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Driving Test Success Practical Simulator (PC)

by Focus Multimedia Ltd
Windows XP / Vista / 7
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Over 60 driving lessons with a virtual instructor
  • Practise essential routines and manoeuvres you may be tested on in your exam
  • Experience hazards, adverse weather, night and motorway driving
  • Covers town and rural driving, moving off and stopping, manoeuvres, safe use of speed, overtaking, dual carriageways and much more
  • Over 100 video tutorials covering everything from the basic car controls to motorway driving
  • OFFICIAL DSA Show Me, Tell Me test questions plus video tutorials
  • Over 20 printable fact sheets to help you learn essential driving skills
  • Sit a 3D driving test to help identify your weaknesses before taking your test
  • Watch a full mock driving test with examiner debrief
  • Experience unpredictable traffic and pedestrian movements, just like in real life
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B0047N0XKS
  • Release Date: 22 Nov 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,342 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The COMPLETE companion for your Practical Driving Test

Essential training for ALL leaner drivers

This comprehensive computer-based training package will teach you how to acquire and maintain the safe driving skills you need to advance through your driving lessons and pass your test.
1. Learn

Impress your instructor with your new found knowledge

Practical Simulator provides you with a fully interactive training programme that guarantees the best mental preparation for your test, from the basics to the more complex routines.

This PC software has been developed in conjunction with a highly qualified driving instructor with 30 years' experience. Used together with real-life driving lessons, you will soon gain the confidence and knowledge you need to advance through your lessons to Driving Test standard.

No matter how many driving lessons you have taken, this invaluable training aid will help you to understand and maintain the safe driving skills you need to ultimately pass your Practical Driving Test.
  • Easy to use

  • Practical Simulator is a computer-based training package containing 10 step-by-step modules that guide you through all the routines and manoeuvres you may be asked to perform during your Test.

  • Learn at your own pace

  • Use the relevant modules before and after your real-life driving lessons, to help reinforce your driving routines and manoeuvres. You can practise interactive 3D driving lessons as many times as you like, allowing you to focus on specific areas of weakness. When you're ready, there's even a virtual driving test to assess your readiness for the real thing.

  • Comprehensive

  • Get professional advice on observation issues, safe driving practices and techniques, using a mixture of video tutorials and printable fact sheets.
2. Practise

Interactive computer based training

Revise and refresh your driving skills with a virtual driving instructor. Sit behind the wheel of a realistic 3D car and experience unpredictable traffic and pedestrian movements, just like real life.

Each 3D lesson explores a different aspect of becoming a responsible road user. Your virtual driving instructor will give you a full debrief, as you practice under instruction, all the vital driving routines and manoeuvres that you may be asked to perform in your actual Driving Test.
Your 3D interactive driving lessons include:
  • Negotiating junctions
  • Moving off and stopping safely
  • Use of mirrors
  • Giving signals
  • Road markings and signs
  • Safe use of speed
  • Crossing traffic safely
  • Overtaking safely
  • Roundabouts
  • Basic routines - POM, MSM and MSPSL Steering
  • Bay parking
3. Pass

Are you ready to pass your Driving Test?

View your Driver's Record to see if you have acquired the necessary experience to attempt a mock Driving Test. But be warned, it's as tough as the real thing. With this software you can:
  • Identify any weaknesses before your actual Driving Test.
  • Find out how to follow instructions to Driving Test standard.
  • Understand which faults are serious enough to fail you.
  • Discover what the examiner is looking for by viewing the mock test video.
Essential training for ALL learner drivers
  • A virtual instructor guides you step-by-step through every 3D lesson.
  • Experience unpredictable traffic and pedestrian movements, just like in real life.
  • Covers town and rural driving, moving off and stopping, manoeuvres, safe use of speed, overtaking, motorways, dual carriageways and much more.
  • Use your mouse, keyboard, or any PC compatible steering wheel to steer your virtual car+.
Plus revision aids for the way YOU want to learn
  • Watch a full mock driving test with examiner debrief.
  • Sit a 3D driving test to help identify your weaknesses before taking your test.
  • OFFICIAL DSA Show Me, Tell Me test questions plus video tutorials.
  • Over 20 printable fact sheets to help you learn essential driving skills.
  • Over 100 video tutorials covering everything from the basic car controls to motorway driving.
"An excellent aid to assist 21st century learners and develop their driving skills at home." Motor Schools Association Newslink.

+ Optional support for any PC compatible steering wheel (does not include pedals). Remember there is no substitute for getting real driving experience with your Approved Driving Instructor. This software should be used to reinforce and refresh learning in between driving lessons.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, not for me. 17 Dec 2010
I've been a Driving Instructor for over 21 years, and anything that helps people to learn to drive, gets my thumbs up.

I bought one copy of this with the view to getting more, and recommending it to students, if I liked the way it performed.

I tried it myself and took 5 attempts to complete a left hand turn. Thinking it might be my computer skills, I let my 17 year old son, one of his friends and also one of my students try too.

We all had pretty much the same result.

Sadly I cannot recommend this program. The idea of it is great, it teaches people to use the Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre routine and the sequences required to complete various tasks, but it is so hard to control the car.

If I gave this to a complete beginner they would be scared of ever trying to drive, it was that hard.

If you wanted to use this as a game or a challenge it would work, but not to improve your driving skills.

Sorry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Primarily Beneficial 17 Feb 2012
By Rob
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I bought this along with a steering wheel and foot pedal to help my wife learn to drive. The product is useful but as it only has functionality for a manual car and my wife is learning on an automatic there are problems with using it. Also you can't configure the controls and therefore it won't work with the foot pedals.
Although it is proving a useful tool it is a pain in the neck for my wife to have to learn to use clutch control and gears and this is fiddly using the mouse which is required. For example when setting the clutch you can use C on the keyboard when pulling off but it will fail the simulation whereas when using the mouse this doesn't happen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars my son was pleased with product 5 Dec 2011
By spice
My son insisted on getting this as he felt it might help him with his practical, at first he found it fiddley but he soon got the hand of it and treats it like a game, aiming to do better each time, He said it is helping him with observation and other skills.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Driving test success practical simulator 30 Dec 2010
By KM
Verified Purchase
This product is very annoying to use, one must have great patience, the videos are good but the simulation is slow and has disgusting graphics, it is cumbersome and the AI is stupid! very frustrating, quite dissapointed.

I dont usually write reviews, but i was compelled by the frustration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Driving Test Practical Simulator 25 Nov 2013
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Gave all or most of the information required to pass the practical driving test. It was enjoyable to view on a PC.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for sending on time working well. 17 Nov 2013
By carl
Verified Purchase
This game is helping me a lot with driving and is a good pc dvd-rom working well and just be shore you have a 3D pc or laptop to play on as it will not work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some parts useful 23 Aug 2013
Verified Purchase
I'm finding the videos and factsheets useful, but the simulator is a manual car so is not much help to me as I'm learning in an automatic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars learner driver 12 Aug 2013
By davidof
Verified Purchase
very helpful for someone becomign a driver on the road i found all sections to be very informative thanks to the copmpany i bought thisd from
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Still waiting for it to come...
I've placed an order last week and still waiting for it. I thought this is a good idea at the time because I've got driving practical test coming up.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Driving Test Success Practical Simulator
Not worth buying. This was bought for my son to use on his PC. He wanted to use his steering wheel to get a feel of actually driving but you can only use a keyboard with it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alex Steele
2.0 out of 5 stars not working on my computer
probably it is a great thing- I wish to use it but it is not working on my and my friend computer (windows7). installation is done but then can not run. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. M. Filipowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful item
I found this item to be very useful when I needed it and I was glad to be able to recieve it.
Published 11 months ago by Conor Duffy
1.0 out of 5 stars Despicable rip-off
You might think that by buying this piece of software that you will be buying 3D driver training lessons, as is implied on the packaging. You won't. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sally
3.0 out of 5 stars good practice idea
This worked just about as well as could be expected and I am a bit believer in getting as much practice at every aspect of your driving test as possible. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mrs. Z. L. Reynolds
4.0 out of 5 stars Driving in the UK
I bought this with the idea that I might rent a car and drive while on a trip to England.

First word of caution. Don't expect it to run on an older PC. Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2012 by Mapchief Dave
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor, given up, not recommended
I really wanted to get my use out of this program, but unfortunately it was not to be.

Lets start with the good things. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2012 by Mr. J. Ward
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