sure there are no vehicles about to cross your path.

#15: You are driving on a narrow road and holding up a long queue of traffic. What should you do?

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Do not hold up a long queue of traffic, especially if you are driving a large or slow-moving vehicle. Check your mirrors frequently, and if necessary, pull in where it is safe and let traffic pass.

Failure to pull over when you have a long queue of traffic behind you could constitute an offence of inconsiderate driving.

Highway code rule: 169.

#16: You carry a 5 year-old child in the back seat of your car for a short distance. The child is under 1.35 metres (4 feet 5 inches) and a correct child restraint is not available. The child must:

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Correct child restraint must be used where seat belts fitted.

If correct child restraint is not available in a licensed taxi or private hire vehicle, or for reasons of unexpected necessity over a short distance, or if two occupied restraints prevent fitment of a third, adult belt must be used.

Highway code rules: 99, 100.

#17: You approach this sign. What must you do?

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You must stop behind the line at a junction with a stop sign and a solid white line across the road. Wait for a safe gap in the traffic before you proceed.

Highway code rule: 171.

#18: Which of the following is most likely to take an unusual course at roundabouts?

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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.

#19: This sign indicates a mandatory cycle lane. It shows no hours of operation. What does it mean?

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When hours of operation are not shown the lane is in operation at all times.

Highway code rule: 140.

#20: Where should you take extra care and look out for motorcyclists?

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Take extra care at junctions. You should watch out for cyclists, motorcyclists, powered wheelchairs/mobility scooters and pedestrians as they are not always easy to see. Junctions are the most likely places for car/motorcycle collisions to occur. This usually is the result of a car driver not seeing the motorcycle and turning into the motorcycle's path.

Highway code rule: 170.

#21: This sign means:

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Roundabout ahead.

The roundabout warning sign is used only for true roundabouts. Slow down and be prepared to give way.

#22: You are in the centre lane on a motorway. You see these overhead signs. What must you do?

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Change lane and reduce speed to no more than 50 mph.

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

Highway code rule: 257.

#23: When turning right across a line of slow-moving or stationary traffic, you should be especially alert for:

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When turning right across a line of slow-moving or stationary traffic, look out for cyclists or motorcyclists on the inside of the traffic you are crossing. Be especially careful when turning, and when changing direction or lane. Be sure to check mirrors and blind spots carefully.

Highway code rules: 170, 211, 212.

#24: You are following a moped. You wish to turn left just ahead. You should:

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Do not overtake just before you turn left and watch out for traffic coming up on your left before you make the turn.

Highway code rules: 182, 212.

#25: The flashing amber light at a pelican crossing means:

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

You must stop when the red light shows.

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.

#26: Signs have different colours and shapes for easy identification. Which colour is used for destination signs on motorways?

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Blue is used for information signs and for direction signs on motorways.

#27: If motorcyclists look over their shoulder it often means that they:

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If motorcyclists look over their shoulder it could mean that they intend to pull out, turn right or change direction.

Highway code rule: 212.

#28: Keeping an unused roof rack fitted to your car will

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The heavier your car is, the more fuel you will waste.

Highway code rule: 98.

#29: What does this sign mean?

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Wild animals are likely to be found in the road.

#30: You are keeping a steady speed of 55 mph. What should you do when you approach this road sign?

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Staggered junction ahead.

Driving at speeds too fast for the road and traffic conditions is dangerous. You should always reduce your speed when the road layout or condition presents hazards.

Highway code rules: 125, 146.

#31: If you try to avoid busy times when travelling:

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Before setting off, you should ensure that you have planned your route and allowed sufficient time. By avoiding busy times you are not adding to traffic congestion. You will also use less fuel and have a less stressful journey.

Highway code rule: 97.

#32: While driving on a motorway you have to slow down quickly due to a hazard. What should you do in such a situation?

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Warn other traffic by using your hazard warning lights as soon as your vehicle may cause an obstruction.

Highway code rules: 277, 274.

#33: Motorway emergency telephones are normally linked to the police. In some areas they may be linked to:

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A motorway telephone gives you a free and direct connection to the police motorway desk or the Highways Agency.

Highway code rule: 275.

#34: Which of these may use motorways?

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Motorways MUST NOT be used by:
  • pedestrians
  • holders of provisional motorcycle or car licences
  • riders of motorcycles under 50 cc
  • cyclists
  • horse riders
  • certain slow-moving vehicles and those carrying oversized loads (except by special permission)
  • agricultural vehicles
  • powered wheelchairs/powered mobility scooters.


Highway code rule: 253.

#35: You take some over-the-counter cough medicine. What should you do before driving?

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You must not drive under the influence of drugs or medicine.

Check the instructions or ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Using illegal drugs is highly dangerous. Never take them if you intend to drive - the effects are unpredictable, but can be even more severe than alcohol and may result in fatal or serious road crashes.

Remember, many medicines can affect your ability to drive safely - always read the warning on the label.

Highway code rule: 96.

#36: 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.

#37: What does this sign mean?

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No right turn.

#38: A speed limit sign like this may be placed ahead of what?

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Where a mandatory speed limit is imposed at a road works site, advance warning may be given, especially on motorways and high-speed dual carriageway roads.

#39: What is the national speed limit for cars and motorcycles in built-up areas?

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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.

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

Highway code rules: 124, 125.

#40: On right-hand bends you should:

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Keep well to the left on right-hand bends. This will improve your view of the road and help avoid the risk of colliding with traffic approaching from the opposite direction.

Highway code rule: 160.

#41: You should use rear fog lights on when visibility drops below:

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You MUST use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced, generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres (328 feet). You may also use front or rear fog lights but you MUST switch them off when visibility improves.

Highway code rules: 226, 236.

#42: While driving, this warning light on your 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. An exclamation mark in a circle could indicate that there is a fault within the braking system.

#43: If anything falls from your vehicle on to the road, you should stop and retrieve it

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Stop and retrieve it only if it is safe to do so.

On a motorway you should not try to remove the obstruction yourself. Stop at the next emergency telephone and call the Highways Agency or the police.

Highway code rules: 279, 280.

#44: Near schools, you should:

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Drive slowly and be particularly aware of young cyclists and pedestrians.

Highway code rule: 208.

#45: When joining a motorway it is important to make full use of the slip road. Why is this?

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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.

Highway code rule: 259.

#46: You are dazzled by headlights coming towards you at night. What should you do?

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If you are dazzled by oncoming headlights slow down, or stop, if necessary.

Never look directly into the oncoming headlights. Glance toward the right edge of your lane.

Highway code rule: 115.

#47: What is the purpose of the yellow criss-cross lines on the road in this junction?

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Box junctions have criss-cross yellow lines painted on the road. They tell you that you must not enter the box until your exit road or lane is clear.

Highway code rule: 174.

#48: You are following a car driven by an elderly driver. You should:

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Older drivers' reactions may be slower than other drivers. Make allowance for this.

Highway code rule: 216.

#49: The hard shoulder of a motorway could be used for:

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You may only stop in an emergency or breakdown.

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

Highway code rules: 269, 270.

#50: Signs have different colours and shapes for easy identification. What is the background colour on a tourist destination sign like this?

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Tourist destinations are shown on signs with brown backgrounds.

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Rethink Your Weaknesses and Identify Your Areas for Improvement

This mock test is a full-length car theory test with 50 questions and answers, randomly drawn from a pool of 100 questions. You’ll find the answers at the end of the test.

Topics You Should Focus on

The car theory questions picked for our mock tests cover all areas of the DVSA examination. They help you find your weaknesses and help you determine if you are ready for the final exam or not.

If you are uncertain about answers or miss 8 or more questions, start by identifying your weaknesses. There are always areas that we more or less about.

If you don’t really know your weak spots, look at these three major topics:

  • Vulnerable road users: Most accidents happen at junctions. Vulnerable road users like children, pedestrians, older or disabled people, cyclists and motorcyclists are often involved. You must be aware the risks and what you can do to avoid accidents.
  • Give Way: Understand that laws don’t give you the right of way in any situation. They only advise you when you should give way to others. Signalling and other proper actions at junctions are extremely important. Learn how to read different situations when you get reach a junction or roundabout.
  • Fit to Drive: A driver must always be fit to drive when he or she is behind the wheel. It is your responsibility to make sure that you are fit to drive safely. Understand that medical conditions, alcohol, drugs, and even emotions can negatively affect your driving. It all boils down to that you need to protect yourself, your passengers, and other road users.

Next Step: Scan the Highway Code

Look at the three topics above and scan the Highway Code for every rule that fits into these the categories. How many can you find? What do you think that DVSA is likely to ask on an exam that covers these topics. Write down your own questions and answers.

This is strategic learning. You should now be off to a good start for passing the next mock test.

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