When it comes to your theory test training, it is important to plan your studies and become equipped with learning everything there is to know with regards the Highway Code. Here at Learner POD, we have compiled a comprehensive tutorial programme to help you on your way!
- 1 Theory Test Practice
- 2 Theory Test Practice – The Alertness Section
- 3 Alertness – All Around Observations
- 4 Alertness – Being Seen By Others
- 5 Alertness – Anticipation/distractions
- 6 Alertness – Concentration/Traffic Lights
- 7 Alertness – Avoiding Hazards
- 8 Theory Test Practice – Mock Test 1
- 9 Theory Test Practice – Mock Test 2
- 10 Theory Test Practice – Mock Test 3
- 11 Useful Resources
Theory Test Practice
The theory test has 14 topics that make up the theory test syllabus. When doing theory test practice it is really important to make sure you study all of the elements that make up the theory test syllabus. Failing to plan your theory test practice sessions could result in you failing your theory test exam.
Here is a list of all the topics on the theory test exam:
- Safety and your vehicle
- Safety margins
- Hazard awareness
- Vulnerable road users
- Other types of vehicle
- Road conditions and vehicle handling
- Motorway driving
- Rules of the road
- Road and traffic signs
- Essential documents
- Incidents, accidents and emergencies
- Vehicle loading
Each section does require lots of practice to become skilled in that particular area when it comes to your theory training. It is really important that you plan accordingly, and do NOT leave out a particular topic. Once you are more equipped with each section, then you should practice some mock theory tests before sitting your driving theory test.
Theory Test Practice – The Alertness Section
When it comes to your theory test practice you should start at the beginning, and start with the alertness section of the theory test. Here are some of the topics that you will be covering in the exam:
In this topic, you will be studying the following key areas:
- All around observations
- Being noticed and seen by other road users
- Avoiding hazards
Alertness – All Around Observations
It is vital to understand what is happening around you at all times. Not only must you be looking in your mirrors, and blind spots, you must be aware of typical hazards at all times. These include:
1. Other road users
3. Signs and road markings
4. Weather conditions
5. The area you are driving through
Alertness – Being Seen By Others
It is very important that other road users can see you. In poor visibility, wet weather and in the dark. You are responsible for making sure you use your lights in poor visibility, even if the street lights aren’t on. When you approach a humped bridge, you may need to use your horn, as oncoming traffic won’t be able to see you.
When following a lorry, you MUST stay well back. If you can’t see the lorries mirrors, they can’t see you. Holding back will allow you to see further ahead, and if you do intend to overtake you’ll judge the road better and plan your overtaking exercise with more ease and safety.
Alertness – Anticipation/distractions
Being a safe driver requires your full concentration. Not only have you got to control the car, you need to be aware of what is going on around you at all times. It is very important not to get distracted whilst driving. You should always plan your journey before you set-off, and you should plan regular stops.
Driving at night on a motorway can particularly make you feel tired. Don’t drive continuously for more than 2 hours, open your window to get some fresh air. If you feel drowsy leave at the next exit and find somewhere to stop and get some rest.
Alertness – Concentration/Traffic Lights
When approaching traffic lights, if they have been on green for a long time, then you will need to anticipate them changing. You
should always be prepared to stop. Road conditions can affect your driving if:
● The weather is wet and windy
● The daylight is dull
● You are in heavy traffic
● You are in a new area and are unfamiliar with the road layouts.
Alertness – Avoiding Hazards
Using a mobile phone whilst driving is illegal. From 1st of March 2017 – anyone caught using their mobile phone whilst
driving will get 6 penalty points, and a £200 pound fine. New drivers will lose their licence and will have to sit their driving
theory and practical test again. Follow this advice:
1. Do not touch your phone, this is still with the intent to use whilst driving.
2. Park up, turn your engine off. Take your keys out of the ignition and place them on the dash of the car. Only then are you being legal!
Theory Test Practice – Mock Test 1
Theory Test Practice – Mock Test 2
Theory Test Practice – Mock Test 3
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