Theory Test Road Traffic Signs
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The theory test questions from the Road Signs Category are at the bottom of the page.
- Road Signs - knowing the meanings of different road signs.
- Speed Limits - being aware of and planning for speed limit signs.
- Road Markings - knowing the meanings of road markings.
- Regulations - knowing the regulations associated with road signs & markings.
A good knowledge of road signs and road markings is essential. For pictures and explanations see our road signs page. For motorway signs see our motorway driving page.
To test your knowledge you can take our two Road signs test 01 - Road sign test 02
General Road Sign Rules
You must obey signs giving orders. These signs are usually in red circles.
Signs that give instructions are blue and circular give instructions.
Signs with brown backgrounds display tourist information.
White rectangles are used for direction signs on non-primary routes or for plates used in combination with warning and regulatory signs.
Green rectangles are used for direction signs on primary routes.
Blue rectangles are used for information signs except on motorways where blue is used for direction signs.
Hand signal indicating the driver intends to turn left.
Hand signal indicating the driver intends to slow down.
- You would see a contraflow bus and cycle lane on a one-way street.
- Zig-Zag lines at pedestrian crossings mean no parking at any time.
Centre Solid White Lines
You must not cross or straddle a solid white line in the centre of the road unless:
- you're turning into a junction
- you need to pass a stationary vehicle
- you need to overtake a cyclist, horse or road maintenance vehicle if they're moving at 10mph or less.
- Red light - you must stop and wait behind the stop line.
- Amber light - stop at the stop line.
- Green light - continue forward unless your exit from the junction is blocked.
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