Driver Theory Test 3

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 Drivers can only see the traffic coming against them.
B Drivers can only see the traffic in front of them.
C Pedestrians crossing in a dark area might be difficult to see.
D Traffic lights will not be working.
Correct Answer: C Pedestrians crossing in a dark area might be difficult to see.
Explanation: When you are driving along a poorly-lit street, you should take extra care : vulnerable road users such as pedestrians might not be so easy to see. You should always be prepared to react to a change in the traffic situation.
A Continue with care as the driver has right of way.
B Wait and allow the oncoming vehicle to pass.
C Wait and allow the truck and the oncoming vehicle to proceed first.
D Wait and allow the truck to proceed first.
Correct Answer: B Wait and allow the oncoming vehicle to pass.
Explanation: When you are turning right from a main road onto a side road, you must by law give way to oncoming traffic on the main road.
A It increases the danger of skidding.
B It increases tyre grip on the road.
C It increases visibility.
D It reduces the danger of skidding.
Correct Answer: A It increases the danger of skidding.
Explanation: When it is wet, your tyres do not grip the road surface as well as when it is dry, your stopping distance is increased and you are more likely to skid. For these reasons you should slow down during or after rain and keep a greater distance from the vehicle in front.
A No, they cannot drive unaccompanied on any learner permit.
B No, unless they display 'L' plates on the front and rear of the vehicle.
C Yes, but not on motorways.
D Yes, provided they display 'N' plates on the front and rear of the vehicle.
Correct Answer: A No, they cannot drive unaccompanied on any learner permit.
Explanation: A learner driver needs to be aware that they are not permitted under any circumstance to drive unaccompanied regardless of the amount of learner permits held.
A Brake suddenly to allow the emergency service vehicle to pass.
B Do nothing and ignore the emergency service vehicle.
C Increase speed to prevent obstructing the emergency service vehicle.
D React quickly, safely and carefully to allow the emergency service vehicle to pass.
Correct Answer: D React quickly, safely and carefully to allow the emergency service vehicle to pass.
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 Anytime of day or night.
B Only after an accident.
C Only during daylight hours.
D Only during night time hours.
Correct Answer: A Anytime of day or night.
Explanation: The law allows for a driver to be tested at any time.
A Listen attentively to the radio.
B Roll down the window and allow fresh air in.
C Stop, park in a safe place and have a cup of coffee.
D Turn up the temperature in the vehicle.
Correct Answer: C Stop, park in a safe place and have a cup of coffee.
Explanation: If a driver continues to drive fighting sleep it can be the same as being over the drink driving limit. Stopping the vehicle in a safe place, drinking caffeine and taking a nap for 15 minutes will revive the driver allowing them to continue for a short period.
A Anti-lock brakes will be automatically disengaged.
B The steering wheel will pull to one side.
C The steering wheel will stay in the straight on position.
D The wheels will lock up and stop rotating.
Correct Answer: B The steering wheel will pull to one side.
Explanation: If a front tyre on the vehicle you are driving blows out, you will feel the effect of it through the steering wheel. The wheel will generally pull to the side of the blown-out tyre.
A At least one side lamp front and rear on the side nearest the centre of the road.
B At least one side lamp front and rear on the side nearest the kerb.
C Dipped headlights.
D Tail lights only.
Correct Answer: A At least one side lamp front and rear on the side nearest the centre of the road.
Explanation: When leaving a vehicle on an unlit public road at night this creates a potential danger for other road users. Drivers should therefore leave side/parking lights on, so that the vehicle can be seen by other road users. Drivers should not leave headlights on when parked as this may cause other road users to become disoriented.
A Accelerate and brake harshly while driving.
B Don't use indicators when turning.
C Only use low gears.
D Use public transport.
Correct Answer: D Use public transport.
Explanation: Using public transport helps to protect the environment. Buses, trams and trains are a more environmentally friendly way to move large numbers of people especially in urban areas. Consider using public transport where possible : not only is it more environmentally friendly, but it can also be more cost-effective when you take the cost of fuel and parking charges into account.
A Drive at a reduced speed until the heating system has cleared the ice.
B Switch on the heating system and use a scraper to clear the ice before driving.
C Switch on the windscreen wipers.
D Use boiling water with salt to clear the ice.
Correct Answer: B Switch on the heating system and use a scraper to clear the ice before driving.
Explanation: Make sure all the windows and mirrors are completely clear of ice so that the driver can safely observe road and traffic conditions all around. This is especially important when driving in slippery conditions. It is good practice to carry a can of de-icer in the vehicle and if possible to fill the washer reservoir with a de-icing agent.
A It allows the engine to quickly reach its normal operating temperature.
B It decreases engine power.
C It filters exhaust gases and reduces air pollution.
D It increases engine power.
Correct Answer: C It filters exhaust gases and reduces air pollution.
Explanation: The purpose of a catalytic converter (CAT) is to remove toxic or polluting gases such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide and unburned hydrocarbons from the exhaust emissions. When the CAT is faulty, an engine management warning light illuminates on the dashboard and drivers should seek advice from a competent person.
A Drivers should be aware that all horse riders are experienced at handling horses.
B Drivers should be aware that horse riders are obliged to dismount and control their horses while traffic is passing.
C Drivers should be aware that loud noises from their vehicle may frighten the horses and cause them to bolt.
D Drivers should be aware that loud noises from their vehicle will not frighten the horses.
Correct Answer: C Drivers should be aware that loud noises from their vehicle may frighten the horses and cause them to bolt.
Explanation: You must know your responsibilities towards animal traffic on the road. Horses are easily startled and any sudden noises or activity could cause them to bolt.
A Increased fuel consumption.
B Increased journey times.
C Reduced fuel consumption.
D Reduced journey times.
Correct Answer: C Reduced fuel consumption.
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 Car drivers.
B Pedestrians.
C Tractor drivers.
D Van drivers.
Correct Answer: B Pedestrians.
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.
A Before changing direction.
B Before moving off only.
C Before reversing only.
D Before switching on the rear demister.
Correct Answer: A Before changing direction.
Explanation: You should use your mirrors to stay aware of traffic situations behind and around you. Always check your mirror before you change direction on a road, and before you signal or begin a manoeuvre.
A Drive as close as possible to the line of reflective studs.
B Drive close to the left to avoid oncoming traffic.
C Drive on the centre of the road.
D Watch out for pedestrians wearing dark clothing.
Correct Answer: D Watch out for pedestrians wearing dark clothing.
Explanation: While driving at night and even with the best headlights, it can be very difficult to see all the hazards that you might come across : for example, pedestrians wearing dark clothing. As always drivers should drive at a speed that will enable them to stop safely within the distance they can see to be clear ahead.
A Move forward to encourage them to complete the crossing quickly.
B Signal the pedestrians that the lights have changed and drive on.
C Sound the horn as a warning to them that lights have changed.
D Wait as long as necessary to enable them to complete the crossing.
Correct Answer: D Wait as long as necessary to enable them to complete the crossing.
Explanation: A green traffic light means you may go if the way is clear. If pedestrians are crossing, give way to them and let them safely cross before proceeding.
A Accelerate harder using only the lower gears.
B Brake regularly to improve tyre grip.
C Drive slower than normal keeping a close distance to the vehicle in front.
D Use gentle acceleration and braking.
Correct Answer: D Use gentle acceleration and braking.
Explanation: Tyres have less grip on the road when it is wet or icy. Slow down in slippery conditions, and keep a greater distance from the vehicle in front.
A Be patient and not retaliate.
B Drive closely behind them so other vehicles cannot do the same.
C Drive faster to make up for lost time.
D Flash the headlights to express their annoyance.
Correct Answer: A Be patient and not retaliate.
Explanation: If another driver behaves badly, you should not let it annoy you : show restraint and don't react. Road rage only increases the risk of a collision.
A The braking system is less efficient in the slipstream of the vehicle in front.
B The engine may overheat because of restricted air flow over the vehicle's engine.
C The vehicle will exceed the speed limit.
D The vehicle will not have sufficient distance to stop safely in an emergency.
Correct Answer: D The vehicle will not have sufficient distance to stop safely in an emergency.
Explanation: If you drive too close to the vehicle in front and it brakes suddenly, you will not have enough time to react. For that reason you should always keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front. One way of calculating a safe distance in dry weather is the two-second rule: allow at least two seconds to elapse between the vehicle in front and your own vehicle passing a fixed point such as a lamp post or sign post.
A That the load is evenly spread.
B That the load is positioned to the front of the trailer.
C That the load is positioned to the rear of the trailer.
D That the trailer has a spare wheel.
Correct Answer: A That the load is evenly spread.
Explanation: Proper weight distribution helps to ensure the stability of both the towing vehicle and the trailer. In the trailer, the bulk of the load should be over the axles. If a heavy load is positioned at the front of the trailer, this will result in too much nose weight on the hitch of the towing vehicle and make it difficult to steer. If a heavy load is positioned at the rear of the trailer, this will result in reduced weight on the rear axle of the towing vehicle, which will make it more unstable.
A It can cause objects to seem closer than they are.
B It can cause objects to seem further away than they are.
C It can enhance visibility.
D It can seriously reduce visibility.
Correct Answer: D It can seriously reduce visibility.
Explanation: It is essential that all vehicle windows are clear and clean at all times so that drivers can see road and traffic conditions all around. Dirty windows are a particular hazard when the sun is low in the sky. Dirty windows also decrease visibility during hours of twilight and darkness.
A Fuel consumption.
B Oil pressure.
C The coolant system.
D The exhaust system.
Correct Answer: A Fuel consumption.
Explanation: Incorrect tyre pressure adversely affects many of a vehicles systems, including brakes, suspension and steering. In particular, under-inflated tyres can increase the vehicles fuel consumption. Check tyre pressures regularly and ensure they are inflated as per manufacturer's recommendations.
A Check the tyre pressure to ensure it remains constant.
B Fit the worn tyre on one of the rear wheels.
C Have the worn tyre replaced.
D Reduce speed when driving on wet roads.
Correct Answer: C Have the worn tyre replaced.
Explanation: The tyres are the vehicles only contact with the road, the area of contact is small and, if worn, will not grip properly and safely. The quality of the tyres on a vehicle is an important factor in the vehicles road holding and braking ability. Drivers should check their tyres regularly and if they notice that a tyre is badly worn, they should replace it immediately. Whilst the minimum legal tread depth for tyres on most vehicles is 1.6 mm (1 mm for motorcycles), drivers should replace a tyre before it becomes this worn.
A Do not drive until an anti-waxing agent is added to the coolant.
B Drive to the nearest service depot and top-up the water in the radiator.
C Remove the filler cap from the radiator and check for leakage.
D Stop in a safe place and have the problem investigated.
Correct Answer: D Stop in a safe place and have the problem investigated.
Explanation: Many vehicles are fitted with various warning lights and gauges. A warning light or a red zone on a temperature gauge means the engine is starting to overheat and the vehicle should not be driven until the problem is rectified. Refer to the vehicle handbook for further information and guidance or seek advice from a competent person.
A It can cause other bulbs to blow if not fixed immediately.
B It can cause the bulb to overheat.
C It can increase the brightness of the beam in the other headlight.
D It can reduce and distort the beam.
Correct Answer: D It can reduce and distort the beam.
Explanation: A driver is responsible for their vehicles roadworthiness and they should check it at regular intervals. Among the checks they should make are that all the lights are in working order. If they find defects in the lights, such as a broken lens, they should have them repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
28. What does this hand signal mean? Please choose one answer
A The driver intends to proceed straight ahead.
B The driver intends to reverse.
C The driver intends to slow down or stop.
D The driver intends to turn left.
Correct Answer: A The driver intends to proceed straight ahead.
Explanation: This hand signal informs other road users or a Garda directing traffic that the driver intends to proceed straight ahead.
29. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A A driver may overtake on the right only.
B Left-hand lane has an uneven surface.
C Road narrows from left.
D Slow lane ends ahead.
Correct Answer: C Road narrows from left.
Explanation: This warning sign tells you that there are roadworks up ahead where the road narrows from the left creating a potential hazard.
30. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Deer or wild animals ahead.
B No hunting ahead.
C Stag hunting ahead.
D Wildlife reserve - no stopping.
Correct Answer: A Deer or wild animals ahead.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning that there may be deer or other wild animals coming onto the roadway. Be prepared to slow down or stop suddenly if required.
31. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A End of dual carriageway
B Merging traffic from the left.
C Road narrows on the left.
D The driver must overtake on the right only.
Correct Answer: C Road narrows on the left.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning that the road narrows on the left ahead. You should show caution and prepare to adjust your road position.
32. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A One-way street ahead.
B Ring road ahead.
C Roundabout ahead.
D U-turn prohibited ahead.
Correct Answer: C Roundabout ahead.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning of a roundabout ahead. You must be prepared to yield to vehicles already on the roundabout or coming from the right.
33. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Cul-de-sac ahead.
B No entry ahead.
C No overtaking ahead.
D Parking not allowed ahead.
Correct Answer: B No entry ahead.
Explanation: This sign tells you that you must not proceed in the direction of the arrow. This is displayed to prevent traffic going in the wrong direction - for example, the wrong way up a one-way street.
34. What does this hand signal mean? Please choose one answer
A The driver intends to begin a U-turn.
B The driver intends to slow down or stop.
C The driver intends to turn left.
D The driver intends to turn right.
Correct Answer: B The driver intends to slow down or stop.
Explanation: This hand signal informs other road users that the driver intends to slow down or stop and following traffic should be prepared to slow down also.
35. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Flooding up ahead on left.
B Loose chippings on road.
C Uneven surface on left.
D Vehicle broken down ahead on right.
Correct Answer: B Loose chippings on road.
Explanation: This roadworks warning sign tells you that the road ahead has been resurfaced and there may be loose chippings. You should reduce speed while driving through this area as the loose chippings could affect your vehicles road holding and braking.
36. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Dual carriageway ahead.
B Heavy vehicles have priority.
C Mini-roundabout ahead.
D Start of central reserve or obstruction.
Correct Answer: D Start of central reserve or obstruction.
Explanation: This roadworks warning sign tells you that two-way traffic will separate to avoid an obstruction.
37. What does this hand signal mean? Please choose one answer
A The cyclist intends to go straight on.
B The cyclist intends to stop.
C The cyclist intends to turn left.
D The cyclist is giving way to other traffic.
Correct Answer: A The cyclist intends to go straight on.
Explanation: This hand signal informs other road users that the cyclists intends to proceed straight ahead at a junction and drivers should show caution.
38. What does this hand signal mean? Please choose one answer
A The cyclist intends to cross the road.
B The cyclist intends to stop.
C The cyclist intends to turn left.
D The cyclist is signalling the driver to stop.
Correct Answer: C The cyclist intends to turn left.
Explanation: This hand signal informs other road users that the cyclist intends to turn left.
39. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Bus and tram lane on left.
B No parking inside the white line.
C Tram lane on left.
D Trams emerging from left.
Correct Answer: C Tram lane on left.
Explanation: This sign tells you there is a tram lane on the left. Be aware that there might be pedestrians in the area and crossing the road.
40. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Dual carriageway ends.
B Oncoming traffic has priority.
C Road narrows ahead.
D Tunnel ahead.
Correct Answer: A Dual carriageway ends.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning of the end of a dual carriageway. You will soon be entering a 2-way road.