Five tough theory test questions for drivers to find out if you'd still pass now

Cars on motorway
The Highway Code is often updating, meaning it can be harder for drivers to keep track of the road rules -Credit:Getty Images/iStockphoto

When you're learning how to drive, passing your theory test is an essential part of the process. The questions are designed to test your knowledge of the Highway Code, therefore help to keep you safe on the roads.

However, once you've passed, it's likely you don't give the finer details much thought, as you are confident enough to get behind the wheel and drive with a good understanding of what to do.

It turns out that many drivers would now find themselves stumped when trying to tackle theory test questions, and may not even pass at all now, according to research carried out which showed half of drivers failing.

Birmingham Live reports that the Highway Code often gets updated, years after many drivers pass their tests, complicating matters further. To test motorists' knowledge, a number of questions were put to 2,000 people.

After answering them, it was revealed that half of drivers would now fail their theory test now, with nine out of 10 people not able to give an answer to all five.

These 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, expert at Independent Advisor Car Insurance, which conducted the study, said: “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.

"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.

"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

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