Five tough questions that could baffle drivers if they took theory test now

Drivers could struggle to answer five tough theory test questions
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Half of drivers would fail theory tests if they took them now. So can you answer these five tough questions?

For many motorists, the theory test is a necessary step to obtaining their licence. Once they hit the road, the Highway Code often becomes an afterthought, despite their confidence in safe driving.

Research by Independent Advisor Car Insurance has revealed that millions of drivers are left puzzled when faced with questions from a theory test. While most have a basic understanding of what they should and shouldn't do behind the wheel, specifics can prove more challenging.

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The Highway Code frequently undergoes updates, years after many drivers have passed their tests, adding another layer of complexity. To gauge motorists' knowledge, a series of questions were posed to 2,000 individuals.

The study's results indicated that half of drivers would fail their theory tests if they took them now, with nine out of 10 unable to correctly answer all five particularly difficult questions.

Those tricky questions were: (answers below).

  1. What, if anything, do you think triangular road signs indicate?

  2. What lights, if any, do you think are appropriate to turn on when driving on the motorway at night, when there are cars ahead of you?

  3. What, if anything, do you think the legal speed limit on a motorway is, if no signs indicate otherwise?

  4. When driving on a wet road, what time gap, if any, do you think you need to leave between your car and the car in front of you?

  5. What, if anything, do you think you should do if you have to quickly slow down when driving on the motorway?

Connor Campbell, an expert at Independent Advisor Car Insurance which carried out the research, remarked: "It's shocking how many motorists don't know the rules when it comes to the basics of safe driving practices. Being behind the wheel entails significant responsibility, and risking the lives of other road users due to negligence is simply unacceptable."

He advised: "You should adopt a defensive driving approach to minimise collision risks by focusing not only on your actions, but also your surroundings. That includes the behaviour of other drivers, pedestrians, and any obstacles on the road, not to mention adjusting your driving based on weather and road conditions."

Campbell further suggested: "Look 15 seconds ahead and communicate your intentions clearly while driving - remember to signal when changing lanes even if you don't see other cars nearby. Additionally, don't rush, and maintain a safe following distance to allow for sudden stops or unforeseen manoeuvres."


  1. Warnings

  2. Dipped headlights

  3. 61mph to 70mph

  4. 4-5 seconds

  5. Turn on your hazard lights