Driving Theory Test Tips for Hopeful Drivers and Motorcyclists

By: Muna wa Wanjiru

The Driving Theory Test, which is not part of the Practical Driving Test, focuses on preventing accidents by testing the road savvy of hopeful drivers and motorcyclists.

Designed specially for car and motorcycle categories, the Driving Theory Test is a must for learner drivers attempting to obtain their first licence, and also for experienced individuals wishing to change their licence so they can drive another type of vehicle.

Introduced by the DSA or Driving Standards Agency in 1996, the Driving Theory Test concentrates primarily on the driver's attitude, traffic signs and traffic regulations while also paying particular attention to the effects of alcohol, drugs and fatigue on the driver and the safety and environmental traits of vehicles in general.

The test in itself is a 40 minute, two part computer examination that consists of 35 multiple choice questions and a computer simulation of a drive down a city street, with the candidate taking the wheel of the virtual vehicle.

The questionnaire is answered via a touch screen system, with candidates being required to select one answer from a choice of four, or four correct answers from a choice of six. If unsure of the correct answer/s candidates are given the option of flagging that question and answering it later.

The computer simulation tests the candidate's ability to detect, identify and avoid road hazards (objects or persons that may cause the driver to slow down, stop or change direction), and requires the applicant to 'click' all possible hazards with their mouse. Points are awarded for speed and accuracy.

Candidates need to complete and pass both the simulation and questionnaire sections of the Driving Theory Test in one sitting to be eligible for their driving licence.

Learner drivers are recommended to learn the material for the test while taking instruction on practical driving, as it will enable them to better understand and apply the material they study to situations on the road.

The Driving Theory Test can be taken at the Theory Test Centre of any Driving Standards Agency. The test is now available to candidates in a number of different languages that includes British Sign Language for the hearing impaired.

Designed expressly to improve the standards of road safety, the Driving Theory Test creates an increased awareness of road rules and road safety amongst all drivers, regardless of whether they are young or old, newly qualified or have been driving for years, and has done much to promote responsible driving along today's roads.

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