2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
only useful in conjunction with other software,
This review is from: The Official DSA Guide to Hazard Perception [DVD] (DVD)
I got this because I thought the official DSA disc would be the most useful (as is the case with the theory test disc which is great) but its actually pretty useless on its own.
It is fine for explaining what a hazard is and the overview is ok. As a learning tool alongside my driving lessons it was handy as a total beginner.
But as a tool to prepare you for the Hazard perception test it is really counterproductive on its own. At no point does it tell you what they are actually looking for on the test, how its presented or most importantly what they are marking you on! It doesnt tell you that you are marked on the speed of your response to developing hazards.
It only gives ten practice clips (which is not even as many as in an actual test). It gives you a mark, but doesnt explain what it is marking you on, and the review of the clip shows a selection of potential hazards (not even all of them) that could have developed. It does show the developing hazard in red, but does not explain that you are marked on the speed of your reaction to this, and that the others are clues. You dont get marks for them at all.
Its fine to get this in a pack with the theory test and other materials as it doesn't then cost much. But dont buy it thinking its going to give you what you need to pass the test. It doesn't.
I was puzzling over it for ages, and putting off taking my test because the hazard perception part seemed so baffling. It was this confusing disc holding me back.
Eventually, I decided to buy a third party disc just to try for some practice, but found enough information and free tests online to get the hang of it very quickly, took the test within a week and passed first time. It really isn't as baffling as this product makes you think.
All it took was an explanation of what they were actually marking you on, and a chance to practice. Neither of which this product provides.
Its not totally useless when used with other products, or even with very basic free materials online.
But as a standalone thing to prepare you for test, its not enough.