Theory Test: Other Vehicles

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

Topics Include

  • Motorcycles – knowing the problems facing motorcyclists
  • Lorries – understanding the potential hazards larger vehicles can cause
  • Buses & Trams – understanding the potential hazards larger vehicles can cause

Once again safety is the main concern. Many of the questions have you, a car driver, following a large vehicle that is about to turn at a junction such as a roundabout or crossroads. Generally the answers to such questions are:

  • Stay well back from the vehicle
  • Give it room
  • Be prepared to stop
  • Give way to it

I.E. the safest option. No question requires an answer such as: overtake the vehicle or warn the driver by flashing your headlights.

Facts to Know

  • On windy days, when overtaking motorcyclists or cyclists, allow them extra room.
  • Motorcyclists and cyclists will sometimes need to swerve to avoid hazards such as drain covers, so always give them plenty of room when passing them.
  • It can be difficult to see motorcycles when you are waiting at a junction. Always look out for them.
  • Never overtake a lorry that is signaling to turn left or right.
  • A long vehicle may move towards the centre of the road before turning left.
  • A long vehicle may stay in the left-hand lane at a roundabout when turning right.
  • Take care when overtaking a long or high-sided vehicle, always make sure you have a clear view of the road ahead. Such vehicles can make it difficult for you to see the road ahead, so keep well back, as this will improve your view ahead.
  • Prior to overtaking a large vehicle always keep well back from the vehicle, as this will give you a better view ahead.
  • When behind a bus at a bus stop always look out for pedestrians and be ready to give way to the bus as it pulls out.
  • Always give way to a bus that is signalling to pull out.
  • Car drivers need to be careful of trams because trams cannot steer to avoid you. Always give way to them.
  • Never try and overtake a tram.
  • Trams make little noise. You are unlikely to hear them approaching. Neither can they steer to avoid you.
  • Powered vehicles such as wheelchairs have a maximum speed of 8 mph ( 12km/h).
  • Crosswinds are most likely to affect cyclists, motorcyclists, high-sided vehicles and drivers towing caravans or trailers.
  • When towing a caravan you should use extended-arm side mirrors.
  • When driving on a wet road, where heavy spray reduces visibility, you should use dipped headlights and rear fog lights if visibility is less than 100 metres.
  • Slow moving vehicles are not allowed on motorways because they can’t keep up with fast moving traffic. Vehicles not allowed on a motorway: motorcycles under 50CC, cycles, tractors and other farm vehicles, powered invalid carriages.
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Theory Test: Other Types of Vehicle

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You wish to overtake a long, slow-moving vehicle on a busy road. You should

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2 / 16

You are driving in heavy traffic on a wet road. Spray makes it difficult to be seen. You should use your

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3 / 16

You are towing a caravan. Which is the safest type of rear-view mirror to use?

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4 / 16

It is a very windy day and you are about to overtake a cyclist. What should you do?

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5 / 16

As a driver why should you be more careful where trams operate?

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6 / 16

You are following a large articulated vehicle. It is going to turn left into a narrow road. What action should you take?

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7 / 16

Which of these is least likely to be affected by crosswinds?

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8 / 16

You are travelling behind a bus that pulls up at a bus stop. What should you do?

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9 / 16

You are waiting to emerge left from a minor road. A large vehicle is approaching from the right. You have time to turn, but you should wait. Why?

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10 / 16

You are about to overtake a slow-moving motorcyclist. Which one of these signs would make you take special care?

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11 / 16

You are follwing a long vehicle approaching a crossroads. The driver signals right but moves close to the left-hand kerb. What should you do?

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12 / 16

Before overtaking a large vehicle you should keep well back. Why is this?

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13 / 16

Powered vehicles, such as wheelchairs or scooters, usd by disabled people have a maximum speed of

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14 / 16

You are following a large lorry on a wet road. Spray makes it difficult to see. You should

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15 / 16

Why is it more difficult to overtake a large vehicle than a car?

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It is very windy. You are behind a motorcyclist who is overtaking a high-sided vehicle. What should you do?

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