Driver Theory Test 8

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 On the clutch pedal.
B On the floor or foot rest.
C Under the brake pedal.
D Under the clutch pedal.
Correct Answer: B On the floor or foot rest.
Explanation: When driving a driver should rest their left foot on the floor or foot rest but not under the pedals. To do so may cause delayed response time in an emergency. Resting the foot on the pedal may result in coasting, which may inadvertently increase the speed of the vehicle, or clutch mechanism damage.
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 Driving on the tracks can improve braking.
B Driving on the tracks can improve steering.
C Driving on the tracks can improve tyre grip.
D Driving on the tracks can reduce tyre grip.
Correct Answer: D Driving on the tracks can reduce tyre grip.
Explanation: Different road surfaces can affect your vehicles grip on the road and its stopping distances. You should be aware of this when driving on different surfaces.
4. What action should the driver take? Please choose one answer
A Proceed in front of the bus.
B Proceed in front of the cyclist.
C Signal the bus to proceed.
D Stop at the Stop line.
Correct Answer: D Stop at the Stop line.
Explanation: By law you must stop at a Stop line (or at a Stop sign if there is no Stop line), and wait for other traffic to clear before proceeding.
A The driver of the silver car may decide to turn right.
B The driver should overtake both vehicles together.
C The driver's field of view is not good enough to allow safe overtaking.
D The roadway markings forbid overtaking here.
Correct Answer: C The driver's field of view is not good enough to allow safe overtaking.
Explanation: You should always make sure that the road ahead is clear so that there is enough distance to allow you to overtake and get back to the correct side of the road without forcing any other road user to alter speed or course. In this case, the brow of the hill is too close to allow a driver to overtake safely.
A That the vehicle being parked may move out without warning.
B That there may be a driveway at the point where the vehicle is parking.
C The driver may have to stop and assist the driver parking the vehicle.
D The vehicle may be parking at an area designated for loading.
Correct Answer: A That the vehicle being parked may move out without warning.
Explanation: When you approach a vehicle that is being parked on the roadway, you should be aware that its driver will probably be concentrating on parking the vehicle and may not be aware of moving out into the road to correct its position.
A 2 penalty points.
B 3 penalty points.
C 4 penalty points.
D 5 penalty points.
Correct Answer: C 4 penalty points.
Explanation: A learner driver needs to be aware that driving unaccompanied increases the penalty points to 4 on conviction.
A €200 fine and 3 months driving disqualification.
B €200 fine and 6 months driving disqualification.
C €400 fine and 3 months driving disqualification.
D €400 fine and 6 months driving disqualification.
Correct Answer: D €400 fine and 6 months driving disqualification.
Explanation: Alcohol is a major factor in crashes that lead to death and injury. Research proves that even small amounts of alcohol affect your judgement and ability to drive. It is illegal to drive with alcohol levels above the legal limits.
A Drive close to the vehicle in front.
B Pull down the visor to eliminate overhead light glare.
C Take off sunglasses.
D Wear sunglasses to prevent glare from the lights.
Correct Answer: C Take off sunglasses.
Explanation: Be aware that there is considerably less light available in a tunnel, even with the tunnel lights on. To improve your vision remove your sunglasses before entering the tunnel.
A Drive with a red flag at the rear left of the trailer.
B Drive with a red flag to the front right-hand side of the trailer.
C Drive with hazard warning lights flashing at all times.
D Make use of extended mirrors to check for following traffic.
Correct Answer: D Make use of extended mirrors to check for following traffic.
Explanation: When towing a high and wide-bodied trailer, a driver should use extended mirrors on both sides of the towing vehicle. This will allow the driver to better observe the traffic situation behind and to the sides.
A Angle the door mirrors down before reversing.
B Check carefully all around before and during the reverse.
C Focus totally on the left side door mirror while reversing.
D Open the left side door fully to look behind.
Correct Answer: B Check carefully all around before and during the reverse.
Explanation: Before and while reversing into a side road, check all around to make sure it is safe and clear to carry out the manoeuvre, paying particular attention to pedestrians crossing behind the vehicle and any other road users.
A At all times in a built-up area.
B Between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am in a built-up area.
C Between 11:30 pm and 6:00 am on any road.
D Between 11:30 pm and 7:00 am in a built-up area.
Correct Answer: D Between 11:30 pm and 7:00 am in a built-up area.
Explanation: Drivers are not permitted to sound the horn in a built-up area between 11:30 pm and 7:00 am unless there is a traffic emergency. Only sound the horn to warn other road users of oncoming danger or if they need to be made aware of your presence for safety reasons. Sounding the horn does not give the driver an automatic right of way. Never sound the horn to provoke a reaction from or to rebuke another motorist.
A Drive to the nearest emergency station.
B Drive to the nearest fire exit.
C Leave the vehicle and follow the emergency escape route.
D Leave the vehicle and use the fire extinguishers provided in the tunnel to extinguish the fire.
Correct Answer: C Leave the vehicle and follow the emergency escape route.
Explanation: If your vehicle goes on fire in a tunnel, you should stop the vehicle as soon as possible, evacuate any passengers to a safe place, go to an emergency station and use the emergency phone to alert the tunnel operator.
A Beckon them to cross as quickly as possible.
B Rev the engine to encourage them to hurry along.
C Sound the horn as a warning and proceed with care.
D Wait patiently until they have finished crossing.
Correct Answer: D Wait patiently until they have finished crossing.
Explanation: A green traffic light means you may go if the way is clear. If pedestrians are crossing at a pelican crossing, give way to them and let them safely cross before proceeding.
A Apply the brakes immediately and put on the hazard warning lights.
B Change to a lower gear and pump the brakes to see how slippery the surface is.
C Gradually increase speed so that the mud on the road will not stick to the tyres.
D Reduce speed and be aware of farm or works vehicles on the road.
Correct Answer: D Reduce speed and be aware of farm or works vehicles on the road.
Explanation: Where there is mud on the road you should slow down and be aware that there is a danger of skidding. Your stopping distance will also be greater where there is mud on the road.
A Switch on fog lights as a warning to pedestrians.
B Use fog lights on a badly lit country road.
C Use fog lights only in dense fog and falling snow.
D Use fog lights to improve visibility during light rain.
Correct Answer: C Use fog lights only in dense fog and falling snow.
Explanation: A driver should use fog lights only during dense fog or falling snow. They must be switched off at all other times.
A 120 metres.
B 30 metres.
C 70 metres.
D 90 metres.
Correct Answer: C 70 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 100 km/h under dry conditions is 70 metres.
A A car width.
B A door width.
C The width of a side mirror.
D The width of an average person.
Correct Answer: B A door width.
Explanation: When you are passing parked vehicles, you should leave at least a door's width of clearance in case somebody opens their car door unexpectedly, this will also increase visibility of pedestrians in the area.
A It improves the vehicle's braking ability.
B It improves tyre surface grip.
C It increases tyre surface noise.
D It reduces the tyre surface grip.
Correct Answer: D It reduces the tyre surface grip.
Explanation: A patch of oil or diesel on the road can seriously reduce the grip of your tyres on the road, which may result in a possible skid.
A Allow sufficient clearance when passing.
B Increase speed to overtake the vehicles as quickly as possible.
C Keep close to the parked vehicles allowing maximum room for oncoming traffic.
D Move as far to the right as possible.
Correct Answer: A Allow sufficient clearance when passing.
Explanation: When you are passing parked vehicles in a residential area, move into a safe overtaking position in good time and leave plenty of clearance between your vehicle and the parked vehicles to increase visibility of small children in the area and in case someone opens their car door in front of you.
A Allow the overtaking vehicle to pass and return safely to the left side of the road.
B Maintain position and flash the headlights to warn the oncoming traffic.
C Maintain position because other drivers should not have attempted to overtake.
D Speed up so the following vehicle cannot overtake.
Correct Answer: A Allow the overtaking vehicle to pass and return safely to the left side of the road.
Explanation: When you are being overtaken and there are oncoming vehicles, you should show consideration for all the other traffic and allow the overtaking vehicle to move in front of you to avoid the risk of a collision.
A Check that there are no oncoming vehicles and increase speed.
B Indicate and increase speed.
C Sound the horn and proceed ahead.
D Stop and proceed with great caution.
Correct Answer: D Stop and proceed with great caution.
Explanation: On approach to traffic lights that are stuck on red, a driver should stop and proceed with caution when the way is clear.
23. What does this light mean? Please choose one answer
A The headlight beam should be dipped.
B The high-beam headlights are switched on.
C The number plate light is faulty.
D The reversing light is switched on.
Correct Answer: B The high-beam headlights are switched on.
Explanation: All vehicles are fitted with warning lights to alert the driver to different things. This light comes on when the full beam headlights are turned on. It is important to understand the meaning of your vehicles warning lights, information on which can be found in the vehicles handbook.
A The tractor's suspension could smooth out the bump.
B The trailer could become detached.
C The trailer could jack-knife.
D The trailer's parking brake could automatically engage.
Correct Answer: B The trailer could become detached.
Explanation: Before towing a trailer, a driver should ensure that the tow hitch has sufficient ground clearance. If this hits the road, for example when travelling over a humpbacked bridge, there is a danger that the trailer will become detached. Drivers should also plan and carry out their journey with an awareness of this risk.
A Halt all traffic until it has been established who is at fault.
B Move all passengers and put a red warning triangle on the road.
C Take care when moving damaged vehicles and make every effort to warn other traffic.
D Wait for the Gardaí to arrive before moving the vehicles.
Correct Answer: C Take care when moving damaged vehicles and make every effort to warn other traffic.
Explanation: In a collision where nobody is injured and there is only minor damage to vehicles, the vehicles should be moved to the side of the road to ensure that they do not cause an obstruction or endanger other road users.
26. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Railway crossing ahead.
B School children crossing ahead.
C Temporary road surface ahead.
D Temporary traffic signals ahead.
Correct Answer: D Temporary traffic signals ahead.
Explanation: This roadworks warning sign tells you that temporary traffic signals are in use ahead. You should prepare to slow down, approach with caution and comply with the signal displayed.
27. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Dual carriageway ahead.
B One-way street ahead.
C Traffic may not stop.
D Two-way traffic ahead.
Correct Answer: D Two-way traffic ahead.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning of two-way traffic ahead, with oncoming traffic in the opposite lane.
28. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Series of dangerous bends ahead.
B Series of dangerous corners ahead.
C Slippery road ahead.
D Steep climb ahead.
Correct Answer: A Series of dangerous bends ahead.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning of a series of dangerous bends ahead. You should slow down and react to any changes in the traffic situation.
29. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A T-junction ahead with dual carriageway.
B T-junction ahead with merging traffic.
C T-junction ahead with road of less importance.
D T-junction ahead with roads of equal importance.
Correct Answer: D T-junction ahead with roads of equal importance.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning of a T-junction ahead with a road of equal importance. You must give way to traffic already on the road you are joining.
30. What does this road marking mean? Please choose one answer
A A driver may not overtake along this road.
B A driver may not park along this road.
C A driver may overtake provided they do not cross the broken white line.
D A driver must not cross the broken white line unless it is safe to do so.
Correct Answer: D A driver must not cross the broken white line unless it is safe to do so.
Explanation: A broken white line along the centre of the road means you must not cross the line unless it is safe to do so when overtaking or passing.
31. What does this Garda signal mean? Please choose one answer
A Stop if approaching from behind.
B Stop if approaching from front.
C Turn left.
D Turn right.
Correct Answer: A Stop if approaching from behind.
Explanation: When approaching a Garda giving this signal you must stop.
32. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Cul-de-sac to both left and right.
B Roads closed ahead to both left and right.
C Staggered crossroads ahead with roads of equal importance.
D Traffic calming ramps ahead.
Correct Answer: C Staggered crossroads ahead with roads of equal importance.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning of a staggered junction ahead with roads to the left and right. Be aware that vehicles may be emerging from these roads.
A A rear-view mirror is not required in a tractor or works vehicle.
B A rear-view mirror must always be fitted.
C A rear-view mirror must be fitted only when towing a trailer over 8 metres long.
D A rear-view mirror must be fitted only when towing a trailer.
Correct Answer: B A rear-view mirror must always be fitted.
Explanation: All vehicles used on a public road must have a rear-view mirror. The mirror should be used to enable the driver to see the traffic and road conditions behind and to each side.
A On a metal plate on the vehicle.
B On the NCT disc.
C On the insurance disc.
D On the tax disc.
Correct Answer: A On a metal plate on the vehicle.
Explanation: The plate displaying the maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) of a vehicle is normally located under the bonnet or in the passenger compartment. If you are not sure where it is located on your vehicle, check the drivers handbook supplied with the vehicle.
A They should contact the Gardaí for approval.
B They should drive it only in case of an emergency.
C They should renew it within 10 days of expiry.
D They should tax it immediately.
Correct Answer: D They should tax it immediately.
Explanation: A motor vehicle must be taxed and must display the up-to-date tax disc before it may be taken on the road.
A They may not drive at speeds of more that 80 km/h.
B They may not drive on motorways.
C They may not drive vehicles with manual transmission.
D They must continue to display L-plates.
Correct Answer: C They may not drive vehicles with manual transmission.
Explanation: If you pass your driving test in a vehicle fitted with automatic transmission, a code 78 will be noted on the full licence in the restrictions/information column.
A Never, a number plate must always be displayed.
B When being towed by an agricultural tractor.
C When carrying a load that overhangs the trailer.
D When the tailboard is removed.
Correct Answer: A Never, a number plate must always be displayed.
Explanation: The law requires all motorised vehicles to display a rear number plate that is clean and legible.
Correct Answer: D 80 km/h.
Explanation: When towing a trailer on a national road, it is illegal to exceed 80 km/h - exceeding this speed will make the vehicle unstable.
A Ambulance.
B Breakdown recovery.
C Doctor on call.
D Mountain rescue.
Correct Answer: A Ambulance.
Explanation: In the course of their duty Gardaí, Fire Brigade and ambulance personnel are exempt from some traffic laws including speed limits, as long as they do not put other road users in danger. If you hear or see a Garda or emergency vehicle approaching under emergency conditions, be extra careful and give way, if it is safe to do so.
A All the wheels.
B The front wheels.
C The rear right-hand wheel.
D The rear wheels.
Correct Answer: D The rear wheels.
Explanation: In most vehicles, the parking brake operates on the rear wheels only. The function of the parking brake (handbrake) is to stop the vehicle from moving when it is parked or when it is stopped on a hill. Drivers normally use the parking brake when the vehicle is already stationary and should generally not use it to stop the vehicle. It is even more important to use the parking brake when parked on a hill or when stationary in a vehicle with automatic transmission to prevent creep.