Product group tests

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

Test aids

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.

Verdict

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.

First Cars on Auto Express... 

First cars graphic FINAL

Everything you need to know about learning to drive, getting your driving licence and choosing your first car...

Learning to drive

Passing your driving test

Getting your first car

For all the latest car news, features, tips and advice, follow Auto Express on Twitter and like us on Facebook...

In this review

Most Popular

BMW 128ti vs Volkswagen Golf GTI
BMW 128ti vs Volkswagen Golf GTI
Car group tests

BMW 128ti vs Volkswagen Golf GTI

The new BMW 128ti goes up against the latest iteration of the car that kicked off the hatch segment - the Volkswagen Golf GTI
27 Feb 2021
Jaguar platform sharing talks and upmarket move revealed
Jaguar F-Type V6S badge
Jaguar

Jaguar platform sharing talks and upmarket move revealed

Jaguar is set to move upmarket, while sharing tech with another car maker
27 Feb 2021
Volvo XC40 Recharge gets extra range in first over-the-air update
Volvo XC40
News

Volvo XC40 Recharge gets extra range in first over-the-air update

The software update brings minor improvements to the electric SUV’s driving range and charging time
26 Feb 2021