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Comprehensive guide to help you pass your driving test
on 17 January 2011
This set contains a DVD on each of the key areas contained within the driving test, these being the practical, theory and hazard perception and finally car maintenance. The first DVD I looked at was that of the practical, and at this point I thought the set was going to turn out to be rather poor. However, it did get much better, so have no fear!
One thing I did notice about the practical DVD was that it contained a very comprehensive amount of detail, although some of the things they showed seemed quite obvious. (I suppose it's better showing too much than too little though) There were also practical demonstrations on nearly everything, from checking the lights to testing the brakes and from navigating roundabouts to the correct starting off procedures.
The presenting of this DVD did seem quite amateurish in nature in places, for example, the presenter jumped when she pressed the horn to test it! It also came across as being very script read and there was quite a bit of repetition across clips. For example, there were six video clips on negotiating roundabouts (i.e. different types, leaving at different exits etc) and in each clip, the instructor asked what the correct give way procedure was at roundabouts.
I also picked up on a couple of discrete errors (At least, they were errors when I was doing my test!) First of all, they parked at a dropped curb and in addition to this, they crossed their arms over the steering wheel. As mentioned though, I thought this was the worst DVD of the set, and even if it is helpful to some degree, it's no substitute for actual hands on experience.
==Theory and Hazard perception==
This actually spans two DVDs, and I have to admit that on the whole, these are very good. The theory DVD contains all the possible questions that will come up in the test, so if you practice them enough, you shouldn't have any problems passing. It also contains a copy of the highway code, which it's definitely worth a look through, as I'm still learning things I never knew, even after five years of driving! The practice tests aren't quite as good because very similar questions can come up, and this is something that definitely won't happen in the actual test.
The hazard perception DVD gave a very detailed explanation of what hazards are and how each type should be dealt with. By employing a police driver, they have managed to show many situations which contain hazards and how to negotiate them safely. The videos can be quite jumpy on occasion however, and I also found that they didn't always register the clicks when a hazard was spotted, thus losing valuable points.
The final DVD shows how to look after your car and the checks that should be performed on a regular basis. Detailed explanations are given of types of tyre damage and how to check the treads and pressure. Oil, brake fluid and wind screen washer checks are also shown, alongside other miscellaneous tasks such as how to change the wiper blades and how to jump start a car. The latter is very important as the consequences of getting it wrong could be very nasty.
Therefore, on the whole, this is a very useful compilation of discs which should help any user to pass their test. However, it is important to remember that the DVDs aren't a substitute for practical experience and you should ensure you get plenty of this before sitting the test.