• Remember your stopping distances, meanings of road signs and your ‘mirror, signal, maneuverer’ exercises?
  • Or perhaps you passed your driving test before the theory test was introduced?
  • Test your knowledge with our mock driving theory test exam and Tweet or Facebook us your results!

Passing the Driving Theory Test is a rite of passage for young adults everywhere, bringing them one step closer to freedom. This is a test that requires multiple hours of revision and practice tests in order to prepare you for how to drive a vehicle. Or perhaps you passed your driving test before the written theory test was introduced.

So how well do we actually retain this information, or is it forgotten after years of picking up little bad habits?

For many of us, we will have taken this test many years ago and may not actually remember the finer details of the Highway Code. So let’s put it to a test. Below we have written ten practice questions from an old Driving Theory Test and we want you to take part and tell us how many you got right – or wrong! Tweet us @lv or comment under our Facebook post and tell us your score!

1. You are driving along a single track road when it becomes obvious that the car behind you wants to overtake. You should:

a.     Speed up so that the driver behind you will be happier

b.    Put your hand out of the window and gesticulate to tell the driver that overtaking is not possible.

c.     Pull into a passing place on your left, or wait opposite a passing place on your right.

d.    Stop in a passing place on the right hand side so that the driver can get past you.

2. You are driving behind a learner driver when you come to traffic lights that are on red. When they change to green, the learner driver stalls. What should you do?

a.     Open your window and shout instructions in order to help

b.    Sound your horn and flash your headlights; the sooner they learn what it’s really like on the roads the better

c.     Overtake them: they will be embarrassed and not want you to be there

d.    You should be patient and give them time to move off

3. It is compulsory to wear glasses or contact lenses when you are driving if:

a.     You are unable to read a vehicle number plate from a distance of 67 feet (20.5 metres) without them

b.    You have a disabled badge

c.     You are unable to read a vehicle number plate from a distance of 120 feet (36 metres) without them

d.    There is a problem with eyesight in your family

4. You come across an unmarked crossroads and there is also other traffic approaching it. Who has right of way?

a.     Whoever is driving the fastest vehicle

b.    Whoever is driving the biggest vehicle

c.     The driver who is on the widest road

d.    No one

5. You are the first car in a queue waiting to turn right into a side street. You need to check your right mirror before you start to move. Why is this?

a.     To make sure that there is no traffic in the side road

b.    To check if there is any vehicle overtaking you

c.     To look for pedestrians

d.    To look for traffic that may be emerging

6. When you drive at night, which glasses should you NOT wear?

a.     Tinted

b.    Bifocals

c.     Designer

d.    Half moon

7. What is the purpose of a catalytic converter?

a.     It reduces the noise from the exhaust system

b.    It allows exhaust emissions to be recycled

c.     It converts toxic pollutants in exhaust gas to less toxic pollutants

d.    It makes an exhaust system last longer

8. You are driving in the left hand lane of a motorway. Traffic is approaching from the slip lane, so you should:

a.     Keep at the same speed, they will have to wait for you

b.    Race them so that they join the motorway behind you

c.     Slow down so that they can join the motorway in front of you

d.    Move into another lane

9. What can you expect to see on a triangular road sign?

a.     Warnings

b.    Instructions

c.     Directions

d.    Information

10. On what occasion should you use your horn?

a.     To let others know that you are going straight ahead

b.    To warn others of a danger

c.     To let others know that they have annoyed you

d.    As a greeting to other drivers or pedestrians when you recognise them

Answers

1. C

a.     Single-track roads are only wide enough for one vehicle. They may have special passing places. If you see a vehicle coming towards you, or the driver behind wants to overtake, pull into a passing place on your left, or wait opposite a passing place on your right

2. D

a.     You should be patient and not give any pressure to the learner driver

3. A

a.     It is compulsory to wear glasses or contact lenses when you are driving if you are unable to read a number plate from a distance of 67 feet (20.5 metres)

4. D

a.     On an unmarked crossroads no-one has priority so you must slow down while one driver gives way to the other

5. B

a.     Before you turn right, you need to make sure that there is no other vehicle trying to overtake you

6. A

a.     You should not wear tinted glasses at night because they reduce visibility even more than it already is, which is dangerous

7. C

a.     A catalytic converter is a vehicle emissions control device that converts toxic pollutants in exhaust gas to less toxic pollutants by catalysing a redox reaction (oxidation or reduction)

8. D

a.     You should move into another lane so that the traffic on the slip road can join the motorway safely

9. A

a.     Triangular road signs usually give warnings

10. B

a.     You should only use your horn to warn others of a danger