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Car Driving Theory Topics

When studying for the car theory test it is important to understand the types of topics that will be covered.

The theory test is there to satisfy European Community regulations and so the syllabus is suitably wide and covers lots of different topics. Although the list might seem quite long, this is just because there are a lot of different elements of theory you should be aware of: from what documents you require to drive, how to react to certain hazards, and knowing what road signs mean.

Some of the main categories are listed below:

Alertness: This category looks at things like your ability to anticipiate and your concentration. Particularly on long journeys boredom can become a real threat; if is important to be alert at all times when driving.

Safety and your vehicle: If there are defects, then how will that affect the safety of your car? How to do you go about detecting faults?

Safety margins: It is often the case that people drive dangerously close to each other, often because they are unaware of what the stopping distances are. You will need to know the safe stopping distances as part of your theory and it is important to ensure that you stick to those when you become a driver and do not drive right up behind other cars.

Hazard awareness: Car driving theory covers several different types of hazard in detail you will need to be able to recognise and indeed there is a separate element of the test just for this.

Vulnerable road users: There are not just other cars on the roads to be aware of; many people use the roads or cross them such as pedestrians, cyclists, and even animals on occasion.

Road and traffic signs: Clearly it is important to know what a sign means so that you can obey it, or glean useful information from them.

Motorway rules: Although you don't go on the motorway when learning to drive, it is important to understand the rules of motorway driving so that once you have passed your test you are able to do so safely.

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