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06 / 02 / 24

UK Theory test quiz – can you get a pass?

Here is a 50-question multiple-choice UK theory test quiz, including questions on road signs, rules, safety, vehicle handling, and legal matters related to driving in the UK. Answers are provided at the end of the quiz. You will need to score at least 43/50 in order to pass the real test, so take a little time here and see how far from test ready you are. Answers are provided at the bottom!

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UK Theory Test Quiz

1. What should you do when approaching a roundabout?
A) Always stop before entering
B) Give way to traffic from the right
C) Signal left and speed up
D) Overtake on the left

2. You see a pedestrian with a white cane crossing the road. What does this indicate?
A) The pedestrian is elderly
B) The pedestrian has a hearing impairment
C) The pedestrian is visually impaired
D) The pedestrian is a police officer

3. What is the national speed limit on a single carriageway for cars and motorcycles?
A) 30 mph
B) 40 mph
C) 50 mph
D) 60 mph

4. When are you allowed to use your horn in a built-up area during the night (11:30 pm to 7:00 am)?
A) To alert others to your presence
B) In an emergency situation
C) When another driver makes you angry
D) To say goodbye to friends

5. What does a solid white line at the side of the road indicate?
A) Parking is allowed
B) Cycle lane
C) Boundary of the carriageway
D) Footpath

6. When should you use your hazard warning lights?
A) When parked for a short time on double yellow lines
B) When your vehicle has broken down and is causing an obstruction
C) To thank drivers behind for giving way
D) When driving through a tunnel

7. What does an amber traffic light mean?
A) Go if the road is clear
B) Prepare to stop
C) Stop if safe to do so
D) You have priority

8. What should you do before making a U-turn?
A) Signal for at least 10 seconds
B) Check the mirrors and blind spots
C) Speed up to make the turn quickly
D) Flash your headlights to warn other drivers

9. How should you react to a flashing blue light behind you?
A) Speed up to get out of the way
B) Slow down and stop if necessary
C) Continue at the same speed
D) Turn off at the next exit

10. What does a red traffic light mean?
A) Stop and wait behind the stop line
B) Proceed with caution if no traffic is coming
C) Stop, then proceed if the way is clear
D) Slow down and prepare to stop

11. What is the main reason for having a speed limit in urban areas?
A) To reduce pollution
B) To allow for faster travel times
C) To reduce traffic flow
D) To increase road safety

12. When is it legal to overtake on the left?
A) When the vehicle in front is signalling to turn right
B) On a one-way street
C) When in a marked lane designated for left-turning traffic
D) All of the above

13. What should you do if you’re involved in a minor collision and there are no injuries?
A) Leave the scene immediately
B) Exchange names and addresses with the other driver
C) Drive to the nearest police station to report the incident
D) Wait for the police to arrive

14. What does a double yellow line at the side of the road mean?
A) No waiting at any time
B) Loading and unloading permitted
C) Parking allowed outside of working hours
D) Restricted parking with a disabled badge only

15. What is the purpose of the mirrors on your vehicle?
A) To check your appearance
B) To signal to other drivers
C) To monitor traffic and check for blind spots
D) To decorate the vehicle

16. What does a green traffic light mean?
A) Go if the way is clear
B) Stop and give way to pedestrians
C) Prepare to stop
D) Only turn left

17. What should you do when driving in foggy conditions?
A) Use your full beam headlights
B) Follow the tail lights of the car in front
C) Use your fog lights if visibility is below 100 meters
D) Increase your speed to clear the area quickly

18. What is the legal minimum tread depth for car tyres in the UK?
A) 1.0 mm
B) 1.6 mm
C) 2.0 mm
D) 3.0 mm

19. What should you do if you start to feel tired while driving?
A) Open the window for fresh air
B) Stop and take a break
C) Turn up the radio
D) Speed up to reach your destination quicker

20. When can you use a bus lane marked with operational hours?
A) Anytime outside of the operational hours
B) During the operational hours if traffic is slow
C) Only if you are driving a bus
D) At no time

21. What is the consequence of driving without insurance?
A) A warning
B) A fine and points on your license
C) Mandatory driving lessons
D) No penalty

22. What does an orange (amber) stud on the motorway indicate?
A) The left edge of the road
B) The central reservation
C) The edge of the main carriageway at exits and entrances
D) A temporary adjustment to lane layouts

23. How should you behave when approaching a horse and rider on the road?
A) Sound your horn to alert them of your presence
B) Pass quickly and close to avoid scaring the horse
C) Drive slowly and give them plenty of room
D) Flash your lights to warn them you are coming

24. What does the term “tailgating” refer to?
A) Following another vehicle too closely
B) Driving with a faulty tail light
C) Towing another vehicle
D) Loading the rear of the vehicle too heavily

25. What is the correct action when the traffic light turns green but the junction is blocked?
A) Proceed slowly
B) Wait until the junction is clear
C) Force your way through
D) Turn around and find another route

26. What do zigzag lines at a pedestrian crossing indicate?
A) Parking area
B) No parking at any time
C) Loading zone
D) Caution area

27. When is it safe to overtake another vehicle?
A) On a bend
B) Near a junction
C) In a one-way street
D) When the road ahead is clear

28. What does a flashing amber signal at a pelican crossing mean?
A) Pedestrians have priority
B) Give way to pedestrians already on the crossing
C) Pedestrians should not start to cross
D) Vehicles have priority

29. What should you do if you see a school crossing patrol sign?
A) Increase your speed to clear the area quickly
B) Be ready to stop for children crossing the road
C) Ignore the sign outside of school hours
D) Sound your horn to alert children of your presence

30. When parked on a downhill slope, in which direction should you turn your wheels?
A) Away from the curb
B) Towards the curb
C) Straight ahead
D) It doesn’t matter

31. What is the consequence of refusing to provide a specimen for a breath test?
A) A warning
B) A fine and possibly imprisonment
C) A mandatory driving course
D) Points on your license only

32. What does a blue sign with a white “P” on it indicate?
A) Parking is prohibited
B) Parking for pedestrians only
C) Parking is permitted
D) Police station nearby

33. What is the main hazard of driving too close to the vehicle in front?
A) Reducing your field of vision
B) Increasing fuel consumption
C) Damaging your headlights
D) Making it difficult to listen to the radio

34. Why should you avoid using your mobile phone while driving?
A) It is illegal without a hands-free system
B) It can wait until your journey ends
C) It might disturb passengers
D) It reduces battery life

35. What does a sign with a brown background indicate?
A) Industrial area
B) Tourist attraction
C) Residential zone
D) Agricultural area

36. How can you reduce your vehicle’s environmental harm?
A) By accelerating rapidly
B) By using high gears as much as possible
C) By idling the engine frequently
D) By carrying heavy loads

37. What is the safest way to check for motorcycles when changing lanes?
A) Rely on your mirrors only
B) Use your peripheral vision
C) Check your mirrors and blind spots
D) Assume there are no motorcycles

38. When can you drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a solid white line?
A) At any time
B) Outside of its hours of operation
C) Never
D) If you are cycling

39. What is the purpose of traffic calming measures?
A) To improve the flow of traffic
B) To reduce traffic accidents and speed
C) To increase road capacity
D) To provide parking spaces

40. What does a sign showing two arrows pointing up and down in the same lane mean?
A) Lane ends ahead
B) Overtaking permitted
C) Two-way traffic
D) Divided highway begins

41. Under what condition is it acceptable to overtake another vehicle on the right?
A) When in a one-way street
B) When the vehicle in front is turning left
C) On a motorway
D) All of the above

42. What should you do when approaching a junction with poor visibility?
A) Proceed slowly and be ready to stop
B) Turn on your high beam headlights
C) Rely on other drivers to give way
D) Accelerate quickly to minimize the time spent at the junction

43. What does it mean if you see red reflective studs on the motorway?
A) You are approaching the motorway exit
B) You are on the left-hand side of the road
C) You are on the right-hand side of the road
D) There is a junction ahead

44. How should you signal if you are turning right at a roundabout?
A) Signal right on approach and then left before exiting
B) Signal left on approach and then right before exiting
C) Signal right throughout the entire roundabout
D) No signal is necessary

45. What does a sign with a black diagonal stripe on a white background indicate?
A) National speed limit applies
B) No stopping
C) No overtaking
D) Level crossing without a barrier

46. What action should you take when the anti-lock braking system (ABS) warning light stays on?
A) Continue driving as normal
B) Check the brake fluid level
C) Have the system checked immediately
D) Turn off the engine and restart it

47. What should you do if you encounter an obstruction on your side of the road?
A) Accelerate to pass it quickly
B) Give way to oncoming traffic
C) Sound your horn to warn others
D) Flash your headlights to signal oncoming traffic to stop

48. What is the correct behavior at a junction with a solid white line across the road?
A) Give way to traffic on the main road
B) Proceed without stopping
C) Stop completely, then proceed when safe
D) Only give way to traffic from the right

49. How can you help protect the environment while driving?
A) By using air conditioning at all times
B) By maintaining a steady speed and minimizing harsh acceleration and braking
C) By keeping windows open for ventilation
D) By increasing speed to reach your destination quicker

50. What does a yellow line painted on the curb or at the edge of the road mean?
A) No stopping at any time
B) Loading and unloading only
C) Parking permitted for a limited time
D) No parking during specified hours

1. B
2. C
3. D
4. B
5. C
6. B
7. C
8. B
9. B
10. A
11. D
12. D
13. B
14. A
15. C
16. A
17. C
18. B
19. B
20. A
21. B
22. C
23. C
24. A
25. B
26. B
27. D
28. B
29. B
30. B
31. B
32. C
33. A
34. A
35. B
36. B
37. C
38. C
39. B
40. C
41. D
42. A
43. C
44. A
45. A
46. C
47. B
48. C
49. B
50. D

This comprehensive quiz covers a broad range of topics relevant to the UK driving theory test. It is designed to test knowledge on road signs, driving laws, and best practices. Remember, the best way to prepare for the actual test is to review the Highway Code and practice with as many sample questions as possible.


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