Driving test aid test
Forewarned is forearmed – so what better way to get a head start on your driving test than with a study aid? We try 10 top examples
The driving test has just got harder and more expensive! So it makes sense to get every bit of help you can to pass first time. This week we’ve tested the latest aids that give you the knowledge and extra ‘edge’ in preparing for the revamped test.
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) now sets 50 questions to answer (up by 15) in 57 minutes, and you must get at least 43 correct to pass. Then there’s the hazard perception test, which takes the form of 14 video clips. This lasts for 20 minutes and requires a score of at least 44 out of 75 points.
The practical test remains much the same, but the learner is now asked ‘show me, tell me’ (SMTM) questions relating to everyday aspects of driving. What’s more, the price of taking the theory and practical tests keeps rising (currently £28.50 and £48 respectively). As with all exams, it’suseful to know how the questions should be answered, and this is where these publications shine. We found them especially helpful for the hazard perception clips.
Whichever aid you choose, the Highway Code is essential – the latest version is priced at £2.50 from most bookshops or the DSA direct, but some of these training aids include it free of charge. With that in mind, we rate 10 of the best on offer.
For digital learners, the LDC DVD-ROM covers just about all bases in detail for only £9.99, although we also rated the Focus offering. And if you prefer books to computers, Learn To Drive from Haynes remains sufficiently comprehensive yet is easily readable, so retains its crown.
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- Hazard perception test: what to expect and how to pass
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- Practical driving test: how to pass
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- Driving test aids product test
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In this review
- 1Introduction - currently readingForewarned is forearmed – so what better way to get a head start on your driving test than with a study aid? We try 10 top examples
- 2BSM Practical CompletePrice: £20.00 Format: A5 book/192 pages, one CD-ROM Contact: BSM 0845 727 6276, www.bsm.co.uk
- 3BSM Theory Complete PackPrice: £25.00 Format: A5 book/352 pages, two CD-ROMs Contact: BSM 0845 727 6276 , www.bsm.co.uk
- 4The Official DSA Complete Learner Driver PackPrice: £29.99 Format: One CD-ROM, two DVD-ROMs Contact: The Stationery Office (DSA publications) 0870 600 5522, www.tsoshop.co.uk
- 5The Official DSA Theory Test For Car DriversPrice: £12.50 Format: A5 book/480 pages Contact: The Stationery Office (DSA publications) 0870 600 5522, www.tsoshop.co.uk
- 6Veloce Pass Your Theory And Practical Driving TestsPrice: £12.99 Format: A4 book/158 pages Contact: Veloce 01305 260068, www.veloce.co.uk
- 7Haynes Learn To Drive Second EditionPrice: £12.99 Format: A5 book/376 pages Contact: Haynes 01963 440635 www.haynes.co.uk
- 8LDC Driving Test CompletePrice: £9.99 Format: DVD-ROM Contact: LDC 01977 691800, www.learnerdriving.com
- 9AA Complete Test For Car DriversPrice: £9.99 Format: A5 book/400 pages AA 01256 491524 www.theaa.com/bookshop
- 10The Official DSA Guide To Driving: The Essential SkillsPrice: £12.99 Format: A5 book/386 pages Contact: The Stationery Office (DSA publications) 0870 600 5522, www.tsoshop.co.uk
- 11Focus Driving Test Success All Tests 2007/08 EditionPrice: £9.99 Format: DVD-ROM Contact: Focus Multimedia, 01889 57015, www.focusmm.co.uk