Research by the IAM suggests that in their first year of driving nearly 20 per cent of men and 40 per cent of women avoid motorways.
By the third year after passing the test, 11 per cent of men and 28 per cent of women did no motorway driving.
Take this simple motorway quiz and get more confident of using the Motorway Network.
1) What do GREEN studs on the motorway show?
A - The left hand edge of the carriageway
B - The right hand edge of the carriageway
C - The separation of the lanes
D - A slip road off the motorway
2) You may only stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway
A - if you feel tired and need to sleep
B - if you need to reverse to get back to an exit
C - if you need to use your mobile phone
D - if you breakdown and can't reach the next service area
3) In WET motorway road conditions the minimum distance you should leave between you and the vehicle in front should be?
A - 2 second gap
B - 4 second gap
C - 6 second gap
D - 10 second gap
4) Which of the following are not allowed to use a motorway?
3 answers required
A - Learner Car drivers
B - Learner Lorry drivers
C - Cyclists
D - Tractors
E - Buses
5) What does this motorway sign mean?
A - 11 ton weight limit
B - Through traffic use left lane
C - Right-hand lane closed ahead
D - Right-lane T junction only
6) You are travelling on a motorway. A bag falls off the roof rack. What should you do?
A - Stop and recover the bag
B - Drive on and abandon the bag
C - Stop at the next emergency phone and tell the police
D - Do a 'U' turn on the hard shoulder and drive back to the bag with your headlights on
E - Reverse on the hard shouler to recover the bag
7) You're towing a small trailer on a busy three-lane motorway. All the lanes are open. You must
A - not exceed 50 mph
B - not overtake
C - have a stabiliser fitted
D - use only the left and centre lanes
8) You have broken down on a motorway. You have stopped on the hard shoulder.
Where is the safest place to wait for help ?
A - Behind the car
B - In the front of the car
C - In the car
D - On the grass bank away from the motorway
9) You are the only one on a three lane motorway.
Which lane should you drive in if you are travelling at 70 mph in a car?
A - Center
B - Left
C - Right
D - Any Lane
10) You are towing a small trailer on a busy three-lane motorway. You must :
2 answers required
A - not overtake
B - not exceed 60 mph
C - use only the left and centre lanes
D - have a stabiliser fitted
11) Which of the following statement is correct?
A - The Motorways are safe after being gritted
B - Gritting ensures the Motorways are not slippery
C - Gritting Motorways is a waste of time and money
D - In freezing conditions take care even if the Motorways have been gritted
12) If you break down on the motorway - which way should you walk to use the emergency telephone on the hard shoulder?
A - Walk the same way as the flow of traffic
B - Walk the opposite way as the flow of traffic
C - Follow the arrows on the white marker posts
13) On a motorway what is used to reduce traffic bunching?
A - Variable speed limits
B - Contraflow systems
C - National speed limits
D - Lane closures
14) A flashing motorway sign reads 'FOG' on a apparently clear road. What does this tell you?
A - Someone has forgot to turn the sign off
B - The sign has a fault
C - Turn your high intensity fog lights on
D - There is fog up ahead
15) You are travelling on the motorway and are feeling tired. What should you do?
A - carry on but slow down
B - leave the motorway at the next exit
C - complete your journey as quickly as possible
D - stop on the hard shoulder
16) Setting down or picking up passengers on a motorway is only allowed:-
A - On slip roads
B - On the hard shoulder
C - Only at weekends
D - At motorway service areas
17) When driving along the motorway your overall stopping distance will be much longer when:-
A - Driving in the rain
B - Driving at night
C - Driving in the fog
D - Driving in strong winds
18) On a motorway the amber reflective studs can be found between
A - the hard shoulder and the carriageway
B - the acceleration lane and the carriageway
C - the central reservation and the carriageway
D - each pair of the lanes
19) You are on a motorway at night. You MUST have your headlights switched on unless
A - there are vehicles close in front of you
B - you are travelling below 50 mph
C - the motorway is lit
D - your vehicle is broken down on the hard shoulder
20) What does this motorway sign mean?
A - 11 tonnes weight limit
B - Stop all lanes ahead closed
C - Leave the motorway at the next exit
D - Lane ahead closed
21) You are driving on a well-lit motorway at night. You should?
A - Use only your sidelights in good weather
B - Always use your headlights
C - Always use your fog lights
D - Use headlights only in bad weather
22) You are driving along the motorway in the inside lane.
You intend to turn left at the next available exit.
When should you signal left?
A - At the third count-down marker (100 yds to go)
B - At the second count-down marker (200 yds to go)
C - At the first count-down marker (300 yds to go)
D - When you have reached the slip road
23) How will a police officer in a patrol car get you to stop on the Motorway?
A - They will wait until you stop, then approach you
B - They will pull alongside you, use the siren and wave you to stop
C - They will use the siren, overtake, cut in front and stop
D - They will flash their headlights, indicate left and point to the left
24) A crawler lane on a motorway is found
A - on a steep gradient
B - before a service area
C - before a junction
D - along the hard shoulder
25) On a Motorway in poor daylight what should you use?
A - Fog Lights
B - Side Lights
C - Dipped headlights
D - Main beam headlights
26) What does tailgating on a motorway mean?
A - Bumping another car whilst parking
B - Driving with your headlights on full beam
C - Skidding on a dry road
D - Following another vehicle too closely
27) Which vehicles are prohibited from using the motorway?
A - Powered mobility scooters
B - Motorcycles over 50 cc
C - Double-deck buses
D - Cars with automatic transmission
28) You are driving on a wet motorway with surface spray. You should:-
A - Use dipped headlights
B - Use your hazard lights
C - Drive in a lane with no traffic
D - Use your rear fog lights
29) You must not stop on a motorway. What are the 2 exceptions to this rule?
2 answers required
A - When you have been driving for longer than 2 hours
B - In an emergency
C - When flashing red lights show above your lane
D - When you want to pick up a hitch-hiker
E - To answer your mobile phone
30) If there is ice or snow on a Motorway braking distances can increase by:-
A - 4 times
B - 6 times
C - 10 times
D - 20 times
31) Motorway hard shoulders should ONLY be used for?
A - To answer your mobile phone
B - To pick up a hitchhiker
C - If your vehicle breaks down
D - If you feel tired and need a rest
32) Rear fog lights should be used on a motorway when visibility is below:-
A - Your overall stopping distance
B - Ten car lengths
C - 100 metres (328ft)
D - 10 metres (33ft)
33) Your vehicle has broken down on a motorway. You aren't able to stop on the hard shoulder. What should you do?
A - Switch on your hazard warning lights
B - Stop following traffic and ask for help
C - Attempt to repair your vehicle quickly
D - Stand behind your vehicle to warn others
34) What basic rule applies when you're using a motorway?
A - Use the lane that has the least traffic
B - Keep to the left-hand lane unless overtaking
C - Overtake on the side that�s clearest
D - Try to keep above 50 mph to prevent congestion
35) What restrictions apply on a Motorway to new drivers holding a provisional driving licence?
A - They can not drive over 30 mph
B - They can not drive at night
C - They can not drive unaccompanied
D - They can not drive with more than one passenger
36) What colour backgrounds do Motorway signs show?
A - yellow
B - green
C - blue
D - brown
37) When joining a motorway you should ?
2 answers required
A - Give way to traffic already on the motorway
B - Push your way onto the motorway before the slip road runs out
C - Come to a stop before joining the motorway
D - Indicate to join the motorway
38) You are travelling on a motorway. You decide you need a rest.
A - stop on the hard shoulder
B - pull in at the nearest service area
C - pull up on a slip road
D - park on the central reservation
39) Travelling on a wet motorway with road spray you should :
A - Turn on your hazard lights
B - Turn on your rear fog lights
C - Turn on your front fog lights
D - Turn on your dipped headlights
40) What is the national speed limit for cars on a motorway?
A - 50 mph
B - 60 mph
C - 70 mph
D - 80 mph
41) A motorcycle is not allowed on a motorway if it has an engine size smaller than:-
A - 50 cc
B - 125 cc
C - 250 cc
D - 500 cc
42) You are joining a motorway.
Why is it important to make full use of the slip road ?
A - Because there is room to slow down if required
B - To build up speed similar to those already on the motorway
C - To allow you full access to an overtaking lane
D - To allow you to use the hard shoulder if required
43) Blue reflective studs on a motorway indicate an area reserved for?
A - Parking for breakdown trucks
B - Police
C - Recovery services
D - Motorway road workers
44) You are intending to leave the motorway at the next exit.
Before you reach the exit you should normally position your vehicle
A - in the middle lane
B - in the left-hand lane
C - on the hard shoulder
D - in any lane
45) The car below is moving with its hazard warning lights on. It's to let you know there is a hazard ahead.
What type of road is this allowed on?
A - Any road
B - An 'A' road
C - A motorway or unrestricted dual carriageway
D - Any road with a national speed limit
46) In which circumstances may you reverse on the motorway?
A - In an emergency
B - If you breakdown on the right hand lane
C - If you are on the hard shoulder
D - none
47) Motorway road surfaces tend to be at their most slippery:-
A - During the late afternoon
B - After heavy prolonged rain
C - After a long dry spell followed by a shower of rain
D - During a long dry spell
48) The left-hand lane of a motorway should be used for
A - breakdowns and emergencies only
B - overtaking slower traffic in the other lanes
C - slow vehicles only
D - normal driving
49) What is the Maximum speed for a Heavy Goods vehicle (exceeding 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight)" on a Motorway?
A - 40 mph
B - 50 mph
C - 60 mph
D - 70 mph
50) What is the normal (national) speed limit for cars in the left-hand lane of a three-laned motorway?
A - 40 mph
B - 50 mph
C - 60 mph
D - 70 mph
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