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Found 2nd Aug 2017
Here you can take official practice theory tests from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), free of charge.

Practice theory tests are available for learner car drivers, motorcyclists, lorry drivers, and bus and coach drivers.
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This ABSOLUTELY should be compulsory for all drivers ,especially company car drivers and van drivers.I earn a living as a lgv driver and we have to have 35 hours of training for a certificate of professional competence every 5 years.Without it you cant drive .The standard of driving my dash cam records EVERY day is simply appalling.Without compulsory training this will just get worse.The main offenders like above don't own the vehicles so don't give a toss about smashing it up and don't realise the carnage they leave behind.Dash cams are now fitted in our fleet without exception.
Damn I failed - 42 out of 50! Arm signals are out of date...I tend to wave to people to cross :-P

I feel normal drivers should have to retake test every X years...because there are some proper rubbish ones out there...what rickj said!
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It was always free there. They advertised now to attract more learners. But hazard tests videos for purchase.
Is it only for learners? I'd like to take my chances.
tarryboy29 m ago

Is it only for learners? I'd like to take my chances.


Imagine all those bad habits you've probably picked up....i had a driver assessment with work and I passed but was rollocked for coasting as my car turns it's engine off under 14mph so I thought I was doing well by saving fuel and helping the environment (as well as my pocket!)
tarryboy47 m ago

Is it only for learners? I'd like to take my chances.



It's for all levels of drivers and all types. It's why it's called Safe Driving for Life.
I may have worked on this originally.
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I took the theory test again last year. Got 100% which I think was better than when I was 17 so it's good to know I'm not getting worse with old age.

My mother on the other hand, who has been driving for more than 50 years still asks me what certain road signs mean. Scary.
This ABSOLUTELY should be compulsory for all drivers ,especially company car drivers and van drivers.I earn a living as a lgv driver and we have to have 35 hours of training for a certificate of professional competence every 5 years.Without it you cant drive .The standard of driving my dash cam records EVERY day is simply appalling.Without compulsory training this will just get worse.The main offenders like above don't own the vehicles so don't give a toss about smashing it up and don't realise the carnage they leave behind.Dash cams are now fitted in our fleet without exception.
I did this recently for bikers. A good selection of questions tbf. Definitely worth using
But the I decided returning to biking after two years on a cbt isn't for me at the moment. The roads are getting worst and I don't want to be sliding across the floor or plummeting into the side of someone because they don't look for anything smaller than a big metal box coming towards them
47 out of 50. Happy with that
Damn I failed - 42 out of 50! Arm signals are out of date...I tend to wave to people to cross :-P

I feel normal drivers should have to retake test every X years...because there are some proper rubbish ones out there...what rickj said!
rickj1 h, 55 m ago

This ABSOLUTELY should be compulsory for all drivers ,especially company …This ABSOLUTELY should be compulsory for all drivers ,especially company car drivers and van drivers.I earn a living as a lgv driver and we have to have 35 hours of training for a certificate of professional competence every 5 years.Without it you cant drive .The standard of driving my dash cam records EVERY day is simply appalling.Without compulsory training this will just get worse.The main offenders like above don't own the vehicles so don't give a toss about smashing it up and don't realise the carnage they leave behind.Dash cams are now fitted in our fleet without exception.

No one likes a snitch
45 out of 50, thought the shop window question was a bit odd.
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jonspurs1 h, 28 m ago

Damn I failed - 42 out of 50! Arm signals are out of date...I tend to wave …Damn I failed - 42 out of 50! Arm signals are out of date...I tend to wave to people to cross :-PI feel normal drivers should have to retake test every X years...because there are some proper rubbish ones out there...what rickj said!


Like you, you failed ha ha bet you wont be sending your licence back though.
44/50 PASS! - I cant even drive and last passed my theory in 1998! never bothered with taking the practical as never really needed a car - still chuffed though!
Graham197938 m ago

Like you, you failed ha ha bet you wont be sending your licence back …Like you, you failed ha ha bet you wont be sending your licence back though.


Haha na forget that...that's what a re-test is for :-D
donnyorourke6 h, 33 m ago

Imagine all those bad habits you've probably picked up....i had a driver …Imagine all those bad habits you've probably picked up....i had a driver assessment with work and I passed but was rollocked for coasting as my car turns it's engine off under 14mph so I thought I was doing well by saving fuel and helping the environment (as well as my pocket!)


Confused, you thought coasting with the engine idling was saving fuel? Best to leave it in gear, that does actually save fuel.
damadgeruk25 m ago

Confused, you thought coasting with the engine idling was saving fuel? …Confused, you thought coasting with the engine idling was saving fuel? Best to leave it in gear, that does actually save fuel.


No. The engine it has actually stops turning over when in neutral below 14mph. So when coming to a stop and rolling towards the stop area, queue, etc I thought with the engine not rotating and using diesel that it was a tad more environmentally friendly that leaving in gear at speeds under 14mph to a potential stop. (Hope that makes a bit more sense...)
lucas1 h, 30 m ago

No one likes a snitch

Snitches get stitches
donnyorourke22 m ago

No. The engine it has actually stops turning over when in neutral below …No. The engine it has actually stops turning over when in neutral below 14mph. So when coming to a stop and rolling towards the stop area, queue, etc I thought with the engine not rotating and using diesel that it was a tad more environmentally friendly that leaving in gear at speeds under 14mph to a potential stop. (Hope that makes a bit more sense...)


Clearer now, as is why you received a rollocking. You're right, it is more environmentally friendly though also against the law/traffic regs to 'drive' with the engine off.
And bad drivers cause more than stitches.
rickj3 h, 52 m ago

This ABSOLUTELY should be compulsory for all drivers ,especially company …This ABSOLUTELY should be compulsory for all drivers ,especially company car drivers and van drivers.I earn a living as a lgv driver and we have to have 35 hours of training for a certificate of professional competence every 5 years.Without it you cant drive .The standard of driving my dash cam records EVERY day is simply appalling.Without compulsory training this will just get worse.The main offenders like above don't own the vehicles so don't give a toss about smashing it up and don't realise the carnage they leave behind.Dash cams are now fitted in our fleet without exception.

Agree with you 100%. I'm on the road a lot (not a patch on you, I imagine), and I see some horrendous driving, especially on the motorways. Drivers who don't know what the stalk behind the left side of the wheel is for don't appreciate the carnage they can cause when changing lanes. The list goes on, of course.
To be fair, as a company car driver, I've had a fair few run ins with car owners and hgv's, quite honestly there's some **** drivers out there from every category of driver, not just 'us lot'.

But I most certainly agree it should be compulsory for all drivers, I'd say annually.


rickj4 h, 46 m ago

This ABSOLUTELY should be compulsory for all drivers ,especially company …This ABSOLUTELY should be compulsory for all drivers ,especially company car drivers and van drivers.I earn a living as a lgv driver and we have to have 35 hours of training for a certificate of professional competence every 5 years.Without it you cant drive .The standard of driving my dash cam records EVERY day is simply appalling.Without compulsory training this will just get worse.The main offenders like above don't own the vehicles so don't give a toss about smashing it up and don't realise the carnage they leave behind.Dash cams are now fitted in our fleet without exception.

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You should pass your driving with a grade, like in traditional education, and your grade would affect the cost of your insurance. That'd significantly improve driving standards, as people have a financial incentive not just to scrape a pass but pass well, because let's be fair, avoiding potentially killing others isn't a reason to drive well for a lot of poeple on the roads today.
Conchiron40 m ago

You should pass your driving with a grade, like in traditional education, …You should pass your driving with a grade, like in traditional education, and your grade would affect the cost of your insurance. That'd significantly improve driving standards, as people have a financial incentive not just to scrape a pass but pass well, because let's be fair, avoiding potentially killing others isn't a reason to drive well for a lot of poeple on the roads today.


If you're noting getting an A grade you should be failed. The end.
Some of the questions are:

just ridiculous
what arm signals should you give (not relevant anymore).

nothing to do with driving:
someone is injured and not breathing (common sense and first aid courses).

pure common sense:
what should I do if a lorry is coming at me during a turn (slow down).
what should I do if an old lady is still crossing the road (slow down).
what should I do if a vehicle has their hazards on (slow the **** down!!!).


Get the hint!

Yes I know a lot of road users are not considerate and lack common sense but come on. The only question I actually had to think on was the speed you're allowed to go whilst towing on a single carriageway and that wasn't difficult after five seconds!

50/50 in 12 minutes FTR which I was quite happy with. 14 Seconds per question and I am a slow reader.
aymanhd5 h, 47 m ago

45 out of 50, thought the shop window question was a bit odd.




Reflections are part of the advanced driving courses you can do. Same as looking at bins and bus stops. They allow you to work out if their could be 'bigger vehicles' (bin lorries, busses) and pedestrians nearby or around blind corners etc.
MSK.45 m ago

If you're noting getting an A grade you should be failed. The end.



Okay well what about A* then?

Circular kind of argument...

But I think this thing already exists as extra test 'Pass plus' or something? And might get cheaper premiums with it
Chrrye31 m ago

Okay well what about A* then?Circular kind of argument...But I think this …Okay well what about A* then?Circular kind of argument...But I think this thing already exists as extra test 'Pass plus' or something? And might get cheaper premiums with it


Why not just get it right the first time? It's only a life and death skill after all

Depends on other factors too. Made no difference to premiums for me.
Chrrye34 m ago

Okay well what about A* then?Circular kind of argument...But I think this …Okay well what about A* then?Circular kind of argument...But I think this thing already exists as extra test 'Pass plus' or something? And might get cheaper premiums with it


Thought pass plus was just extra stuff that you should learn anyway - motorways and night driving for example rather than the basics to pass a test.
To be honest, doing the miles I do everyday, everyone should do some sort of refresher course, I expect the roads would be near empty if you fail and get your license taken off you LOL
alexjameshaines46 m ago

Reflections are part of the advanced driving courses you can do. Same as …Reflections are part of the advanced driving courses you can do. Same as looking at bins and bus stops. They allow you to work out if their could be 'bigger vehicles' (bin lorries, busses) and pedestrians nearby or around blind corners etc.


BUT. The question was too vague. Technically, I can't look in reflections of shop windows, if there are no shops there. Some of the questions are too vague. I passed nearly 9 years ago first time. And my driving is fine.
Too many bellends driving on the motorways cutting ppl up etc. I'm a van driver and see it way too often. Not only that but inconsiderate drivers not pulling over from the outside lane on motorways. I'm far from perfect but I do try utmost to be sensible and drive carefully. I see crash after crash, it's scary to think I could be the next victim due to carelessness of other drivers
11 years later and 46/50 - pretty happy with that. Good share!
MSK.52 m ago

Why not just get it right the first time? It's only a life and death …Why not just get it right the first time? It's only a life and death skill after all Depends on other factors too. Made no difference to premiums for me.



What did you get on this test and on your practical test? How many (major/minor) errors?
When I did my test the theory 'test' was the examiner showing you a couple of road sign flash cards at the end of the test if you had passed the sight test and driving.

However somehow I still got 49 in less than 10 mins - who knew that the age to supervise a learner driver had been raised to 21? Serious point though, laws do change, shouldn't the dvla write to all licence holders to let them know - not every minor change gets tv publicity.
aymanhd1 h, 56 m ago

BUT. The question was too vague. Technically, I can't look in reflections …BUT. The question was too vague. Technically, I can't look in reflections of shop windows, if there are no shops there. Some of the questions are too vague. I passed nearly 9 years ago first time. And my driving is fine.


That's a fair and very valid point. The questions are far too vague.
44 and pass :), done my test in Poland in 1998
Hopefully motorway driving will soon be part of the driving test/lesson. I'm sure most drivers out there are unaware that lanes 2, 3 (and 4, if applicable) are for overtaking only (rule 264 of the highway code). So many drivers out there hog the middle lane(s).
I have turned 32 and I need a car but failed the theory test please help me
mattsloft3 h, 26 m ago

Hopefully motorway driving will soon be part of the driving test/lesson. …Hopefully motorway driving will soon be part of the driving test/lesson. I'm sure most drivers out there are unaware that lanes 2, 3 (and 4, if applicable) are for overtaking only (rule 264 of the highway code). So many drivers out there hog the middle lane(s).


I regularly get people sat in lane three at 60MPH over the Severn Crossing when there is nothing in the other two. I usually end up undertaking them in lane one and they start flashing their lights at me. The three to two lanes just after it are a sodding nightmare for lane hoggers. People sit in lane 2 so they don't have to think about anything is the answer to why, they are just plain lazy inconsiderate a holes.
mnemon817 h, 36 m ago

44 and pass :), done my test in Poland in 1998


just based on evidence you should resit the driving test. Poland is in top 5 in Europe in terms of car fatalities. 44 is really nothing to be proud of I'm afraid
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