Quiz: Test how well you know the Highway Code

The cover of the first edition of the Highway Code, introduced in 1931

It’s one of the few books that never leaves the bestseller list, but ever since the Highway Code was first published, in 1931, few readers would admit to finding it a gripping page-turner.

However, the Highway Code has contributed to saving thousands of lives over the years. When launched, there were just 2.3 million cars on Britain’s roads, yet more than 7000 people were killed in road accidents each year. Today, there are more than 27 million cars on UK roads, but there are fewer than 2000 fatalities.

The driving standards book originally had just 24 pages of guidelines, with a single paragraph on how pedestrians should cross a road. Today, a whole chapter is dedicated to educating both pedestrians and drivers on safely reaching the other side of the road.

It also goes on to cover areas of digital technology, such as smartphones, which increasingly fight for a driver’s attention when they’re at the wheel.

To see how well you know the latest rules and regulations of the road, take this snapshot quiz and test your knowledge of the Highway Code.

Question #1: When driving, when should you listen to a voicemail on your phone?

When driving, when should you listen to a voicemail on your phone?
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Question #2: Pedestrians, how should you cross a zebra crossing with an island?

Pedestrians, how should you cross a zebra crossing with an island?
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Question #3: Which of these statements is false?

Highway Code quiz
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Question #4: How should you restrain a dog in a car?

How to restrain a dog in a car, according to the Highway Code
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Question #5: When towing a trailer, where should you place the weight of a load?

When towing a trailer, where should you place the weight of a load?
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Question #6: For children of three years and over, what are the seating regulations in a car?

For children of three years and over, what are the seating regulations in a car?
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Question #7: Do Traffic Officers have powers to stop vehicles?

Do Traffic Officers have powers to stop vehicles?
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Question #8: Signs in traffic calming measures are…

Signs in traffic calming measures are compulsory and must be obeyed at all times
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Question #9: How often and when may you use the horn?

How often and when may you use the horn?
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Question #10: Hazard warning lights may be used

Hazard warning lights may be used When your vehicle is stationary and causing an obstruction
Oops! You need to brush up on the Highway Code

15 comments on “Quiz: Test how well you know the Highway Code

  1. Elaine September 3, 2016 3:52 pm

    Phew! So glad I passed that but so I should after 38 years of driving.

  2. Elaine September 10, 2016 7:58 am

    Good little quiz, got the brain going for things I do automatic

  3. ian September 10, 2016 4:03 pm

    so i passed but 9 out of 10 is not good enough which question did i do miserably on.

  4. Frank Chandler October 4, 2016 2:50 pm

    some questions are ambiguous, such as the time one can sound your horn

    • JEFFREY Cooper October 8, 2016 7:30 am

      I tend to agree Frank, I have always had it in the back of my mind that there was a reference to not using the horn late at night in urban areas.

  5. stuart devitt October 8, 2016 4:53 pm

    can you please tell me where the answer to question 7 is in the highway code?

    • James Mills October 10, 2016 2:53 pm

      Hi Stuart. You’ll find it under the ‘Signals by authorised persons’ section. Hope that helps.

    • stuart devitt October 12, 2016 5:25 pm

      thank you I must go and purchase an up to date version of the H.C.

  6. John Wagstaff October 13, 2016 2:44 pm

    Been driving since 1973 glad I got 10 out of 10

  7. Paul Anderson October 13, 2016 7:32 pm

    Its a good test for anyone, iv been driving 40 years and I think everyone should be tested at least every 5 years, that said I got 10/10 .

  8. Owen October 18, 2016 10:54 pm

    Q3: Ye fit? Turning off you’re phone before you drive IS the false statement, on silent works just as well. It is either my satnav or… nope, I’m driving. I check my mirrors for small mammals (my cats, and the common-senseless noise-tubes in my street (kids)).

  9. John Hales October 20, 2016 6:38 pm

    10/10 driving over 30 yrs

  10. Ron Cornell November 9, 2016 2:01 pm

    I achieved 9 out of 10 – I misread question three and got it wrong.But not bad after 40 years since I passed the driving test.

  11. Steve Bibby December 6, 2016 7:26 pm

    I did the same thing Ron question 3 !

  12. Colin Powell December 16, 2016 12:16 pm

    Well 4/10 isn’t that bad, considering I have no idea what a “Highway Code ” is. Why should I care about small mammals when I am starting off, rather than inappropriate clothes and shoes that stop me controlling the vehicle. Glad the army gave me a licence so I don’t need these strange “driving tests”.

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