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I am currently learning to drive, so purchase this book to enhance my understanding of the road and to help me pass my theory test.
For UK drivers this is an essential book, and should be purchased by all. Although some of the content may seem simple for experienced drivers, and almost common sense, it contains so many good examples of the intricacies of driving that it is perfect for anybody - even experienced drivers will learn something.
I passed my practical and theory exams first time, and I feel this book was ideal in helping achieve that.
The size of the book is brilliant for bringing around with you to class / work / on the bus or whatever, to allow you to whip it out and get into some highway code revision.
Of course, the content really isn't the interesting, thrilling, or page turning, so don't get it looking for a good read!
I think the title says it all. Having reached the age in the last few years where driving has effectively become a needed essential for everyday life, learning to drive was something that I myself needed to do, just to be able to complete the bare basics of life. I have a job that I must commute to twice a day, 6 days a week. Upon taking up the first steps of learning to drive, I was recommended to purchase either the Highway Code or one of the 'Theory Test Dvds' that have become readily available during the 21st century.
The book itself was very accessable, not only in terms of purchase but in its very cheap price of £2.50. I purchased mine from the local post office, however The Highway Code is easily to find on most online stores, Amazon, Play and The Hut all have copies for a price somewhere around the same mark as mine.
The contents of the book are actually split into many different sections, covering virtually if not all the possible segments of revisional aspects required in order to succesfully pass the theory exam. Here is an example of some of the section names;
'Rules for Pedestrians'
'Driving in Adverse Conditions'
These are only a couple of examples as there are at least 30 different sections and listing them would make reading this even more boring than im sure most people will find reading this anyway! The sections themselves are broken down into diagrams of the contents, which have informative paragraphs around the outside delivering the correct information that the diagram can illustrate as an example. The writing however, whilst on the face of things is fairly detailed there are some sections of the book that can be slightly confusing and not detailed enough in description to clarify certain matters.
The most detailed section of the book is the one that covers the road signals. There are 3 of 4 particular smaller sections to this. These being, Traffic signs, Road Markigs, Signals from other road users and Light signals controlling traffic. As these are probably some of the most important sections the writers of the book have done very well to make this the most in depth part of the book.
Overall, the book does exactly what it sells as. If you read this book from cover to cover your far more likely to pass your theory exam than if you shouldnt. The book covers 99.9% of bases accurately and correctly, even if the detail at times is lacking. Its certainly a purchase I'd advise to thoose whom are thinking of part-taking a theory exam anytime soon.
Availability; Amazon, Play, The Hut & The Post Office
Publishers/Editors; Driving Standards Agency
Date; Edited 2007
Length; 145 pages.
I have the latest and most updated version of this book and I believe that it is a must have for all learner drivers. I am learning to drive myself and everything I need to learn for my theory test can be found inside this book. It was recommended to me by driving instructors and other people I know that have already passed their driving tests. Everyone I have spoken to about driving has advised me to read as much of this book as I can. They all say that the more I read of this book the more likely it is that I will pass my test, both my theory test and it will also hopefully help towards me passing my practical driving test as well.
It is essential for all drivers, all road users really.
The book isn't that long and only has about 150 pages so it doesn't take that long to read. It takes longer for all the information to sink in though, as you may want to read sections more than once to get them to stick in your mind for longer. I think that everything written in this book is fairly simple and nothing is too hard to understand, there are many colourful diagrams as well that make things seem easier to understand. There are a couple of photos too, all in colour, showing things like the difference between wearing a fluorescent jacket and not wearing a fluorescent jacket at night.
Some of the information provided in this is common sense that you would think is obvious, but there are some things you may need to read about to double check on, for example there are images of road signs, speed limits etc, you may not be able to remember all these so you could keep this in the car incase you ever wanted to check. It also shows you things like stopping distances and there are diagrams to demonstrate these.
The book is not expensive, can be bought from most shops, garages, supermarkets. It costs only about £2.49, and as I say it is essential for all road users so if you're learning to drive then you need to buy one.
I have to say I really do think that the official highway code is a must for all learners drivers. everything you need to know to sit your driving theory will be within this book.
The book is published by the DSA and Department of transport. It is issued with the authority of parliament and is published every year because of any updates.
What do you find within the book? Well you will be able to find out the set regulations and rules of the road for pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and all motor vehicle drivers. It will give you an overview of all techniques, general rules and advice. There is a huge section towards the back of the code which is designated to all signs you will see when out driving, this is very important as you will need to know this.
Many people use the DVD version of the code nowadays due to the fact the DVD can actually give you a theory test situation so you know what to expect when you arrive at the theory test centre. This book still has a very important role, my example is I use the DVD and the book.
When at home I will use the DVD to sit Mock exams but when I have time in my day for example on the way home from work on the bus, I have the book at hand to do a bit of revision and keep up to date.
The highway can be purchased in any of your local test centres and also places like WH Smith and also on the DSA and Department of Transport websites for usually about £1.49.
If you are thinking about learning to drive then this book will really help you with the theory section of learning, a must purchase.
Essential Information. Poor Execution.
It's very difficult reviewing The Official Highway Code - because it's essentially the only book out there which contains all the information required for wannabe drivers (for the most part). It's essentially law that a driver reads this - which makes me feel weirdly anarchic for wanting to dissuade people from reading it prior to taking a test!
So far on DooYoo there are 2 reviews for The Official Highway Code, both giving it 5 stars. Sure, it does the job and it has ALMOST everything you'll need to know inside - but its formatting and structure is what makes me dislike it.
Unlike a 'Driving Test Theory Success' CD from DVLA and Focus Interactive, which not only tells you the facts, the info - and then tests you on it, The Official Highway Code seems to be written almost like a novel then a guidebook - making it an arduous task to find out where the relevant facts are in the middle of revision.
If you are struggling to empathise with my criticism of the book, then let's use an example. Stopping and breaking distances are a big deal in driving theory - and it is almost 100% likely that you're bound to get a few questions on them during the actual exam. Instead of formatting the pages like this:
- On a dry road: 2 seconds (reccomended).
- On a wet road: 4 seconds (reccomended)
- On an icy road: 10 seconds (reccomended).
it formats it like this (and I have capitalised the bit with the relevant information so you can see how buried and vague it is):
228 - Icy and Snowy Weather:
In winter check the local weather forecast for warnings of icy or snowy weather. Do not drive in these conditons unless your journey is essential. If it is, take great care and allow more time for your journey. Take an emergency kit of de-icer and ice scraper, torch, warm clothing and boots. Remember to drive with care, even if the roads have been treated. Keep well back from the road user in front as stopping distances CAN BE TEN TIMES GREATER THAN ON DRY ROADS and watch out for snow-ploughs.
TALK ABOUT IRRITATING! I'm in a hurry - just tell me the facts for God's sake!
Also - I found there was an error in the book. Under the warning sign saying 'FORD' (meaning water ahead, drive safe) - the book describes the sign as being a 'Worded Warning Sign'. No joke! If you have a copy, look it up now - bottom of page 109!
Overall - an "essential" (albeit occasionally innacurate) and, sadly, irritatingly structured guide-book. I found from my experience that the Nintendo DS 'Driving Theory Training' game was more useful and to the point, and if you don't have that type of money to spend - I fully reccomend the 'Driving Test Theory Success' CD's. Cheap and easy.
The official highway code is the only official copy of the highway code endorsed by the Department of Transport and the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) and is a must read for learner and new drivers as well as those wishing to brush up on their rules of the road.
The book itself is quite small so you can carry it around with you to read when you have some spare time, all the information is also set out quite clearly so you can find an article quickly if you need to refer to it. The sections themselves are also well set out to give you specific information surrounding pedestrians, cyclist, motorcyclists and car drivers.
The code itself is set out in bullet pointed rules throughout each section giving you clear and concise instructions on what to do (or not to do) in certain situations. It also covers everything you will need to know for your theory test such as the rules of the road, junction procedures, speeds for different road types and various traffic signals.
To help with the explanation of the Highway Code, the guide is also filled with full colour pictures to help re-enforce the point and give you a greater understanding. In some places however I feel there are too many images so the relation to the text becomes confusing and hard to remember/relate to.
Personally I preferred the AA version of the Highway Code as the general layout and use of images was more helpful and they also included some helpful things like free driving lesson voucher and distance map across the UK. That said the main advantage the official guide has is that it is regularly update to include new rules of the roads whereas the AA version was dated back to 2005. Nothing has changed majorly but you won't find new legislation such as give-way to buses in the older versions.
Overall the official Highway Code is the most-trustworthy guide and definitely worth reading (or reading a variation) for your theory test. I read through parts of this and the whole of the AA guide and passed my theory test first time. I would highly recommend you check this out if you are learning or thinking of learning to drive, although it's not amazingly interesting at times, it is very beneficial.
Published in conjunction with the Department of Transport, and the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) the Highway Code is a vital little book that tells you everything you need to know to both drive safely and legally n Britains roads and to pass your Theory test.
The book is roughly A5-sized with exacly a hundred pages, and displays information in a clear and straightforward manner, descibing exactly how you should operate in any given situation, eg at traffic lights and junctions, on motorways, during adverse weather conditions and so on, with clear and seperate rules given for cyclists, motorcyclists, and car drivers.
The information is given in bulletpoint form, explaing what to do at every obstacle, road marking and roadsign you may encounter, informing you of what you MUST and MUST NOT do (in bold and in red) and why. The book also gives full illustrations of all markings and signs you may encounter, as well as other relevant information such as diagrams of stopping distances relevant to different speeds. There are also pictoral representations accompanying the various road situations described, eg following correct procedure when turning off to the the left at a roundabout.
The book is very dry and purely factual, but is well written and well laid out and easy to digest. It can be picked up very cheaply from amazon, and is definitely worth picking up for anyone learning to drive.