Practical Test Cancellation & Highway Code App

Two bits of news today.

I (or rather my students) have been fairly lucky in rarely having to cancel a test at short notice. The case has always been that, if you give more than 3 working days notice of a cancellation or change, you don’t lose your fee, with changes after this date costing you the £62 test fee. Fees could be safe in special circumstances (bereavement, illness, accident, etc) but I found out today that this is no longer the case. Now there are no allowances for such circumstances, thus you will lose your test fee if you cancel within the three working day window, whatever the reason.

Recently, the DSA have announced a new iPhone app based around the Highway Code. More details can be read at the DSA’a website. Not having an iPhone, I can’t vouch for the app, but if anyone has tried it, please let me know your thoughts. Available now for £3.99.

Don’t forget the Highway Code, as well as being available as a book, is free to view at Highway Code Online.

New Website Launch

We’ve just launched an updated version of simanndriving.co.uk

All the old content is there, but there are also new parts, the most exciting of which is our Driving Test Success page at www.simanndriving.co.uk/training/dts

This is an online version of the DVDs that I have been recommending for several years. Using this page you can sign up to train for your theory test with weekly, monthly or 6 monthly subscriptions (hit the green “Start Revising Now” button to see prices).

We’ve tested the site across various browsers, but if you come across any problems, broken links, etc, please e-mail us at info@simanndriving.co.uk with details of the problem and the browser you were using.

Theory Test Changes

As of today, the Theory Test is changing. The following release from the DSA explains all:

Better testing for better drivers

From Monday 23 January, the driving theory test will no longer use pre-published questions in a move to stop candidates from learning answers by rote.

Until now all the questions used in the driving theory test have been published. These changes will mean that learner drivers and riders gain a better understanding of driving theory, because they can no longer rely on simply learning which options are correct for individual questions.

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said:

“By bringing a stop to publication of theory test questions we aim to encourage candidates to prepare by learning each topic area thoroughly rather than just memorising the questions and answers.

“The intention is to improve candidates’ knowledge and understanding of driving theory, so that they are more able to retain and apply it when they are on the road.”

The familiar theory test books and software still offer revision questions for candidates to test themselves and assess their progress. They now also have exercises so learners can practice applying their knowledge on each topic to case studies. There are also new sections of revision support for motorcyclists and a free e-book for car drivers.

The agency has also launched its first iPhone apps for theory test revision, which also help candidates to study and monitor their progress at their convenience as they approach their test date. These are available from the iTunes Store.

DSA books, electronic books and software are available to order or download from TSO at tsoshop.co.uk/dsa and all good bookshops.

New Menu

We’ve updated the menu on the site as the old one didn’t work on some Android phones. The new one is far more successful in that regard, but sadly now doesn’t want to work on Google Chrome (although it seems fine on IE, Firefox, etc.).

If you’re a Chrome user, please either use the link on the homepage or go to http://www.simanndriving.co.uk/index_chrome.htm

Hopefully we’ll soon get a menu system that works across all the platforms!

Thanks for your patience.

Also added are a page for news from the DSA and one featuring posts from the Highway Code.

Twitter Feeds Update – Driving Test Success

Driving Test Success feed now added. These guys offer what is, in my opinion, the best material to help you study for your driving tests (practical and theory).

You can view their website at www.drivingtestsuccess.com

If you have any suggestions for feeds we can add, please e-mail us at info@simanndriving.co.uk and we’ll see what we can do.

Cheaper Learner Driver Insurance And Website Updates

Recently updated all links including all the Recommended Publications and link added to Collingwood Insurance.

Collingwood Insurance deal in specialist insurance deals specifically targeted towards learner drivers, including short term cover for 7, 28 and 84 day periods.

It’s also worth checking out the Leaner Driver Insurance hints and tips page at MoneySavingExpert.com where they give hints on looking for cheaper insurance deals.