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It worked for me!!
on 22 November 2012
I waited to review this excellent, woman-friendly software until I could say with 100% truthfulness that it had worked for me! It took me a while but now, as a new driver, I feel quite justified in saying that this product was a huge help in getting through my theory and practical tests.
Like many women I wasn't a total natural behind the wheel, but I was used to mugging things up for exams. The theory was the easiest part of the process for me, but nevertheless the practice questions and mock tests included here were a terrific help in checking my progress and knowing when I was ready to sit the test. The mock hazard perception tests were just like the real thing - they really helped demystify the process for me and the scenarios included in the videos covered everything from city driving in traffic to narrow country lanes. The multiple choice questions were split into categories and analysed your results over time to identify your areas of weakness and level of improvement. It's possible to make several user accounts so that other members of your household can all use the software without affecting each other's statistics.
The practical test section included lots of helpful advice, which videos clearly demonstating each each element of the test as well as more basic driving techniques. I found these a helpful adjunct to my regular lessons with my instructor. There was also a full-length mock test video so you could experience what a real test might be like ahead of time. Although the terrain used was fairly urban and I live in a more rural area, I was still able to take away a good sense of how real test conditions might feel. However, at first I did find the girl playing the part of the learner driver a bit annoyingly competent!!
One of the most useful areas for last-minute revision was the "Show Me, Tell Me" section which took you through the under-the-bonnet checks and questions about the car controls which an examiner may ask you at the start of the test. I aways found it difficult to remember where the engine coolant lives or how to find the dipstick, so these step-by-step videos and model answers were invaluable for me.
One welcome extra to the computer package was the book "A Girl's Guide To Losing Your L-Plates". At times during the process of learning to drive I felt that the whole driving thing had been designed for men around skills that came easily to them - something which was only exacerbated by the fact that I'm the only woman in our household and my instructor was a man as well. This entertaining, friendly little paperback made me feel less isolated and addressed a lot of the worries and emotions I experienced before, during and after passing my test. It also gave me some terrific practical advice on issues like safety as a lone woman driver, car maintenance and just feeling confident behind the wheel.
All in all, a great study aid for anyone looking to qualify as a driver.