FREQUENTLY ASKED THEORY QUESTIONS
Q1: When can you overtake on the left?
A: When the driver in front of you is turning right, when you intend to turn left, when the vehicles in the lane on your right are moving slower in queing traffic.
Q2: At an uncontrolled junction of equal importance to whom should you give way?
A: Traffic on the right and traffic already turning.
Q3: At a stop sign that has no white line, where should you stop?
A: At the stop sign.
Q4: What position would you take up for a right turn in a one way street?
A: The extreme right lane.
Q5: How would you turn right on a main road?
A: Mirror and signal and then move into the right hand lane when clear, keeping left of 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.
Q6: How would you know a zebra crossing at night?
A: By yellow flashing beacons.
Q7: What does the island in the centre of a pedestrian crossing mean?
A: Each side of the island is a separate crossing.
Q8: What restrictions are there in relation to the use of the horn?
A: It must not be used between the hours of 11.30 pm and 7.00 am in a built up area, except in emergencies.
Q9: When driving at night when should you dip your headlights?
A: ( a ) When meeting oncoming traffic, ( b ) When following close behind another vehicle, ( c ) On continuously lit roads, ( d) In snow, fog, dusk / dawn.
Q10: What should you do if dazzled by lights of an oncoming car?
A: Avert your eyes, slow down and stop if necessary.
Q11: What is a clearway?
A: Stopping or parking prohibited ( except by buses and taxis ) for the period indicated on the sign.
Q12: What does a broken yellow line mean?
A: A broken yellow line marks the edge of the road
Q13: What does a single yellow line mean?
A: No parking at certain times.
Q14: What is the legal parking distance from the kerb?
A: Half a meter.
Q15: How close to a junction can you park?
A: 5 meters.
Q16: Where should you not park?
A: Near a bend, the brow of a hill, a hump back bridge, 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 or taxi rank.
Q17: Where should you not overtake?
A: 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.:
Q18: What is the two second rule?
A: Stay two seconds behind the vehicle 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.
Q19: If you saw a red triangle on the road what would it mean?
A: That there is an obstruction on the road ahead.
Q20: What is the sequence of traffic lights?
A: Green, Amber, Red.
Q21: At a junction when traffic lights are not working to who would you give way?
A: Traffic on the right
Q22: What does a Green light mean?
A: Go provided junction is clear.
Q23: What does an Amber light mean?
A: Stop unless you are too close to stop safely.
Q24: Name three people in authority for whom you must stop?
A: A Garda, a school warden, or a person in charge of animals.
Q25: If you were entering a one – way street at the no entry end,what road markings would you see?
A: A continuous white line with a broken white line behind it.
Q26: ( a ) What is the speed limit on national primary roads? ( b ) What is the motorway speed limit? ( c ) What is the speed limit in built up areas? ( d ) What is the legal tyre tread depth?
A: ( a ) 100 k.p.h. ( b ) 120 k.p.h. ( c ) 50 k.p.h ( d ) 1.6 mm.
Q27: What rules apply to a yellow box junction?
A: 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.
Q28: When can you cross a continuous white line?
A: To avoid an obstruction, for access, or if there is a broken white line on your side of the road.
Q29: If there are two sets of white lines in the centre of the road, one continuous, one broken, which would you obey?
A: You obey the line on your side of the road.
Q30: What do two sets of broken white lines in the centre of the road mean?
A: There will be one or two continuous white lines ahead.
Q31: What does a broken white line in the centre of the road mean?
A: You may overtake if safe to do so.
Q32: What do white horizontal lines in the centre of the road mean?
A: You use them like a traffic island and you don’t enter.
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