Driver Theory Test 9

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 Braking and cornering are impaired.
B The brakes can overheat.
C The engine noise increases.
D The vehicle accelerates faster.
Correct Answer: A Braking and cornering are impaired.
Explanation: Incorrect tyre pressure adversely affects many of a vehicles systems, including suspension, steering and fuel consumption. In particular, under-inflated tyres can affect the vehicles braking ability and its effectiveness when cornering. Tyres should always be inflated according to the vehicle manufacturers guidelines, information on which can be found in the vehicle handbook.
2. What is the purpose of engine oil? Please choose one answer
A It lubricates the braking system.
B It lubricates the engine.
C It lubricates the exhaust system.
D It lubricates the wheel bearings.
Correct Answer: B It lubricates the engine.
Explanation: The purpose of engine oil is to lubricate and cool the moving parts of the engine. Refer to the vehicle handbook for further information and guidance.
A Engine revolutions.
B Gear box revolutions.
C Heater-fan revolutions.
D Wheel revolutions.
Correct Answer: A Engine revolutions.
Explanation: The rev counter measures the speed of the engine, in revolutions per minute. Generally, the higher the revs, the more fuel the engine is using, so drivers should keep an eye on the rev counter to help drive in a more eco-friendly manner.
A Proceed after the motorcycle and bus have passed.
B Proceed after the motorcycle only.
C Proceed in front of the bus and motorcyclist.
D Proceed in front of the bus only.
Correct Answer: A Proceed after the motorcycle and bus have passed.
Explanation: When you are turning right at a junction, you should yield to traffic on the major road, and to oncoming traffic at the junction.
A As the driver is entering the roundabout they have right of way.
B The driver may proceed onto the roundabout in front of the yellow car.
C The driver must wait for the yellow car to stop.
D The driver must yield to the yellow car on the roundabout.
Correct Answer: D The driver must yield to the yellow car on the roundabout.
Explanation: When you reach the roundabout, you must give way to traffic approaching from the right, unless signs, road markings or traffic lights tell you otherwise.
A Cars.
B Pedestrians.
C Taxis.
D Vans.
Correct Answer: B Pedestrians.
Explanation: In slow-moving city traffic, you should be aware of and check your blind spots before any manoeuvre. Pedestrians can easily become hidden in a blind spot, and in slow-moving traffic, they might be moving faster than you are.
A Check the right-hand mirror, make the turn and then signal.
B Check your mirrors and watch for cyclists or pedestrians on the left.
C Signal left, watch the right-hand mirror and make the turn.
D Sound the horn while proceeding to warn the other road users of the intention to turn.
Correct Answer: B Check your mirrors and watch for cyclists or pedestrians on the left.
Explanation: The vehicle does not have a greater right-of-way than any other road user. 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 Brake suddenly and stop to avoid causing obstruction.
B Check their mirrors before looking for space to move aside.
C Mount kerb on offside of the road to make room.
D Only move aside if it is an ambulance.
Correct Answer: B Check their mirrors before looking for space to move aside.
Explanation: If you see any emergency vehicle approaching with lights and/or sirens activated, check your rear view mirrors to gauge the speed of the emergency vehicle/s and also look out for pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and other road users. Indicate your intention to pull over. Pull over only in a space that has enough space for the emergency vehicle/s to pass safely. Move off safely with appropriate observations and signals after the emergency vehicle has passed.
A Their vehicle will be seized.
B They will be fined €2,000.
C They will incur 2 penalty points on their licence.
D They will lose their driving licence.
Correct Answer: A Their vehicle will be seized.
Explanation: A learner driver needs to be aware that driving unaccompanied in a vehicle, even where the owner has given their consent to drive, may result in the vehicle being seized.
A No, they are the same at all times.
B No, unless tested after 10.00 am.
C Yes, they are higher in the evening.
D Yes, they are lower in the mornings.
Correct Answer: A No, they are the same at all times.
Explanation: The limits for drink and drug driving do not change depending on the time of the day drivers are checked. Drink and drugs remain in the body for a period of time. A driver should think carefully before driving a vehicle the morning after taking drink or drugs, and be aware that they could still be well over the limit. (Rewritten)
A A breath sample.
B A driver's licence.
C A saliva sample.
D An insurance certificate.
Correct Answer: C A saliva sample.
Explanation: If a driver is stopped at a roadside check, they should be aware that, along with the impairment test, Gardaí can also request a saliva sample if they suspect the driver is driving under the influence of drugs.
A It could cause the vehicle to sway from side to side.
B It could cause the wheels to lock and stop rotating.
C The handbrake will automatically come on.
D The steering wheel will pull to the right.
Correct Answer: A It could cause the vehicle to sway from side to side.
Explanation: If a rear tyre on the vehicle you are driving blows out, the vehicle may sway from side to side, and this will affect its stability. Slow down, pull in where it is safe to do so, and switch on the hazard warning lights. Change the wheel or call for assistance.
A Apply the footbrake firmly.
B Apply the handbrake and the footbrake together.
C Depress the clutch and then apply the handbrake.
D Steer sharply to one side and apply the handbrake.
Correct Answer: A Apply the footbrake firmly.
Explanation: To stop your vehicle in an emergency, apply the footbrake firmly, and maintain the pressure until the vehicle stops. Depress the clutch pedal just before stopping.
A Press and release the footbrake at rapid intervals.
B Press in the clutch and release the accelerator.
C Pull the handbrake and hold the footbrake down.
D Turn the steering wheel gently from side to side.
Correct Answer: A Press and release the footbrake at rapid intervals.
Explanation: If your vehicle does not have ABS and it goes into a straight-line front-wheel skid due to braking, press and release the brake pedal repeatedly and rapidly. This will help to restore tyre grip and enable you to regain control.
A Open a window or turn on the air conditioning to let cool air into the vehicle.
B Stop and have a good meal to boost energy levels.
C Stop, take a break including a short walk if possible.
D Turn up the heating.
Correct Answer: C Stop, take a break including a short walk if possible.
Explanation: Driving when you are tired can be very dangerous, and tiredness is one of the main causes of serious road collisions. If you become drowsy while driving, stop in a safe place and take a short nap. Then get some fresh air and stretch your legs for a few minutes before setting off again. Taking a caffeine-based drink such as coffee may also help.
A Minibus drivers.
B Motorcyclists.
C Tractor Drivers.
D Van drivers.
Correct Answer: B Motorcyclists.
Explanation: Drivers should be aware that no vehicle has an automatic right of way at a junction. Drivers must pay particular attention to vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists whose presence on the road may be less visible than other vehicle types due to their smaller size or obstructions.
A Always stop at the end of the acceleration lane and yield to traffic on the motorway
B Drive along the hard shoulder until a suitable gap appears in the motorway traffic to allow the driver to merge into it.
C Drive directly onto the motorway as the driver on the acceleration lane has right of way.
D Try to match the vehicle speed to that of traffic already on the motorway and merge into it in a suitable gap.
Correct Answer: D Try to match the vehicle speed to that of traffic already on the motorway and merge into it in a suitable gap.
Explanation: When joining a motorway a driver should try to match their speed to that of the motorway traffic and merge into it when a suitable gap appears, avoiding driving in the hard shoulder, while yielding to traffic already on the motorway.
A Exiting the motorway.
B Joining the motorway.
C Stopping in an emergency.
D Stopping to use a mobile phone.
Correct Answer: C Stopping in an emergency.
Explanation: There are extra dangers when driving on a motorway because of the increased volume of traffic and higher speed. For safety reasons a driver should not drive or stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency or breakdown.
Correct Answer: B 30 metres.
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 A driver must never overtake on the left.
B Only when there is no cycle lane.
C When the vehicle in front is signalling to turn right.
D When there are three lanes available in fast moving traffic.
Correct Answer: C When the vehicle in front is signalling to turn right.
Explanation: You may overtake on the left when the driver in front has moved out and signalled their intent to turn right and you intend to go straight ahead, provided there is enough room to do so safely and your path will not be obstructed by the swing of a large vehicle turning right.
A Maintain position and expect the other vehicle to move over.
B Maintain road position and speed. Then flash the vehicles lights to alert the other driver to your presence.
C Position your vehicle along the middle of the road to encourage the other driver to pull in.
D Reduce speed and allow reasonable clearance between their vehicle and the oncoming one before proceeding.
Correct Answer: D Reduce speed and allow reasonable clearance between their vehicle and the oncoming one before proceeding.
Explanation: You should always be prepared to react to hazards ahead. When you meet a vehicle coming against you on a narrow road, you should show consideration and slow down to a appropriate speed so that the two vehicles can pass each other safely.
A It could damage the sidewalls.
B It could increase the air pressure.
C It could strengthen the sidewalls.
D It could wear the tread.
Correct Answer: A It could damage the sidewalls.
Explanation: Drivers should avoid hitting or mounting the kerb as it causes damage to the sidewalls of the tyre. The damage caused could cause the tyre to blow-out later. If this happens at high speed the driver may lose control of the vehicle with dangerous consequences.
23. What does this light mean? Please choose one answer
A The battery is not charging.
B The engine is over-heating.
C The gear box is over-heating.
D The oil level is too low.
Correct Answer: A The battery is not charging.
Explanation: If the battery warning light comes on whilst driving, it means there is some kind of problem with the electrical charging system of the vehicle and the battery is not being charged properly. The driver should get this checked by a professional as soon as possible. It is important to understand the meaning of your vehicles warning lights, information on which can be found in the vehicles handbook.
A National Roads Authority.
B National Safety Council.
C Road Safety Authority.
D The Gardaí.
Correct Answer: D The Gardaí.
Explanation: The emergency telephones at the side of a motorway are linked directly to An Garda Síochána in order for them to respond appropriately as soon as possible. The Gardaí know precisely the location of each call using these phones.
A To help maintain the correct ground clearance.
B To help provide optimum road holding.
C To reduce engine wear.
D To stop the vehicle from sloping to the left.
Correct Answer: B To help provide optimum road holding.
Explanation: The vehicle manufacturer specifies the pressure to which tyres on a vehicle should be inflated. This is the pressure that gives the best performance in road holding, efficient braking and fuel consumption. Some manufacturers specify different pressures for front and rear tyres.
A Drive with the hazard lights on.
B Not drive until the bulb is replaced.
C Replace it temporarily with the brake-light bulb.
D Replace it temporarily with the near-side (left-hand side) bulb.
Correct Answer: B Not drive until the bulb is replaced.
Explanation: A driver is responsible for their vehicles roadworthiness and they should check it at regular intervals. Drivers must not drive on the road unless their vehicles headlights are in good working order, adjusted properly and clean.
A If it is not covered, clothing can get caught in it.
B If it is not covered, the tractor will speed up rapidly.
C If it is not disengaged, the battery will run flat.
D If it is not disengaged, the steering will lock.
Correct Answer: A If it is not covered, clothing can get caught in it.
Explanation: If you are working at the rear of a tractor, you should bear in mind that if the power take-off shaft is not covered, loose clothing might get caught in it and lead to injury or death.
28. What do these road markings mean? Please choose one answer
A Continuous white lines ahead.
B Dual carriageway ahead.
C No overtaking allowed.
D No parking allowed.
Correct Answer: A Continuous white lines ahead.
Explanation: Double broken white lines along the centre of the road alert you to continuous white lines ahead. Do not cross them unless it is safe to do so.
29. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Cattle grid ahead.
B Livestock mart ahead.
C Possibility of cattle or farm animals ahead.
D Veterinary surgery ahead.
Correct Answer: C Possibility of cattle or farm animals ahead.
Explanation: This sign gives advance warning that there may be cattle or other farm animals on the road ahead. Slow down if required and be prepared to stop.
30. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Entry to tunnel prohibited.
B Reversing not permitted.
C Two-way traffic prohibited.
D U-turn not permitted.
Correct Answer: D U-turn not permitted.
Explanation: This sign tells you that you are not permitted to make a U-turn. It is commonly displayed on approach to junctions on dual carriageways. Drivers should also be aware that U-turns are also not permitted anywhere there is a continuous white line along the centre of the road or on a one-way street.
A Continue as there is no traffic at the junction.
B Continue only if sure that the junction is clear of pedestrians.
C Make sure to pass the lights before they turn red.
D Stop at the line unless it is not safe to do so.
Correct Answer: D Stop at the line unless it is not safe to do so.
Explanation: By law you must stop at an amber traffic light if it is safe to do so.
A No stopping for any reason except in an emergency.
B Parking prohibited at all times.
C Slow lane for heavy vehicles only.
D The edge of the carriageway or hard shoulder.
Correct Answer: D The edge of the carriageway or hard shoulder.
Explanation: A single broken yellow line along the side of the road marks the edge of the carriageway/hard shoulder. This is normally for the use of pedestrians and cyclists. As a driver, however, you may use it briefly to allow faster traffic to overtake, but only where it is safe to do so.
A Both cars.
B Neither car.
C The green car.
D The red car.
Correct Answer: A Both cars.
Explanation: It is an offence to park within 15 metres before or 5 metres after a pedestrian crossing. Parking in this manner may restrict the zone of vision of drivers approaching the crossing and endanger pedestrians.
34. What does this Garda signal mean? Please choose one answer
A Traffic approaching from behind must stop.
B Traffic approaching from the front may proceed.
C Traffic approaching from the front must stop.
D Traffic approaching from the right may proceed.
Correct Answer: B Traffic approaching from the front may proceed.
Explanation: When approaching a Garda giving this signal you may proceed.
35. What does this sign mean? Please choose one answer
A Industrial estate ahead.
B Pipe laying ahead.
C Series of steep hills ahead.
D Uneven surface ahead.
Correct Answer: D Uneven surface ahead.
Explanation: This roadworks warning sign tells you that the surface ahead is uneven and you should approach with caution.
A Continuously lit amber beacons.
B Continuously lit red beacons.
C Flashing amber beacons.
D Flashing red beacons.
Correct Answer: C Flashing amber beacons.
Explanation: A zebra crossing is indicated by amber flashing beacons on poles and black and white stripes on the road. You must stop for pedestrians on the crossing and for those about to cross.
A Only when the passenger also holds a Category W driving licence and the vehicle is designed to carry a passenger.
B Only when the passenger also holds a Category W driving licence.
C Only when the passenger holds a Category AM driving licence and the vehicle is designed to carry a passenger.
D Only when the passenger holds a Category AM driving licence.
Correct Answer: A Only when the passenger also holds a Category W driving licence and the vehicle is designed to carry a passenger.
Explanation: The holder of a Category W learner permit may carry a passenger in the vehicle only if: the vehicle is designed to take a passenger, and the passenger has held a full driving licence in Category W for two or more years.
A They may not drive on dual carriageways.
B They may not drive on motorways.
C They may not drive on national roads.
D They may not drive on rural roads.
Correct Answer: B They may not drive on motorways.
Explanation: A learner permit holder must not drive on a motorway. It is a serious offence to do so.
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.
A Parking at a taxi rank is prohibited unless driving a taxi.
B When parking for less than 15 minutes.
C When the rank is unoccupied.
D When waiting to collect passengers from a taxi.
Correct Answer: A Parking at a taxi rank is prohibited unless driving a taxi.
Explanation: Stopping or parking within an area marked as a taxi rank is prohibited as this may obstruct taxis entering or leaving the rank.