Mock Test #9 – Find Your Weaknesses

Drivers Mock Test #9 - Weaknesses

#1: Skidding is most likely to happen when driving:

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A skid usually occurs when there is not enough traction to keep the tyres rolling. On a wet road water can build up between the tyres and the road surface, forcing the tyres to ride on a film of water. On gravel and dirt roads tyres could also loose traction. To avoid getting into a skid, adjust your speed to the conditions, then look well ahead so that you have plenty of time to react smoothly.

Highway code rule: 119.

#2: You are approaching a motorcycle from behind. Which sign tells you to use extra caution in this situation?

 
 
 
 
Side winds can suddenly move a motorcycle from one side of the lane to the other. If you are following a motorcycle in this situation give yourself extra room to account for the unexpected movements of the cycle. The side winds sign is used where vehicles are suddenly exposed to risk from strong winds. Such locations may include exposed bridges or places where vehicles emerge from cuttings in areas which are particularly prone to high winds.

#3: 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.

#4: You are travelling along a motorway. Which sign indicates reduced visibility ahead?

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

Highway code rule: 257.

#5: 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.

#6: You see a pedestrian with a red and white striped cane. This means that the person is:

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Particularly vulnerable pedestrians include deafblind people who may be carrying a white cane with a red band or using a dog with a red and white harness. They may not see or hear instructions or signals.

Highway code rule: 207.

#7: Which road marking indicates that overtaking is not allowed?

 
 
 
 
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.

#8: 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.

#9: You are approaching a junction with traffic lights. Red and amber are showing. This means:

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Red and amber mean stop. Do not pass through or start until the green light shows.

Highway code rules: 175, 176, 109.

#10: 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.

#11: You approach this cyclist from behind. What is the best thing to do?

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Give cyclists time and space. Overtake only when it is safe

Highway code rules: 182, 212.

#12: 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.

#13: You may use hazard warning lights in the following situations, except:

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Hazard warning lights may be used when your vehicle is stationary and temporarily obstructing traffic. You MUST NOT use hazard warning lights while driving or being towed unless 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.

#14: You plan to turn left into a side road ahead. What hazards should you be especially aware of?

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Watch out for pedestrians crossing a road into which you are turning. If they have started to cross they have priority, so give way.

Highway code rule: 170.

#15: 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.

#16: 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.

#17: 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.

#18: 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.

#19: 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.

#20: 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.

#21: You are driving along a wet road. How can you tell if your vehicle’s tyres are losing their grip on the surface?

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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.

#22: 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.

#23: When must you stop on a motorway?

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You MUST NOT stop except in an emergency, when told to do so by the police or HA traffic officers, or when red lights on the overhead signals flash above all lanes.

Highway code rule: 270.

#24: Near schools, you should:

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

Highway code rule: 208.

#25: 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.

#26: 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.

#27: Which of the following road users are most vulnerable?

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The most vulnerable road users are pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders.

Highway code rule: 204.

#28: 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.

#29: If you need to use arm signals, how would you signal a slowdown?

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.

#30: At the scene of a traffic accident you should do the following, except:

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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.

Highway code rule: 283.

#31: Your vehicle is fitted with anti-lock brakes. When pressing firmly on the brake pedal you hear a rumble and the brake pedal vibrates. What should you do?

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When the ABS engages, you may hear a rumble from the brakes and the brake pedal will vibrate under your foot. Resist the temptation to take your foot off the brake when ABS is engaged. Removing firm pressure from the brake pedal or pumping the brakes will disengage or turn off the ABS.

Highway code rule: 120.

#32: 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.

#33: You approach a school crossing patrol officer giving this signal. What does it mean?

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This signal means all vehicles must stop.

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 rules: 105, 210.

#34: Powered vehicles, such as wheelchairs or scooters, used by disabled people have a maximum speed of

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These small vehicles travel at a maximum speed of 8 mph (12 km/h).

Highway code rule: 220.

#35: Which sign tells you there is a quayside or river bank ahead?

 
 
 
 
Quayside or river bank.

#36: Red reflective road studs mark:

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Red studs mark the left edge of the road. White studs mark the lanes or the middle of the road.

If you see red studs on your right and white studs on your left, you are going the wrong way.

Highway code rule: 132.

#37: Your vehicle breaks down in a tunnel. What is the first thing you should do?

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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.

#38: 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.

#39: 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.

#40: From top to bottom, traffic lights are:

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The correct order is: red, yellow, green.

Highway code rule: 109.

#41: 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.

#42: 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.

#43: At puffin crossings, the green signal is followed by:

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Toucan, puffin and equestrian crossings are similar to pelican crossings, but there is no flashing amber phase. The light sequence for traffic at these three crossings is the same as at traffic lights.

If the signal-controlled crossing is not working, proceed with extreme caution.

Highway code rule: 199.

#44: 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.

#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: When approaching this bridge you should give way to.

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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. Remember to look well down the road, through the bridge and be aware you may have to stop.

Highway code rules: 166, 221.

#47: 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.

#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: 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.

#50: The main purpose of traffic calming measures is to:

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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.

Continue

 

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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