Below is the transcrpit and links from The 5 Minute Theory Podcast - Season 5, episode 3:
Welcome To The Five Minute Theory Podcast.
This is a show where we give you bite-sized chunks of theory goodness to help you learn, understand, and pass your theory test. And today we are tackling the Highway Code and answering the question, do you need to read it to pass your theory test?
The short answer is no, you do not need to read the Highway Code to pass your theory test, because there are people who pass the theory test having never read it and done minimal practice around anything to do with a theory, and they still go and fluke that theory test.
But here's the question I want to ask you. Let's fast forward a little bit. Let's imagine that you've passed your theory. You pass your driving test, you're out driving safely and confidently. Do you want to share the road with people who don't know the rules of the road? Do you want to share the road with someone who doesn't know what a yellow box means? Or how a mini roundabout works? Or that they can't park in front of your driveway? Or the difference between a triangle and a circle sign? Or a blue 30 sign or a dual carriageway? Do you want to share the road with those people who don't understand those things? Didn't think so. I don't either. Unfortunately, we do, because there are a lot of people out there that don't understand those things, but we obviously want to reduce that. And because of that, if we flip that around, I'm sure that you want to know those things. I'm sure that you want to understand the rules of the road. And one of the best ways to do that is to understand what's in the Highway Code. And there are various ways to do this.
Now, I am going to start off with the reading example, so let me dive into that. So first of all, I would suggest not sitting down with the Highway Code and reading it from cover to cover because there are other options. So, you can get the book version, you can get the online version. A lot of the theory test apps that people use have the Highway Code in them and reading them from cover to cover is incredibly boring. And you're not really likely to take in a lot. Instead, try taking a few minutes each day or most days to go through the Highway Code. And you can circle or highlight or whatever you want, colour in any bits that you either don't understand or you don't know. And by the time you're finished. What you've got is a comprehensive list of everything you don't understand, which you can then learn. You could google it. You can ask your friends and family, you can ask your driving instructor, whatever. You've got a list of things that you don't understand or don't know that you can then learn and develop. If you're using the app or you're doing it online or whatever, you could screenshot those things and create a little folder of those and do the same thing. So what you're looking for specifically is the things that you don't know. So you can then learn and understand those.
But maybe you're someone that doesn't work well with reading, that doesn't learn well just from reading a book or from reading something online. So, what could you do? There's a variety of options. If you're having lessons with an instructor, perhaps you could say five or ten minutes at the start of every lesson you're going to go through some of the Highway Code. Maybe they'll read it to you and explain certain bits. Maybe you've got questions, maybe they provide some insights, and information. So, you could utilize your driving instructor, maybe even book in some specific theory lessons and incorporate the Highway Code into that. They might even do it in the car, they might do it online, which maybe they'd even charge you a bit less because they're not using fuel in the car, I don't know.
Alternatively, you could book some online sessions with someone such as myself or Theory Test Explained, who are the sponsors of this show, and get some further training, get some proper one-to-one training around this stuff to help build your knowledge. Another way you could do it would be the Highway Code app. So the DVSA has a Theory Test app, and I'm sure you've got one of the Theory Test apps that are out there. But the DVSA also has a Highway Code app, which is very similar to the Theory Test app, but specifically for the Highway Code. So, you wouldn't just be reading it, you'd be answering the questions on it. And again, you can use that as a resource to find out the things that you don't know. But you're not just reading, you're being interactive. So you may find that more helpful.
But you can see there that it is important to understand the rules of the road and therefore what's in the Highway Code. But you do not need to sit down and read the Highway Code. There are other options available.
So, I hope that you found today useful. I hope that this is going to help you going forward. And if you have found it useful, make sure that you are leaving us a nice little five-star review. You can do that on places like Apple and Spotify or on Google for the TCDrive website. Speaking of the website, you can also head over to there where you'll find additional resources, including my other podcasts, the Driving Test Tales and the Driving Test podcast. And just to give a quick shout to the sponsor of the show, Theory Test. Explained - the place to go for one-to-one theory test training and you can find their links in the show notes as well. So, all that's left for me to say is stay safe and drive safer.