Driver Theory Test 6

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 Following traffic may cut the corner.
B Road marking is taking place ahead.
C Slowing down and being prepared to react.
D The road ahead becomes a dual carriageway.
Correct Answer: C Slowing down and being prepared to react.
Explanation: When you are approaching a bend or corner with a restricted view you should slow down if necessary and be prepared to react to any changes in the traffic situation.
A 1 penalty point.
B 2 penalty points.
C 3 penalty points.
D 4 penalty points.
Correct Answer: B 2 penalty points.
Explanation: A learner driver needs to be aware of the legal requirements to display 'L' plates front and rear and the implications of not doing so.
A No, they can't check until after midday.
B They can check for alcohol only.
C They can check for drugs only.
D Yes, they can check at any time.
Correct Answer: D Yes, they can check at any time.
Explanation: It is against the law to drive a car, motor bike, truck, bus, pedal bike or an animal-drawn vehicle while "under the influence of an intoxicant to such an extent as to be incapable of having control of the vehicle". Intoxicants include alcohol and drugs, whether taken separately or together. The word "drugs" here includes legal prescribed and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines.
Correct Answer: C 251-350
Explanation: Alcohol was a contributory factor in fatal collisions. See Report.
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.
A When driving in an unlit area at night.
B When driving in foggy conditions.
C When parking at all times.
D When parking on an unlit road.
Correct Answer: D When parking on an unlit 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.
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 Angle the mirrors towards the front for a distance in order to clean them.
B Clean them with a cloth or tissue before starting their journey.
C Continue on and clean them after reaching the destination.
D Drive in the slip stream of other traffic, as this will eventually clean the mirrors.
Correct Answer: B Clean them with a cloth or tissue before starting their journey.
Explanation: The purpose of mirrors is to increase the drivers view to the rear and sides of the vehicle and to enable them to take into account all visible hazards. Proper use will enable drivers to make informed, correct and safer decisions. Drivers should ensure that all mirrors, including the exterior ones, are clean and properly adjusted at all times to ensure optimum view.
A From 00:00 hrs to 06:00 hrs.
B From just after dusk to just before dawn.
C When visibility is less than 200 metres.
D When visibility is less than 300 metres.
Correct Answer: B From just after dusk to just before dawn.
Explanation: Lighting up hours are defined as the period of time during which drivers should turn on dipped headlights in order to be seen. This period normally starts half an hour after sunset and ends half an hour before sunrise.
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 Drive along the central dividing line and watch for the reflective markings.
B Drive along the hard shoulder and watch for the reflective markers.
C Reduce speed and use dipped headlights.
D Reduce speed and use full headlights.
Correct Answer: C Reduce speed and use dipped headlights.
Explanation: In dense fog you should reduce your speed and use dipped headlights and fog lights (where fitted). Sidelights are not strong enough in fog, and full headlights can reflect off the fog and make it harder to see where you are going.
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.
A It is unnecessary to give signals provided observation is taken.
B Shout your intentions out of the window.
C The driver's position on the road is a sufficient enough signal.
D Use a clear, decisive hand signal as well.
Correct Answer: D Use a clear, decisive hand signal as well.
Explanation: If the driver is concerned that for whatever reason the indicators are not giving an adequate signal, they should use clear decisive hand signals as well to advise other road users of their intention.
A Always switch off your radio to avoid distractions.
B Drive closer to the vehicle in front.
C Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
D Never drive below the posted speed limit.
Correct Answer: C Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
Explanation: The driver should keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front remembering that they are entering a tunnel and tailgating could create an emergency. The minimum recommended safe distance for a car or motor cycle is 50 metres and is 100 metres for all other vehicles. Always remember the 2 second rule.
A A driver is never permitted to pick up or set down passengers on a motorway.
B It is not permitted, except during daylight hours.
C It is only permitted within 200 metres of a slip-road.
D It is permitted provided that the driver stops on the hard-shoulder.
Correct Answer: A A driver is never permitted to pick up or set down passengers on a motorway.
Explanation: Motorways are designed so that traffic can move faster and more freely. It is illegal and dangerous to stop a vehicle on any part of a motorway except in an emergency or when signalled to do so by a Garda.
16. What does a 2-plus-1 road have? Please choose one answer
A Barriers between lanes of traffic going in the same direction.
B Barriers between the hard shoulder and the verge.
C Two lanes for cars and one lane for trucks and buses.
D Two lanes of traffic in one direction and one in the opposite direction.
Correct Answer: D Two lanes of traffic in one direction and one 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 Road signs and road markings may become obscured.
B The air in the tyres may freeze, causing them to burst.
C The brake fluid may freeze, causing the brakes to fail.
D The power steering fluid may freeze causing the steering to fail.
Correct Answer: A Road signs and road markings may become obscured.
Explanation: Road signs and road markings may become obscured by snow. If this happens you may have difficulty reading regulatory, warning and information signs. This is the main reason why these signs are different shapes. Drivers should pay particular attention when travelling in these conditions.
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 Drive into the space on its left-hand side.
B Move out immediately and overtake as quickly as possible.
C Move to the right but do not overtake.
D Stay behind it and allow it to complete the turn.
Correct Answer: D Stay behind it and allow it 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 heavy goods vehicle will need extra space to complete the left-hand turn and you should remain behind the vehicle until it has completed its turn.
A The tyre grip may be improved crossing the rails.
B The wheels may become caught in the rails, causing the tyres to deflate.
C There may be a reduction in tyre noise while crossing the rails.
D There may be an uneven surface and tyre grip may be reduced when crossing the rails.
Correct Answer: D There may be an uneven surface and tyre grip may be reduced when crossing the rails.
Explanation: You should be aware of the impact of changes in the road surface. For example, at railway and tram crossings the uneven surface or oil deposits could reduce the grip of your tyres. Slow down as you approach railway or tram crossings and increase your distance from the vehicle in front.
A The Irish Insurance Federation.
B The National Driver Licence Service (NDLS)
C The driver's insurance company and the Gardaí.
D The local Motor Taxation Office.
Correct Answer: C The driver's insurance company and the Gardaí.
Explanation: If you are involved in a serious collision, you should always report it to the Gardaí and to your insurance company.
A It could impair the vehicle's steering and braking.
B It could improve braking ability when going downhill.
C It could improve road holding on bends.
D It could improve the vehicle's fuel consumption.
Correct Answer: A It could impair the vehicle's steering and braking.
Explanation: You should not take an overloaded trailer onto a public road. An overloaded trailer impairs the stability, steering and braking of the towing vehicle.
23. 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.
24. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Nearside lane of two closed.
B Offside lane of two closed.
C T-junction ahead in the left lane.
D Traffic in nearside lane must turn left.
Correct Answer: A Nearside lane of two closed.
Explanation: This roadworks warning sign tells you that that the nearside (left hand) lane is closed ahead. If you are in this lane you will need to move to the offside (right hand) lane when it is safe to do so.
25. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Children's play area ahead.
B Pedestrian crossing ahead.
C Picnic area ahead.
D School ahead.
Correct Answer: D School ahead.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning of a school ahead. You should adjust your speed and react accordingly as there may be children in the area.
26. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Overtake only on the left ahead.
B Railway tunnel ahead.
C Road divides ahead.
D Tramline ahead.
Correct Answer: C Road divides ahead.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning that the road divides ahead. You should prepare to move to the left.
27. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Diversion at junction ahead.
B Road narrows briefly ahead.
C Traffic merging/diverging ahead.
D Yield to merging/diverging traffic ahead.
Correct Answer: C Traffic merging/diverging ahead.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning of roads both merging (entering onto the main road) and diverging (exiting the main road). Drivers should be prepared for traffic changing speed and direction as vehicles enter or exit at the junctions on the left ahead.
28. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Distance to junction is 60 metres.
B Maximum speed is 60 km/h.
C Minimum speed is 60 km/h.
D Parking not allowed for more than 60 minutes.
Correct Answer: B Maximum speed is 60 km/h.
Explanation: This sign tells you that the maximum legal speed limit permitted for this section of road is 60 km/h.
A Cycle lane.
B Pedestrian island.
C Traffic calming.
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.
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.
31. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A 100 metres to the next exit.
B Low bridge ahead.
C Sharp ascent in 100 metres.
D Sharp descent for 100 metres.
Correct Answer: A 100 metres to the next exit.
Explanation: This is a motorway information sign that tells you that the next exit off the motorway is 100 metres ahead.
32. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Crosswinds ahead.
B Overhead electric cables.
C Radio transmission mast ahead.
D Sharp corners ahead.
Correct Answer: B Overhead electric cables.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning of electric cables overhead. Drivers with a high load should be particularly careful.
33. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Motorway ahead.
B Overtaking lane ahead.
C Straight ahead only.
D Two-way street ahead.
Correct Answer: C Straight ahead only.
Explanation: This sign tells you that you must proceed straight ahead. This sign is usually displayed on the entry to a one-way street.
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 No, all motor vehicles must display a current tax disc.
B No, only vintage vehicles are exempt from displaying a tax disc.
C Yes, but for not more than 10 days after the expiry of the previous disc.
D Yes, but for not more than one month after the expiry of the previous disc.
Correct Answer: A No, all motor vehicles must display a current tax disc.
Explanation: A motor vehicle must be taxed and must display the up-to-date tax disk before it may be taken on the road.
A The Gardaí have total responsibility in this area.
B The driver and/or the owner of the vehicle are responsible.
C The driver is the only one responsible.
D The owner is the only one responsible.
Correct Answer: B The driver and/or the owner of the vehicle are responsible.
Explanation: If you are the owner or the driver of a vehicle, you must ensure that it is taxed and that it displays an up-to-date tax disc before you take it on the road.
37. When is double parking permitted? Please choose one answer
A It is never permitted.
B When there are double white lines.
C When there are double yellow lines.
D When there is a hard shoulder.
Correct Answer: A It is never permitted.
Explanation: Double parking is never permitted. Parking is never permitted where it might interfere in any way with the normal flow of traffic or obstruct or endanger other road users.
A To avoid fuel spilling from the tank.
B To avoid severe bouncing.
C To maintain tyre pressure.
D To reduce road noise.
Correct Answer: B To avoid severe bouncing.
Explanation: Drivers should drive more slowly on an uneven road surface because driving a tractor at speed could cause the vehicle or the trailer to become unstable and difficult to control. During severe bouncing the tractor's wheels can lose contact with the road, negatively affecting steering and braking.
A At any time.
B Normally never.
C Only when going downhill.
D Only when going uphill.
Correct Answer: B Normally never.
Explanation: In general the handbrake should never be used to bring a vehicle to a halt. This practice is potentially dangerous, as the rear wheels could lock up and the vehicle could skid out of control. In addition, using the handbrake does not operate the rear brake lights to warn following traffic.
A Brake squeal.
B Engine backfire.
C Exhaust backfire.
D Tyre squeal.
Correct Answer: D Tyre squeal.
Explanation: If you drive around a corner too fast, the tyres begin to lose contact with the surface of the road, and this causes a squealing sound. If you continue driving in this way, you can lose control of the vehicle.