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Driving 2005: The Essential Skills (Driving Skills) [Paperback]

Driving Standards Agency
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16 Mar 2005 Driving Skills
Whether a new driver or an experienced motorist, this official DSA guide will help you acquire and maintain the skills necessary to keep you safe on the road. Updated to include the very latest information on Eco-Safe driving and avoiding congestion, this new edition for 2005 offers everything a novice or qualified driver needs to know to become a more skilful driver.

Fully illustrated and written in a clear, easy-to-understand style by the UK's top driving instruction experts, there is no comparable comprehensive, official product available on the market.

Thousands of deaths that occur each year on UK roads might be prevented by improving standards of driving. By promoting the correct attitude and approach to driving, along with the essential driving techniques, Driving - The Essential Skills will keep you on the road to safe driving for life.

From the Driving Standards Agency, the people who set the driving tests.

In addition to best driving practice it includes essential guidance on:

Driver responsibility, attitude and the law

Defensive, motorway, night time and all-weather driving techniques

Basic maintenance, breakdowns and towing


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Product details

  • Paperback: 361 pages
  • Publisher: Stationery Office Books; Revised edition edition (16 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0115526412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0115526411
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
This is the latest version of Driving - The Essential Skills (formally the driving manual) and is just one book in the "Official Series" of books from the DSA. Whether you are currently learning to drive or took your test a number of years ago this book is the definitive guide to driving! The book is written by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) the agency behind the UK's driving test and the registrar of Approved Driving Instructors.
The guide covers a variety of topics from basic car control to manoeuvres and driving at night to basic maintenance.
The UK driving test has been updated to include basic vehicle safety checks such as checking oil, lights and tyres - this book will tell you how to complete just that.
This latest edition has been updated to take into account new driving legislation and introduces new guidance on congestion and how to avoid it as well as making your driving more environmentally friendly.
Its not just one of those books which tells you what to do, it tells you how to put it into practice too. So, when you're struggling with those Turn in the Roads or Parallel Parking there is only one book you need and this is it!
This same book provides you with guidance on motorway driving, all-weather driving, breakdowns and accidents and emergencies.
Such information in one book goes to show that the Driving Standards Agency is working towards their motto of "Safe Driving for Life".
Statistics show that drivers reduce their chances significantly of being in an accident with the right mix of knowledge and practical skill - so what's stopping you from becoming a safer driver?
Excellent book and highly recommended!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reference for all drivers 13 July 2005
OK, I passed my test some five years' ago so I bought this to refresh my knowledge. This is the perfect companion to the Highway Code as, unlike the H'code, this explains the practical for the theory of driving. Considering how vague the Highway Code is in places this book is essential for all drivers, not just learners. The chapter on motorways is particularly of importance as learners do not get experience of motorways as part of their tuition.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I found the first ten sections of this book extremely beneficial when I was taking lessons. Each time I had a problem grasping the logic behind a particular driving scenario, I referred back this book. In particular, I found re-reading the sections entitled `on the road', `bends and junctions' and `manoeuvring' greatly improved my driving prior to my test. I also benefited from reading sections 11 to 13 before taking my Pass-Plus, as they refer to driving on motorways, all-weather driving and driving at night. I plan to hold onto this book because you can so easily refer back to it in order to dispel any uncertainties you might have about driving. The later sections on topics like European driving and breakdowns are also bound to be of use at some point.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential 14 Oct 2006
This is the Driving Standards Agency bible, and as such it tends to be treated with reverence, as it should be. It isn't the most exciting book on the subject, there's no jokes or cartoons, but it explains everything simply and effectively, and is recommended to learners and instructors alike for exactly this reason. A comprehensive manual.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Driving 2005: the essentila skills 9 April 2011
By Mark
Older version. Bought as some older diagrams seemed easier to use than more modern new versions. Good as addition to newer version.
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