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1. Your car is fitted with power assisted steering. This will make the steering seem

A. Lighter
B. Heavier
C. Quieter
D. Noisier

Explanation : power assisted steering is a system for reducing the steering effort on cars by using an external power source to assist in turning the wheels


2. To help the environment you should NOT:

A. Remove your roof rack when unloaded
B. Use your car for very short journeys
C. Walk, cycle, or use public transport
D. Empty the boot of unnecessary weight


3. If daytime visibility is poor but not seriously reduced, you should switch on:

A. Headlights and fog lights
B. Front fog lights
C. Dipped headlights
D. Rear fog lights


4. It is important that tyre pressures are regularly checked. When should this be done?

A. After any lengthy journey
B. After driving at high speed
C. When tyres are hot
D. When tyres are cold

Explanation : after lengthy journey, or high speed driving, tyres are hot and the pressure tends to be higher


5. You will help your environment if you:

A. Reduce the tyre pressure
B. Drive continually using full choke
C. Accelerate and brake sharply
D. Walk or cycle when you can


6. Your vehicle pulls to one side when braking heavily. You should

A. Change the tyres around
B. Have the fault checked by a competent mechanic as soon as possible
C. Pump the pedal when braking and steer in opposite direction
D. Use your handbrake at the same time

Explanation : most likely the force does not evenly distributed to the wheels. which might put yourself and other road users in danger when in emergency stop. it is important to have your vehicle inspected and get fixed.


7. Care should be taken when refueling with diesel, because when spilt it is

A. Sticky
B. Odourless
C. Clear
D. Slippery


8. A police officer orders you to stop and he finds you have a faulty tyre. Who is responsible for the tyre?

A. The previous owner
B. Whoever services the car
C. You, the driver
D. Whoever issued the VRT certificate

Explanation : you, the driver should take precautionary measurement to ensure the safety of yourself and other road users.


9. The legal minimum depth of tread for car tyres over three quarters of its breadth is:

A. 1mm
B. 1.6mm
C. 2.5mm
D. 4mm

Explanation : Tread helps your tires adhere to the road, especially during rain or snow. After a while on the road, that tread can be worn away.


10. A roof rack that is fitted to your car will:

A. Reduce fuel consumption
B. Improve the road handling
C. Make your car go faster
D. Increase fuel consumption


11. Your anti-lock brakes warning light stays on. You should:

A. Check the brake fluid
B. Check the footbrake free play
C. Check that the handbrake is released
D. Have the brakes checked immediately

Explanation : An anti-lock braking system, or ABS is a safety system on motor vehicles which prevents the wheels from locking while braking.


12. It is very important that tyre pressures are correct. They should be checked at least

A. Every time the vehicle is serviced
B. Once a week
C. Once a month
D. Every time the vehicle has an MOT test

Explanation : once a week is just nice.


13. You should NOT sound your horn

A. Between 10 pm and 6 am in a built-up area
B. At any time in a built-up area
C. Between 11.30 pm and 7 am in a built-up area
D. Between 11.00 and 6 am in a built-up area


14. In some residential roads you will find a speed limit of:

A. 50 mph
B. 60 mph
C. 25 mph
D. 40 mph


15. There is vibration on your steering wheel as you drive at certain speeds. You should check that the:

A. Doors are closed
B. Wheels are balanced
C. Exhaust is not loose
D. Engine oil level is correct

Explanation : unbalanced wheels will cause vibration of steering wheel


16. A properly adjusted head rest will:

A. Make you more comfortable
B. Help you to avoid neck injury
C. Help you to relax
D. Help you to maintain your driving position


17. When a roof rack is not in use it should be removed. Why?

A. It will affect the suspension
B. It is illegal
C. It will affect your braking
D. It will waste fuel


18. Driving with under-inflated (low) tyres can affect

A. Engine temperatures
B. Fuel consumption
C. Oil pressure
D. judgement of the driver

Explanation : not enough air in the tyre, make it difficult to steering and braking. also a larger contact area with the road surface, higher resistance force, hence will consume more fuel


19. The main cause of brake pedal fade is:

A. The brakes overheating
B. Air in brake fluid
C. Oil in the brakes
D. The brakes out of adjustment

Explanation : brake fade is the reduction in stopping power that can occur after repeated application of the brakes, especially in high load or high speed conditions.


20. What will cause high consumption of fuel?

A. Poor steering control
B. Accelerating around bends
C. Driving in high bends
D. Harsh braking and accelerating


21. Which of these, if allowed to get low, is dangerous?

A. Antifreeze level
B. Brake fluid level
C. Battery water level
D. Radiator coolant level

Explanation : it will be extremely dangerous if you could not slow down and stop your vehicle


22. To avoid spilling after refueling, you should make sure that:

A. Your tank is only 3/4 full
B. You have used a locking filler cap
C. You check your fuel gauge is working
D. Your filler cap is securely fastened


23. What can cause heavy or difficult steering?

A. Driving on mud
B. Badly worn brakes
C. Over-inflated tyres
D. Under-inflated tyres

Explanation : too less air in the tyre (under-inflated) make steering heavy and ifficult


24. Road humps, chicanes, and narrowing are:

A. Always at major road works
B. Used to increase traffic speed
C. At toll-bridge approaches only
D. Traffic calming measures


25. Hazard lights should be used when vehicles are:

A. Broken down and causing an obstruction
B. Faulty and moving slowly
C. Being towed along a road
D. Reversing into a side road


26. New petrol-engined cars have to be fitted with catalytic converters. The reason for this is to

A. Control exhaust noise levels
B. Prolong the life of the exhaust system
C. Allow the exhaust system to be recycled
D. Reduce harmful exhaust emissions

Explanation : A catalytic converter is a device used to reduce the toxicity of emissions from an internal combustion engine. it provides an environment for a chemical reaction wherein toxic combustion by-products are converted to less-toxic substances


27. Which one is adversely affected if the tyres are under-inflated?

A. Braking
B. Changing gear
C. Parking
D. Accelerating

Explanation : you may loss control of the vehicle if too less air in the tyre(under-inflated), steering may become very heavy and braking may become difficult


28. What will reduce the risk of neck injury resulting from a car collision?

A. An air-sprung seat
B. Anti-lock brakes
C. A collapsible steering wheel
D. A properly adjusted head restraint


29. When may you use hazard lights?

A. To park alongside another car
B. To park on double yellows lines
C. When you are being towed
D. When you have broken down in traffic


30. Why do VRT tests include an exhaust emission test?

A. To recover the cost of expensive garage equipment
B. To help protect the environment against pollution
C. To discover which fuel supplier is used the most
D. To make sure diesel and petrol engines emit the same fumes


31. If you cannot see clearly behind when reversing, what should you do?

A. Open your window to look behind
B. Open the door and look behind
C. Look in the nearside mirror
D. Ask someone to guide you


32. If you notice a strong smell of petrol as you are driving along you should

A. Not worry, as it is only exhaust fumes
B. Carry on at a reduced speed
C. Expect it to stop in a few miles
D. Stop at a suitable place and investigate the problem

Explanation : likely petrol spilling out from some part of your vehicle, should get it fixed as soon as possible.


33. You enter a road where there are road humps. You should:

A. Maintain a reduced speed throughout
B. Accelerate quickly between each one
C. Always keep to the maximum legal speed
D. Drive slowly at school times only


34. Excessive or uneven wear in one or more tyres can be caused by faults in the:

A. Gearbox
B. Braking system
C. Exhaust system
D. Steering Wheel

Explanation : braking system and suspension may cause excessive or uneven wear of the tyres


35. When MUST you use dipped lights during the day?

A. All the time
B. Along narrow streets
C. In poor visibility
D. When parking


36. You are testing the suspension of your car. You notice that your vehicle keeps bouncing when you press down on the front wing. What does this mean?

A. Worn tyres
B. Tyres under-inflated
C. Steering wheel not located centrally
D. Worn shock absorbers


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