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There is no denying that passing your driving test and finally going on a drive in your new car is a major milestone for most people. It also may open up a new world of responsibility and maturity you might not be used to. However, after being a learner for so long, finally being able to get your ‘training wheels off’ and experience freedom is unbeatable.

With such a feeling however, comes a few challenges. The first challenge you face before you even think about your driving test is the theory test. This must be completed first and expires after a two year period. Don’t worry though, we’re here to help. After gathering enough data we have compiled the 8 most failed theory test questions to get you off on the right foot.

1. When may you stop on a clearway?

Now, you may laugh at this question and think it’s a no brainer however, it has actually caught a lot of people out. This is due to answers which are usually shown to try and throw you off. First, let’s learn the definition of clearway. Clearway – “a main road other than a motorway on which vehicles are not normally permitted to stop.” Knowing this, its hard to get the question wrong however, if you have a road or vehicle emergency it’s obviously invalid. So look out for those answers in case they try and catch you out.

2. Where Can You Find Amber Reflective Studs On A Motorway?

The main reason this can be confusing to a lot of people is because of how many different studs and motorway lights there are. Also, like a lot of people say, when you’re travelling at 70mph who’s concentrating on the lights and studs on the motorway?

So why is it important to know? Low visibility is the answer, just think about it. If you’re driving at night, on a foggy day and cant see much of the road, the way to judge where you are or what lane you’re in is the studs. The amber reflective studs are on the edge of the right hand side next to the central reservation. A good way of remembering this is like a traffic light. Forgetting about red and green, amber is usually in the centre and on a motorway they are there to stop you going into the central reservation being right next to it.

3. What color are the reflective studs between a motorway and a slip road?

The reason people find this confusing is pretty much the same reason as the last question. But apart from amber studs, what other colours are there? The remaining colours are red, white and green.

The white is easy to remember as they are between lanes along with white lines. The red studs are located between the hard shoulder and carriageway. You can remember this by thinking about the only time you are allowed to stop on a hard shoulder. Red standing for When you have a problem or emergenecy.

So, this brings us to the answer of the question. The answer is Green! This is also easy to remember because if you think about the traffic light again, what colour tells you to go? Green! So “going/proceeding” onto the motorway is the way to remember it.

4. Where Should You Avoid Overtaking?

Here, you might think there are tons of places/scenarios where you should avoid overtaking. You’re absolutely right, so your best bet is to go with your gut on this one, If theres an obvious one go for it. The most common answer we usually see pop up is “approaching a dip in the road”

5. What Part Of The Car Does The Law Require You To Keep In Good Condition?

The part you are required to look after is the seatbelts, this is due to the fact that they reduce the risk of serious injury by 50% and death by 45%.There are a few spares which the law requires you to have on your car such as wing mirrors

6. What should you do when you’re moving off from behind a parked car?

Another simple sounding one, however, because there are so many things you could do in this situation, people tend to get overwhelmed. They will also try to catch you out with this one, so don’t click any answers with “only” or if it says: “after” you’ve moved off. The proper answer is, check all mirrors, all blind spots, indicate if necessary and slowly move off. They usually wont show you this option though.

So the moral is, instead of looking for which one it could be, look for what it isnt and rule them out until you get the answer which is acurate to at least one of the steps.

7. What Should You Remove From Your Car Before Leaving It Unattended?

Here you must first think about the dangers of leaving things in your car. The most obvious thought is in case someone steals it. Then you must think: “What is one thing I wouldn’t want my car thief to have that would make their next job extremely easier.” Yup, the documents for the vehicle!

(The answer to this question is the vehicles registration document.)

8. How Should You Use Anti-Lock Brakes When You Need To Stop In An Emergency?

The answer here is to brake strong and firmly until the car has come to a complete stop. Again, the key is filtering out all the answers it cant be. Being able to stop the vehicle is undoubtedly extremely important, especially in an emergency. The job of ABS is to stop your brakes from locking and the car skidding when you brake sharply, so you’ll usually hear a grinding type of noise coming from the brake when the anti-lock braking system is activated.

We hope that we have cleared up some of the more confusing or difficult theory questions for you. And with all of this in mind, you’re sure to pass your test in no time.

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