Theory Test Alertness Category

To learn all about the Alertness category, watch the video or read the article below.

The theory test featuring questions from this category is at the bottom of the page.

Topics Include

  • Observation: making sure you know what other road users are in your vicinity.
  • Anticipation: thinking well in advance about what other road users may do next.
  • Concentration: understanding the actions of other road users whilst driving.
  • Distraction: making sure you focus on your driving and avoid distraction.
  • Concentration: staying alert when driving & knowing what factors may affect your driving.

Safety is the main concern. Understand this, add some common sense, and many of the questions are easy to answer.

Always ask yourself, which is the safest option?

E.g. You lose your way on a busy road. What is the best action to take?

  1. Stop at traffic lights and ask pedestrians.
  2. Shout to other drivers to ask them the way.
  3. Turn into a side road, stop and check a map.
  4. Check a map, and keep going with the traffic flow.

To answer the question ask yourself, which is the safest option? Safety and common sense should tell you it’s answer 3, stopping somewhere safe and convenient is an answer that repeats itself throughout the test. Why? Because this is the safest option.

Common Themes

Mobile phones – eight questions exist that concern mobile phone usage. The facts you need to know are:

  • Never use a hand-held mobile phone while driving
  • If you receive a call while driving pull up and stop in a safe, convenient location before answering it.
  • The reason you can’t use a hand-held mobile phone while driving is because it will cause you to lose concentration.
  • Although you can use a hands-free mobile phone while driving it is still likely to divert your attention from the road.

Staying focused while driving.

  • Have regular rest stops, alays take a break after driving for two hours
  • Plan your route before setting off

Facts to Know

Blind Spot
An area not covered by your mirrors.

Never overtake on the brow of a hill, approaching a bend, approaching a dip in the road, approaching a left-hand junction.

Large Vehicles
keep well back when following a large vehicle as this helps the driver of the vehicle see you in their mirrors.

Tired Whilst Driving
Then find a suitable place to stop and get some rest. Allow fresh air into your vehicle.

Losing Concentration
Loud music, using a mobile phone, tuning the car radio, looking at a map and objects hanging from your interior mirror can all cause you to lose concentration and distract your attention.

Also known as windscreen pillars can obstruct your view of the road, especially when approaching a bend or junction. At junctions always be look twice for cyclists and motorcyclists.

Always turn your lights on at dusk, even if the street lights have yet to come on. You use lights so other road users can see you.

Never overtake while approaching a junction, a dip in the road or a brow of a hill.

Alcohol and illegal substances (drugs)
The will affect your ability to drive. Don't drive when under their influence.

Don't drive if you have taken a medicine that has the potential to make your feel tired and groggy. If unsure, consult your doctor.

If you can't see behind you when reversing, ask someone to guide you.

Switch on your car lights when it starts to get dark, even if the street lights aren't on.

Use your horn to be 'seen'
Where you can't be seen, such as at a hump bridge, you may need to sound your horn to warn other road users of your presence.

Hanging Objects
Objects hanging from your interior mirror may restrict your view.

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Theory Test: Alertness Category

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You are waiting to turn right onto a dual carriageway. What should you do before emerging?

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2 / 22

What does the tem 'blind spot' mean for a driver?

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3 / 22

You are travelling along this narrow country road. When passing the cyclists you should go

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4 / 22

When you are moving off from behind a parked car you should

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5 / 22

You are driving at dusk. You should switch your lights on

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6 / 22

Objects hanging from your interior mirror may

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7 / 22

You are approaching traffic lights that have been on green for some time.  You should

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8 / 22

Why are these yellow lines painted across the road?

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9 / 22

On a long motorway journey boredom can cause you to feel sleepy. You should

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10 / 22

When following a large vehicle you should keep well back because this

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11 / 22

When you see a hazard ahead you should use the mirrors. Why is this?

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12 / 22

You are driving on a wet road. You have to stop your vehicle in an emergency. You should

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13 / 22

You cannot see clearly behind when reversing. What should you do?

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14 / 22

Windscreen pillars can obstruct your view. You should take particular care when

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15 / 22

Which FOUR are most likely to cause you to lose concentration while you are driving?

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16 / 22

You are waiting to turn right at the end of a road. Your view is obstructed by parked vehicles. What should you do?

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17 / 22

In which of these situations should you avoid overtaking?

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18 / 22

You are driving on a motorway and want to use your mobile phone. What should you do?

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19 / 22

You must not use a hand-held phone while driving. Using a hands-free system

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20 / 22

Your vehicle is fitted with a navigation system. How should you avoid letting this distract you while driving?

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21 / 22

You lose your way on a busy road. What is the best action to take?

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22 / 22

You should ONLY use a mobile phone when

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