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We have compiled 50 questions, similar to those that you would expect to see in the real thing.

The questions are multiple choice. Read the questions and answers carefully before choosing.

Many have more than one correct answer. You will need to mark all the correct answers to answer the question correctly.

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1

You are following a learner driver who stalls at a junction. You should  

 

immediately steer round them and drive on

 

stay very close behind and flash your headlights

 

be patient as you expect them to make mistakes

 

rev your engine if they take to long to restart

 
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2

You are driving along the motorway. It is raining. When following a lorry you should  

 

allow at least a two second gap

 

be aware of spray reducing your vision

 

move right and stay in the right hand lane

 

move left and drive on the hard shoulder

 

allow at least a four second gap

 
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3

Your mobile phone rings while you are driving. You should  

 

stop immediately

 

pull up at nearest kerb

 

pull up in a suitable place

 

answer it immediately

 
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4

You are driving past a line of parked cars and you see a ball bouncing out into the road ahead. What should you do?  

 

Slow down and be ready to stop for children or dogs?

 

Drive at the same speed sounding your horn

 

Stop and wave the children across to fetch their ball?

 

Drive at the same speed flashing your lights?

 
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5

A driver pulls out of a side road in front of you. You have to brake hard. You should  

 

flash your lights and show your annoyance

 

overtake as soon as possible

 

ignore the error and stay calm

 

sound your horn to show your annoyance

 
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6

Which of the following vehicles will use blue flashing lights?  

 

Motorway maintenance

 

Blood transfusion

 

Breakdown recovery

 

Police patrol

 

Bomb disposal

 
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7

What colour are the reflective studs between a motorway and a slip road?  

 

Amber

 

Red

 

White

 

Green

 
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8

You are on a fast open road in good conditions. For safety, the distance between you and the vehicle in front should be  

 

a two-second time gap

 

2 metres

 

two car lengths

 

one car length

 
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9

What is the most common cause of skidding?  

 

Driver error

 

Wet roads

 

Worn tyres

 

Ice

 
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10

You get six penalty point within two years of passing your practial test. What will you have to do?  

 

Reapply for your provisional licence

 

Retake only the practical test

 

Retake only the theory test

 

Nothing. You need 12 points before you are banned from driving.

 

Retake both theory and practical tests

 
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11

Drinking any amount of alcohol is likely to  

 

increase the speed of your reactions

 

worsen your judgement of speed

 

slow down your reactions to hazards

 

improve your awareness of danger

 

give a false sense of confidence

 
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12

What shape is a stop sign at a junction?  

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13

What does this sign mean? Picture

 

Humpback bridge

 

Humps in the road

 

Soft verges

 

Uneven road

 
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14

Which of the following must be in good working order for your car to be roadworthy?  

 

The horn

 

The oil warning light

 

the temperature guage

 

The speedometer

 

The windscreen wipers

 

The windscreen washers

 
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15

At an accident a casualty is unconscious. Which of these should you check immediately?  

 

Witnesses

 

Airway

 

Circulation

 

Broken bones

 

Breathing

 
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16

Which of the following are most likely to waste fuel?  

 

Using the wrong grade of fuel

 

Using a different brands of fuel

 

Carrying unnecessary weight

 

A fitted, empty roof rack

 

Under inflated tyres

 

Reducing your speed

 
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17

At traffic lights, amber on its own means  

 

go if there are no pedestrians crossing

 

stop and wait at the line

 

prepare to go

 

go if the way is clear

 
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18

In very hot weather the road surface can become very hot. Which of the following will be most affected?  

 

Tyre grip

 

The exhaust

 

Braking

 

The suspension

 
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19

You are waiting at the end of the road to turn right. Your view is obstructred by parked cars. What should you do?  

 

Turn around immediately and find another junction to use

 

Move quickly to where you can see so you only block traffic from one direction

 

Wait for a pedestrian to let you know when it is safe to emerge

 

Stop then move forward slowly and carefully for a proper view.

 
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20

You are driving in town. Ahead of you is a bus at a bus stop. Which of the following should you do?  

 

Watch carefully for the sudden appearance of pedestrians

 

Be prepared to give way if the bus suddenly moves off

 

Pass the bus as quickly as possible

 

Continue at the same speed but sound your horn as a warning

 
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21

When first at the scene of an accident which of these should you do?  

 

Warn other traffic

 

Leave as soons as others arrive

 

Switch off all vehicle engines

 

Move injured people away from the vehicles

 

Call the emergency services

 

Move uninjured people away from the vehicles

 
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22

Which of these means end of dual carriageway?  

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23

Which of the following must you have to drive legally?  

 

A vehicle handbook

 

Breakdown cover

 

A valid tax disc displayed on your vehicle

 

Proper insurance cover

 

A vehicle service history

 

A valid driving licence with signature

 
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24

You are lost and on a busy road. What is the best thing to do?  

 

Turn into a side road where you can stop and look at a map

 

Check a map while keeping up with the traffic and looking out for signs

 

Ask a pedestrian when stopped at a traffic light

 

Shout to other drivers to ask the way

 
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25

At road junctions which of the following are most vulnerable?  

 

Pedestrians

 

Lorry drivers

 

Cyclists

 

Motorcyclists

 

Car drivers

 
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26

Which sign means no stopping?  

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27

You are following a large goods vehicle. It signals left but steers to the right. You should  

 

Slow down and let the vehicle turn

 

Overtake on the left

 

Overtake on the right

 

Hold your speed and sound the horn

 
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28

Which of these must not use the motorway?  

 

Horse riders

 

Motorcycles over 50cc

 

Cyclists

 

Learner car drivers

 

Double decker buses

 

Farm tractors

 
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29

You are waiting at a level crossing. The train has passed but the lights keep flashing. What should you do?  

 

Telephone the signal operator using the phone at the crossing

 

Keep waiting

 

Get out of the car and investigate

 

Cross carefully looking out for trains

 
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30

Motor vehicles can harm the invironment. This has resulted in  

 

less use of electric vehicles

 

using up of natural resources

 

damage to buildings

 

Air pollution

 

less risk to health

 

improved public transport

 
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31

When about to overtake a motorcyclist which of these signs would make you take special care?  

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32

What is the national speed limit for cars and motorcycles on a three lane motorway?  

 

70mph

 

60 mph

 

50 mph

 

80 mph

 
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33

On the motorway the hard shoulder should be used  

 

only in an emergency

 

to rest when tired

 

to look at a map

 

to answer a mobile phone

 
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34

You are waiting to emerge left from a minor road. A large vehicle is approaching from the right. You have time to emerge, but you should wait. Why?  

 

The large vehicle can easily hide vehicles from the left

 

The large vehicle is difficult to steer in a straight line

 

The large vehicle can easily hide an overtaking vehicle

 

The large vehicle can turn suddenly

 
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35

Which or the following may apply when dealing with this hazard Picture

 

Use a low gear and drive slowly

 

Only enter if you are sure it is not too deep

 

Use a high gear to prevent wheel spin

 

Test your brakes on the other side

 

Use dipped headlights

 

It might be more difficult in winter

 
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36

Which sign means there is a double bend ahead?  

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37

Which of the following are hazards that motorcyclists present in queues of traffic?  

 

riding in single file

 

passing very close to you

 

filtering between lanes

 

cutting in just in front of you

 

riding with their headlight on dipped beam

 
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38

At night you see a pedestrian wearing reflective clothing and carrying a bright red light. What does this mean?  

 

You are approaching roadworks

 

You are approaching an organised walk

 

You are approaching an accident blackspot

 

You are approaching a slow-moving vehicle

 
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39

By taking part in the Passplus scheme you will  

 

get cheaper road tax

 

widen your experience

 

be allowed to supervise a learner driver

 

improve your basic skills

 
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40

You see a horse and rider as you approach a roundabout. They are signalling right but keeping well to the left. You should  

 

proceed as normal

 

cut in front of them

 

keep close to them

 

stay well back

 
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41

Which of these apply when driving up a steep hill?  

 

You will slow down quicker

 

Higher gears will pull better

 

The steering will feel heavier

 

Overtaking is easier

 

The enqine will work harder to maintain speed

 
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42

Excessive or uneven tyre wear can be cause by faults in which of the following  

 

The accelerator

 

The gearbox

 

The suspension

 

Wheel alignment

 

The braking system

 

The exhaust system

 
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43

Overtaking is a major cause of collisions. In which of these situations should you not overtake?  

 

when travelling up a long hill

 

when approaching a junction

 

when your view of the road ahead is blocked

 

when in a one-way street

 

If you are about to turn left

 
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44

On a motorway, when can you use your hazard warning lights?  

 

When you have broken down on the hard shoulder

 

When the vehicle behind is too close

 

When towing another vehicle

 

When driving on the hard shoulder

 

When slowing down quickly because of danger ahead

 
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45

What does this sign mean? Picture

 

Local speed limit applies

 

No entry

 

No waiting on the carriageway

 

National speed limit applies

 
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46

You are approaching a red light at a puffin crossing. Pedestrians are on the crossing. The red light will stay on until  

 

the pedestrians have cleared the front of your car

 

the pedestrians have cleared the crossing

 

a vehicle approaches the crossing from the opposite direction

 

you start to edge forward onto the crossing

 
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47

What does this sign mean? Picture

 

End of cycle route

 

No cycling

 

Cycle parking

 

Cycle route ahead

 
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48

Which sign tells you that pedestrians may be walking in the road because there is no pavement?  

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49

To supervise a learner driver you must  

 

Have held a full driving licence for at least three years

 

be an approved driving instructor

 

be an advanced driver

 

be at least 21 years old

 
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50

When should you stop on a motorway?  

 

When told to by a Highways Agency Traffic Officer

 

If you are tired and need a rest

 

If red lights show above every lane

 

When you need to answer your mobile phone

 

When you need to read a map

 

When told to stop by the Police

 
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