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Theory Test Topics Explained: Other Types Of Vehicles

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Greetings, PassMeFast readers! We’re back once more with the next instalment in our handy Theory Test Topics Explained series! We’re at the halfway mark now in our journey towards helping you build up a solid foundation of theory test knowledge. This time, we’re focusing our attention on the seventh topic out of the fourteen used by the DVSA’s question bank: other types of vehicles.

We’re going to explain what this topic involves, offer example DVSA multiple-choice questions and case studies, and give you some revision resources too. So, buckle up and get ready to swot up!


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Theory Test Topic: Other types of vehicles

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The seventh topic from the multiple-choice section in the theory test is other types of vehicles. When you finally get behind the wheel once you start your lessons, you’ll encounter a range of different vehicle types, including motorcycles, buses, lorries, trams and many more. Each of these vehicle types can cause a variety of potential hazards which, if you’re not careful, could be catastrophic on the road.

That’s why the theory test topic other types of vehicles is so important. If you’re able to identify a vehicle and the dangers it poses to you as a driver, you’ll be able to take action to keep not only yourself safe on the road, but other road users as well. To give you an edge, we’ve broken down the topic into smaller sections. Take your time and read through each part carefully—your memory skills will be put to the test with our mock tests further below!

When it comes to revising for the theory test, start with the Highway Code, which provides vital road information and rules. We advise buying resources like the official DVSA handbook or the AA theory test book. They both contain official DVSA questions with answers. Revise them thoroughly—they could show up on your test.

✓ Large vehicles

One of the biggest issues you’ll face with large vehicles is visibility. If you’re driving too closely behind one, you won’t be able to see the road ahead. It’s for this reason that you should always stay further back when driving behind a large vehicle. Doing so also allows the driver of the large vehicle to spot you in their side mirrors—if you’re too close to them, they won’t be able to see you.

You’ll also have to be extremely cautious when attempting to overtake a large vehicle. Due to their size, it can take a lot longer to overtake and get to where you want to be. By the time you get halfway, the situation with oncoming traffic might have changed, which can be dangerous. So, if you do intend to overtake a large vehicle, you need to make sure that you’ve got a good view of the road ahead. If you don’t, slow down and put some distance between you both.

If you spot a large vehicle indicating to make a turn (whether it’s down a side road, at a roundabout or at another type of junction), do not attempt to overtake it. Given its large size, the vehicle will likely need to veer into the opposite lane in order to make the turn, which means you’ll have to slow down and potentially come to a stop.

You should also be aware that if you’re dealing with a large vehicle in oncoming traffic, they might have vehicles behind them attempting to overtake. So, if you’re making a right-hand turn, for example, you’ll need to wait until the large vehicle has passed to ensure that it’s safe to proceed.

✓ Buses

You won’t be able to go far on the road without encountering a bus, especially if you’re driving in or around a city centre. As with large vehicles, it’s important that you give buses plenty of room, just in case they need to come to a sudden stop. You’ll also want to keep your eyes peeled for when they indicate to pull over at a bus stop. If they do, you’ll need to slow down and, potentially, come to a stop if there’s no way of continuing on around them safely.

Be aware that not all pedestrians will follow road safety rules—they might get off the bus and then attempt to cross the road directly in front of the bus. If you’re not keeping an eye out, you could end up colliding with one, so be careful!

If you are driving and spot a bus indicating to pull out of a bus stop, you should always give way to them (as long as it’s safe to do so).

✓ Trams

You’re likely to encounter trams around many cities in the UK and will be able to spot them due to road signs and tram tracks on the road. Despite their size, they can be relatively quiet, especially if you’re in a car. If you’re not paying attention to your mirrors, this could lead to a catastrophic incident.

Most of the vehicles on this list can take action to avoid you if a hazard emerges on the road. Trams, however, cannot. Tram drivers won’t be able to swerve out of the way to avoid you if you haven’t noticed them. That’s why you need to be alert when driving near tram tracks. If you encounter a tram on the road, you should always give way and never attempt to overtake one.

✓ Agricultural vehicles

Agricultural vehicles, such as tractors, are notoriously slow on the road. Their size usually means that they’ll take up a large portion of the road—usually leading to a long queue of traffic behind them. Though this can be frustrating when you have somewhere to be, it’s important not to give into road rage.

The drivers of these types of vehicles will usually take action to help the road users behind them get on their way. They will do this in a number of ways:

  • Signal with their indicator to let the vehicle behind them know that the road is clear for them to overtake
  • Pull up on the side of the road to allow a number of vehicles to pass them
  • Turn into a side road to wait for the flow of traffic to die down before getting back on the road

✓ Motorcycles

Motorcycles are lightweight and lack the protection that cars and larger vehicles have. As a result, motorcyclists are much more vulnerable on the roads. This means that you need to be extremely careful when driving near them. If you’re planning to overtake a motorcyclist, you should give them plenty of room. If you’re facing windy conditions, you need to be even more wary—if the wind is strong enough, it could blow them into your path!

It’s not just windy conditions that can affect a motorcyclist. If the road surface is oily or icy, they could end up swerving in what seems like an erratic fashion. If you spot this as you drive, you’ll want to either slow down to give them more room, or overtake them in a safe and careful manner. You might also notice this swerving behaviour if a motorcyclist is dealing with metal drain covers.

Finally, it’s important to be aware of how difficult motorcyclists can be to spot on the road. If you’re emerging from a junction, for example, or attempting to make a turn, you need to check your blindspots just in case a motorcyclist is weaving through traffic.

✓ Battery powered vehicles

Commonly used by disabled people, battery powered vehicles, or mobility scooters, come with a maximum speed of 8mph. Now, you might assume this means that they’re limited to roads with lower speed limits. That isn’t the case at all. These types of vehicles are actually allowed on dual carriageways! If the dual carriageway has a speed limit over 50mph, then the driver must attach a flashing amber beacon to their battery powered vehicle.

Due to the slow speed of battery powered vehicles, you’ll need to be extremely careful and patient when dealing with them on the road. The drivers of these vehicles will likely be slow to react, and won’t be able to move quickly when navigating around. So, give them extra room if you’re manoeuvring around them.

If you’re struggling to remember everything we’ve covered so far, we’ve summed up all of the vehicle types that you should be cautious near in the image below!

List of other types of vehicles


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Multiple-choice questions

If you’re already familiar with the format of the theory test, you can skip ahead and pit yourself against our multiple-choice quiz below. If you don’t know anything about the theory test, however, we’ll run you through it very quickly.

The multiple-choice section of the test is made up of 50 questions in total. In order to pass the section, you will need a score of 43 or more. As there’s no way of knowing which exact questions will crop up on your big day, the best way to increase your chances of success is to revise each theory test topic thoroughly.

Now it’s time to find out whether or not you were really paying attention when reading through our breakdown in the section above with our other types of vehicles quiz!

Let us know how many questions you got right in the comment section below!

Case studies

In order to make sure that you’re able to apply your theory test knowledge to real life situations, the DVSA include a case study at the end of the multiple-choice section. You’ll be asked to watch a short video clip and then answer three questions about it. Below, we’re going to give you five written case studies to help you get a rough idea of what you can expect.

Let us know how many questions you got right in the comment section below!


How to revise other types of vehicles

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Well done! You’ve reached the end of yet another theory test topic. Hopefully, our breakdown of other types of vehicles has given you a strong understanding of the topic—taking you one step closer to acing your theory test! Before you start celebrating, however, we’ve got a few revision resources to help you make sure that you’ve truly grasped the topic.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! The next thing on your to-do list should be to create a theory test revision schedule. Make sure you spend at least half an hour every day revising and putting your mettle to the test with our ultimate theory test revision resources. As long as you put in the work, there’s nothing stopping you from passing your theory test!

If in doubt, start with the Highway Code, which provides vital road information and rules. We advise buying resources like the official DVSA handbook or the AA theory test book. They both contain official DVSA questions with answers. Revise them thoroughly—they could show up on your test.


Looking for more? Check out our other theory test topic breakdown instalments:

By Bethany Hall

Whether you’re a learner or a pro driver, Bethany is here to help. From defensive driving to the Highway Code, she’ll tell you everything you need know about driving. If she’s not on the road, you’ll probably find Bethany with her head in a book or binge-watching the latest TV show.

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