Season two of The 5 minute Theory podcast has just launched, and in episode one we give you the top 5 resources for passing the theory test first time. You can listen here!
But what are the top 5 resource?
1. The 5 minute theory training course. With over 4o short videos that walk you though every step of the theory test and a set of practice questions after each category, you can't go wrong. By using the 5 minute theory training course, you will learn and understand the theory, rather than just memorise a bunch of questions and answers.
By doing this you'll be in a much better position to pass at your first/next attempt. Plus, because you will be actually learning the theory, it will actually help you pass your driving test too and keep you from doing something daft and loosing your driving licence once you've passed!
2. The Highway Code is both essential and boring! It's the most complete book for learning what you need to know to pass the theory test, but it's a book full of information, not fun. I'd suggest reading it in conjunction with your lessons, so when you practice traffic lights, read up on traffic lights. Of refer back to it whenever you come across something you don't know or understand.
You can find some of the latest updates on the Highway Code on the BBC website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/58028952
3. Theory test apps. Do not rely on these. The the theory test apps will only help you memorise a set of questions. Instead use the apps to practice the test once you've actually learned the information. They are great resources for practice tests, but please don't use them alone. Plus they only actually cover about 1/3 of all the potential theory test questions.
At TCDrive we offer all our student free access to Theory Test Pro.
4. Your driving instructor. Your driving instructor is your biggest resource. They should have a wealth of knowledge and you'd be daft not to use it. Why not spend the first 10 minutes of every lesson picking your driving instructors brain about the theory?
Here at TCDrive we also offer our students a free Facebook group where they can ask questions and there's also regular posts and videos about the theory test. You can sign up to the Facebook group here.
If you don't have an instructor and you're relying on private practice? Quiz your parents, family and friends.
5. The 5 Minute Theory Podcast. Yes I'm biased because it's mine, but it's a marvellous resources that provides short, bite sized chunks of theory goodness every week. But that's not all. For season 2 we now have a second weekly episode where an actual driving instructor will be offering you tips on how to pass your theory or driving test.
We also have regular bonus episodes where we offer tips around the driving test. Last season we covered the top 10 reasons people fail a driving test, as reported by the DVSA. You can find the report here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/top-10-reasons-for-failing-the-driving-test/top-10-reasons-for-failing-the-driving-test-in-great-britain
And you can find the top 10 fails podcast here: https://player.captivate.fm/collection/d5028152-f630-4742-8e3c-445dcdd08e6a
What resources do you find most usefu?
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.