Lesson 1, Topic 1
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A single carriageway road has this sign. What’s the maximum permitted speed for a car towing a trailer?

A. 30 mph

B. 40 mph


When you’re towing a trailer, a reduced speed limit also applies on dual carriageways and motorways. These lower speed limits apply to vehicles pulling all sorts of trailers, including caravans and horse boxes.

What should you do when you’re unsure whether it’s safe to reverse your vehicle?

D. Reverse slowly


A small child could be hidden directly behind you, so, if you can’t see all around your vehicle, get out and have a look. You could also ask someone reliable outside the vehicle to guide you.

Other than direction indicators, how can you give signals to other road users?

A. By using brake lights

 

D. By using interior lights


Your brake lights will give an indication to traffic behind that you’re slowing down. Good anticipation will allow you time to check your mirrors before slowing.

What does this sign mean?

A. Minimum speed 30 mph

D. Maximum speed 30 mph


The red slash through the sign indicates that the restriction has ended. In this case, the restriction was a minimum speed limit of 30 mph.

Where may you overtake on a one-way street?

A. Only on the left-hand side

 

D. On either the right or the left


You can overtake other traffic on either side when travelling in a one-way street. Make full use of your mirrors and ensure it’s clear all around before you attempt to overtake. Look for signs and road markings, and use the most suitable lane for your destination.

 

 

You’re turning right at a crossroads. An oncoming driver is also turning right. How should you normally deal with this?

A. Keep the other vehicle to your right and turn behind it (offside to offside)

D. Hold back and wait for the other driver to turn first


At crossroads, traffic normally turns offside to offside. This is the safest way to turn, but sometimes the layout or road markings indicate drivers should pass nearside to nearside. Take extra care at these crossroads because, as you turn, your view ahead will be obscured by the oncoming vehicle crossing in front of you.

Who has priority at an unmarked crossroads?

A. The larger vehicle

D. The smaller vehicle


Practise good observation in all directions before you emerge or make a turn. Proceed only when you’re sure it’s safe to do so.

What’s the nearest you may park to a junction?

A. 10 metres (32 feet)

D. 20 metres (66 feet)


Don’t park within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction (unless in an authorised parking place). This is to allow drivers emerging from, or turning into, the junction a clear view of the road they’re joining. It also allows them to see hazards such as pedestrians or cyclists at the junction.

What’s the national speed limit on a single carriageway road for cars and motorcycles?

A. 30 mph

B. 50 mph

C. 60 mph

D. 70 mph


Exceeding the speed limit is dangerous and can result in you receiving penalty points on your licence. It isn’t worth it. You should know the speed limit for the road that you’re on by observing the road signs. Different speed limits apply if you’re towing a trailer.

A cycle lane, marked by a solid white line, is in operation. What does this mean for car drivers?

A. They may park in the lane

 

D. They mustn’t drive along the lane


While it’s in operation, other vehicles must not use this part of the carriageway except to pick up or drop off passengers. At other times, when the lane isn’t in operation, you should still be aware that there may be cyclists using the lane. Give them plenty of room as you pass and allow for their movement from side to side, especially in windy weather or on a bumpy road.

You’re waiting at a level crossing. What should you do if the red warning lights continue to flash after a train has passed by?

A. Get out and investigate

 


At a level crossing, flashing red lights mean you must stop. If the train passes but the lights keep flashing, wait. Another train may be coming.

What should you do if the amber lights come on and a warning sounds while you’re driving over a level crossing?

A. Get everyone out of the vehicle immediately

D. Stop immediately and use your hazard warning lights


Keep going; don’t stop on the crossing. If the warning sounds and the amber lights come on as you’re approaching the crossing, you must stop unless it’s unsafe to do so. Red flashing lights together with the audible warning mean you must stop.

When may you drive a car in this bus lane?

A. Outside its hours of operation

 


Some bus lanes operate only during peak hours and other vehicles may use them outside these hours. Make sure you check the sign for the hours of operation before driving in a bus lane.

You’re driving in the right-hand lane of a dual carriageway. What should you do if you see a sign showing that the right-hand lane is closed 800 yards ahead?

A. Keep in that lane until you reach the queue

 


Keep a lookout for traffic signs. If you’re directed to change lanes, do so in good time. Don’t
• push your way into traffic in another lane
• try to gain an advantage by delaying changing lanes.

You’re driving on a road that has a cycle lane. What does it mean if the lane is marked by a broken white line?

A. You shouldn’t drive in the lane unless it’s unavoidable

D. The lane must be used by motorcyclists in heavy traffic


Cycle lanes are marked with either a solid or a broken white line. If the line is solid, you should check the times of operation shown on the signs, and not drive or park in the lane during those times. If the line is broken, you shouldn’t drive or park in the lane unless it’s unavoidable.

When may you drive over a pavement?

A. To overtake slow-moving traffic

D. To gain access to a property


It’s illegal to drive on or over a pavement, except to gain access to a property. If you need to cross a pavement, give priority to pedestrians.

 

 

What’s the speed limit for a car towing a caravan on a dual carriageway?

A. 50 mph

D. 60 mph


The speed limit for cars towing caravans or trailers on dual carriageways or motorways is 60 mph. Due to the increased weight and size of the combination, you should plan further ahead. Take care in windy weather, as a strong side wind can make a caravan or large trailer unstable.

You’re going to turn left from a main road into a minor road. What should you do as you approach the junction?

A. Keep just left of the middle of the road

 


Your road position can help other road users to anticipate your actions. Keep to the left as you approach a left turn and don’t swing out into the centre of the road in order to make the turn easier. This could endanger oncoming traffic and may cause other road users to misunderstand your intentions.

 

 

You’re driving on a busy main road. What should you do if you find that you’re driving in the wrong direction?

A. Turn into a side road on the right and reverse into the main road

 

D. Turn around in a side road


Don’t turn around in a busy street or reverse from a side road into a main road. Find a quiet side road and choose a place to turn around where you won’t obstruct an entrance or exit. Look out for pedestrians and cyclists as well as other traffic.

When may you drive without wearing your seat belt?

A. When you’re carrying out a manoeuvre that includes reversing

 

D. When you’re driving slowly in queuing traffic


You may remove your seat belt while you’re carrying out a manoeuvre that includes reversing. However, you must remember to put it back on again before you resume driving.

 

 

How far are you allowed to reverse?

C. As far as it takes to reverse around a corner

D. The length of a residential street


You mustn’t reverse further than is necessary. You may decide to turn your vehicle around by reversing into an opening or side road. When you reverse, always look all around you and watch for pedestrians. Don’t reverse from a side road into a main road.

Why could it be dangerous to reverse from a side road into a main road?

A. Your reverse sensors will beep

D. Your mirrors will need adjusting


Don’t reverse into a main road from a side road because your view will be restricted. The main road is likely to be busy and the traffic on it moving quickly.

You want to turn right at a box junction. What should you do if there’s oncoming traffic?

A. Wait in the box junction if your exit is clear

D. Drive slowly into the box junction when signalled by oncoming traffic


You can wait in the box junction as long as your exit is clear. At some point, there’ll be a gap in the oncoming traffic, or the traffic lights will change, allowing you to proceed.

 

 

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