Quiz: How well do you know your road markings?

Road sign quiz

The Highway Code and its extensive list of road signs and markings is one of the fundamentals of motoring. But how well do you know it?

If you take our quiz and you’re a bit rusty, don’t worry: you’re not alone. A recent survey found that half of drivers don’t know what a roundabout sign is when it’s shown to them. And two thirds don’t know how far behind the car in front they should be travelling.

The survey was conducted by driver training organisation IAM Roadsmart. It is calling for road safety to be part of the National Curriculum so that it’s drilled into drivers from an early age. Take our quiz to see how you get on.

Results

Well done! You got at least 90 per cent which means you really know your road markings

Sorry to break this to you but if you took the theory part of the driving test now you may not pass! Best brush up on your Highway Code.

#1 What colour are the cats’ eyes between the motorway and a slip road?

Oh dear. You’re one of the many who doesn’t seem to know their road markings. Either you’ve been careless or you should dig out that copy of the Highway Code.

#2 What does this sign mean?

Oh dear. You’re one of the many who doesn’t seem to know their road markings. Either you’ve been careless or you should dig out that copy of the Highway Code.

#3 When this sign appears you can expect the road to…

Oh dear. You’re one of the many who doesn’t seem to know their road markings. Either you’ve been careless or you should dig out that copy of the Highway Code.

#4 We all know what a speed limit sign looks like. But what does this sign mean?

Oh dear. You don’t seem to know your road markings. Either you’ve been careless or you should dig out that copy of the Highway Code before you have another go.

#5 This sign is to encourage you to stay a safe distance behind the car in front. How far is the minimum distance in seconds?

Oh dear. You’re one of the many who doesn’t seem to know their road markings. Either you’ve been careless or you should dig out that copy of the Highway Code.

#6 What must you NOT do if you see this sign?

Oh dear. You’re one of the many who doesn’t seem to know their road markings. Either you’ve been careless or you should dig out that copy of the Highway Code.

#7 Cycling is becoming increasingly popular so what should you do when you see this?

Oh dear. You’re one of the many who doesn’t seem to know their road markings. Either you’ve been careless or you should dig out that copy of the Highway Code.

#8 What should you expect when you see this sign?

Oh dear. You’re one of the many who doesn’t seem to know their road markings. Either you’ve been careless or you should dig out that copy of the Highway Code.

#9 You will start to see an increasing number of these, particularly going into cities. They mean:

Oh dear. You’re one of the many who doesn’t seem to know their road markings. Either you’ve been careless or you should dig out that copy of the Highway Code.

#10 What does this road sign mean?

Oh dear. You’re one of the many who doesn’t seem to know their road markings. Either you’ve been careless or you should dig out that copy of the Highway Code.

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34 comments on “Quiz: How well do you know your road markings?

  1. Margaret Berry November 27, 2018 8:30 am

    Better re-read the highway code, felt very confident with my answers, Oops!!

    • Ray Stevens December 1, 2018 1:40 pm

      seems as though perhaps you drive around with your eyes closed, there are loads of them around, sounds to me an eye test should be taken

  2. JOE BLOGS December 14, 2018 6:10 am

    I LIVE IN CYPRUS NO ONE EVER TAKES ANY NOTICE OF HIGHWAY CODE PARK WHERE AND WHEN YOU LIKE NO CRASH HELMETS USE PHONE WHILE DRIVING MUST WATCH OUT WHEN I HOLIDAY BACK IN UK

  3. Valerie February 8, 2019 7:40 am

    Wish I could see my answers again as am sure I achieved 10/10 not 7/10

  4. M. Walker March 7, 2019 9:01 pm

    Well I got 2 wrong, 30 in a blue circle, I always thought this was a maximum speed limit, 3 answers and not 1 says that, the other was a cycle sign which I must say I wasnt sure of. Shame it doesnt give the answers so you can see where you have gone wrong

    • Sharon Marshall March 9, 2019 1:27 pm

      You can scroll back through your answers and see which ones are wrong

    • Nigel Aslett March 10, 2019 8:56 pm

      No Blue sign means compulsory .Red if for prohibitive i.e max 30mph

  5. L.McQuoid March 7, 2019 9:13 pm

    Took me back to my days of learning to drive with my old faithful The Highway Code Book.

  6. Karen Earwicker March 8, 2019 12:16 am

    Enjoyed doing this I still know my signs

  7. John March 8, 2019 1:17 am

    i disagree with no. 5 as I drive to the Smith system and that states 4 seconds behind the vehichle in front

    • Stephen March 8, 2019 5:07 pm

      There’s actually a handy little hint: pick a marker, as soon as the car in front of you passes it say, ‘Only a fool breaks the two second rule’. If you’ve passed that same marker before you’ve said that, you’re too close!

    • Roy March 9, 2019 11:21 am

      Hi John, have you never heard of ‘Only a fool breaks the two second rule’ thus the two chevrons distance.

  8. Kev March 8, 2019 5:46 am

    Valerie, you can, having completed it just scroll back up the page and your answers will be either red or green 🙂

  9. Stephen Manuell March 8, 2019 10:47 pm

    Some one asked me the right sequence for traffic lights I said red amber green they said what comes after green I said I don’t know I usually driven away by then

  10. Katrina March 9, 2019 8:54 am

    I got 10/10. If some of the people here were more observant they would have seen the answers to this quiz were shown above.

  11. john beadman March 9, 2019 9:09 am

    did the test and got 8/10 30 sign and the bike one guess I will need to take care but 60 years driving without an accident must count for something

  12. HRC March 9, 2019 2:34 pm

    It seems that on a clearway you can’t stop even if there ‘s a car stopped and blocking the road. On the clearway around us you can’t park, but you do stop if there is a good reason to do so. Never understood that one!!!

  13. Thomas March 9, 2019 8:21 pm

    Did well 9 out of 10 cats eyes wrong

  14. Alan March 9, 2019 8:25 pm

    Didn’t realise how little i know

  15. George Evans March 9, 2019 8:33 pm

    9 out of 10 could do better.

  16. Stephen Dodd March 9, 2019 8:35 pm

    Standard of driving in this country is shocking most drivers cut corners straight line roundabouts don’t know you always give way to the right on a roundabout joining a motorway the person on the inside lane has right of way putting a indicator on the slip road does not give you the right to pull out you are supposed to join in with the flow

  17. Tom March 9, 2019 8:39 pm

    9/12 Q1 I didn’t read it properly

  18. Janet Gamage March 9, 2019 9:31 pm

    great quiz. only got 8/10 but I didn’t that too bad.

  19. jackie March 10, 2019 7:43 am

    Yeay 9 out of 10. Fun quiz. More please

    Good it shows your right and wrongs but would be good on a wrong to show the right answer …… or maybe I should look it up .

  20. Trevor Hart March 10, 2019 10:56 am

    John, as the TV ad says, DON’T FORGET THE TWO SECOND RULE! Other than the M1 not seen these chevrons elsewhere. Cats eye colours never been asked about this. Scored 10/10 but that means nothing as it is driving behaviour that matters.

  21. Lin Willsher March 10, 2019 11:35 am

    No. 5. Surely two seconds is not enough. I put three seconds and think that is safer.

  22. brian perkin March 10, 2019 11:36 am

    have put the answers in the right order this time

  23. Yolanda March 10, 2019 3:27 pm

    I felt very confident in doing this quiz, guess I was wrong, 6/10 tutt tutt. Going to get an uptodate highway code for sure. I’m just glad that I did the quiz

  24. Michael Hallett March 10, 2019 7:55 pm

    9 out of ten must admit to never coming across the one I got wrong

  25. Tj March 10, 2019 8:37 pm

    Should have asked what is speed limit for car on dual carriageway. The amount of donuts who brake to 60mph when they spot a speed camera is laughable.

  26. MARK BRAMWELL March 11, 2019 6:23 pm

    I was so confident thinking I’d get 10/10 but only got 8 better do some reading

  27. David Cane March 19, 2019 10:47 am

    all these questions are based on whats in the highway code, why all this confusion about clearways i dont know. You dont stop or park for no good reason, if other vehicles have broken down, or you break down well you have to stop, common sense.

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