Theory Test – Attitude Questions and Answers

Section 2 of 14 of the DVSA driving theory test covers attitude whilst driving. Many accidents happen due to a drivers poor attitude on the road. Good driving required a combination of skills and attitude towards safety.

The questions found in the attitude section of the theory test are based on the differences between good and bad driving attitude. A practice revision quiz can be found towards the bottom of this page. It’s not a mock test but more a revision quiz as the correct answer is provided after each question to help you revise.

Before we take the quiz, we shall cover some of the topics in the ‘Attitude’ category that will important revision for the official DVSA theory test.

Links are provided in this section for further reading but are not required for revising this category.

Manners

Good manners and patience is important when driving. Other drivers may make mistakes, but remain patient and tolerant. Getting aggressive with other road users increases your chances of having an accident and may cause other drivers to drive aggressively. This attitude can result in road rage.

Theory Test – Attitude category

Only flash your lights or use your horn to warn others of danger and avoid using them due to impatience or anger. If you are driving with high beam on, always dip your headlights for approaching vehicles and if you are behind a vehicle. Brake lights can also dazzle drivers behind you when queuing in traffic. In this situation, apply the handbrake to secure the car rather than using the foot brake.

Competitive Driving

Driving competitively should be kept to the race track as this form of driving increases the chances of an accident and of you injuring other road users. Driving too close to other vehicle leaves very little time to react. Driving dangerously close to the vehicle in front is called tailgating.

Following Distances

Following a vehicle too closely can be intimidating and distracting for the driver in front. Remain a safe following distance as this allows for more time to slow down or stop and allows you to see better past the vehicle in front. Many accidents occur due to drivers following a vehicle too closely. A technique that is often used for judging a safe following distance is the 2 second rule – ideal for dry conditions though this is doubled to 4 seconds in wet weather.

Let Other Road User Know Your Intentions

Always correctly signal and in good time when changing lanes or direction such as roundabouts and junctions. This allow traffic to move more smoothly and reduces the potential for accidents.

Giving Priority to Other Vehicles

Emergency vehicles
Emergency vehicles need to move quickly through traffic. You must always move out the way of an emergency vehicle, when safe to do to allow them clear passage. Someone’s life may be depending on them. Police, fire and ambulances use blue flashing lights. Other services such as blood transfusion, bomb disposal, HM coastguard and mountain rescue also use blue lights. Doctors responding to an emergency may use a green flashing light.

Buses
If safe to do so, slow down or stop to give priority to buses wishing to pull out from a bus stop. Bus lanes will often be operational during certain times of the day. Ensure you do not use a bus lane during time of operation which will be displayed on road signs.

Unmarked crossroads

Unmarked crossroads
Unmarked crossroads may be located in quiet areas and have no traffic lights or road markings to dictate who has priority. No one has priority at unmarked crossroads so they must be approached slowly whilst looking in both directions. Only continue through the junction when it is safe to do so. See crossroad junctions for further information.

Attitude Towards Pedestrians

Drivers should be particularly careful in areas of pedestrian crossings. There are four types of pedestrian crossings commonly used on UK roads. White zig zag lines are painted both sides of all pedestrian crossing. It is an offence to park, wait or overtake on any part of the road where the lines are located.

Zebra crossings

Zebra crossings are easily recognised by the black and white stripes painted onto the road surface. To assist drivers in advance warning, continuously flashing lights called Belisha beacons are placed at either end of the crossing.

Zebra crossing

As a driver, look out for pedestrians approaching the crossing from both ends and be prepared to slow down and stop if necessary. Be patient as some pedestrians may cross slowly. Do not encourage pedestrians to cross by waving your hands or flashing your lights as other vehicles may be coming.

Pelican Crossings

Pelican crossings are controlled by traffic signals which are activated by a pedestrian who presses a button. The illuminated red man will turn green informing the pedestrian that they may proceed across the crossing after checking it’s safe to do so. Pelican crossings use a set time to allow pedestrians to cross.

Pelican crossing

On the approach to a Pelican crossing, look for pedestrians waiting. If they have been waiting for some time, it’s likely the lights will change so be prepared to stop. Pelican crossings use a flashing amber which allows drivers to proceed only if the crossing is clear, but you must give way to pedestrians already on the crossing.

Puffin Crossings

Puffin crossings are similar to Pelican crossings except that they use sensors to establish if pedestrians are waiting to cross. The sensors monitor the crossing and only allow vehicles to proceed once the crossing is clear from pedestrians. Unlike the Pelican, Puffin crossing do not have the flashing amber phase, but rather a steady amber light just like normal traffic lights.

Puffin crossing

Puffin crossings more beneficial to traffic than the Pelican. If a pedestrian crosses the road quickly, the lights will change allowing traffic to continue as soon as they have crossed. Also, if a pedestrian presses the button and crosses before the lights change, or changes their mind, the lights will not change.

Toucan Crossings

Toucan crossings, easily remembered as ‘two-can-cross’ allows both pedestrians and cyclists to cross simultaneously and without the need for riders to dismount their cycles. Toucan crossings typically function using sensors similarly to that of Puffin crossings.

Toucan crossing

A patient and tolerant attitude should be used around all pedestrian crossings. Anticipation and planning must be used to determine a crossing is up ahead whilst driving and prepare to stop if necessary. Allow pedestrians time to clear the crossing before proceeding.

THEORY TEST Attitude REVISION QUIZ

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  1. Question 1 of 12
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    You have stopped at a Pelican crossing and the amber light begins to flash. You must:

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    A flashing amber light on a Pelican crossing means that you must stop and give way to pedestrians who are already on the crossing.

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    Waving people across at a pedestrian crossing is:

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    You should never wave people across at pedestrian crossings even though you may feel it is helpful. A pedestrian may see your signal as meaning it is safe to proceed and step out in front of an oncoming vehicle without looking first.

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    You should never wave people across at pedestrian crossings even though you may feel it is helpful. A pedestrian may see your signal as meaning it is safe to proceed and step out in front of an oncoming vehicle without looking first.

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    What is Tailgating?

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    Following another vehicle too closely is called tailgating. It is dangerous as it allows you little time to slow down or stop safely. It also restricts your view of the road ahead. Use the 2 second rule to establish a safe following distance.

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    The roads are wet and you are following a vehicle. To allow for a safe stopping distance, a time gap between you and the vehicle in front should be:

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    Known as the ‘2 second rule‘, this technique offers a simple assessment of safe following distances in dry conditions. In wet conditions, this should be doubled to 4 seconds.

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    Which of the following vehicles use blue flashing lights?

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    You must always move out the way of an emergency vehicle, when safe to do to allow them clear passage. Someone’s life may be depending on them. Police, fire and ambulances use blue flashing lights. Other services such as blood transfusion, bomb disposal, HM coastguard and mountain rescue.

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    Who might use a green flashing light?

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    Cyclists and pedestrians can cross at the same time at:

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    Toucan crossings allow for cyclists to ride across at the same time as pedestrians cross. Remember: Two-can crossings

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    How should you best deal with an unmarked crossroads?

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    No one has priority at unmarked crossroads so they must be approached slowly whilst looking in both directions. Only continue through the crossroads when it is safe to do so. See crossroad junctions for further information.

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    Which colour light signal follows the green light signal at a Puffin crossing?

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    Unlike Pelican crossings which are timed and show a flashing amber when the timer is about to expire, Puffin crossings use sensors to detect when pedestrians are crossing. When the crossing is clear, a steady amber will follow.

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    Whilst driving in a line of traffic, the driver behind is following you very closely. What should you do?

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    It can be stressful and distracting when a driver is following closely. Gradually slow down and increase the gap between you and the vehicle in front. This will give you more time to react to any situations ahead and will allow you to slow down gradually. This will in turn allow the vehicle following you more time to slow down resulting in less likelihood of a collision.

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    Ahead of you a bus is waiting to exit a bus stop with its right-hand indicator flashing. What should you do?

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    Only if safe to do so, slow down or stop to let the bus exit the bus stop lay by if it is indicating.

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    Up ahead a bus lane on your left shows no times of operation. This means:

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    If there are no signs indicating the operating times of a bus lane, it means it is in operation 24 hours per day. Avoid driving or parking in bus lanes that are in operation.


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