The driving theory test was something I put off for a long time, way longer than I ever should have done. The idea of me spending my free time taking a test didn’t sound unappealing therefore I didn’t make time to revise for it. Eventually, I had the realisation of YOU NEED TO DO THIS or there’s no point in continuing with driving lessons, now that changed my mind.
I booked my theory test for 3 weeks later and in fact, I PASSED it, with pretty decent scores too; 47/50 on multiple choice and 64/75 on the hazard perception.
I thought I’d now share some of the revision tools I found most helpful preparing for it:
I could not recommend this site enough. It’s the only site I used to learn the multiple choice theory knowledge, it’s all I needed too.
The site has 12 full mock theory tests of 50 questions, it works exactly the same as the real test, select the correct answer and get 43 to pass. Top-Tests also has mini tests on road signs, rules and regulations, show me/tell me questions and fines and limits; pretty sure these all have 30 questions. If you get a question wrong it’ll go to your ‘challenge bank’, here all the questions you’ve answered in-correct will add up so you can re-attempt them and then hopefully get them right! Once you’ve done all of this there’s a DVLA theory test simulator, here 50 random questions will be put into a test and at the end, you’ll find out if you’ve passed or failed, a great way to check if you’re ready for the real thing.
2. HAZARD PERCEPTION VIDEOS
I spent ages trying to find a site that had decent videos to practice with that didn’t cost a crazy amount of money, I settled with Hazard Perception Net. The site requires a £4.50 subscription fee however it provided 6 full-length tests, at the end of a test you’ll be told if you’ve passed or failed. What I found really helpful was that if you didn’t get all 5 marks on a clip you could re-watch it to see when you should have clicked to get 5 marks, a great way to learn and get a little help!
I’m sure every family member gifts you a driving theory book when you tell them you’re learning to drive; it’s no joke that I have 5 of the same book lol.
In a nutshell, I didn’t find the books helpful at all; they were slightly intimidating with how thick they were. Apart from having the odd flick through them to look at road signs, I didn’t use them, so in my opinion, they’re not a necessary thing that you need to buy.
4. DRIVING INSTRUCTOR ASKING QUESTIONS
I’m currently doing lessons with my second driving instructor; the first one I had didn’t mention the theory at all and pretty much had me driving in circles. Not what anyone wants to be paying £25 for!
The Instructor I have now is a whole different story’, ten 2 hour lessons with him and I’ve covered the whole syllabus and almost ready for my practical test. HOW ACE!
When I told him I’d booked my theory test he’d question me on the little things whilst I was driving around; such as where do you find green cat’s eyes? what do the white lines in the middle of the mean if there are no gaps in them?. It was super duper helpful, if I didn’t know the answer then he’d explain the concept to me. If your driving instructor doesn’t do this maybe ask him if he could question you on the theory knowledge whilst your driving, just the basics, but it’ll really help the knowledge stick in your head.
I hope you found this useful and if you’re about to take your theory test I wish you the best of luck, hope you’ll smash it!