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Would you pass your Theory Test now?

No matter how long ago you passed your driving test, it is commonly accepted that once the test is passed, that is the time that you really start to learn how to drive. After all, with no 'L' plates to warn other drivers that you aren't the experienced driver that you may seem, no one knows that you are a 'newby'!

Especially falling into this bracket of 'forgetting it all once you've done it' is the Theory Test, introduced in 1996 to replace questions about The Highway Code during the actual practical test. And this has been highlighted by details released by national online car buyer Webuyanycar.com who asked over 20,000 qualified drivers all over the UK to complete an online driving theory test, testing their knowledge of common road signs and driving rules.

1 in 3 qualified drivers failed

No surprise really as many drivers on the UK's roads will not have taken the Theory Test as it is today having been a participant in the previous 'Examiner Questions' Test. However all has changed now.

Designed along the same lines as the official theory questions set for learner drivers by the DVSA, the interactive test can be found at here, although we have asked a few of them later in this blog to see if you are as good as you think you may be.

The online driving theory test from webuyanycar.com uses pictures of various road signs all in use today as well as simple motoring questions similar to the official theory test; so let's have a look at the results as they broke them down by age, sex and location.


The lowest pass mark of all (52%) fell to the 17-21 age group, home to more newly qualified drivers than any other - so it was a bit of a surprise to see them at the lower end of the scale; especially as a lot of them would just have taken the test, and passed it. Maybe a case of 'in one ear and out the other' as they crammed for the test before forgetting it all?

Top of the pass rankings came the 46 to 65-year-old group with a 75% pass rate, closely followed by the highly criticised 65+ age group with 70%. Maybe that Sunday drivers tag needs to be revised?

22-30 year-olds got a pass rate of 66% while the 31-45 year-olds got 69%.


Bad news for any ladies (and good news for any comedians and misogynists) as the webuyanycar.com test results showed a slightly lower pass rate for women with 36% failing the test against 23% of men.

This result actually goes against the very latest statistics from the DVSA that shows that 53.6% of women pass the official theory test whereas men have a 48.7% pass rate; so maybe put a hold on that sexist joke you were about to tell about women drivers? 


When it comes to regionality, the lowest pass rates were found in London and Middlesex where only 2 out of 3 qualified drivers managed to pass the webuyanycar.com driving theory test. 

Traffic Lights at various stagesCongratulations though are due to the drivers of Somerset and Denbighshire coming top of the tables for pass rates with 80% and 79% respectively; closely followed by Derbyshire, Devon, Lincolnshire and Pembrokeshire with 77% pass rate success. 

Is it any coincidence that more urban areas of the UK had a lower pass rate in comparison to the rurals?

The Theory Test

It was back in 2000 that the touch-screen theory test was introduced, with a pass mark being achieved by getting 30 questions right out of 35 questions - with this being increased in September 2007 to 43 out of 50.

But how would you do if you had to take your theory test again?

You could obviously swot up by reading and re-reading the Highway Code again, or you could take a look at our Guides when it comes to UK Road Law to help you.

And then again you could try answering these test questions below as an example.

1. You must not stop on a motorway. What are the 2 exceptions to this rule? 

A - When you have been driving for longer than 2 hours 

B - In an emergency 

C - When flashing red lights show above your lane 

D - When you want to pick up a hitch-hiker 

E - To answer your mobile phone

2. When driving on a motorway, when should you indicate to change lanes?

A - You should indicate to pull out but not on returning to a lane 

B - You should always indicate to change lanes 

C - You only need to indicate when there are other drivers behind you 

D - Don't indicate when you are on the motorway

3. A two-second gap between you and the car in front is when conditions are? 

A – Dry 

B – Wet

C – Foggy 

D - Damp

4. What is the normal (national) speed limit for cars in the left-hand lane of a threelane motorway?

A - 40 mph 

B - 50 mph 

C - 60 mph 

D - 70 mph

5. Which of these, if allowed to get low could cause an accident? 

A - Brake fluid level 

B - Anti-freeze level 

C - Battery water level 

D - Radiator coolant level

6. On ice or snow braking distances can increase by:- 

A - 4 times 

B - 6 times 

C - 10 times 

D - 20 times

7. At traffic lights, amber on its own means? 

A - Go if the way is clear 

B - Go if no pedestrians are crossing 

C - Stop at the stop line 

D - Prepare to go

8. A learner driver you are following stalls at a junction. What should you do? 

A - Shout instructions 

B - Be patient and wait for them to move on 

C - Steer around them and drive on 

D - Sound your horn and flash your lights

9. Part of your journey is on a dual carriageway, what is the national speed limit on a dual carriageway? 

A - 50 mph 

B - 70 mph 

C - 60 mph 

D - 40 mph


1.B & C  2.C  3.A  4.D 5.A 6.C 7.C 8.B 9.B

Let us now how you did by commenting below.