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) 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
2) 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
3) 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
4) 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
5) 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
6) 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
7) 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
8) 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
9) What does this motorway sign show?
A - Low-flying aircraft or sudden noise
B - Stop on the hard shoulder
C - Use the nearside lane
D - Leave the motorway at the next exit
10) 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
11) On a motorway what is used to reduce traffic bunching?
A - Variable speed limits
B - Contraflow systems
C - National speed limits
D - Lane closures
12) Usually, on a motorway, how far from the exit is the first sign showing the junction number?
A - Half a mile
B - One mile
C - Two miles
D - Three miles
13) What does this motorway sign mean?
A - Max speed 50 mph
B - Min speed 50 mph
C - Visibility down to 50 metres
D - 50 miles to the next service station
14) 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
15) 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
16) You are travelling at 60 m.p.h. on a good, dry motorway What is the overall stopping distance?
A - 73 metres (240 feet)
B - 36 metres (120 feet)
C - 53 metres (175 feet)
D - 96 metres (315 feet)
17) 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
18) 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
19) Which FOUR of these must NOT use motorways?
4 answers required
A - Learner car drivers
B - Motorcycles over 50cc
C - Double-deck buses
D - Farm tractors
E - Horse riders
F - Cyclists
20) 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
21) 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
22) What do AMBER studs on the motorway show?
A - The right hand edge of the carriageway
B - The left hand edge of the carriageway
C - The separation of the lanes
D - The slip road off the motorway
23) 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
24) You are driving in very wet weather on the motorway. Your car begins to slide.
This effect is called?
A - Weaving
B - Aquaplaning
C - Fading
D - Screeching
25) The extreme right-hand lane of a four-lane motorway should be used:-
A - If your speed exceeds 60 mph
B - Solely for emergency vehicles
C - For overtaking
D - Solely for cars
26) 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
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) A two-second gap between you and the car in front is when conditions are?
A - Dry
B - Wet
C - Foggy
D - Damp
29) 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
30) 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
31) 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
32) 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
33) 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
34) 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
35) What is the maximum speed for cars towing caravans on a Motorway?
A - 40 mph
B - 50 mph
C - 60 mph
D - 70 mph
36) 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
37) 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
38) 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
39) Motorway emergency telephones are usually linked to the police.
In some areas they are now linked to
A - the local ambulance service
B - an Highways Agency control centre
C - the local fire brigade
D - a breakdown service control centre
40) 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
41) 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
42) 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
43) 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
44) 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
45) When joining a motorway you must always
A - use the hard shoulder
B - stop at the end of the acceleration lane
C - come to a stop before joining the motorway
D - give way to traffic already on the motorway
46) 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
47) 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
48) 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
49) 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
50) 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
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