Theory Test Attitude Category

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

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

Attitude Means

  • Your frame of mind when you are driving
  • How you react when you meet road hazards
  • How you behave towards other drivers

Topics Include

  • Consideration: treating other road users in a polite and correct manner
  • Positioning: knowing vehicle road positions
  • Courtesy: treating other drivers with respect
  • Priority: understanding the rules of priority when driving.

Basically, this section tries to encourage you to be a careful, considerate and safe driver. Again, safety is the main concern. The DVSA want to instill in you an attitude that is polite, calm, considerate and above all safe.

A regular theme is your attitude towards other road users.

To help you answer such questions think what is the safest, most considerate option. E.g. Question. You wish to turn right ahead. Why should you take up the correct position in good time?

  1. To allow other drivers to pull out in front of you
  2. To give a better view into the road that you are joining
  3. To help other road users know what you intend to do
  4. To allow drivers to pass you on the right

The correct answer is 3 – the safest and most considerate option.

Common Themes

Competitive Driving and showing off whilst driving is dangerous. Young, inexperienced drivers can often be involved in crashes due to showing off and driving competitively.

Fuel – diesel fuel when spilt is slippery. Always make sure your fuel cap is correctly replaced after filling up. A loose filler cap can waste fuel and money and make the road slippery for other road users.

Rural Roads – slow down and be careful when approaching animals and livestock. When passing a horse move forward slowly and give plenty of room. If you encounter a farmer herding animals you should stop if he asks you to.

Pedestrians Crossings

  • Never wave a pedestrian across at any crossing, as there may be another vehicle coming
  • Pelican Crossings: the flashing amber light means give way to pedestrians already on the crossing
  • Toucan Crossings: cyclists can ride across these
  • Puffin Crossings: a steady amber light follows the green light. There is no flashing amber light. The red light will stay on until the pedestrians using it have reached a safe position
  • Zebra Crossings: when approaching a zebra crossing if pedestrians are waiting to cross you must slow down and stop. If they fail to cross immediately you should continue to wait.

Vehicles with BLUE flashing beacons

  • bomb disposal
  • blood transfusion
  • police patrol
  • mountain rescue
  • coastguard
  • ambulance
  • fire engine
  • When being followed by a vehicle with a flashing blue light you should pull over as soon as safely possible to let it pass.
And a DOCTOR’S CAR has a GREEN flashing beacon.

Facts to Know

Means following another vehicle too closely. It can be distracting and intimidating for the driver in front, and dangerous, as it could cause an incident if the vehicle in front stops suddenly.

Two Second Rule
In good, dry conditions you should leave a two second between you and the vehicle you are following. In wet conditions the gap should be four seconds.

Car Horn
Only use this to alert other road users of your presence.

Flashing Headlights
Only flash your headlights to let other road users know that you are there.

Full beam headlights
Only use when on a unlit road at night when there is no traffic ahead of you.

Don't follow long
too closely as doing so will reduce your view ahead.

Diamond-shaped Signs
give instructions to tram drivers only.

Tram rails
pose most risk to cyclists.

In a one-way street
when wanting to turn right you should position your car in the right-hand lane.

At an unmarked crossroads
slow down and look both ways.

If a driver is following you too closely
slow down gradually and increase the distance between your car and the one in front of you.

Give way
to buses whenever it is safe to do so.

If another road user cuts you up
drop back to leave the correct separation distance.

When passing horses
slow down and allow plenty of room.

A loose filler cap
on a diesel fuel tank may allow diesel to leak out, This will waste fuel and could make the road slippery for other road users, as diesel when spilt is slippery.

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Theory Test: Attitude Category

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You are driving along this road. The red van cuts in close in front of you. What should you do?

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A bus lane on your left shows no times of operation. This means it is

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Theory Test Bus Lane

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You should leave at least a two-second gap between your vehicle and the one in front when conditions are

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Which instrument panel warning light would show the headlights are on full beam?

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Theory Test Instrument panel

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You are approaching a zebra crossing. Pedestrians are waiting to cross. You should

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Which of the following will use blue flashing beacons?

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You are in a one-way street and want to turn right. You should position yourself

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You are driving behind a large goods vehicle. It signals left but steers to the right. You should

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A bus has stopped at a bus stop ahead of you. Its right-hand indicator is flashing. You should

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10 / 30

Following this vehicle too closely is unwise because

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What type of emergency vehicle is fitted with a green flashing beacon?

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You are driving on a clear night. There is a steady stream of oncoming traffic. The national speed limit applies. Which lights should you use?

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13 / 30

You are driving in traffic at the speed limit for the road. The driver behind is trying to overtake. You should

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14 / 30

A bus lane on your left shows no times of operation. This means it is

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15 / 30

A vehicle pulls out in front of you at a junction. What should you do?

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16 / 30

At puffin crossings, which light will not show to a driver?

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17 / 30

You are driving a slow-moving vehicle on a narrow winding road. You should

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18 / 30

You have a loose filler cap on your diesel fuel tank. This will

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19 / 30

What style of driving causes increased risk to everyone?

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20 / 30

You are driving at night on an unlit road behind another vehicle. You should

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You are approaching a red light at a puffin crossing. Pedestrians are on the crossing. The red light will stay on until

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22 / 30

A person herding sheep asks you to stop. You should

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23 / 30

When overtaking a horse and rider you should

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24 / 30

You are waiting in a traffic queue at night. To avoid dazzling following drivers you should

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25 / 30

The conditions are good and dry. You should use the ''two-second rule''

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26 / 30

You should ONLY flash your headlights to other road users

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27 / 30

You are approaching an unmarked crossroads. How should you deal with this type of junction?

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Which type of crossing are cyclists allowed to ride across with pedestrians?

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29 / 30

What should you use your horn for?

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30 / 30

A long, heavily-laden lorry is taking a long time to overtake you. What should you do?

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