Theory Test - Other Types of Vehicles Category
- Motorcycles - knowing the problems facing motorcyclists
- Lorries - understanding the potential hazards larger vehicles can cause
- Buses & Trams - understanding the potential hazards larger vehicles can cause
Once again safety is the main concern. Many of the questions have you, a car driver, following a large vehicle that is about to turn at a junction such as a roundabout or crossroads. Generally the answers to such questions are:
- Stay well back from the vehicle
- Give it room
- Be prepared to stop
- Give way to it
I.E. the safest option. No question requires an answer such as: overtake the vehicle or warn the driver by flashing your headlights.
Facts You Need To Know
- On windy days, when overtaking motorcyclists or cyclists, allow them extra room.
- Motorcyclists and cyclists will sometimes need to swerve to avoid hazards such as drain covers, so always give them plenty of room when passing them.
- It can be difficult to see motorcycles when you are waiting at a junction. Always look out for them.
- Never overtake a lorry that is signaling to turn left or right.
- A long vehicle may move towards the centre of the road before turning left.
- A long vehicle may stay in the left-hand lane at a roundabout when turning right.
- Take care when overtaking a long or high-sided vehicle, always make sure you have a clear view of the road ahead. Such vehicles can make it difficult for you to see the road ahead, so keep well back, as this will improve your view ahead.
- Prior to overtaking a large vehicle always keep well back from the vehicle, as this will give you a better view ahead.
- When behind a bus at a bus stop always look out for pedestrians and be ready to give way to the bus as it pulls out.
- Always give way to a bus that is signalling to pull out.
- Car drivers need to be careful of trams because trams cannot steer to avoid you. Always give way to them.
- Never try and overtake a tram.
- Trams make little noise. You are unlikely to hear them approaching. Neither can they steer to avoid you.
- Powered vehicles such as wheelchairs have a maximum speed of 8 mph ( 12km/h).
- Crosswinds are most likely to affect cyclists, motorcyclists, high-sided vehicles and drivers towing caravans or trailers.
- When towing a caravan you should use extended-arm side mirrors.
- When driving on a wet road, where heavy spray reduces visibility, you should use dipped headlights and rear fog lights if visibility is less than 100 metres.
- Slow moving vehicles are not allowed on motorways because they can't keep up with fast moving traffic. Vehicles not allowed on a motorway: motorcycles under 50CC, cycles, tractors and other farm vehicles, powered invalid carriages.