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Can you get 10/10 on our driving theory test quiz?

We all like to think that we know our stuff when it comes to driving, but after all these years on the road, are we still as smart as we think we are?

While this isn't an official DVLA test, we've devised a small quiz to see just how much you can remember about your driving theory test. Some of these questions rank among the most common incorrectly answered questions in theory tests across the United Kingdom, so think carefully before you choose your answer.

The pass mark for a full theory test is 86 per cent, with learners required to correctly answer at least 43 of the 50 available questions. Throughout your traditional theory test, you will be tested on everything from stopping distances, road signs and alertness, so we have replicated that with our smaller theory test quiz.

To obtain their full theory test certificate, drivers are also required to pass a hazard perception test, where the pass rate is 44 out of 75. Drivers will watch a selection of real-life road scenes that include developing hazards. The quicker they spot the hazards, the better the score. 

Exeter, the home of Carparison's head office, ranked among one of the better scoring regions during 2019-20 for their theory test pass rate. According to the DVLA, there were nearly 9000 tests conducted during that time, with the region boasting a pass rate of 52.5 per cent.

While that may sound impressive, national averages are not what they used to be. As per AutoExpress, the national average pass rate for the theory test in 2008/09 was an impressive 65.4 per cent. Fast forward 10 years and it had dropped to 47.4 by 2018-19. 

With 10 questions to answer, are you confident you can get 100 per cent? Be sure to share your answer on social media (you can find us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter) to let us know how much you know.

Answers are displayed at the bottom of the page.

When can you cross double white lines to pass another vehicle?

  1. To pass a slow-moving vehicle
  2. At any available opportunity
  3. To pass a learner driver
  4. To pass a bicycle, horse, or road maintenance travelling at 10mph or less

You're on a motorway. What colour are the reflective studs on the left of the carriageway?

  1. Red 
  2. Yellow
  3. Green
  4. White

What is the maximum penalty for driving without your MOT certificate?

  1. £100
  2. £1000
  3. £2500
  4. £500

When are you allowed to use hazard warning lights?

  1. When travelling during darkness without headlights
  2. When stopped and temporarily obstructing traffic
  3. When travelling slowly because you're lost
  4. When parked for shopping on double yellow lines

What is the legal alcohol limit in England and Wales? 

  1. 80 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood
  2. 50 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood
  3. 40 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood
  4. 70 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood

What are triangular signs for?

  1. To give information
  2. To give warnings
  3. To give directions
  4. To give orders

You can use your front fog lights alongside headlights, but only when visibility is reduced to less than?

  1. 100 metres (328 feet)
  2. 200 metres (656 feet)
  3. 300 metres (984 feet)
  4. 400 metres (1312 feet)

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

  1. Overtake the motorcyclist immediately
  2. Keep well back
  3. Stay level with the motorcyclist
  4. Use your horn to warn the motorcyclist

When driving on ice, braking distances can be? 

  1. Twice the normal distance
  2. Five times the normal distance
  3. Seven times the normal distance
  4. Ten times the normal distance

In which of these situations should you avoid overtaking?

  1. Just after a bend
  2. On a 30 mph road
  3. Approaching a dip in the road
  4. In a one-way street




  1. To pass a bicycle, horse, or road maintenance travelling at 10mph or less
  2. Red 
  3. £1000
  4. When stopped and temporarily obstructing traffic
  5. 80 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood
  6. To give warnings
  7. 100 metres (328 feet)
  8. Keep well back
  9. Ten times the normal distance
  10. Approaching a dip in the road

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