We've all heard that phrase, "A dog is for life, not just for Christmas."
Well, a dog isn't the only thing that should apply to. The theory test isn't just a gateway to booking the driving test, it helps provide safe driving for life.
Too many people view the theory test as an obstacle that you need to overcome and then discard it, much like the aforementioned puppies once the novelty has worn off. But is that the best approach? I'd suggest not.
The theory is a massive resource in not only learning to drive but also passing the driving test. Take a blue circle sign with 30 written inside it as an example. I'm gong to assume you know that means the minimum speed limit it 30mph. But what if you didn't know that?
What if you took your driving test without than knowledge? Perhaps you'd assume that it was a maximum speed limit and go below 30mph. You'd fail your driving test.
Imagine it's after your test and you see the same sign with a police car behind you. Perhaps you'd reduce your speed? You'd potentially be pulled over. Points on your licence, a fine and potential increase in car insurance doesn't sound fun.
Use the theory test to your advantage. Don't just do a load of questions on an app. There's so many resources that can help you pass first time AND understand the theory while you're at it.
Plan to do 10-20 minutes of theory practice every week. Not just up to your theory test, but up to your driving test. Then aim to do 10-20 every month. This will arm you with the knowledge needed to pass both tests first time and have a better understanding of the rules of the road. All leading towards safer driving, less incidents and lower insurance costs.
Here's some resources:
And there's lots more, but it's up to you to use them. You can take the short cuts now and pay more in the long run, or you can invest a little time and money into yourself, become a safer, better driver and save money in the future.
And remember, a dog's for life, not just for Christmas.