Driver Theory Test 20

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 Parts of the engine may suffer increased wear.
B The engine may overheat.
C The vehicle's fuel consumption may decrease.
D The vehicle's fuel consumption may increase.
Correct Answer: A Parts of the engine may suffer increased wear.
Explanation: Engine oil becomes inefficient over time, losing its viscosity and lubricating qualities, and therefore must be changed as required in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. Failure to do so may result in costly and extensive engine damage. The oil change is usually done when the vehicle is being serviced.
A A driver should move to the left-hand side (nearside) in case the cyclist moves out.
B The cyclist may move onto the roadway without paying attention to moving traffic.
C The cyclist will stay on the cycle path.
D The cyclist will stop at the end of the cycle path to allow traffic to pass by.
Correct Answer: B The cyclist may move onto the roadway without paying attention to moving traffic.
Explanation: You should show extra care when approaching cyclists who are about to exit from a cycle lane and join the roadway.
A The cyclist must allow the other vehicles to proceed.
B The cyclist must proceed first.
C The driver may continue ahead with caution.
D The driver must allow the van to cross the junction.
Correct Answer: C The driver may continue ahead with caution.
Explanation: On approaching a crossroads you should check the road sign to see which traffic has priority and be prepared for emerging traffic from either side. Vehicles do not have an automatic right of way on the road. The overriding rule is to proceed with caution in all circumstances. .
4. In this situation, who should wait? Please choose one answer
A Both drivers should wait.
B Neither driver should wait.
C The driver in the red car should wait.
D The driver on the main road should wait.
Correct Answer: C The driver in the red car should wait.
Explanation: A vehicle driving on the main road has priority over vehicles emerging from side roads. However, you must understand that the right of way is not an absolute right of way and you should be considerate of other road users at all times.
A A high-sided vehicle may be approaching.
B A vehicle may be broken down.
C Safety cameras may be in operation.
D There may be a pelican crossing ahead.
Correct Answer: B A vehicle may be broken down.
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 By crossing the broken white line.
B By sounding the horn to warn the cyclist they intend to pass.
C By straddling both lines and keeping close to the cyclist.
D Overtake the cyclist, but without crossing any of the lines.
Correct Answer: A By crossing the broken white line.
Explanation: Where there are two lines in the centre of the road, you must obey the one closest to you. So, if the closest line is a broken white line, by law you may overtake, so long as it is safe to do so.
A €100 fine and 2 penalty points.
B €60 fine and 5 penalty points.
C €80 fine and 2 penalty points.
D €80 fine and 3 penalty points.
Correct Answer: C €80 fine and 2 penalty points.
Explanation: A learner driver needs to know that there are penalties for driving unaccompanied.
A It could burst the oil filter.
B It could damage the catalytic converter.
C It could damage the oil pump.
D It could reduce the oil pressure.
Correct Answer: B It could damage the catalytic converter.
Explanation: It is essential that the vehicles engine is not over filled with oil as this can permanently damage the Catalytic converter which is part of most vehicles exhaust systems and removes up to 75% of the carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide and hydrocarbons from the vehicles exhaust. Damaging this increase exhaust emissions.
Correct Answer: B Private Car
Explanation: All 28 of the female drivers who had consumed alcohol were driving a private car. Table 2 sets out the age band of the driver who had consumed alcohol by the vehicle driven. The group of Agricultural vehicles includes tractors. FACT: Almost half of the drivers of a private car were aged between 16 and 24 years.
A Apply the brakes as quickly as possible.
B Continue at the normal speed and stop at the next garage.
C Hold the steering wheel firmly and pull in on the side of the road.
D Pull on the handbrake to bring the vehicle to a stop.
Correct Answer: C Hold the steering wheel firmly and pull in on the side of the road.
Explanation: If a tyre bursts on your vehicle, keep a firm hold of the steering, slow down gradually and stop where it is safe to do so. Switch on the hazard warning lights.
A In either the one-lane stretch or the two-lane stretch.
B In the one-lane stretch if there is no oncoming traffic.
C In the one-lane stretch.
D In the two-lane stretch.
Correct Answer: D In the two-lane stretch.
Explanation: A 2-plus-1 road consists of two lanes in one direction of travel and one lane in the other direction. When you need to overtake, you should wait until you reach the 2-lane section which occurs approximately every 2 kilometres.
A Indicate, check the mirror, move out and overtake when safe to do so.
B Indicate, move out and check the mirror for following traffic.
C Mirror check, and move out to overtake without indicating.
D Mirror check, indicate and move out if it is safe to do so.
Correct Answer: D Mirror check, indicate and move out if it is safe to do so.
Explanation: The sequence drivers should follow the mirror - signal - manoeuvre routine when overtaking. Drivers should overtake only when it is safe to do so. Give extra space to cyclists when overtaking them, as they may need to move out to avoid a pothole, or they could be blown into your path on windy days.
Correct Answer: B Cyclists.
Explanation: Before moving off at traffic lights and particularly when turning left you should be aware of cyclists and motorcyclists coming up on the left in general. In particular where there is an advanced stop line for cyclists ahead of that for other road users.
A Constantly manoeuvre between whichever lane has the least volume of traffic.
B Drive in the nearside (left-hand) lane unless intending to overtake.
C Drive in the offside (right-hand) lane as the nearside (left-hand)lane is for HGVs and buses only.
D Drive in the offside (right-hand) lane unless intending to take a left exit.
Correct Answer: B Drive in the nearside (left-hand) lane unless intending to overtake.
Explanation: The normal keep left rules apply when you are driving on a motorway : a driver should stay in the nearside (left hand) lane unless they are overtaking.
A Drive with extreme caution.
B Press the clutch and brake together.
C Press the clutch only.
D Select neutral gear position.
Correct Answer: A Drive with extreme caution.
Explanation: Be extra careful when negotiating steep hills or humpbacked bridges in slippery conditions. Slow down gently on the approach, select the appropriate gear for the speed of the vehicle and use gentle steering and acceleration.
A It can increase perception and awareness.
B It can reduce a driver's confidence.
C It does not affect driver behaviour or ability.
D It slows down a driver's reactions.
Correct Answer: D It slows down a driver's reactions.
Explanation: Alcohol is a major factor in collisions that can lead to death and injury. Even small amounts of alcohol affect your judgement and ability to drive.
A Move the phone as needed and keep the call to just a few minutes.
B Secure the phone between head and shoulders while steering with both hands.
C Steer with one hand.
D Stop at a safe location before using the phone.
Correct Answer: D Stop at a safe location before using the phone.
Explanation: It is an offence and very unsafe to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving a vehicle or riding a motorbike as it prevents you from concentrating fully on your driving. While using a hands-free phone kit is not illegal, in some circumstances it could be a dangerous distraction, and you could be prosecuted for dangerous driving, careless driving or driving without due care and attention. If a driver needs to make a call they should pull in and stop in a place where it is safe to do so.
A Slowly force their way across using hazard warning lights if necessary.
B Sound the horn and proceed slowly to cross the road.
C Switch on headlights and use hand signals to show other drivers their intention to cross and then proceed.
D Take good observation, wait for a clear break in the traffic and proceed to cross the road safely.
Correct Answer: D Take good observation, wait for a clear break in the traffic and proceed to cross the road safely.
Explanation: Always read the road ahead and be prepared to react to any traffic situation. In this case, do not proceed until it is clear and safe to do so. Do not assume that you have the right of way.
A An unloading light.
B Brake lights and indicators only.
C Indicators, brake lights, rear number plate light, red reflectors and rear tail lights.
D Indicators, two white or yellow headlamps and rear number plate lights only.
Correct Answer: C Indicators, brake lights, rear number plate light, red reflectors and rear tail lights.
Explanation: A trailer being towed by a tractor must have rear indicators, brake lights, a rear number plate light, red reflectors and rear tail lights whilst being towed on a public road.
A When a following vehicle is too close.
B When causing an unavoidable obstruction.
C When double parking.
D When the brake lights are not working.
Correct Answer: B When causing an unavoidable 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 The air valve.
B The brake pad clearance.
C The tyre tread depth.
D The wheel nuts.
Correct Answer: D The wheel nuts.
Explanation: After changing a wheel on a vehicle it is recommended to check the wheel nuts after a short period of driving to ensure they are still properly secured.
A To enable the driver to drive faster in the dark.
B To enable the driver to see properly.
C To increase the lifespan of the headlights.
D To reduce battery consumption.
Correct Answer: B To enable the driver to see properly.
Explanation: A driver should ensure their headlights are properly aligned so as not to dazzle oncoming drivers and also to see properly themselves.
A By standing at the rear of the vehicle and checking as another person presses the brake pedal.
B By standing at the rear of the vehicle and getting another person to turn on side lights.
C They would notice the brake pedal become firmer under pressure.
D They would notice the brake pedal getting softer under pressure.
Correct Answer: A By standing at the rear of the vehicle and checking as another person presses the brake pedal.
Explanation: In order for a driver to know that the rear brake lights are working correctly, they should stand at the rear of the vehicle and check that the brake lights come on while another person presses the brakes.
A Exchange all relevant details with the other driver.
B Exchange no details but report the incident to the Gardaí.
C Give their name and address only to the other person.
D Submit a written report to the Insurance Bureau of Ireland.
Correct Answer: A Exchange all relevant details with the other driver.
Explanation: If a you are involved in a collision with another vehicle where nobody is injured, you should exchange all the relevant details with the other driver including name, address, vehicle registration, make and model and all insurance details.
A It is not necessary to report it to the Gardaí provided it has been reported to the property owner.
B It is only necessary to report the incident to the Gardaí within 10 days.
C Report the incident both to the property owner and the Gardaí within 48 hours.
D There is no need to report the incident if there is no damage to the vehicle.
Correct Answer: A It is not necessary to report it to the Gardaí provided it has been reported to the property owner.
Explanation: If the incident causes damage to property only and there is a Garda present, it must be reported to the Garda. If there is no Garda present, the owner or the person in charge of the property must be informed. If neither are present then the relevant information must be provided at a Garda Station as soon as possible.
A Cashier in this lane.
B Coin basket in this lane.
C Electronic toll collection.
D Ticket dispenser in this lane.
Correct Answer: B Coin basket in this lane.
Explanation: This sign is used at toll plazas to direct traffic into a lane where the toll charge may be paid by putting the exact change into an automatic coin machine. This lane usually has a height barrier fitted to prevent large vehicles using it.
27. What do these signs together mean? Please choose one answer
A End of detour.
B End of road works.
C End of road.
D End of speed limit.
Correct Answer: A End of detour.
Explanation: Together these two signs indicate that a detour has ended.
28. What does this hand signal mean? Please choose one answer
A The cyclist intends to move out.
B The cyclist intends to slow down or stop.
C The cyclist intends to turn left.
D The cyclist is signalling following traffic to overtake.
Correct Answer: B The cyclist intends to slow down or stop.
Explanation: This hand signal informs other road users that cyclist intends to slow down or stop. This may indicate that the cyclist is aware of some hazard ahead, so drive with extra care.
29. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Road narrows from the right.
B Series of bends ahead.
C Slippery road.
D Steep hill ahead.
Correct Answer: C Slippery road.
Explanation: This roadworks warning sign tells you that the surface ahead is slippery due to mud or debris and there is an increased risk of skidding.
30. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Road works ahead.
B Series of bumps or hollows ahead.
C Series of rumble strips ahead.
D Steep hills ahead.
Correct Answer: B Series of bumps or hollows ahead.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning of a series of bumps or hollows ahead. Be prepared to reduce your speed as necessary.
31. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Road liable to flooding.
B Slippery road ahead.
C Steep descent ahead.
D Unprotected quay, canal or river ahead.
Correct Answer: D Unprotected quay, canal or river ahead.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning of an unprotected area of water ahead. You should be cautious due to the extreme danger.
32. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Children's play area ahead.
B Railway crossing ahead.
C School children crossing ahead.
D School playground ahead.
Correct Answer: C School children crossing ahead.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning that there may be school children crossing the road ahead, slow down if required and be prepared to stop.
33. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Low bridge up ahead.
B Restricted road width ahead.
C Restricted weight limit for road segment indicated.
D Road narrows ahead - maximum length of vehicle is indicated.
Correct Answer: A Low bridge up ahead.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning that you are approaching a low bridge, with restricted headroom as shown on the sign.
34. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Diversion ahead to the right.
B Major road joining from the left.
C Overtake only on the right.
D Turn right only.
Correct Answer: D Turn right only.
Explanation: This sign tells you that you must turn right. It is usually displayed at a junction where all traffic must turn right - for example, in a one-way system that incorporates a junction.
A Loading bay at times shown.
B No parking at any time.
C Parking not allowed at the times shown.
D Taxi rank at times shown.
Correct Answer: C Parking not allowed at the times shown.
Explanation: A single yellow line along the edge of a road means that you must not park there during the times shown on the accompanying information plate.
36. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Road falls from centre to left and right.
B Series of bumps or hollows ahead.
C Sharp rise in the road ahead - for example, a humpback bridge.
D Traffic island ahead.
Correct Answer: C Sharp rise in the road ahead - for example, a humpback bridge.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning of a hump in the road. You should adjust your speed accordingly.
A Stop at the sign.
B Stop no more than one car length past the sign
C Stop only if there is traffic on the major road.
D Stop past the sign.
Correct Answer: A Stop at the sign.
Explanation: Where a STOP sign is not accompanied by a white stop line, you must stop at the sign.
A Flashing amber light.
B Flashing red light.
C Green only.
D Red only.
Correct Answer: D Red only.
Explanation: The normal sequence of traffic lights is red, green, amber.
A A Garda may ask you to produce the vehicles registration document at a named Garda station.
B A member of the car recovery company or anyone assisting in the recovery.
C Any fire brigade or ambulance personnel at the scene of a collision the driver has been involved in.
D Any person with whom the driver is involved in a collision.
Correct Answer: A A Garda may ask you to produce the vehicles registration document at a named Garda station.
Explanation: A Garda may demand to see your driving licence at any time, and you should always carry this with you when driving. A Garda may also examine your insurance disc, tax disc and NCT disc (if applicable). A Garda may ask you to produce other documents (including the vehicles registration document) at a named Garda station within 10 days.
Correct Answer: C 80 km/h.
Explanation: When towing a caravan on a motorway it is illegal to exceed 80 km/h - excessive speed will make such a vehicle unstable.