When you are studying for the car theory test you will need to study and practice 14 car theory test subjects. These subjects range from your attitude towards road users around you to the rules regarding the motorway.
Vehicle Loading – the final subject that you will find in the questions to the car theory test and a total of only 12 car theory test questions, vehicle loading’s question bank ranges from dealing with a trailer that’s swinging side to side to how would a heavy load on your car affect your vehicles handling.
Lets now start with the first car theory test question of the two above:
What should you do if you’re towing a trailer and it starts to swing from side to side?
- Ease off the accelerator to reduce your speed
- Let go of the steering wheel and let it correct itself
- Brake hard and hold the pedal down
- Accelerate until it stabilises
You can find yourself in a very dangerous situation when the trailer that your vehicle is towing/ pulling starts to swing side to side. If it is not corrected soon enough you may find that the trailer topples over and potentially making your vehicle topple over too. Answer two of the car theory test question ‘let go of the steering wheel and let it correct itself’ will mean that you have less control of the vehicle and this will be out of your hands and so this is probably one of the worst things you can do. ‘Brake hard and hold the pedal down’ will bring your vehicle to an emergency stop but the trailer can end up smashing into the back of your vehicle causing more damage all round. ‘Accelerate until it stabilises’ may also be dangerous and that can mean the trailer swings side to side more rapidly losing further control and is more likely to topple over. Therefore, the correct answer to the question on the theory test ‘what should you do if you’re towing a trailer and it starts to swing from side to side’ is ‘ease of the accelerator to reduce your speed.’ By easing off the accelerator means the speed of the swinging trailer will begin to slow down which is more likely to help the trailer to find its balance again and less likely to lose control and topple over. Keep your hands on the wheel throughout the entire process in order to help stabilise the situation.
The second car theory test question that we are going to look at is:
How will a heavy load on your roof rack affect your vehicle’s handling?
- It will improve the road holding
- It will reduce the stopping distance
- It will make the steering lighter
- It will reduce stability
The more load you have on the roof rack of your vehicle the heavy the vehicle will become. So, if you have a really heavy load on the roof rack of your vehicle, will it improve the road holding as stated in answer number one? The simple answer here is no. Will it reduce your vehicles stopping distance? No, in fact it is more likely to increase your vehicles stopping distance as it takes longer for a heavy vehicle to stop than for a lighter vehicle. Will it make the steering lighter as suggested on answer number 3? No, by having a heavy load on the roof rack of your vehicle will most likely make your steering a lot heavier so thus in turn making the steering wheel feel heavier too. So finally, the correct answer to the car theory test question ‘how will a heavy load on your roof rack affect your vehicles handling’ is ‘it will reduce stability.’ Your vehicle can become ‘top heavy’ by having too much weight at the top of the vehicle which could mean it would be harder to control and more likely that the car can topple over.