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I don't know about anyone else but I hated learning to drive. I was a bit of a Goth in those days and I think my Doc Marten boots seriously hampered my clutch control! I remember my instructor yelling at me on a busy roundabout that I had missed my space to pull out. All very stressful I remember. It's been nearly 20 years since I took my driving test at age 17 and there wasn't even a theory test in those days, just a few questions from the examiner when you got back to the test centre after driving round frozen with fear for the last 45 minutes. I have no idea how I passed because I remember not knowing a single question he asked.
Things are much more stringent these days with everyone having to take their theory test before they can take their practical. When this game first appeared on my desk I thought, well I don't need that I can drive fine thanks! But then I started wondering how much I do know about safe driving? I'm sure I have picked up some terrible habits over the last 20 years.Like what on earth are the correct stopping distances on a motorway? (I think that was one of the questions on my test - which I got wrong!)
The game can be adapted for motorcycle tests and even right and left hand drivers.
The game is really well done, with bold colours and easy to navigate. You can either brush up on knowledge in a specific area using the list of topics in the DSA section. There is everything from Alertness to Accidents. You can choose 10 or 20 questions, timed or not. Or you can even do the full mock theory test to really hone your knowledge. There is also the quick test section, which you could use to swat up on the run - Not whilst driving I hasten to add! The game can be adapted for motorcycle tests and even right and left hand drivers.
I decided to have a stab at doing the full mock theory test, 50 questions and 57 minutes to answer them in. I got 40 out of 50 (80%) which I was quite pleased about, funnily enough I still got the stopping distances one wrong. Most of the questions seemed like common sense, which is encouraging to know. Road signs always get me too - they are trickier than you think when you have to stare at them and work out exactly what they mean! Is a circle or a triangle a warning and what does a blue circle mean? At end you get a nice graph of your attempts at the theory test, showing how you are improving.
I will certainly be marching my kids off for their lessons as soon as they hit 17, though I think I will have to start saving now judging by how expensive they are.
I am very glad I learnt to drive when I did because I've seen how difficult it is once you get a bit older and more nervous. I will certainly be marching my kids off for their lessons as soon as they hit 17, though I think I will have to start saving now judging by how expensive they are. Having great gadgets like this to help with the theory side of it are brilliant. I wish I'd had something like that rather than just the Highway Code! I'm sure that many teenagers and older learners a-like are benefiting from having a great interactive learning tool that this game provides. I would even recommend it for experienced drivers who want to brush up on their knowledge. It would be handy if there was an multi-national version for driving abroad - has anyone thought of that yet?
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