Mock Theory Test 2

This mock driving theory test consists of 50 official questions.
You need 43 out of 50 (86%) to pass. You have a time limit of 57 minutes.
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A Check to see who's calling you
B Ignore your phone
C Pull up at the nearest kerb
D Stop the car immediately
Correct Answer: B Ignore your phone
Explanation: Using a mobile phone or a similar device while driving or riding is against the law, except in the case of an emergency. For your safety, you should switch off your mobile phone before leaving and set it to voice mail. If your phone rings because you forgot to turn it off, ignore it. When you've come to a safe stop, you can check your phone and, if necessary, return the call.
A Anywhere between 11:30pm and 6am
B In built up areas at any time
C In built up areas between 10pm and 6am
D In built up areas between 11:30pm and 7am
Correct Answer: D In built up areas between 11:30pm and 7am
Explanation: You should not sound your horn in built-up areas between 11:30pm and 7am, unless another road user poses a danger. You also shouldn't rev your engine unnecessarily between these times. Aim to prevent excessive noise at night.
A To keep lanes of traffic apart
B To provide crossing areas for pedestrians
C To reduce the speed of traffic
D To speed up traffic
Correct Answer: C To reduce the speed of traffic
Explanation: Traffic-calming measures such as road humps, chicanes, and narrowings are designed to keep speeds low in areas with high numbers of pedestrians. The survival chances for a pedestrian hit by a vehicle at 20 mph are considerably higher than one hit by a vehicle at 40 mph.
Correct Answer: C A lorry
Explanation: Lorries often have to use the centre of the road when passing beneath bridges like this. If this is the case as you approach, give way to them and don't attempt to pass at the same time.
A Stop behind the line
B Stop beyond the line
C Stop only if there is another vehicle behind you
D Stop only if you're turning right
Correct Answer: A Stop behind the line
Explanation: The 'stop' sign has been placed here to encourage proper observation. The view onto the main road is obstructed, so you should stop and take time to thoroughly check your surroundings.
A A cyclist
B A pedestrian
C A police officer
D A tram driver
Correct Answer: C A police officer
Explanation: While driving, it's mandatory to obey stop signals from police officers, traffic officers and wardens, and school crossing patrols. It is an offence not to stop when signalled to.
A No right turn
B No traffic permitted from the right
C The road bends right
D The road to the right is closed
Correct Answer: A No right turn
Explanation: This is a 'no right turn' sign. It may be that turning right at the junction would be particularly dangerous, or that the adjoining road is a one-way road.
A They direct you to the nearest car park
B They give instructions
C They give warnings
D They provide motorway information
Correct Answer: B They give instructions
Explanation: Circular, blue signs provide instructions. You'll find them ahead of mini-roundabouts, and with arrows on them giving directions.
A Bus lane
B Bus station on the right
C Buses have right of way
D Contraflow bus lane
Correct Answer: D Contraflow bus lane
Explanation: This indicates a contraflow bus lane. Road markings nearby will also warn of the same thing. You shouldn't park or overtake in this lane.
A Cycle route
B Cycling permitted
C No cycling
D No mounted cyclists past this point
Correct Answer: A Cycle route
Explanation: This sign indicates there is a cycle route ahead. This usually means bicycles will be kept separate from the main flow of traffic, but watch out for cyclists re-joining when the route ends.
A Danger ahead
B Risk of ice
C Road narrows
D Slippery road ahead
Correct Answer: A Danger ahead
Explanation: This sign warns you of possible danger ahead. A second sign might warn of the specific hazard. In either scenario, be aware that you might have to adjust your course or speed, or even stop.
A No parking
B No through road
C Road narrows
D T-junction
Correct Answer: B No through road
Explanation: This sign indicates that there is no through route ahead. It is a dead end, cul-de-sac, or isolated road system.
A At level crossings
B At pelican crossings
C At zebra crossings
D In areas where trams operate
Correct Answer: A At level crossings
Explanation: Wherever they appear, these flashing red lights mean you should stop even if the way ahead looks clear. You'll find them at level crossings, lifting or swing bridges, as well as at emergency access sites and airfields.
A They will approach the next time you stop
B They will flash their headlights, indicate left, and point left
C They will pull alongside you, turn on their sirens, and wave for you to stop
D They will turn on the siren, overtake, and move in front of you
Correct Answer: B They will flash their headlights, indicate left, and point left
Explanation: Police officers wanting you to stop will flash their lights, indicate left, and point left to get you to pull over. It is mandatory to obey signals from police officers.
A A diversion route
B A pedestrian zone
C A picnic area
D Tourist attractions
Correct Answer: A A diversion route
Explanation: These symbols indicate different diversion routes. Look for the symbol on the initial diversion sign, then follow signs with that symbol (a black square, circle, diamond, or triangle) on a yellow background to follow the diversion.
A Shortly after driving at high speeds
B Shortly after finishing a long journey
C While they're cold
D While they're hot
Correct Answer: C While they're cold
Explanation: Checking the tyre pressures while tyres are cold gives a more accurate reading. Warm tyres - whether due to weather or long-distance driving - will show increased internal pressure.
A Move alongside the moped until you reach the junction
B Pass the moped and turn at the junctions
C Wait for the moped to pass the junction before turning into the road
D Warn the moped with your horn, then pull in front of them
Correct Answer: C Wait for the moped to pass the junction before turning into the road
Explanation: You should wait to turn until after the moped has passed the junction. Overtaking the moped and taking the junction will mean you've cut across them, potentially forcing them to slow or stop, or causing them to lose control. Only turn when you can do so without affecting the rider.
A Open your window to tell the pedestrian off
B Slow down or stop, allowing the pedestrian to finish crossing
C Stop, then wave all pedestrians across the road
D Swerve around the pedestrian
Correct Answer: B Slow down or stop, allowing the pedestrian to finish crossing
Explanation: It's not uncommon for older pedestrians or those with disabilities to take longer crossing the road. If you encounter a situation like this, you should slow down or stop to allow them to finish crossing. Remain calm and don't show any impatience. Additionally, don't signal for any waiting pedestrians to cross, as this could create potentially hazardous situations where other drivers haven't seen your signal and don't notice the pedestrian.
A Accelerate and go through quickly
B Give way to large vehicles that might be using the middle of the road
C Move into the centre of the road
D Stop and find another route
Correct Answer: B Give way to large vehicles that might be using the middle of the road
Explanation: High-sided vehicles like lorries and buses often need to move the centre of the road to pass beneath bridges like this. You won't be able to fit through at the same time, so you should slow down or stop to allow them through first.
A Come to an immediate stop
B Move left and continue
C Stop safely on the left
D Take the next left
Correct Answer: C Stop safely on the left
Explanation: If a police car behind flashes its headlights and the officer points left, you should pull over somewhere safe and turn off your engine.
Correct Answer: D
Explanation: As with other warning signs, 'give way' signs are triangular. But unlike other warning signs, the triangle is inverted, pointing down. This means that even if the sign is obscured (by snow, for example) you still know what it means. You must give way to traffic on the road you're about to join when you see this sign.
A Buses turning ahead
B Mini-roundabout
C Ring road ahead
D Stay right
Correct Answer: B Mini-roundabout
Explanation: This sign warns of a mini-roundabout ahead. Look for signs indicating which lane you need to use for your desired exit, and ensure you move into the correct lane early, signalling appropriately.
A In an emergency
B To consult a map
C To rest when tired
D When your phone rings
Correct Answer: A In an emergency
Explanation: Only in genuine emergencies is it permitted to use the hard shoulder. If you suffer a breakdown and need to use it, make use of a roadside telephone to call for help. Roadside telephones give the operator your exact location. You shouldn't ever cross a slip road the carriageway to use a roadside phone.
A They can cause motorcycles to slide
B To allow the motorcyclist to continue riding at the same speed
C To avoid possible punctures
D To avoid splashing nearby pedestrians
Correct Answer: A They can cause motorcycles to slide
Explanation: Cyclists and motorcyclists often steer around drain covers in the wet because they prevent a skid risk, and could cause them to lose their balance or even fall. Watch for these hazards as you drive, and learn to anticipate the actions required of different vehicles in different conditions. Cyclists and motorcyclists are also warier of potholes, and will move to avoid them.
B The driver's insurance company
C The vehicle's manufacturer
D The vehicle's registered keeper
Correct Answer: D The vehicle's registered keeper
Explanation: Keeping the details on your vehicle registration certificate (V5C) up to date is your responsibility, and you need to inform the DVLA of any changes. Failing to do this might make selling your vehicle difficult. Details on the V5C include your name, address, and vehicle details.
A All lanes, including the hard shoulder, are available for use
B All traffic should move into the hard shoulder
C Do not use the hard shoulder
D Use only the three right-hand lanes
Correct Answer: A All lanes, including the hard shoulder, are available for use
Explanation: This sign indicates that all lanes - including the hard shoulder - are open as running lanes but have a compulsory speed limit of 50 mph. When driving on the hard shoulder like this, look as far ahead as you can for obstructions, as the hard shoulder will still be used for breakdowns and emergencies.
A Drivers behind flashing their headlights
B Lines on the road
C Variable message signs
D Yellow hatch markings on the road
Correct Answer: C Variable message signs
Explanation: Variable message signs (usually overhead or on the walls) give instructions and warnings about tunnel traffic conditions. Keep watch for the signs changing, and be prepared to stop if they warn of a hazard ahead. Incidents can quickly spiral out of control in congested tunnels, so be wary.
A Only if there is further danger
B Only when an ambulance has been called
C When bystanders are there to help
D When bystanders tell you to
Correct Answer: A Only if there is further danger
Explanation: Casualties could have internal injuries or other hidden ailments. Moving them could make these worse, and so casualties should not be moved unless staying put presents a danger. Additionally, only if it's absolutely necessary should a motorcyclist's helmet be removed.
A Check to see if they're in shock
B Keep them warm
C Roll them into the recovery position
D Warn other traffic
Correct Answer: D Warn other traffic
Explanation: Further collision and vehicle fire are the two most immediate dangers. Warn other traffic by turning on your hazard warning lights (and by placing an advance warning triangle anywhere but on a motorway) and turn off engines to reduce risk of fire. Don't put yourself at risk doing this.
A The helmet might get damaged
B Their head will get cold
C They might not want you to help
D This could worsen injuries
Correct Answer: D This could worsen injuries
Explanation: Removing a motorcyclist's helmet could make their injuries more serious. You should only attempt to remove their helmet if absolutely necessary. Likewise, you should avoid moving anyone injured unless staying put presents a danger.
A A pedestrian
B The driver
C The vehicle
D The weather
Correct Answer: B The driver
Explanation: Driver error is usually the cause of a skid. You should match your driving style to the weather conditions and the type of road you're driving.
A Don't use the brakes but do use a low gear
B Select a low gear and apply brakes carefully
C Use the brakes carefully and use a high gear
D Use the brakes firmly and use a high gear
Correct Answer: B Select a low gear and apply brakes carefully
Explanation: Gravity will cause your vehicle to pick up speed when travelling downhill, making stopping more difficult. Select a lower gear to employ engine braking, helping keep your vehicles speed under control without risking overheating your brakes.
A Give the cyclist time and space to pull away
B Sound your horn to let them know you're going to go first
C Try to race past them
D Turn right, giving the cyclist plenty of room
Correct Answer: A Give the cyclist time and space to pull away
Explanation: You should give the cyclist time and space to pull away. You'll notice specially marked areas at some junctions that allow cyclists to move off ahead of queuing traffic.
A Driving slowly
B Emergency stop
C Hill start
D Reversing
Correct Answer: D Reversing
Explanation: While reversing, you are permitted to remove your seatbelt to get a better view of the area behind your vehicle. Remember to buckle the seatbelt again before moving off forwards.
A A hazard is nearby
B No overtaking
C No parking
D The edge of the carriageway
Correct Answer: D The edge of the carriageway
Explanation: The white line to the left indicates the edge of the carriageway. You can use this on many roads to judge your position in poor visibility. Be aware that the line will break at lay-bys, private drives, and junctions.
Correct Answer: D Tyres
Explanation: Dry steering - turning the steering wheel while stationary - can cause unnecessary wear to the steering mechanism and tyres.
A Lock them out of sight
B Park near a police station
C Park near a school
D Use a bag to hide them
Correct Answer: A Lock them out of sight
Explanation: Ideally, you shouldn't leave valuables in your car, but if you have to, locking them away out of sight can deter opportunistic thieves.
A Never
B Only when there are no other options
C Temporarily when collecting children
D When you're dropping off children
Correct Answer: A Never
Explanation: Parking on yellow zigzag lines outside schools is never permitted. These are not areas for dropping off or collecting passengers. This area should be kept clear to ensure both drivers and pedestrians have unobstructed views of the road and pavement.
A A busy road
B A garage
C A quiet car park
D A side street
Correct Answer: B A garage
Explanation: If you have one, a garage is the safest place to keep your car. This will protect your car from both potential thieves and the elements.
A Dipped headlights
B Front fog lights
C Main-beam headlights
D Sidelights only
Correct Answer: A Dipped headlights
Explanation: You should use dipped headlights when driving on busy motorways. Your full-beam headlights will dazzle both drivers ahead of you and those on the other side of the motorway. Dipped headlights should ensure others aren't dazzled.
A Only if the motorway is well lit
B Only when driving at under 50 mph
C When you are close to vehicles in front
D When your vehicle is broken down on the hard shoulder
Correct Answer: D When your vehicle is broken down on the hard shoulder
Explanation: You should only turn off your headlights on a motorway following a breakdown where you've stopped on the hard shoulder. Leave your sidelights on so other drivers can see your vehicle.
A Police are checking speeds in this area
B They are going to move to another lane
C Traffic ahead is slowing or stopping suddenly
D You should overtake them
Correct Answer: C Traffic ahead is slowing or stopping suddenly
Explanation: Signs above or beside the motorway will warn you of upcoming exits a mile before they appear.
A For your driver's licence details
B For your employment details
C For your insurance details
D For your vehicle details
Correct Answer: D For your vehicle details
Explanation: While on the emergency telephone, the operator will ask for your vehicle details and the reason for the breakdown. Whilst on the phone to the operator, you should face traffic so you can see what's coming.
A As you're passing or just after the junction
B Before reaching the junction
C Don't signal
D Long before reaching the junction
Correct Answer: A As you're passing or just after the junction
Explanation: You should signal just as you pass the junction, or just after passing it. Signalling early might cause other drivers to think you're turning into the junction, and indicating late might leave other drivers with little time to react to you pulling over. Signal at the right time to ensure you don't mislead other drivers.
A If your indicators are broken
B On a motorway to warn of an upcoming hazard
C To warn oncoming traffic you're about to stop
D When double-parked on a two-way road
Correct Answer: B On a motorway to warn of an upcoming hazard
Explanation: You should use your hazard warning lights to warn traffic behind you of danger ahead on a motorway. They should also be used when your vehicle is causing an obstruction following a breakdown.
A Brake sharply
B Put your hazard warning lights on
C Set your mirror to the anti-dazzle position
D Sound your horn
Correct Answer: C Set your mirror to the anti-dazzle position
Explanation: Dipping your mirror (also known as putting it inti the 'anti-dazzle' position) can help stop lights from traffic behind dazzling you. Dipping your mirror still lets you see behind you, but reduces the glare of any lights from behind.
A It puts too much strain on your vehicle's battery
B Other drivers might think they're brake lights
C Your fog light bulbs are more likely to wear out
D Your indicators may not function
Correct Answer: B Other drivers might think they're brake lights
Explanation: Other drivers might think your rear fog lights are your brake lights if you use them in clear weather, and might misunderstand what you're doing. They can also dazzle drivers behind, distracting them from driving safely, particularly at night, in wet conditions, and on motorways. It is illegal to drive in good conditions with fog lights turned on.
A Competitive
B Considerate
C Defensive
D Responsible
Correct Answer: A Competitive
Explanation: Questioning the actions of other road users is defensive driving, and can help you predict possible hazards and react accordingly. The opposite driving style is competitive driving. This increases the risk of collision for all other nearby road users.
A To allow you to drive without insurance
B To improve a driver's fundamental skills
C To reduce your MOT costs
D To teach you how a vehicle's engine works
Correct Answer: B To improve a driver's fundamental skills
Explanation: The Pass Plus scheme is designed to enhance the skills of new drivers. It teaches motorway driving and night-time driving, widening your experience. Completing a Pass Plus scheme can result in lower insurance costs.
A A fire extinguisher
B A fuel can
C A road map
D A set of jump leads
Correct Answer: A A fire extinguisher
Explanation: It pays to be prepared, and having a first aid kit and fire extinguisher on-board could even save lives.