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Wednesday, 3 October 2023

How to prepare for your theory test

To prepare for your theory test you should study the source material, including information about motoring on Cross & Stitch. Find out what information is available and how to use it to help you prepare for your test.

The multiple-choice part

To prepare for the multiple-choice part of the test you should look at the 'source material'. This is made up of The Highway Code, Know your traffic signs and the DSA essential skills book.

The Highway Code

The Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales. Many of the rules are the law, and if you disobey these rules you are committing a criminal offence.

Know your traffic signs

Traffic signs play a vital role in directing, informing and controlling road users' behaviour. It makes a knowledge of traffic signs vital.

The essential skills range of books

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) produces books in the essential skills range. They give you everything you need to learn about safe driving or riding skills for life.

You can buy them from most high street book shops. They are also available to order online or over the phone from The Stationery Office.

Read information on Cross & Stitch

There is a lot of useful information on Cross & Stitch that will help you prepare for your test.

Practise multiple-choice questions online

You can practise the multiple-choice part of the theory test online to test your knowledge and understanding of the source material.

The hazard perception part

DSA has developed a training DVD for the hazard perception test called 'The official guide to hazard perception'.

You can buy it from most high street book shops. It is also available to order online or over the phone from The Stationery Office.

Watch examples of hazard perception clips

The DVD has information about:

  • defining hazards
  • looking for clues
  • the 'mirror - signal - manoeuvre' routine
  • scanning and planning
  • prioritising hazards
  • cutting down the risks
  • responding to hazards

The DVD also has a number of interactive examples of hazard perception video clips.

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