Driver Theory Test 18

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 The brake pad clearance.
B The tyre air valve.
C The tyre tread depth.
D The wheel nut tightness.
Correct Answer: D The wheel nut tightness.
Explanation: After changing a wheel on a vehicle, check the tightness of the wheel nuts or studs on the replacement wheel after driving a short distance to ensure they are securely fitted. If in doubt seek assistance from a competent person.
A Drive at a faster pace to reach the destination before the oil runs out.
B Drive at lower speeds until the oil level is topped up.
C Drive in a low gear until the oil level is topped up.
D Drive to a safe place, stop the vehicle and check the oil level.
Correct Answer: D Drive to a safe place, stop the vehicle and check the oil level.
Explanation: Oil circulation is essential for the safe running of the vehicles engine. If the warning lights or gauges indicate that the oil or the oil-pressure is low, the driver should stop as soon as they can in safe place, check the oil level, and top up if necessary. Continuing to drive may damage the engine. If the problem is not just related to the oil level, have the vehicle checked by a competent person.
A When driving in slippery road conditions.
B When each type is fitted on a different axle.
C When heavy loads are being carried.
D When towing a trailer in snow.
Correct Answer: B When each type is fitted on a different axle.
Explanation: In general, you should fit the same type of tyres all round the vehicle. However if you need to fit a mix of cross-ply and radials, the tyres on any axle should be of the same type.
A Proceed straight ahead and take a wide turn to the right.
B Proceed straight ahead or turn left.
C Reverse and get into the right lane.
D Turn right from the left lane.
Correct Answer: B Proceed straight ahead or turn left.
Explanation: As you approach a junction where you want to turn right, you should read the road ahead and take up the correct position for turning in good time.
A Accelerate quickly to clear the crossing.
B Allow the pedestrian to cross the road.
C Continue ahead and overtake the blue van.
D Sound the horn and drive on.
Correct Answer: B Allow the pedestrian to cross the road.
Explanation: When approaching a zebra crossing, you must yield to pedestrians already on or about to cross the road.
A There may be a bus stop ahead.
B There may be a slow moving vehicle in your lane.
C There may be no road markings ahead.
D Traffic calming measures may apply.
Correct Answer: B There may be a slow moving vehicle in your lane.
Explanation: On the approach to the brow of a hill you should be extra careful and be prepared to react to a change in the traffic situation.
A Improved road safety.
B Increased emissions.
C Increased journey times.
D Reduced journey times.
Correct Answer: A Improved road safety.
Explanation: The advantages of eco-driving include improved road safety, improved fuel consumption and reduced emissions. 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 drive.
A Keep to the right to make room for cyclists to pass.
B Signal left, watch the right-hand mirror and make the turn when it is clear.
C Stay close to the left to prevent cyclists or pedestrians coming up on your left side.
D Watch for cyclists or pedestrians who may try to cross the road in front of the vehicle.
Correct Answer: D Watch for cyclists or pedestrians who may try to cross the road in front of the vehicle.
Explanation: When making a left-hand turn on a busy city street, drivers should pay particular attention to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists who may appear unexpectedly and may not be aware of the vehicle's intention.
A Cars.
B Motorcyclists.
C Tractors.
D Vans.
Correct Answer: B Motorcyclists.
Explanation: Before moving off at traffic lights the driver should be aware of traffic, particularly cyclists and motorcyclists, coming up on the left, especially where there is an advanced stop line for cyclists ahead of that which applies to other road users.
A No, a learner driver is not permitted to drive unaccompanied on a Certificate of Competency unless they continue to display 'L' plates.
B No, a learner driver is not permitted to drive unaccompanied until they have been issued with a full driving licence in that category.
C Yes, a learner driver is permitted to drive unaccompanied on a Certificate of Competency once they have 'N' plates displayed.
D Yes, a learner driver is permitted to drive unaccompanied on a Certificate of Competency once they have notified their insurance company.
Correct Answer: B No, a learner driver is not permitted to drive unaccompanied until they have been issued with a full driving licence in that category.
Explanation: A learner driver who successfully passes their driving test needs to be aware that the rules that apply to learner permit holders still apply to them until they are in possession of a full driving licence in that category. A Certificate of Competency is not a full licence.
A Brake suddenly or block the road.
B Clear the way as soon as possible.
C Pull over in a place which has enough space for the emergency service vehicle to pass safely.
D React quickly, safely and carefully to allow the emergency service vehicle to pass.
Correct Answer: A Brake suddenly or block the road.
Explanation: A driver needs to know what to do when they see an emergency vehicle. A driver must react quickly, safely and carefully to allow emergency service vehicles to pass. It is important to be alert and attentive at all times.
A A €60 fine
B A €90 fine
C A one month disqualification from driving
D A three month disqualification from driving
Correct Answer: D A three month disqualification from driving
Explanation: The blood alcohol concentrate limit for novice/learner drivers is much lower than that of a driver who has held their full licence for more than two years (not a novice driver). Therefore as little as one unit of alcohol would result in the driver exceeding the lower limit.
A Between 36-70
B Between 71-90
C Less than 35
D More than 91
Correct Answer: B Between 71-90
Explanation: Alcohol was a contributory factor in fatal collisions. See Report.
14. When should rear fog lights be used? Please choose one answer
A Rear fog lights should always be used.
B Rear fog lights should be used only at dawn and dusk.
C When both the rear tail lights are broken.
D When driving in dense fog or falling snow.
Correct Answer: D When driving 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 It increases fuel consumption.
B It reduces fuel consumption as long as the road is straight.
C It reduces fuel consumption.
D It uses the same consumption of fuel as lower speed driving.
Correct Answer: A It increases fuel consumption.
Explanation: Driving at continuous high speeds increases your fuel consumption. Vehicles driving at 112 km/h consumes approximately 30% more fuel than a vehicle travelling at 80 km/h
A It can improve the vehicle's fuel consumption.
B It can increase the vehicle's noise and pollution levels.
C It can increase wear on the vehicle's engine.
D It can reduce the vehicle's engine noise.
Correct Answer: B It can increase the vehicle's noise and pollution levels.
Explanation: A worn exhaust system can have a number of negative effects, including increased noise from the engine and more environmentally damaging fumes (as they are not filtered properly). There are requirements to ensure vehicles are compliant with EU and Irish legislation. Vehicles are tested for compliance during road worthiness testing.
A A driver must never overtake on the left.
B When a driver cannot pass on the right-hand side because of oncoming traffic.
C When the vehicle in front is signalling to turn right or in slow moving lanes of traffic.
D When there is sufficient space to do so.
Correct Answer: C When the vehicle in front is signalling to turn right or in slow moving lanes of traffic.
Explanation: Normally you must overtake on the right. There are, however, circumstances where you may overtake on the left : for example, when the vehicle has moved out and signalled to turn right.
A Brake suddenly as you approach the pools of water.
B Flash the headlights as a warning to the pedestrians.
C Reduce speed and try to avoid the pools of water so as not to splash the pedestrians.
D Sound the horn as a warning to the pedestrians and continue on.
Correct Answer: C Reduce speed and try to avoid the pools of water so as not to splash the pedestrians.
Explanation: During wet conditions, you should be aware that surface water can affect the stability of your vehicle. This is particularly so where the water lies in pools. As you drive through surface water, you should show consideration to pedestrians and cyclists and try not to splash them as you pass.
19. What does a 2-plus-1 road have? Please choose one answer
A Two motorway lanes and one non-motorway lane in two directions.
B Two motorway lanes in one direction and one non-motorway lane in the opposite direction.
C Two non-motorway lanes and one motorway lane in two directions.
D Two non-motorway lanes in one direction and one non-motorway lane in the opposite direction.
Correct Answer: D Two non-motorway lanes in one direction and one non-motorway lane in the opposite direction.
Explanation: A 2-plus-1 road consists of two lanes in one direction of travel and one lane in the other direction. The two-lane section allows for safe overtaking and alternates with a one-lane section roughly every 2 kilometres.
A Cyclists may come up on the left (nearside).
B Cyclists might come up on the right (offside).
C Following traffic must have room to overtake.
D To approach as close to the kerb as possible.
Correct Answer: A Cyclists may come up on the left (nearside).
Explanation: When turning left, drivers should be aware that cyclists and pedestrians may come up on the left (nearside) . Always check to your left (nearside) before you make a left turn.
A Cross to the opposite side of the motorway when there is a suitable gap in the oncoming traffic.
B Leave the motorway at the next exit and cross to the other side using the fly-over (or underpass).
C Stop on the hard shoulder, switch on their hazard lights and reverse back to the desired exit.
D Wait on the hard shoulder until a suitable gap appears in traffic from both directions and then cross to the opposite side of the motorway.
Correct Answer: B Leave the motorway at the next exit and cross to the other side using the fly-over (or underpass).
Explanation: If a driver misses their intended exit when driving on a motorway, they should proceed to the next junction exit where they can leave the motorway and then rejoin it on the opposite side of the motorway.
A Drive at a slower speed than usual using gentle acceleration and braking.
B Drive at normal speed but apply the brakes from time to time to check for grip.
C Drive in a low gear at all times using maximum acceleration.
D Rely completely on the ABS or other advanced driver assistance systems.
Correct Answer: A Drive at a slower speed than usual using gentle acceleration and braking.
Explanation: When driving on icy roads a driver should avoid harsh braking, steering and acceleration. This will help reduce the risk of skidding.
A Drive at a speed that enables the driver to stop within the distance ahead that they can see to be clear.
B Drive at the maximum speed limit with dipped headlights on at all times.
C Drive at the maximum speed limit with full headlights on to see clearly ahead.
D Drive with full headlights on at all times.
Correct Answer: A Drive at a speed that enables the driver to stop within the distance ahead that they can see to be clear.
Explanation: When driving at night in good driving conditions the dipped headlights of a car will typically let you see 30 metres ahead. So, you should travel at a speed that allows you to stop in that distance.
A 15 metres.
B 25 metres.
C 5 metres.
D 55 metres.
Correct Answer: B 25 metres.
Explanation: The total minimum stopping distance of a vehicle depends on four things; perception time, reaction time, the vehicles reaction time and the vehicle braking capability. The recommend minimum stopping distance of a car driving at 50 km/h under dry conditions is 25 metres.
A "Only a fool breaks the four second rule."
B "Only a fool breaks the one second rule."
C "Only a fool breaks the three second rule."
D "Only a fool breaks the two second rule."
Correct Answer: D "Only a fool breaks the two second rule."
Explanation: A driver can judge a safe distance from the vehicle in front by using the two second rule. This is measured by picking a fixed point. As the vehicle in front passes it, begin saying "only a fool breaks the two second rule". If you pass the fixed point before you have finished the phrase, then your vehicle is too close, safely slow and increase your distance from the vehicle in front.
A A driver should always try to drive at the speed limit for the road that they are on.
B A driver should always try to drive at the speed of other road users, regardless of the speed limit.
C The speed of the slowest vehicle on the road.
D The speed that will enable the driver to stop the vehicle within the distance ahead that they can see to be clear.
Correct Answer: D The speed that will enable the driver to stop the vehicle within the distance ahead that they can see to be clear.
Explanation: You should always drive at a speed that allows you to stop within the distance that you can see to be clear ahead. If you don't think you could safely bring the vehicle to a stop within the range of what you can see, then you're driving too fast : slow down.
A It only affects other road users at roundabouts.
B It only affects other road users at traffic lights.
C They are not affected.
D They may not have been given sufficient time to react.
Correct Answer: D They may not have been given sufficient time to react.
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. Late signals may confuse other road users.
A The driver should reduce speed and pass them with care.
B The driver should sound the horn to try to get the cattle to move aside.
C The driver should sound the horn, switch on headlights, reduce speed and pass with care.
D The driver should switch on the headlights and try to pass as quickly as possible.
Correct Answer: A The driver should reduce speed and pass them with care.
Explanation: You should always read the road ahead and be prepared to react to changing traffic situations. If you meet cattle or other animals on the road, you should slow down and be prepared to stop. Don't use the horn or do anything that might frighten the animals. You must stop if directed to do so by the person in charge of animals.
A Steering control is improved.
B The required stopping distance is increased due to reduced tyre grip.
C The required stopping distance is reduced due to improved tyre grip.
D The tyre grip is improved.
Correct Answer: B The required stopping distance is increased due to reduced tyre grip.
Explanation: You should be aware of the impact of changes in the road surface. For example, road markings and directional arrows can become slippery when wet. Where possible, avoid driving on road markings, and be aware of the increased risk of skidding.
A As far to the left as possible.
B As far to the right as possible.
C In the lane where the problem occurred.
D The nearest exit ramp.
Correct Answer: A As far to the left as possible.
Explanation: When a vehicle breaks down it is important to move as far in to the left as possible for the convenience of other road users and the safety of the vehicles occupants
A Apply cold water to the burn.
B Apply grease to the burn.
C Apply warm water to the burn.
D Remove clothing covering the burn.
Correct Answer: A Apply cold water to the burn.
Explanation: When a person has been burned firstly check the person for shock, then try to cool the burn if you can. Try to find water or other liquid that is clean, cold and non-toxic to pour on it. The cool liquid may cool the affected area down and reduce damage. The person should be advised to seek medical advice as soon as possible.
A Brake lights and indicators only.
B Flashing rear tail lights.
C Indicators and rear number plate lights only.
D Indicators, brake lights, rear number plate light, red reflectors and rear tail lights.
Correct Answer: D Indicators, brake lights, rear number plate light, red reflectors and rear tail lights.
Explanation: All vehicles, including trailers, must have rear indicators, brake lights, a rear number plate light, red reflectors and rear tail lights.
A Move the person to the nearest hospital immediately.
B Raise the person's head and hold it in that position.
C Try and get the person to drink something warm.
D Try to keep the person warm with a blanket or overcoat.
Correct Answer: D Try to keep the person warm with a blanket or overcoat.
Explanation: If a person is unconscious following a collision, a driver should try to keep them warm with a blanket or overcoat until the emergency services arrive. Call the emergency services (on 999 or 112) or make sure that someone else has called them.
34. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Road damaged ahead.
B Road divides ahead - pass on the left or right.
C Road flooded ahead.
D Sharp depression or dip ahead.
Correct Answer: D Sharp depression or dip ahead.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning of a dip or depression in the road ahead which may be hidden and could obscure your view of oncoming traffic. You should reduce your speed accordingly and be aware that overtaking is dangerous in these areas.
35. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Buses emerging from right.
B Contra-flow bus lane on the right.
C Cycle track may be crossed by buses.
D With-flow bus lane to right.
Correct Answer: B Contra-flow bus lane on the right.
Explanation: This sign tells you that you must drive on the left and not use the contra-flow bus lane day or night. A contraflow bus lane is one where the buses are going in the opposite direction.
36. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A 80 metres to the end of motorway.
B 80 metres to the start of motorway.
C Maximum speed is 80 km/h.
D Minimum speed is 80 km/h.
Correct Answer: C Maximum speed is 80 km/h.
Explanation: This sign tells you that the maximum legal speed limit permitted for this section of road is 80 km/h.
37. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Dual carriageway ahead.
B One-way street.
C Pass either side.
D Two-way traffic ahead.
Correct Answer: C Pass either side.
Explanation: This sign tells you that traffic may pass on either side of the traffic island.
A 10 passengers.
B 7 passengers.
C 8 passengers.
D 9 passengers.
Correct Answer: C 8 passengers.
Explanation: The holder of a Category B driving licence is not permitted to drive a vehicle that has seating for more than 8 passengers excluding the driver.
A They should check with their local Garda Station to see if they are insured.
B They should check with their local Motor Taxation Office to see if they are insured.
C They should check with their local NDLS office to see if they are insured.
D They should not drive until their insurance company confirms that they are insured.
Correct Answer: D They should not drive until their insurance company confirms that they are insured.
Explanation: If you are in any doubt about your insurance cover, you should discuss the matter with your insurance company. It is a serious offence to drive without insurance.
A To alert drivers to road flooding ahead.
B To inform the driver of an increased speed limit ahead.
C To prioritise heavy goods traffic.
D To slow down traffic in the vicinity.
Correct Answer: D To slow down traffic in the vicinity.
Explanation: The purpose of traffic calming measures is to slow down fast-moving traffic to a speed more suitable for the area they are entering. These measures are usually found in rural areas on the entry points to towns or villages.