Quiz: Which of these popular motoring myths is true or false?

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There are no end of motoring myths. Most drivers will know at least a handful: sometimes they’re true, but often they’re stories that need to be shown the red light.

From the speed limit on a dual carriageway, to sounding a car’s horn in the small hours of the morning, driving in flip-flops to using an egg to repair an engine’s radiator, they can seem as confusing as the Spaghetti Junction.

To help sort the facts from fiction, we’ve pulled together 10 tricky questions for a motoring myths quiz. Which is driving delusion and which is as factual as the Highway Code?

Question #1: The left lane of a motorway is the lorry lane

True or false: the left lane of a motorway is the lorry lane
It's false! All vehicles should use the left-hand lane on a motorway. Rule 264 of the Highway Code states: You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear.

Question #2: Having dirty number plates could lead to a fine

Having dirty number plates could lead to a fine
It's true! Having a dirty number plate that is illegible could result in a fine of up to £1000. Drivers should ensure they keep both front and rear number plates clean - especially in winter weather.

Question #3: Big cars are always safer than small cars in an accident

Honda Jazz_small cars can be safer than large cars
It's false! Crash tests of cars, carried out by independent safety organisation Euro NCAP, have shown that many small cars can be safer than larger models.

Question #4: Fully comprehensive car insurance always covers you to drive any other car

Not true: fully comprehensive car insurance always covers you to drive any other car
It's false! Never assume that a fully comprehensive car insurance policy covers you (third party) to drive any other car. Many policies don't, especially for those under 25, so check with the provider.

Question #5: An egg can repair an engine’s leaking radiator

An egg can repair an engine's leaking radiator
It's true! In an emergency, drivers have been known to pour a raw egg into an engine's radiator to patch up a leak. However, it's a temporary fix at best. Professional products specifically designed for plugging a leak are available.

Question #6: You can leave an engine idling for as long as you like

You can leave an engine idling for as long as you like
It's false! Rule 123 of the Highway Code says the engine must not be left running unnecessarily while a vehicle is stationary on a public road. If it is likely to be stationary for more than a couple of minutes, drivers should apply the handbrake and switch off the engine to reduce emissions and noise pollution.

Question #7: It is illegal to sound a car horn between 11.30pm and 7am

It is illegal to sound a car horn between 11.30pm and 7.30am
It's true! Unless another road user poses a danger, the Highway Code says drivers can't sound their car's horn when driving in built-up areas between 11.30pm and 7am.

Question #8: The dual carriageway speed limit for cars is 60mph

False: the dual carriageway speed limit for cars is 60mph
It's false! Have you been driving too slowly all this time? The national speed limit is 60mph on single carriageway roads but it's 70mph on dual carriageways, unless otherwise indicated.

Question #9: It’s illegal to drive while wearing flip-flops

Is it illegal to drive while wearing flip-flops?
It's false! There is no law against driving while wearing flip-flops, or when barefoot. However, it is not recommended.

Question #10: You can be penalised for driving too slowly

You can be penalised for driving too slowly
It's true! If the police deem that you're driving too slowly for the conditions and are causing a hazard, you could be prosecuted for the offence of careless driving.

32 comments on “Quiz: Which of these popular motoring myths is true or false?

  1. Eric Hayman November 24, 2017 11:42 am

    Another poor set of questions from Green Flag. And no indication as to which are the “right” answers. Somewhat pointless.

    • Mike Shaw November 27, 2017 12:06 pm

      Hi Eric, if you look at each question, there should be a green line or a red line indicating which are wrong and right with an explanation of why the wrong answers are wrong.

      • Eric Hayman November 27, 2017 12:33 pm

        Please explain why there was no green or red line or explanation showing when I took the quiz? All that happened when I clicked on a true or false button was that the true or false button appeared.

        • Shirley Stickland January 18, 2018 10:52 am

          go back to the questions they tell you the answers

          • Eric Hayman January 20, 2018 7:56 pm

            Right – I have now seen the thin green and red lines, but it would be nice if Green Flag explained where to look to find out if an answer is right or wrong. I said False to the egg in the rad because it does not “repair” the radiator. It may get you home. And this time the explanation below the red line for the egg trick has appeared.

    • ST January 16, 2018 6:55 pm

      Get them all correct and you don’t have to look for the red or green lines

  2. Naina Hutley November 25, 2017 9:27 am

    I found the questions interesting,however, having scored 9 out of 10 I would like to know which one I got wrong so that I don’t carry on blithely doing it!

    • Mike Shaw November 27, 2017 12:06 pm

      Hi Naina, if you look at each question, there should be a green line or a red line indicating which are wrong and right with an explanation of why the wrong answers are wrong.

  3. Edward Evans November 25, 2017 10:30 am

    which ones did I get wrong ????

    • Mike Shaw November 27, 2017 12:06 pm

      Hi Edward, if you look at each question, there should be a green line or a red line indicating which are wrong and right with an explanation of why the wrong answers are wrong.

  4. tonycooksley January 10, 2018 4:43 pm

    There is so much good information in the Highway Code we should all take an annual refresher.

  5. angela January 10, 2018 4:57 pm

    A great test, and I don’t know why the commentators had a problem with the results – it was as clear as daylight! The only question I got wrong was the flip-flop one – I should have known, really, that it wasn’t illegal.
    Thank you, Green Flag!

  6. Lynda c January 10, 2018 6:35 pm

    Well done gree flag questions very good

  7. Alan January 10, 2018 7:31 pm

    It’s an interesting and a simple test, with an easy to comprehend result system. Green for go, answer correct and red for stop, answer incorrect. Simples!

  8. Ken owens January 10, 2018 9:45 pm

    Ken Owens. I did not see driving too slowly in the highway code

  9. daveoftruro January 12, 2018 9:27 am

    I’d be interested to know the pass rate for each question, particularly the one about the dual carriageway speed limit. I tend to drive at about 70 and am always frustrated when people speed past me and then slam on their brakes when they see a speed camera to slow them down to 60 on a dual carriageway.

    On the other hand, I guess if they knew the speed limit was 70, they’d be driving at 90!

  10. Keith Turner January 12, 2018 11:28 am

    Just shows that, generally, if in doubt, common sense will prevail. Certainly worked for me…..100%.

  11. Jeff Cooper January 13, 2018 2:48 pm

    There are a few anomalies regarding speed limits on dual carriageways, most will indicate the speed limit such as urban areas, however, I have come across short sections of dual carriageways where there is no indication as to the limit. This can be confusing !

  12. Simon Rochester January 14, 2018 9:12 am

    When I took the quiz, each question i answered the dot I pushed turned green. At the end I was told I got 10/10.

  13. David Fytche January 15, 2018 12:40 pm

    Enjoyed that, thank you.

  14. Steve Bennett January 16, 2018 11:10 am

    The answers are in a green or red line under each question once you submit. Simples!

  15. Rosalynne Hannon January 16, 2018 7:42 pm

    I had no problem with the questions, I got them all correct.

  16. rosalyn jones January 17, 2018 9:45 am

    good quiz , got 9 out of 10 not bad for somebody who took their test 40 years ago .

  17. Mel Hough January 17, 2018 2:30 pm

    Well I did get the green/red line and 9 out of 10 but sorry Green Flag it’s 10 out 10.
    Your question asks. Can an egg repair a leaking radiator. My answer no it can’t, it might stop it leaking for a while but it won’t REPAIR it and you seem to agree with that yet call it a wrong answer. Come on Green Flag if you are going to do things like this at least get it right.
    Also if anyone got the speed limit wrong then you had better get that book out and read it before you go out on road again.

    • John January 17, 2018 5:09 pm

      Ditto Mel, I got the same one “Wrong” so scored 9/10. I agree with you that this is at best a short term temporary fix that doesn’t always work. I once used a Holts Radiator repair to try and solve a leaking radiator but ended up melting a piston 50 miles later down the M4. OOPS. Thankfully it was company car. Phew.

  18. Bob January 18, 2018 10:50 am

    It seems to me that most of those t,hat took the quiz should have gone to specsavers if they never saw the answers!!!

  19. Vaiti January 18, 2018 1:40 pm

    I got the one on flip-flops right but wanted to know the more precise ruling, so I went back and changed my answer to the wrong one to find out what they had to say.

  20. Roger Dodge January 18, 2018 2:49 pm

    I got 2 wrong but one I just pressed the wrong answer by mistake

  21. Bokelberg January 19, 2018 12:48 pm

    I can’t understand why anyone would get any answer wrong!

  22. Rod Clarke January 20, 2018 8:53 am

    my wife and i did the quiz and both got 100% although we did have to discuss the egg one as i agree with the above comments but my wife was right ….. again. Brill quiz and easy to do and a bit of fun.

  23. theHeatingEngineer January 21, 2018 9:34 am

    OMG I got the one about the egg in the radiator wrong! Mind you, if I was so unaware about the condition of my car that there was a chance of a leak needing such attention then I would deserve all the inconvenience coming to me.

    I noticed a heated comment about the efficacy of a repair. Well I have seen people’s repairs and groaned… It appears to me that a repair to one person is a bodge-job to another. There is nothing in the definition of the word ‘repair’ that specifies how long the work should last.

    For example if you are repairing say your scuba air supply pipe and it lasts 2 minutes and is sufficient to get you to the surface and safety, then to me that is a Repair with a capital ‘R’!!. If I ‘repair’ something I expect it to last ‘a long time’. But sometimes it doesn’t.

    As for putting an egg in my cooling system… AAAaaaarrrrrggh! Not if I can avoid it! But then maybe… 🙂

    • Eric Hayman January 22, 2018 9:01 pm

      Maybe I should crack an egg and introduce it into the radiator circuit of my home’s central heating and hot tap water system if a rad leaks! I wonder if Fernox do an egg-based inhibitor.

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