Driver Theory Test 17

You have 45 minutes to answer 40 multiple choice driver theory test mock questions. The pass mark is 35. You may check your answers as you progress or wait for your final score after finishing your test. Best of luck!

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A It can cause an electrical short-circuit.
B It can cause the vehicle to "bounce" in an unstable manner.
C It can increase fuel consumption.
D It can trigger the release of the airbags.
Correct Answer: B It can cause the vehicle to "bounce" in an unstable manner.
Explanation: A worn shock absorber can seriously affect the control of the vehicle especially on uneven surfaces or when cornering and can cause unnecessary wear and tear on tyres. It may increase stopping distance by not keeping the tyres in proper contact with the road under harsh braking.
A Drive as close as possible to the vehicle.
B Overtake the vehicle in front.
C Pass the vehicle slowly by mounting the kerb on the left.
D Reduce speed and prepare to stop if necessary.
Correct Answer: D Reduce speed and prepare to stop if necessary.
Explanation: You should always read the road ahead and be prepared to react to the changing traffic situation as you approach junctions.
A Braking harshly.
B Driving in a low gear at high speed.
C Driving with the windows open.
D Maintaining a steady speed.
Correct Answer: D Maintaining a steady speed.
Explanation: One of the many advantages of maintaining a steady speed includes: increased fuel efficiency, reduced emissions and improved driver safety. The eco-conscious driver becomes a more efficient driver because they learn to read the road further ahead and display better anticipation skills. This reduces the need for harsh acceleration and braking which results in a more economical style of driving and a smoother journey.
A It allows traffic to change course without attention.
B It allows traffic to change speed without attention.
C It can cause additional incidents as drivers become distracted.
D It can increase traffic flow near an incident.
Correct Answer: C It can cause additional incidents as drivers become distracted.
Explanation: When approaching or being near to the scene of an incident, motorists are often seen 'rubbernecking'. This means turning your head and stretching your neck to get a better view of what's happening. It can be the cause of traffic jams as drivers slow down to 'rubberneck'. It can also cause road incidents as drivers become distracted and change their speed and/or direction while other drivers are also distracted.
A Increase tyre pressure to ensure better grip on the road.
B Reduce tyre pressure to ensure better grip on the road.
C Top up the gearbox with coolant.
D Top up the windscreen washer reservoir.
Correct Answer: D Top up the windscreen washer reservoir.
Explanation: Before starting a long journey in adverse weather the driver should ensure that there is sufficient fluid in the windscreen washer bottle in order to keep the windscreen clear in these conditions.
A Check the interior mirror before opening the door.
B Check their side mirror and look behind before opening the door.
C Open the door and exit the vehicle without delay.
D Open the door part way and then look behind.
Correct Answer: B Check their side mirror and look behind before opening the door.
Explanation: Before opening any door, check for other road users passing, and in particular look out for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Exit the vehicle only when it is safe to do so, and close the door as soon as possible. Where ever possible, passengers should exit on the side nearest the kerb wherever possible.
7. When should rear fog lights be used? Please choose one answer
A Always when driving at night in an unlit area.
B In dense fog or falling snow.
C Only in light fog.
D When the vehicle behind is too close.
Correct Answer: B In dense fog or falling snow.
Explanation: A driver must only use rear fog lights in dense fog or falling snow. Using fog lights in normal road and weather conditions can dazzle or blind following motorists. Also, fog lights may make brake lights harder to see.
A Water can cause a short-circuit in the electrically heated mirrors.
B Water droplets can make the reflected object appear closer than it really is.
C Water droplets can obscure the reflected image.
D Water droplets help to keep them clean.
Correct Answer: C Water droplets can obscure the reflected image.
Explanation: When driving in wet weather conditions, small water droplets can form on the glass of the exterior mirrors. This could make it more difficult to see the road behind and to the sides. Switch on the mirror demisters, if they are fitted. If necessary, stop and clear them.
A Continue at the same pace.
B Increase speed.
C Move to the right.
D Slow down quickly.
Correct Answer: A Continue at the same pace.
Explanation: When you are being overtaken by another vehicle, you should continue at the same pace but be alert in case the overtaking vehicle suddenly pulls back in front you.
A Clearly and in good time to let other road users know your intentions.
B Only when it is necessary to warn following traffic.
C Only when it is necessary to warn oncoming traffic.
D When turning, except where road markings indicate your direction.
Correct Answer: A Clearly and in good time to let other road users know your intentions.
Explanation: Giving signals is a way of telling other road users what you intend to do. So, you should signal properly before moving off, turning right or left, changing lanes, overtaking, slowing down or stopping. Signal clearly and in good time, and keep in mind that giving a signal does not give you the right of way.
A Females
B Males
C Males and females drink drive equally
D Neither males or females drink drive
Correct Answer: B Males
Explanation: vehicles do not have an automatic right of way at junctions. As a driver you should pay particular attention to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and be aware that they are entitled to use the road in safety.
Correct Answer: C Six years
Explanation: Where a learner driver has failed to pay a fixed penalty notice they will be summonsed to court where a judge can apply a disqualification period of between 1-6 yrs.
A Drive with the left foot covering the brake pedal.
B Drive with the left foot covering the clutch pedal.
C Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
D Keep the left hand available to apply the handbrake.
Correct Answer: C Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
Explanation: When driving in traffic, read the road ahead and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front. Use the two-second rule to determine your safe distance from the vehicle in front.
A Apply the handbrake.
B Continue to accelerate.
C Press the footbrake.
D Release the accelerator.
Correct Answer: D Release the accelerator.
Explanation: If your vehicle goes into a front-wheel sideways skid, release the accelerator and do not try to steer until the tyres regain some grip on the road.
A Move to the centre of the road to stop other vehicles from overtaking.
B Reduce speed and prepare to stop if necessary.
C Stop and offer assistance.
D Stop immediately to see what is happening.
Correct Answer: B Reduce speed and prepare to stop if necessary.
Explanation: When you come upon an emergency vehicle stopped on the road, you should slow down and be prepared to stop. Do not stop to see what is happening as this could be dangerous and you might cause an obstruction to the flow of traffic.
A Reverse out of the tunnel.
B Select a low gear and keep the engine running.
C Switch off the engine.
D Switch on front and rear fog lights.
Correct Answer: C Switch off the engine.
Explanation: If traffic comes to a halt in a tunnel, switch off your engine to prevent a build up of fumes in the tunnel. Stay patient and follow the instructions of the tunnel operators.
A The driver should drive along the centre of the road and reduce speed.
B The driver should drive on the hard shoulder where available.
C The driver should increase speed so as to shorten the journey.
D The driver should stop and take a break.
Correct Answer: D The driver should stop and take a break.
Explanation: Driving when you are tired can be very dangerous, and it may cause you to micro-sleep (or nod off momentarily). At 100 km/h you travel at 28 metres a second, so if you micro-sleep for just 4 seconds you would travel over 100 metres without being in control of the vehicle. Never drive if you are fighting sleep.
A Get out of the vehicle and wait at the rear of it.
B Stand out on the roadway and direct traffic to pass.
C Switch on the vehicle hazard warning lights, get out of the vehicle and stand safely to the side.
D Try to flag down other traffic from the rear of the vehicle for assistance.
Correct Answer: C Switch on the vehicle hazard warning lights, get out of the vehicle and stand safely to the side.
Explanation: If your vehicle breaks down on the road, always switch on the hazard warning lights and stand clear of the vehicle while awaiting assistance : this will warn other traffic that there is a vehicle stopped on the road.
A The driver approaching the roundabout always has right of way.
B The driver must give way to traffic approaching from the right or already on the roundabout.
C The driver must only give way to heavy goods vehicles on the roundabout.
D The driver must only give way to pedestrians and cyclists on the roundabout.
Correct Answer: B The driver must give way to traffic approaching from the right or already on the roundabout.
Explanation: Drivers should always approach roundabouts with caution. They should be prepared to give way to traffic on the right, traffic already on the roundabout, pedestrians already crossing and to always stop if necessary.
A At either side of the middle of the road.
B At the far left-hand side of the road.
C At the far right-hand side of the road.
D Just left of the middle of the road.
Correct Answer: D Just left of the middle of the road.
Explanation: In general, the correct position to be in before turning right is just left of the centre of the road. Where the road is wide enough, this position allows traffic coming from behind and going straight ahead to pass safely on the left. The driver should be alert for road markings which direct them to follow a certain course.
A All traffic.
B Buses only.
C Buses, taxis and cyclists.
D Vehicles with more than one passenger.
Correct Answer: C Buses, taxis and cyclists.
Explanation: A bus lane is a special lane for the use of buses. A with-flow bus lane is one that runs in the same direction as the traffic beside it. Taxis and cyclists may also use with-flow bus lanes. Other traffic may use them outside the hours posted on the accompanying plate.
A When driving at less than 50 km/h.
B When driving at more than 100 km/h.
C When meeting or driving behind other traffic.
D When there is no oncoming traffic.
Correct Answer: C When meeting or driving behind other traffic.
Explanation: When driving at night drivers should dip their main beam headlights when meeting or following traffic to avoid dazzling or endangering other road users.
A Black ice only occurs on motorways.
B Only in the early hours of the morning.
C Only late at night.
D When the temperature drops close to freezing.
Correct Answer: D When the temperature drops close to freezing.
Explanation: Black ice is an almost invisible and thin coating of ice on the surface of the road. Sometimes it can look like a sheet of water or as if the road is wet.
A No, except when driving on a "2-plus-1 road".
B Only when a truck or bus wants to overtake.
C Only when driving on a dual carriageway.
D Yes, temporarily when the hard shoulder is clear and it is safe to drive there.
Correct Answer: D Yes, temporarily when the hard shoulder is clear and it is safe to drive there.
Explanation: On national roads, the hard shoulder is normally for the use of pedestrians and cyclists only. If you want to allow a vehicle behind to overtake, you may pull into the hard shoulder briefly as long as no pedestrians or cyclists are using it and there are no junctions or entrances nearby. In the case of motorways, however, you must not drive on the hard shoulder, except in an emergency.
A Maintain speed until up close behind the bus.
B Overtake on the left-hand side.
C Overtake on the right-hand side.
D Stay back and allow the bus to complete the turn.
Correct Answer: D Stay back and allow the bus to complete the turn.
Explanation: Always read the road ahead and be prepared to react to any traffic situation. In this case, you should be aware that the bus will need extra space to make the turn. So you should not overtake it if by doing so you would cause oncoming traffic to alter speed or course. Remember, you should never overtake when approaching a junction.
A It should be fitted in accordance with the manufacturers instructions.
B It should be left unsecured.
C It should be placed on a front passenger seat only.
D It should be placed on the floor.
Correct Answer: A It should be fitted in accordance with the manufacturers instructions.
Explanation: It is recommended to fit the child seat correctly, according to the manufacturers instructions, it is safer to fit the seat in the back seat of the car and to buy a child car seat only from a retailer who will check that it fits both the car and the child.
A When broken down and causing an obstruction.
B When moving slowly in traffic.
C When parked at a bend or corner.
D When reversing onto a narrow road.
Correct Answer: A When broken down and causing an obstruction.
Explanation: Use the hazard warning lights to warn other road users of a danger ahead. For example, if a drivers vehicle is causing an unavoidable obstruction such as being broken down, they should use the vehicles hazard warning lights to warn other road users of their presence.
A Adjust the fuel mixture control mechanism.
B Have the vehicle checked by a competent person.
C Replace the engine oil filter.
D Switch to a different fuel.
Correct Answer: B Have the vehicle checked by a competent person.
Explanation: If the driver notices that the vehicle seems underpowered when driving, this could present a number of problems, e.g. lack of power when overtaking. The driver should have it checked by a competent person as soon as possible as there may be a number of causes, some of which may deteriorate further.
A Drive at a slower speed than normal.
B Drive the vehicle only if accompanied.
C Ensure that the load is properly restrained.
D Refuse to drive the vehicle.
Correct Answer: D Refuse to drive the vehicle.
Explanation: You should not take a vehicle that you believe to be overloaded onto a public road. Overloading is dangerous, as it affects the stability and braking capabilities of the vehicle.
30. What does this road marking mean? Please choose one answer
A No entry.
B Pedestrian crossing.
C Private vehicles not allowed.
D The road ahead is a cul-de-sac.
Correct Answer: A No entry.
Explanation: This road marking indicates a one-way street. You may not enter this street.
31. What do these signs together mean? Please choose one answer
A Beware of children crossing.
B Loose chippings on the road ahead.
C People jogging have right of way.
D Slippery road - children may fall.
Correct Answer: A Beware of children crossing.
Explanation: These signs are usually displayed in residential areas, and they give advance warning that children might be crossing ahead. You should proceed cautiously and be prepared to stop suddenly.
32. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Overhead electric cables.
B Series of dangerous bends ahead.
C Series of dangerous corners ahead.
D Slippery road ahead.
Correct Answer: C Series of dangerous corners ahead.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning of a series of dangerous corners ahead. You should slow down and react to any changes in the traffic situation.
33. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Dangerous corners ahead.
B Mini-roundabout ahead.
C Roadworks ahead, diversion in operation.
D Slippery road ahead.
Correct Answer: B Mini-roundabout ahead.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning of a mini-roundabout ahead. You must be prepared to yield to vehicles already on the roundabout or coming from the right.
34. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Y-Junction where heavy vehicles must go left.
B Y-Junction where main road bears to the left.
C Y-Junction where main road bears to the right.
D Y-Junction where vehicles must go left.
Correct Answer: B Y-Junction where main road bears to the left.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning of a Y-junction with a minor road ahead. The wider arm of the Y indicates the course of the main road.
35. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Keep right.
B No right turn.
C Steep decline from the left.
D Traffic crossing from the left.
Correct Answer: A Keep right.
Explanation: This sign tells you that you must keep right. It is usually found in a one-way system where the traffic is required to keep to the right and also used on occasion to control traffic at roadworks.
A No entry.
B Pelican crossing.
C Speed control ramp.
D Zebra crossing.
Correct Answer: D Zebra crossing.
Explanation: A zebra crossing is a designated area for pedestrians to cross the road. As a driver you must always yield to pedestrians on a zebra crossing
37. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Accompanied horses and ponies ahead.
B Entrance to horse riding school.
C Racecourse ahead.
D Riding path - no vehicles allowed.
Correct Answer: A Accompanied horses and ponies ahead.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning that there may be horses on the road ahead. You should show due regard for horses and their riders.
A All road users.
B Drivers only.
C Pedestrians only.
D School children only.
Correct Answer: A All road users.
Explanation: As road users, pedestrians must comply with traffic controls. Drivers should be aware that traffic lights and pedestrian lights can be combined at junctions and should show caution and consideration to pedestrians.
A At all times when the vehicle is on a public road.
B Not later than 1 month after registration.
C Not later than 10 days after registration.
D Only when driving on motorways.
Correct Answer: A At all times when the vehicle is on a public road.
Explanation: A motor vehicle must be taxed before it may be taken on the road, and it must always display an up-to-date tax disc.
A Children should never be allowed to drive a tractor.
B When accompanied by a fully licensed driver.
C When it is being driven at very slow speeds and not towing a trailer.
D When it is being driven at very slow speeds and without a front loader.
Correct Answer: A Children should never be allowed to drive a tractor.
Explanation: Persons under 16 years of age are not permitted to drive a tractor in a public place.