Driving Test FAQ

Question 1: What’s the general rule with a yellow box junction?
Answer: Do not enter the box unless the way ahead is clear, however you may enter the box and wait if you are turning right, so long as you do not block the traffic with the right of way.

Question 2: You are approaching a set of traffic lights and the amber light is showing what would you do?
Answer: Stop if it is safe to do so.

Question 3: What colour comes after amber?
Answer: Red

Question 4: You are approaching a set of pedestrian lights and the lights are flashing amber, what would you do?
Answer: You may proceed with caution provided it is safe to do so.

Question 5: When is it possible to overtake on the left?
Answer: If the vehicle in front is turning right and you are either going straight or turning left. Also in lanes of traffic where the right hand lane is moving slower than the left hand lane.

Question 6: What do double lines mean?
Answer: No parking at any time

Question 7: What does a single yellow line along the kerb mean?
Answer: No parking during office hours

Question 8: What do continuous white lines in the centre or the road mean?
Answer:Keep left ,do not cross except in the case on emergencies or for access.

Question 9: What does the broken yellow line along the edge of a major road mean?
Answer:It marks the edge of the road and shows where the hard shoulder begins.

Question 10: Are you allowed to drive on the hard shoulder?
Answer:The hard shoulder is not an extra traffic lane and should normally be used by pedestrians and cyclists. Traffic may temporarily use the hard shoulder to let faster vehicles pass provided there are no pedestrians or cyclists using it.

Question 11: What do zig zag markings either side of a zebra crossing mean?
Answer: Do not park in the area, do not over take approaching the crossing.

Question 12: How would you recognise a zebra crossing at night time?
Answer:It has flashing amber bacons.

Question 13: What is the speed limit on the motorway?
Answer: 120km/h.

Question 14: What is the speed limit in a built up area?
Answer: 50km/h.

Question 15: What road users and vehicles are not allowed to use the motorway?
Answer: Learner drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, animals, invailde carriages, Vehicles under 50cc and slow vehicles under 50km/h.

Question 16: What are the main differences between motorways and ordinary roads?
Answer: The speed limit on the motorway goes up to 120km/h, it is normally prohibited to stop or park on any part of the motorway. You must not make a U turn. Motorways do not have right hand turns, junctions or roundabouts and must be joined and exited by slip roads to the left.

Question 17: At roundabouts what traffic should you give right of way to?
Answer: Traffic coming from your right and traffic all ready on the roundabout.

Question 18: At junction with roads of equal importance, what traffic would you give right of way to?
Answer: Traffic coming from your right and traffic already crossing the junction as you approach.

Question 19: What does the broken white line in the centre of the road mean?
Answer: You may cross if it is safe to do so.

Question 20: If there are double white lines in the centre of the road and the one nearest to you is continuous, what does this mean?
Answer: The driver must obey the line nearest to them, so in this case the driver must not cross the continuous white line.

Question 21: When would you use your dipped head lights?
Answer: When meeting traffic while driving at night, when following behind traffic that you do not intend to overtake, in lit up areas, in bad weather i.e. heavy rain ,snow or fog and at dawn and dusk.

Question 22: When would you use the right hand lane of a dual carriageway?
Answer: You can use the right hand lane of a dual carriageway when overtaking or when you want to turn right a short distance ahead.

Question 22: What do flashing red lights up ahead mean?
Answer: They give warning of a level crossing.

Question 23: At traffic lights what does a lighted green arrow mean?
Answer: You may proceed with caution in the direction of the arrow.

Question 24: At traffic lights what does a flashing amber arrow mean?
Answer: You may proceed in the direction of the arrow only if the way is clear, if there are any cars crossing you must yield and give right of way.

Question 25: What should you do if you are dazzled by the lights of an oncoming car.
Answer: Pull in and stop if necessary.

Question 26: What is a clearway?
Answer: Stopping and parking are prohibited except by buses and taxis for times indicated on the sign.

Question 27: Name three people who have the right to stop you.
Answer: A garda, a school warden and a person in charge of animals.

Question 28: What is the minimum tyre thread dept acceptable?
Answer:  1.66mm

Question 29: What would you do entering a tunnel?
Answer: Turn on your lights.

Question 30: How would you check you brake lights if you were on your own at night time?
Answer: You reverse up to a wall, garage door or a window and press the brake pedal and you will see the reflection.

Question 31: When you are sitting in the car how would you know if one of your indicator bulbs was gone?
Answer: The ticking sound that the indicator makes gets real iritic.

Question 32: How would you know if your handbrake was not working.

Answer: When stopped the car would roll when the handbrake is up.