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Rules Of The Road Questions

You can of course be asked any question from the 'Rules of the Road' or on other
motoring matters, but these are the most common.

1) When can you over take on the left?
2) At an uncontrolled junction of equal importance to whom should you give way?
3) At a stop sign that has no white line, where should you stop?
4) What position would you take up for a right turn in a one-way street?
5) How would you turn right on a main road?
6) How would you know a zebra crossing at night?
7) What does the island in the centre of a zebra crossing mean?
8) What restrictions are there in relation to the use of the horn?
9) When driving at night when should you dip your headlights?
10) What should you do if dazzled by lights of an oncoming car?
11) What is a clearway?
12) What does a broken yellow line mean?
13) What does a single yellow line mean?
14) What is the legal maximum parking distance from the kerb?
15) How close to a junction can you park?
16) Where should you not park?
17) Where should you not overtake?
18) What is the two-second rule?
19) If you saw a red triangle on the road what would it mean?
20) What is the sequence of traffic lights?
21) At a junction when traffic lights are not working to who would you give way?
22) What does a green light mean?
23) What does an amber light mean?
24) Name three people in authority for whom you must stop?
25) If you where entering a one-way street at the no entry end, what road markings would you see?
26) When can you cross a continuous white line?
27) (a) What is the speed limit on national roads? (b) What is the motorway speed limit?
(c) What is the speed limit on a local or regional road?
28) What rules apply to a junction box?
29) If there are two sets of white lines in the centre of the road, one continuous, one broken, which would
you obey?
30) What do two sets of broken white tines in the centre of the road mean?
31) What does a broken white line in the centre of the road mean?
32) What do white horizontal lines in the centre of the road mean?
33) What is the minimum depth of tread on a tyre?
34) What distance should you drive from the vehicle in front of you?
35) What are the rules for 'zig-zag' lines?

1) (a)When the driver in front of you is turning right,(b) when you intend to turn left and are signalling to do so,
(c)In slow moving traffic when the vehicles in the lane on your right are moving slower.
2) Traffic on the right and traffic already turning.
3) At the stop sign
4) The extreme right lane.
5) Check mirrors, signal , position the vehicle close to the white line in the centre of the road. When a
safe gap occurs, complete your turn, never cut corners and give way to pedestrians.
6) By flashing amber beacons.
7) Each side of the island is a separate crossing.
8) It must not be used between the hours of 11.30pm and 7.00am in a built up area, except in an
9) (a) When meeting oncoming traffic, (b) When following close behind another vehicle, (c) On
continuously lit roads, (d) In falling snow, (e) fog, (f) at dusk/dawn
10) Slow down and stop if necessary.
11) Stopping or parking are prohibited (except by buses and taxis) for the period indicated on the sign
12) A broken yellow line marks the edge of the road.
13) No parking at certain times,
14) less than half a metre.
15) 5 metres.
16) Near , a bend, the brow of a hill, a hump back bridge, where there is a continuous white line, where
your vehicle would obstruct a sign, at an entrance, at a bus stop, opposite another vehicle on a narrow
road , at a taxi rank, where parking is prohibited by yellow lines.
17) At a bend, a junction, the brow of a hill, a hump back bridge, at a continuous white line or anywhere
your view of oncoming traffic is restricted.
18) Stay two seconds behind the car in front. Use a stationary object on the road, start counting when the
car in front passes the object and you should pass after counting two seconds.
19) That there is an obstruction on the road ahead.
20) Green, Amber, Red.
21) Traffic on the right.
22) Go if safe.
23) Stop unless you are to close to stop safely.
24) A Garda, a school warden, or a person in charge of animals.
25) A continuous white line with a broken white line behind it.
26) To avoid an obstruction, for access, or if there is a broken white line on your side of the road.
27) (a) 100 k.p.h. (b) 120 k.p.h. (c) 80 k.p.h.
28) You cannot enter unless your way ahead is clear, with the exception of turning right, you can enter and
wait in the box if you are not obstructing other traffic, and your exit road is clear
29) You obey the line on your side of the road.
30) There will be one or two continuous white lines ahead.
31) You may over take if safe to do so.
32) You use them like a traffic island you don't enter.
33) 1.6mm
34) You should allow a gap of at least two seconds (the 2 second rule) and double this in the wet.
35) Zig-zag lines are found at pedestrian crossings, and mean no overtaking and no parking.


Here are a selection of questions that you may be asked on your driving test.

Q. How would you carry out a check on your engine coolant?
A. When it has cooled down, check the level is between the max. and min. marks, with the car
on level ground.

Q. How would you carry out a check on the engine oil?
A. With the engine off for a few minutes, take out the dipstick, wipe it clean, put it back into the
same hole, take out again and check the oil level is between the max. and min. marks.
If the oil is low fill up here (point)

Q. How would you carry out a check on the brake fluid?
A. check the level is between the max. and min. marks when the car is on level ground.

Q. How would you carry out a check on your power steering fluid?
A. With the car on level ground check the level is between the max. and min. marks
or, take out the dipstick, wipe it off, re-insert, take out and check the level is between the max. and min. marks.

Q. How would you check your windscreen washer fluid?
A. Point to it. Open it and look inside.

The above questions are the 'under the bonnet' questions. You show the tester where it is
and tell him how it is checked. You don't need to touch anything under the bonnet.

Q. What would you check on the tyres?
A. Check, correct air pressure, that the tread is at least 1.6mm in depth
and no defects in the wall of the tyre, like cuts, bulges or cracks.

Q. How would you check your reflectors?
A. Make sure they are clean and not cracked.

Q. How would you check your brake lights are working
if you were on your own?
A. Reverse up to something reflective, like a window, push the brake pedal
whilst looking out of the rear window.

Q. How would you check that the handbrake is correctly adjusted?
A. It should pull up approx. 5 clicks and hold the car on a hill.

Q. How would you check the power steering is working before starting off?
A. With the engine off turn the steering wheel so it feels heavy, starting
the engine should make it go suddenly light, and turn freely both ways.

Q. How would you test your brakes?
A. Making sure it is safe behind, when first moving off, press the brake pedal
it should not feel soft or spongy.

Q. How would you check your headlights are working properly if you were on your own?
A. Turn the ignition key to make the dashboard warning lights come on,
switch on the headlights, and get out and check them. You must not turn on the
engine and leave the vehicle.

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