13th March 2017
The driving theory test: could you pass it now?
It’s been over 20 years since the theory test was introduced to the UK.
For those of you who were fortunate enough to pass your driving before the theory test came in, it involves 40 multiple choice questions; all to test your knowledge of general road safety. Additionally, the test also includes a hazard perception section, this involves numerous video clips of someone driving through different areas. The test taker must click when they identify a road hazard, this could include a cyclist coming too close, or someone pulling out in front of you.
The theory test aims to test your knowledge and was introduced to reduce the number of deaths and seriously injured casualties. The government wanted to make sure drivers were aware of the rules of the road; risk perception, eco-driving, hazard awareness and good driving behavior. Transport Minister: Lord Ahmad stated,
“We are determined to deliver safer roads and cut the number of people who are killed and seriously injured. The theory test is an important check so that new drivers know the rules of the roads and they can spot potential hazards before they develop.”
For the multiple-choice section of the test, you must answer at least 43 of the 50 questions correctly. For the hazard perception section, you must reach 44 out of the possible 75 marks. Each person’s test can vary as there are numerous questions and hazard clips, meaning you must be fully prepared with a range of knowledge and understanding of the road. Additionally, the test is constantly evolving to ensure it is up to date and relevant to each year. DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn said,
“The test is kept under constant review to ensure it continues to prepare candidates for a lifetime of safe driving.”
We had a think as to whether every driver on the road today could pass the theory test, here are a selection of questions based on the theory test of today, see how many you can answer…
Let’s start with something easy…
1. What should you NOT do when you are about to join a contraflow?
A: Plan your journey and slow down in plenty of time
B: Switch lanes last minute
C: Select which lane you want to use in advance
D: Maintain a two-second time gap between your car and vehicle ahead
2. Stop signs are which shape?
D: Rounded rectangular
3. Cars are most susceptible to crosswinds when…
A: Travelling on a narrow country road
B: There is a lot of traffic on the road
C: The road is straight and quite long
D: The road is wide and there aren’t many building to the left or right of you
4. What is the main measure used to prevent congestion on a motorway?
A: Variable speed limits in busier areas
B: Contraflow systems
C: Closed lanes
D: One flat Speed limit
5. An MOT certificate for a car over 3 years old lasts…
A: 30,000 miles
B: three years
C: 15,000 miles
D: One year
6. You are approaching a pelican crossing at which there is a flashing amber light. What does this mean?
A: You need to stop because the light will soon turn red
B: You can drive past while pedestrians are crossing
C: You must stop and wait for the light to stop flashing
D: Pedestrians who are currently crossing have right of way
7. You are driving on a road without speed limit signs. However, there is street lighting, which indicates that the speed limit is probably…
A: 20 mph
B: 50 mph
C: 30 mph
D: 40 mph
8. When driving on a wet surface, how large a time gap should there be between you and the vehicle ahead?
A: Two seconds
B: One second
C: Four seconds
D: Eight seconds
9. While you are driving in daytime, visibility is poor, though it hasn’t been seriously compromised. You should activate..
A: Your dipped headlights
B: Your front fog lights only
C: Both your headlights and fog lights
D: Your rear fog lights only
10. As you approach a bend, you see this sign. You should…
A: Come to a stop
B: Slow down and continue driving around the bend while remaining alert
C: Make a U-turn and drive in the other direction
D: Slow down to a crawl
Check your answers below and let us know how you did!