Motorcycle Theory Test 2

You have 57 minutes to answer 50 multiple choice motorcycle theory test questions. You need to score at least 86% 43 out of 50 to pass the test. Answers may be checked after each question by clicking the 'check answer' button or you can wait until the end of the test to review your final score. Best of luck!

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A Be ready to slow down and stop
B Brake hard, then wave them out
C Let them emerge, then ride close behind
D Turn into the side road
Correct Answer: A Be ready to slow down and stop
Explanation: You should always be looking for vehicles emerging from side roads as you approach them. If you see another vehicle begin to emerge into your path, be ready to slow down or stop if necessary.
A Keep calm and be patient
B Put your headlights on main beam
C Ride close behind
D Sound your horn and overtake
Correct Answer: A Keep calm and be patient
Explanation: Learner drivers might take longer to react to traffic situations, so be patient and give them time. Don't unnerve them by riding close behind or showing signs of impatience.
A The load must be covered with plastic sheeting
B The load must be highly visible
C The load must be securely fastened
D The load must be unevenly balanced
Correct Answer: C The load must be securely fastened
Explanation: Don't risk losing any luggage while riding: it could fall into the path of following vehicles and cause danger. It's an offence to travel with an insecure load.
A The brakes
B The headlights
C The starter motor
D The steering
Correct Answer: A The brakes
Explanation: Water can make your brakes less effective. If they've been affected, ride slowly while gently applying them until normal braking is restored.
A It can become covered in grit
B It can become unusually slippery
C It can give better grip
D It can melt and break up
Correct Answer: B It can become unusually slippery
Explanation: Oil and rubber can build up on the road during long spells of dry weather. When it rains, this can make the road surface very slippery.
A Check behind for other vehicles
B Give arm signals for you
C Lean to one side to see ahead
D Lean with you on bends
Correct Answer: D Lean with you on bends
Explanation: A pillion passenger shouldn't give signals or look around for you - that's your responsibility as the rider. If your passenger has never been on a motorcycle before, make sure they know that they need to lean with you when going around bends.
A Improved braking
B Improved stability
C Reduced stability
D Reduced tyre wear
Correct Answer: C Reduced stability
Explanation: Carrying a heavy load in your top box could make your motorcycle unstable, because the weight is high up and at the very back of the machine.
A By pulling in the clutch before using the front brake
B By using the rear brake first and then the front
C When the motorcycle is being turned or ridden through a bend
D When the motorcycle is upright and moving in a straight line
Correct Answer: D When the motorcycle is upright and moving in a straight line
Explanation: A motorcycle is most stable when it's upright and moving in a straight line. This is the best time to brake. With independent front and rear brakes, both brakes should be used, with the front brake being applied just before the rear brake.
A Colour blindness
B Faster reactions
C Increased concentration
D Poor judgement
Correct Answer: D Poor judgement
Explanation: Even a small amount of alcohol will impair a person's judgement. It can increase confidence to a point where a person's behaviour may become 'out of character'. Someone who normally behaves sensibly may take risks and could endanger themselves and others. Don't drink and ride, or accept a lift from anyone who's been drinking.
A Engine noise
B Exhaust emissions
C Exhaust noise
D Fuel consumption
Correct Answer: B Exhaust emissions
Explanation: Catalytic converters reduce the toxic and polluting gases given out by the engine. Never use leaded or lead-replacement petrol in a motorcycle with a catalytic converter; even one tankful can permanently damage the system.
A 12 months' riding experience
B A valid compulsory basic training (CBT) certificate
C A valid full car licence
D A valid full moped licence
Correct Answer: B A valid compulsory basic training (CBT) certificate
Explanation: The purpose of a CBT course is to teach you basic theory and practical skills before you ride on the road, on your own, for the first time. CBT courses can only be given by approved training bodies (ATBs).
A Make a lifesaver check
B Move close to the kerb
C Select a higher gear
D Wave to the oncoming traffic
Correct Answer: A Make a lifesaver check
Explanation: Remember your lifesaver glance before you start to turn. If you've been waiting for some time and a queue has built up behind you, a vehicle further back may try to overtake. In this situation, it's especially important to look out for other motorcycles, which may be approaching at speed.
A After a long journey
B When carrying a heavy load
C When riding in hot weather
D When riding in wet weather
Correct Answer: B When carrying a heavy load
Explanation: The vehicle handbook will explain when it's recommended that you increase tyre pressures - for example, when you're carrying extra weight from a passenger or a heavy load.
A It may be a full-face type
B It may be damaged
C You'll affect your insurance cover
D You'll be breaking the law
Correct Answer: B It may be damaged
Explanation: A second-hand helmet may look in good condition but it could have received damage that isn't visible externally. A damaged helmet could be unreliable in a crash. Don't take the risk.
A By always fitting new ones for the MOT
B By checking them at normal operating temperature
C By lubricating and adjusting them regularly
D By removing all free play at the lever or pedal
Correct Answer: C By lubricating and adjusting them regularly
Explanation: Cables will stretch with use and need checking and adjusting regularly. They also need lubricating to prevent friction and wear of the cables and pivots. Don't over-adjust brake cables or the brakes will bind, causing increased fuel consumption, risk of skidding and risk of the brakes overheating.
Correct Answer: C 38 metres (125 feet)
Explanation: Various factors - such as weather and road conditions, vehicle condition and loading - affect how long it takes you to stop. You also need to add reaction time to this. The overall stopping distance at 50 mph includes a thinking distance of 15 metres (the reaction time before braking starts) plus your braking distance of 38 metres, giving a typical overall stopping distance of 53 metres (175 feet) in good conditions.
A Ask a friend or relative for advice
B Ask your doctor
C Don't take the medicine
D Ride if you feel all right
Correct Answer: B Ask your doctor
Explanation: If you're taking medicine or drugs prescribed by your doctor, check to make sure they won't make you drowsy. If you forget to ask when you're at the surgery, check with your pharmacist.
A Because they ride in groups
B Because they ride in the middle of lanes
C Because they're inexperienced
D Because they're too cautious at junctions
Correct Answer: C Because they're inexperienced
Explanation: Overconfidence, lack of experience and poor judgement can cause a motorcyclist to make poor decisions, which can lead to a collision. It's just as important to make sure you have the right attitude and self-awareness as a rider as it is to develop skilful riding techniques.
A Change gear
B Keep to 30 mph
C Move to the right
D Slow down
Correct Answer: D Slow down
Explanation: You should slow down and be cautious. The bridge is narrow and there may not be enough room for you to pass an oncoming vehicle at this point. Also, there's no footpath, so be aware of pedestrians in the road.
A Your brakes will overheat
B Your engine will overheat
C Your view ahead will be increased
D Your view ahead will be reduced
Correct Answer: D Your view ahead will be reduced
Explanation: Staying back will increase your view of the road ahead. This will help you to see any hazards that might occur and give you more time to react.
A In either lane, depending on the traffic
B In the left-hand lane
C In the right-hand lane
D Just left of the centre line
Correct Answer: C In the right-hand lane
Explanation: When you're in a one-way street and want to turn right, you should take up a position in the right-hand lane. This will allow other road users, not wishing to turn, to pass on the left. Indicate your intention and take up the correct position in good time.
A The footpaths are narrow
B The road markings are faint
C The road surface is poor
D The view is restricted
Correct Answer: D The view is restricted
Explanation: You may have to pull forward slowly until you can see up and down the road. Be aware that the traffic approaching the junction can't see you either. If you don't know that it's clear, don't go.
A Flash your lights to show your annoyance
B Ignore the error and stay calm
C Overtake as soon as possible
D Sound your horn to show your annoyance
Correct Answer: B Ignore the error and stay calm
Explanation: Be tolerant if a vehicle emerges and you have to brake quickly. Anyone can make a mistake, so don't react aggressively. Be alert where there are side roads and be especially careful where there are parked vehicles, because these can make it difficult for emerging drivers to see you.
A Cyclists can use it
B It's controlled by a traffic warden
C It's controlled by two flashing lights
D Moped riders can use it
Correct Answer: A Cyclists can use it
Explanation: Toucan crossings are shared by pedestrians and cyclists, who are permitted to cycle across. They're shown the green light together. The signals are push-button-operated and there's no flashing amber phase.
A Be careful; they may misjudge your speed
B Expect them to wait for you to pass
C Speed up to get past them quickly
D Stop and wave them across the road
Correct Answer: A Be careful; they may misjudge your speed
Explanation: Older people may have impaired hearing, vision, concentration and judgement. They may also walk slowly and so could take a long time to cross the road.
A Car driver
B Lorry driver
C Motorcyclist
D Tractor driver
Correct Answer: C Motorcyclist
Explanation: Pedestrians and riders on two wheels can be harder to see than other road users. Make sure you look for them, especially at junctions. Effective observation, coupled with appropriate action, can save lives.
A Accelerate past as quickly as possible
B Give them plenty of room
C Sound your horn as a warning
D Treat them like any other vehicle
Correct Answer: B Give them plenty of room
Explanation: Horse riders often keep to the outside of the roundabout even if they're turning right. Give them plenty of room and remember that they may have to cross lanes of traffic.
A Drop back until you can see better
B Keep close to the lorry, away from the spray
C Put your headlights on full beam
D Speed up and overtake quickly
Correct Answer: A Drop back until you can see better
Explanation: Large vehicles throw up a lot of spray when it's wet. This makes it difficult for following drivers to see the road ahead. You'll be able to see more by dropping back further, out of the spray. This will also increase your separation distance, giving you more room to stop if you have to.
Correct Answer: A
Explanation: Road humps are used to slow down traffic. They're found in places where there are often pedestrians, such as
  • shopping areas
  • near schools
  • residential areas.
Watch out for people close to the kerb or crossing the road.
A At any time
B During daylight hours
C In the rush hour
D When it's busy
Correct Answer: A At any time
Explanation: Clearways are in place so that traffic can flow without the obstruction of parked vehicles. Just one parked vehicle can cause an obstruction for all other traffic. You mustn't stop where a clearway is in force, not even to pick up or set down passengers.
A When oncoming traffic prevents you from turning right
B When you're in a queue of traffic going ahead
C When you're in a queue of traffic turning left
D When you're on a roundabout
Correct Answer: A When oncoming traffic prevents you from turning right
Explanation: The purpose of yellow box markings is to keep junctions clear of queuing traffic. You may only wait in the marked area when you're turning right and your exit lane is clear but you can't complete the turn because of oncoming traffic or other traffic waiting to turning right.
A End of clearway
B End of cycle route
C End of restricted parking area
D End of restricted speed area
Correct Answer: C End of restricted parking area
Explanation: Even though you've left the restricted area, make sure that you park where you won't endanger other road users or cause an obstruction.
A Give way to buses
B Give way to trams
C Route for buses
D Route for trams
Correct Answer: D Route for trams
Explanation: Take extra care when you encounter trams. Look out for road markings and signs that alert you to them. Modern trams are very quiet and you may not hear them approaching.
A Multi-exit roundabout
B Place of historical interest
C Risk of ice
D Six roads converge
Correct Answer: C Risk of ice
Explanation: It will take up to ten times longer to stop when it's icy. Where there's a risk of icy conditions, you need to be aware of this and take extra care. If you think the road may be icy, don't brake or steer harshly, as your tyres could lose their grip on the road.
A During daylight hours only
B If the line nearest to you is broken
C To pick up or set down passengers
D When there are no yellow lines
Correct Answer: C To pick up or set down passengers
Explanation: You mustn't park or stop on a road marked with double white lines (even where one of the lines is broken) except to pick up or set down passengers.
A At a 'pedestrians only' area
B At a playground entrance
C Near a school crossing
D On a school bus
Correct Answer: D On a school bus
Explanation: Watch out for children crossing the road from the other side of the bus.
A Drop back further
B Flash your headlights
C Sound your horn
D Start to overtake
Correct Answer: A Drop back further
Explanation: Sometimes your separation distance is shortened by a driver moving into the gap you've allowed. When this happens, react positively, stay calm and drop further back to re-establish a safe following distance.
A End of the urban clearway restrictions
B No parking at all from Monday to Friday
C No parking on the days and times shown
D You can park on the days and times shown
Correct Answer: C No parking on the days and times shown
Explanation: Urban clearways are provided to keep traffic flowing at busy times. You may stop only briefly to set down or pick up passengers. Times of operation will vary from place to place, so always check the signs.
A Bus lane marking
B Give way warning
C Hazard warning
D Lane marking
Correct Answer: C Hazard warning
Explanation: The centre of the road is usually marked by a broken white line, with lines that are shorter than the gaps. When the lines become longer than the gaps, this is a hazard warning line. Look well ahead for these, especially when you're planning to overtake or turn off.
A To let you know there's a fault with your vehicle
B To show that they're giving way to you
C To warn of a radar speed trap ahead
D To warn you of their presence
Correct Answer: D To warn you of their presence
Explanation: If other drivers flash their headlights, this isn't a signal to show priority. The flashing of headlights has the same meaning as sounding the horn: it's a warning of their presence.
A You'll allow the driver to see you in their mirrors
B You'll be able to corner more quickly
C You'll help the large vehicle to stop more easily
D You'll keep out of the wind better
Correct Answer: A You'll allow the driver to see you in their mirrors
Explanation: If you're following a large vehicle but are so close to it that you can't see its exterior mirrors, the driver won't be able to see you. Keeping well back will also allow you to see the road ahead by looking past on either side of the large vehicle.
A Flash your lights to alert the driver
B Overtake on the left if there's room
C Sound your horn before overtaking
D Stay behind and don't overtake
Correct Answer: D Stay behind and don't overtake
Explanation: Be cautious and don't attempt to overtake. The driver may be unsure of the location of a junction and may turn suddenly.
A Both trams and cars can continue
B Both trams and cars must stop
C Cars must stop
D Trams must stop
Correct Answer: D Trams must stop
Explanation: The white light shows that trams must stop. The green light shows that other vehicles can go if the way is clear. Trams are being introduced into more cities, so you're likely to come across them and you should learn which signs apply to them.
A Drop back to regain a safe distance
B Flash your headlights as a warning
C Stay close to the other vehicle until it moves on
D Try to overtake safely as soon as you can
Correct Answer: A Drop back to regain a safe distance
Explanation: Wet weather will affect the time it takes for you to stop and can affect your control. Your speed should allow you to stop safely and in good time. If another vehicle pulls into the gap you've left, ease back until you've regained your stopping distance.
A Just before a 'give way' sign
B Just before a 'no entry' sign
C Just before a 'no through road' sign
D Just before a 'stop' sign
Correct Answer: A Just before a 'give way' sign
Explanation: This road marking means you should give way to traffic on the main road. It might not be used at junctions where there isn't much traffic. However, if there's a double broken line across the junction, the 'give way' rules still apply.
A Contraflow systems
B Lane closures
C National speed limits
D Variable speed limits
Correct Answer: D Variable speed limits
Explanation: Congestion can be reduced by keeping traffic at a constant speed. At busy times, maximum speed limits are displayed on overhead gantries. These can be varied quickly, depending on the amount of traffic. By keeping to a constant speed on busy sections of motorway, overall journey times are normally improved.
A Check their airway remains clear
B Give them a hot sweet drink
C Place their arms by their side
D Press firmly between their shoulders
Correct Answer: A Check their airway remains clear
Explanation: After a casualty has been placed in the recovery position, make sure their airway remains open and monitor their condition until medical help arrives. Where possible, don't move a casualty unless there's further danger.
A Make sure that an ambulance is called for
B Move the people who are injured clear of their vehicles
C Stop other cars and ask the drivers for help
D Try and get people who are injured to drink something
Correct Answer: A Make sure that an ambulance is called for
Explanation: If you're the first to arrive at a crash scene, the first concerns are the risk of further collision and fire. Ensuring that vehicle engines are switched off will reduce the risk of fire. Use hazard warning lights so that other traffic knows there's a need for caution. Make sure the emergency services are contacted; don't assume this has already been done.
A Apply lotions to the injury
B Burst any blisters
C Douse the burns with clean, cool, non-toxic liquid
D Remove anything sticking to the burns
Correct Answer: C Douse the burns with clean, cool, non-toxic liquid
Explanation: Your priority is to cool the burns with a clean, cool, non-toxic liquid, preferably water. Its coolness will help take the heat out of the burns and relieve the pain. Keep the wound doused for at least 10 minutes. If blisters appear, don't attempt to burst them, as this could lead to infection.
A Make sure the injured person is kept warm
B Place them in the recovery position
C Treat the person for shock
D Warn other traffic
Correct Answer: D Warn other traffic
Explanation: The most immediate danger is further collisions and fire. You could warn other traffic by switching on hazard warning lights, displaying an advance warning triangle or sign (but not on a motorway), or by any other means that doesn't put you or others at risk.