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Top 10 driving theory questions that trip up most learner drivers

1 September 2011

Here’s a statistic that surprised us, only 46% of test candidates pass their driving theory test on their first attempt. That’s a terrible first time pass rate – it means that more than half of people fail the theory test on their first go.

Obviously preparation is a key factor in being able to pass, but we wondered whether there were particular questions that caused learners to fail.

To work this out, we analysed over 2 million driving theory tests from 150,000 test candidates that used Theory Test Pro.

The results highlighted 10 questions that 40% of learner drivers fail to answer correctly.

40% of learner drivers can’t answer these questions

  1. You are involved in a collision. What documents may the police ask you to produce?
  2. Name three situations where you may overtake another vehicle on the left?
  3. When can you drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a solid white line?
  4. How can you identify areas reserved for trams
  5. You have broken down on a motorway. When you use the emergency telephone what information will you be asked?
  6. Where would you find reflective amber studs on a motorway?
  7. You are in a collision with another moving vehicle. Someone is injured and your vehicle is damaged. What four things should you find out?
  8. If your car has unbalanced wheels, what can this cause?

Find out the answers to these questions by taking our quiz, or download a PDF copy of the Top 10 driving theory questions that trip up most learner drivers.

2 out of 5 learners don’t know these road signs

There were also two road sign questions in the top 10. Here’s the first one.

And the second trickiest trickiest road sign is this one.

Again, only 40% of learners managed to correctly identify either of these road signs.

Test yourself

Taking our quiz using these questions or download a PDF copy of the Top 10 driving theory questions that trip up most learner drivers.

26 Comments leave one →
  1. aisha permalink
    14 September 2011 9:48 pm

    thanks this site is so usefull i hv pass my theory

    • Samad permalink
      23 September 2013 3:21 pm

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  2. 7 November 2011 4:37 pm

    i really like ian and karen they are amazing people and ian espically because he is teaching me today and he was good xx

  3. sultan permalink
    30 December 2011 12:29 pm

    A wonderful resoursce of learning to save money n time.

  4. Hind permalink
    17 January 2012 9:34 pm

    Many thanks to this website I have passed my theory test today , I am so happpy.

  5. mughal permalink
    22 January 2012 3:10 pm

    what wil be new change in theory test
    my test will be 2 feb 20012

  6. 6 February 2012 10:23 am

    Thanks for giving a fantastic info

  7. 28 July 2012 8:25 am

    Great information! I would agree with you that most learner drivers don’t recognize the 2 road signs. Thanks for the useful links and tips Henry 🙂

  8. 30 August 2012 12:53 am

    I love theory test pro!!
    Assed my theory test today on my first time
    Couldn’t of done it without this website!!

  9. Shaz permalink
    15 October 2012 9:09 am

    I just passed my theory
    None of the above questions were asked at all
    Just revise a heap beford hand
    Eg books,dvd, mock theory’s online
    Defo watch intro at test centre
    Everyone is nervous and a lot of people fail first time nothing to worry about

    • k original permalink
      12 December 2012 3:07 am

      how many times did you do it till you passed ?

      • MRme permalink
        14 January 2013 2:33 pm

        i passed first time by chance 🙂
        but it really depends on which questions come up the practical is a bit harder
        my friend passed on his 3rd go and my cousin on his 7th

  10. Syed ajmal hussain permalink
    27 February 2013 11:56 am

    I love this application

  11. 2 March 2013 5:06 pm

    “Top 10 driving theory questions that trip up most learner drivers | Theory Test Pro Blog” windows7versions really got me simply addicted on ur website!
    I personallywill probably wind up being back again alot more regularly.
    Many thanks ,Coral

  12. 18 March 2013 6:53 pm

    I wana go 4my learners

    • Shaz permalink
      18 March 2013 7:45 pm

      Passed first time
      Just usin free apps n hazard preception DVD Practice loads

  13. 10 April 2013 5:01 pm

    Alot of the time the theory test questions can be answered purely on common sense alone, but there is sometimes the odd ambiguous one which is there to test you, so do be on your guard

  14. 16 April 2013 4:05 pm


  15. 10 June 2013 5:27 pm

    Fantastic article. I would completely agree that 40% can’t answer those questions. Many learner drivers expect to breeze through the theory test, when in fact it takes a great deal of revision and dedication. This same dedication can then be applied to passing their practical driving test.

  16. Sabina permalink
    17 June 2013 3:04 pm

    I feel so stupid iv failed theory test 7 x I have read the books discs and I pass at home but not in test centre I’m currently in college and was given opurtunity life time to become a tutor in Beauty therapy such a great job my dream but then she said I need to drive and what a devastating blow I really want to pass this test soo bad any help or advice I read 565 pgs of the whole book

    • Shaz permalink
      17 June 2013 11:23 pm

      Forget the book reading becomes boring in a lengthy book and the mind wonders to shoes and bags 🙂
      Seriously the free aps r brilliant download a few n do them over and over also hazard preception DVD essential it explains which hazards u need to look for in 2nd part of test
      Moving hazards

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