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Vehicle Handling Test
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Question 1 of 10
You’re towing a small trailer on a busy three-lane motorway. What must you do if all the lanes are open?CorrectIncorrect
The motorway regulations for towing a trailer state that you mustn’t
• use the right-hand lane of a three-lane motorway unless directed to do so (for example, at roadworks or due to a lane closure)
• exceed 60 mph.
Question 2 of 10
What should you do if a trailer starts to swing from side to side while you’re towing it?CorrectIncorrect
Strong winds or buffeting from large vehicles can cause a trailer or caravan to swing from side to side (‘snake’). If this happens, ease off the accelerator. Don’t brake harshly, steer sharply or increase your speed.
Question 3 of 10
On which occasion should you inflate your tyres to more than their normal pressure?CorrectIncorrect
Check the vehicle handbook. This should give you guidance on the correct tyre pressures for your vehicle and when you may need to adjust them. If you’re carrying a heavy load, you may need to adjust the headlights as well. Most cars have a switch on the dashboard to do this.
Question 4 of 10
How will a heavy load on your roof rack affect your vehicle’s handling?CorrectIncorrect
A heavy load on your roof rack will reduce the stability of the vehicle because it moves the centre of gravity away from that designed by the manufacturer. Be aware of this when you drive round bends and corners. If you change direction at speed, your vehicle and/or load could become unstable and you could lose control.
Question 5 of 10
What can be badly affected when you overload your vehicle?CorrectIncorrect
Any load will have an effect on the handling of your vehicle, and this becomes worse as you increase the load. You need to be aware of this when carrying passengers or heavy loads, fitting a roof rack or towing a trailer.
Question 6 of 10
Who’s responsible for making sure that a vehicle isn’t overloaded?CorrectIncorrect
Carrying heavy loads will affect control and the vehicle’s handling characteristics. If the vehicle you’re driving is overloaded, you’ll be held responsible.
Question 7 of 10
You’re planning to tow a caravan. Which of these will be the biggest aid to the vehicle handling?CorrectIncorrect
Towing a caravan or trailer affects the way the towing vehicle handles. A stabiliser device is not designed to overcome instability caused by incorrect loading but it can give added security in side winds and from buffeting caused by large vehicles.
Question 8 of 10
Are passengers allowed to ride in a caravan that’s being towed?CorrectIncorrect
Riding in a towed caravan is highly dangerous. The safety of the entire unit is dependent on the stability of the trailer. Moving passengers would make the caravan unstable and could cause loss of control.
Question 9 of 10
A trailer must stay securely hitched to the towing vehicle. What additional safety device must be fitted to a trailer braking system?CorrectIncorrect
In the event that the trailer becomes detached from the towing vehicle, the breakaway cable activates the trailer brakes before snapping. This allows the towing vehicle to get free of the trailer and out of danger.
Question 10 of 10
You wish to tow a trailer. Where would you find the maximum noseweight allowed on your vehicle’s tow hitch?CorrectIncorrect
You must know how to load your trailer or caravan so that the hitch exerts an appropriate downward force on the tow ball. Information about the maximum permitted noseweight can be found in your vehicle handbook or obtained from your vehicle manufacturer’s agent.