Theory Test – Alertness Questions and Answers

Section 1 of 14 of the DVSA driving theory test covers alertness whilst driving. Driving alertness covers other road users including cyclists and pedestrians, being aware of road signs and markings and weather conditions and how it can affect your vehicle.

The theory test also covers mobile phones and obstructions that can affect a drivers alertness. Covered in this section is revision for the Alertness section of the theory test along with a mock revision theory test with multiple choice questions specifically for the alertness section. As this is revision and not a test, answers are provided immediately to enable you to revise as you go through the quiz.

The theory test alertness practice quiz can be found at the bottom of this page, but first we are going to briefly revise the information under the ‘Alertness’ category that will be important for the official DVSA theory test. Links are provided in this section for further reading but are not required for revising this category.

Other Road Users

You must always be aware on how your actions impact on others. This starts with moving off. Just before moving off, always check your mirrors and blind spot. If necessary, signal your intentions by using your indicators. This is commonly known as mirror, signal, manoeuvre, abbreviated to M.S.M.


Theory Test - Alertness questions and answers quiz
Theory Test – Alertness category

The theory test includes questions on overtaking. Your alertness impacts on the observations you do before overtaking. Before overtaking, ensure that you are

  • looking out for vehicles that are coming towards you up ahead
  • confident there are no junctions up ahead which vehicles may pull out of whilst you are overtaking
  • confident that no bends or dips in the road which may obscure approaching vehicles
  • confident that the road is wide enough ahead
  • confident that it is in fact legal to overtake (any road signs or markings that prohibit overtaking)

Before doing anything potentially hazardous such as overtaking, think – is it safe, legal and necessary?

Being Seen or Heard

Accidents can easily occur if you are not clearly seen. Always turn on dipped headlights when light levels fall. For example when it starts to get dark, during heavy rain or fog. There are also occasions where you may need to use your horn to be heard. If for example you are driving on a narrow road and going over a hump bridge. This will allow another motorist to hear you.

Anticipation and Planning

Being alert allows you to anticipate and plan ahead. Anticipation and planning is one of the most important aspects of driving. Anticipating potential hazards means you can plan for developing and actual hazards keeping you and other road users safer.

Tiredness Whilst Driving

Driving on motorways and dual carriageways can be tiring. Always plan your journey to include breaks. It can be harder to remain alert whilst driving at night. To avoid tiredness, take breaks, drink tea or coffee and keep cool air circulating through the vehicle.

Theory Test Alertness Revision Quiz

Take the theory test quiz for the category of ‘Alertness’, which number 1 of the 14 categories. The quiz provides 10 questions with the answers being provided immediately after you have answered.

Take the theory Test Alertness Practice Revision Quiz

Certain questions may require more than one answer.


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