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Qu.1 - Mark one answer How does alcohol affect you?
A. It speeds up your reactions
B. It increases your awareness
C. It improves your co-ordination
D. It reduces your concentration
Concentration and good judgement are needed at all times to be a good, safe driver. Don’t put yourself or others at risk by drinking and driving.
Qu.2 - Mark one answer Which of the following types of glasses should NOT be worn when driving at night?
A. Half-moon
B. Round
C. Bi-focal
D. Tinted
If you are driving at night or in poor visibility, tinted lenses will reduce the efficiency of your vision, by reducing the amount of available light reaching your eyes.


Qu.3 - Mark one answer How will a school crossing patrol signal you to stop?
A. By pointing to children on the opposite pavement
B. By displaying a red light
C. By displaying a stop sign D. By giving you an arm signal

If a school crossing patrol steps out into the road with a stop sign you must stop. Don’t wave anyone across the road and don’t get impatient or rev your engine.
Qu.4 - Mark one answer Why should you look particularly for motorcyclists and cyclists at junctions?
A. They may want to turn into the side road
B. They may slow down to let you turn
C. They are harder to see D. They might not see you turn

Cyclists and motorcyclists are smaller than other vehicles and so are more difficult to see. They can easily become hidden from your view by cars parked near a junction.
Qu.5 - Mark one answer You are waiting to come out of a side road. Why should you watch carefully for motorcycles?
A. Motorcycles are usually faster than cars
B. Police patrols often use motorcycles
C. Motorcycles are small and hard to see D. Motorcycles have right of way

Motorcycles are small and hard to see If you’re waiting to emerge from a side road watch out for motorcycles: they’re small and can be difficult to see. Be especially careful if there are parked vehicles restricting your view, there might be a motorcycle approaching. IF YOU DON’T KNOW, DON’T GO.
Qu.6 - Mark one answer You are following two cyclists. They approach a roundabout in the left-hand lane. In which direction should you expect the cyclists to go?
A. Left
B. Right
C. Any direction D. Straight ahead

Cyclists approaching a roundabout in the left-hand lane may be turning right but may not have been able to get into the correct lane due to the heavy traffic. They may also feel safer keeping to the left all the way round the roundabout. Be aware of them and give them plenty of room.
Qu.7 - Mark one answer There are flashing amber lights under a school warning sign. What action should you take?
A. Reduce speed until you are clear of the areaB. Keep up your speed and sound your horn
C. Increase your speed to clear the area quickly
D. Wait at the lights until they change to green

The flashing amber lights are switched on to warn you that children may be crossing near a school. Slow down and take extra care as you may have to stop.
Qu.8 - Mark one answer You are following a car driven by an elderly driver. You should
A. expect the driver to drive badly
B. flash your lights and overtake
C. be aware that the driver's reactions may not be as fast as yours D. stay very close behind but be careful

You must show consideration to other road users. The reactions of older drivers may be slower and they might need more time to deal with a situation. Be tolerant and don’t lose patience or show your annoyance.
Qu.9 - Mark one answer Ahead of you there is a moving vehicle with a flashing amber beacon. This means it is
A. slow moving B. broken down
C. a doctor's car
D. a school crossing patrol

As you approach the vehicle, assess the situation. Due to its slow progress you will need to judge whether it is safe to overtake.
Qu.10 - Mark one answer You should never attempt to overtake a cyclists
A. just before you turn leftB. on a left-hand bend
C. on a one-way street
D. on a dual carriageway

If you want to turn left and there’s a cyclist in front of you, hold back. Wait until the cyclist has passed the junction and then turn left behind them.
Qu.11 - Mark one answer You see a pedestrian with a dog. The dog has a yellow or burgundy coat. This especially warns you that the pedestrian is
A. elderly
B. dog training
C. colour blind
D. deaf
Take extra care as the pedestrian may not be aware of vehicles approaching.
Qu.12 - Mark one answer You think the driver of the vehicle in front has forgotten to cancel their right indicator. You should
A. flash your lights to alert the driver
B. sound your horn before overtaking
C. overtake on the left if there is room
D. stay behind and not overtake

The driver may be unsure of the location of a junction and turn suddenly. Be cautious and don’t attempt to overtake.

Qu.13 - Mark one answer Why are mirrors often slightly curved (convex)

A. They give a wider field of visionB. They totally cover blind spots
C. They make it easier to judge the speed of following traffic
D. They make following traffic look bigger

Although a convex mirror gives a wide view of the scene behind, you should be aware that it will not show you everything behind or to the side of the vehicle. Before you move off you will need to check over your shoulder to look for anything not visible in the mirrors.
Qu.14 - Mark one answer Why are place names painted on the road surface?
A. To restrict the flow of traffic
B. To warn you of oncoming traffic
C. To enable you to change lanes earlyD. To prevent you changing lanes

The names of towns and cities may be painted on the road at busy junctions and complex road systems. Their purpose is to let you move into the correct lane in good time, allowing traffic to flow more freely.
Qu.15 - Mark one answerSome two-way roads are divided into three lanes. Why are these particularly dangerous?
A. Traffic in both directions can use the middle lane to overtake B. Traffic can travel faster in poor weather conditions
C. Traffic can overtake on the left
D. Traffic uses the middle lane for emergencies only

If you intend to overtake you must consider that approaching traffic could be planning the same manoeuvre. When you have considered the situation and have decided it is safe, indicate your intentions early. This will show the approaching traffic that you intend to pull out.
Qu.16 - Mark one answer What does this signal from a police officer mean to oncoming traffic?
Police Stop Signal

A. Go ahead
B. Stop C. Turn left
D. Turn right

Police officers may need to direct traffic, for example, at a junction where the traffic lights have broken down. Check your copy of The Highway Code for the signals that they use.
Qu.17 - Mark one answer You are invited to a pub lunch. You know you will have to drive in the evening. What is your best course of action?
A. Avoid mixing your alcoholic drinks
B. Not drink any alcohol at all C. Have some milk before drinking alcohol
D. Eat a hot meal with your alcoholic drinks

Alcohol will stay in the body for several hours and may make you unfit to drive later in the day. Drinking during the day will also affect your performance at work or study.
Qu.18 - Mark two answers You are driving along a motorway and become tired. You should
A. stop at the next service area and rest
B. leave the motorway at the next exit and rest
C. increase your speed and turn up the radio volume
D. close all your windows and set heating to warm
E. pull up on the hard shoulder and change drivers

If you have planned your journey properly, to include rest stops, you should arrive at your destination in good time.
Qu.19 - Mark two answers During periods of illness your ability to drive may be impaired. You must
A. see your doctor each time before you drive
B. only take smaller doses of any medicines
C. be medically fit to driveD. not drive after taking certain medicinesE. tale all your medicines with you when you drive

Be responsible and only drive if you are fit to do so. Some medication can affect your concentration and judgement when dealing with hazards. It may also cause you to become drowsy or even fall asleep. Driving while taking such medication is highly dangerous.
Qu.20 - Mark one answer You are about to drive home. You feel very tired and have a servere headache. You should
A. wait until you are fit and well before driving B. drive home, but take a tablet for headaches
C. drive home if you can stay awake for the journey
D. wait for a short time, then drive home slowly

All your concentration should be on your driving. Any pain you feel will distract you and you should avoid driving when drowsy. The safest course of action is to wait until you have rested and feel better.
Qu.21 - Mark one answer What does the solid white line at the side of the road indicate?
A. Traffic lights ahead
B. Edge of the carriagewayC. Footpath on the left
D. Cycle path

The continuous white line shows the edge of the carriageway. It can be especially useful when visibility is restricted, for example at night or in bad weather. It is discontinued where it crosses junctions, lay-bys etc.

Qu.22 - Mark one answer You are approaching thiscyclist. You should

Cyclist Approaching Junction

A. overtake before the cyclists gets to the junction
B. flash your headlights at the cyclist
C. slow down and allow the cyclist to turn D. overtake the cyclist on the left-hand side

Keep well back and allow the cyclist room to take up the correct position for the turn. Don’t get too close behind or try to squeeze past.
Qu.23 - Mark one answer You have just been overtaken by this motorcyclist who is cutting in sharply. You should
Motorcycle Overtaking

A. sound the horn
B. brake firmly
C. keep a safe gap D. flash your lights

If another vehicle cuts in too sharply, ease off the accelerator and drop back to allow a safe separation distance. Try not to overreact by braking sharply or swerving, as you could lose control. If vehicles behind you are too close or unprepared, it could lead to a crash.
Qu.24 - Mark one answerWhy must you take extra care when turning right at the junction?
Blind Junction

A. Road surface is poor
B. Footpaths are narrow
C. Road markings are faint
D. There is reduced visibility

You may have to pull forward slowly until you can see up and down the road. Be aware that the traffic approaching the junction can’t see you either. If you don’t know that it’s clear, don’t go.

Qu.25 - Mark one answer You are driving towards this level crossing. What would be the first warning of an approaching train?
Level Crossing Hazard

A. Both half barriers down
B. A steady amber lightC. One half barrier down
D. Twin flashing red lights

The steady amber light will be followed by twin flashing red lights that mean you must stop. An alarm will also sound to alert you to the fact that a train is approaching.
Qu.26 - Mark one answer You are behind this cyclist. When the traffic lights change, what should you do?
Cyclist Hazard

A. Try to move off before the cyclist
B. Allow the cyclists time and room C. Turn right but give the cyclist room
D. Tap your horn and drive through first

Hold back and allow the cyclist to move off. In some towns, junctions have special areas marked across the front of the traffic lane. These allow cyclists to wait for the lights to change and move off ahead of other traffic.
Qu.27 - Mark one answer While driving, you see this sign ahead. You should
Slow Down

A. stop at the sign
B. slow, but continue around the bend C. slow to a crawl and continue
D. stop and look for open farm gates

Drive around the bend at a steady speed in the correct gear. Be aware that you might have to stop for approaching trains.
Qu.28 - Mark one answer You intend to turn left at the traffic lights. Just before turning you should
Cycle

A. check your right mirror
B. move close up to the white car
C. straddle the lanes
D. check for bicycles on your left
Check your nearside for cyclists before moving away. This is especially important if you have been in a stationary queue of traffic and are about to move off, as cyclists often try to filter past on the nearside of stationary vehicles.
Qu.29 - Mark one answer You are driving along this road. The driver on the left is reversing from a driveway. You should
Parked Cars

A. move to the opposite side of the road
B. drive through as you have priority
C. sound your horn and be prepared to stopD. speed up and drive through quickly

White lights at the rear of a car show that it is about to reverse. Sound your horn to warn of your presence and reduce your speed as a precaution.
Qu.30 - Mark one answer You are driving on a road with several lanes. You see these signs above the lanes. What do they mean?

Motorway Signs

A. The two right lanes are open
B. The two left lanes are open C. Traffic in the left lanes should stop
D. Traffic in the right lanes should stop

If you see a red cross above your lane it means that there is an obstruction ahead. You will have to move into one of the lanes which is showing the green light. If all the lanes are showing a red cross, then you must stop.



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