Top 7 Essential Books and Kits for New Drivers

Learning to drive and passing those all-important driving tests can be an exciting if daunting prospect! But these brilliant books and kits will hugely help you on your way to driving success.

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1. AA Learner Driver Kit

The AA

Produced by the AA, the UK's largest motoring organisation, this great kit contains everything a learner needs to pass, including two books on the Highway Code and road signs, two magnetic L plates and a Theory and Practical Test DVD. There's also a learner driver checklist and two magnetic P plates for when you're passed!

2. Learn to Drive in 10 Easy Steps

John Wells & Margaret Stacey

This is one of the most well-established guides to preparing for and undertaking a driving test. It contains everything students need to know, including all the features of the theory and practical tests, and a wealth of new and updated illustrations. It features a unique 10-step programme and over 600 questions to ensure new drivers are well-prepared.

3. AA Driving Test Set - 2 Books

The AA

These two books are essential for any learner driver, packed with information from the experts at the AA. One book covers the theory test and the Highway Code, while the other has all the information needed to pass the practical test. The books contain key advice on how to approach both tests, as well as plenty of test-yourself questions.

4. How to Drive: The Ultimate Guide - from the Man who was the Stig

Ben Collins

Many of us drive on a daily basis, but it's one of the most dangerous things we do. Despite this, the average learner receives just 18 hours' training - less than a Starbucks barista! This rather different and inspiring book tells you all the things you don't learn on your test, making your driving safer, more economical and enjoyable. Learn everything from skid control to smooth gear changes, with anecdotes, humour and wisdom.

5. Pass Your Test & L Plate Kit

The AA

This pack contains everything a learner will need in order to pass both their tests, including a DVD and two magnetic L plates. Practise using official test clips supplied by the Driving Standards Agency; sit unlimited mock theory tests; watch animations which break down practical skills into easy-to-follow segments; understand an in-depth analysis of each key skill; watch videos with full explanations, and more.

6. Theory Test for Car Drivers

The AA

For those who want to focus on their theory test, this is the perfect book. It contains all the official revision questions and answers as well as explanatory text to help learner drivers understand what's required for each question. With a clear and concise layout, you'll be passing your theory test in no time.

7. Know Your Traffic Signs

Department for Transport

This fully-updated guide to traffic signs is a handy reference title that illustrates and explains the vast majority of traffic signs on Britain's roads. Such knowledge is essential for all road users, and particularly for those about to take their test!

  • ACLVE
    • £6.39
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    This comprehensive guide contains all the official revision questions and answers for the driving theory test for car drivers. New for this edition is the inclusion of explanatory text to help learner drivers understand what's required for every revision question. The clear and concise layout makes it easy to revise and is essential reading for anyone learning to drive.
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    Driving is the most dangerous thing each of us does on a daily basis - and yet the average learner receives just eighteen hours' training - less than a Starbucks barista. In this inspirational, instructive, highly entertaining book, Ben Collins uses his super-charged experience of racing, stunt-work and cutting-edge scientific knowledge to tell you all of the things you didn't learn on your test - and in the process will make your driving safer, more economical and a lot more enjoyable. The skills described here, from skid control to gear changes that are as smooth as a cashmere codpiece, have been honed on racing tracks by the greatest drivers in the world. This is the stuff your instructor missed, your dad forgot and your mates pretend to know ...but don't. Packed with illustrations, gobsmacking driving anecdotes, humour and wisdom, this is the ultimate book for anyone who wants to be better at something they do every day of their life. The world population of motor vehicles exceeded a billion a couple of years ago. Let's make sure their owners understand how to use them.
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    Great Britain: Department for
    • £4.39
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    This is a new fully updated guide to traffic signs (last edition published 1995). This handy reference title illustrates and explains the vast majority of traffic signs that a road user is likely to encounter.A thorough knowledge of all traffic signs is essential for all road users, not just new drivers or riders, making this the ideal companion to ensure your knowledge is up-to-date. Although The Official Highway Code contains most of the commonly used road signs which are prescribed by the Traffic Signs Regulations, it does not give a comprehensive explanation of our signing system. This is therefore a perfect complimentary title to The Official Highway Code.The last edition was in published 1995. It is a handy reference guide. It illustrates and explains the vast majority of traffic signs. It is suitable for all road users not just learner/new riders and drivers, and supersedes ISBN 9780115516122.
  • AA Driving Test Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9780749578190
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    • £5.99
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    Learning to drive is an important life skill that many people may need a helping hand with. From the experts at the AA, these two books will become essential for any learner driver. One book covers the theory test and Highway Code while the other has all the information someone needs to pass their practical test.

    The theory test book has all the official revision questions and answers for car drivers from the DVSA and contains key advice on how to tackle the challenge. It also features explanatory text to help learner drivers understand what is expected from them for every revision question. It's also full of expert advice.

    The practical test runs through all the practical skills a learner driver needs and features sample vehicle safety check questions. There are also test-yourself questions to help aid learning and calm any nerves.
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    Professor Margaret Stacey
    • £11.99
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    Learn to Drive is one of the most well established guides to preparing for and undergoing a driving test. This new edition contains everything that prospective students need to know - with both the theory and practical tests covered in this one volume. In full colour throughout, and with a wealth of new and updated illustrations, the guide is designed to be as user-friendly as possible and will ensure that readers are well prepared for their driving tests. The book includes a unique 10-step programme to help in preparing for the practical test as well as over 600 practice questions to help prepare for the theory test.
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    If you know someone who is determined to start driving in 2017, help get them on the road to success with this Learner Driver Kit from the AA.

    Containing all the tools a learner of any age needs to pass, the kit contains two driving test books covering the Highway Code and information on road signs, two magnetic L plates to display on the motor while learning and a Theory and Practical Test on DVD.

    There's also a learner driver checklist and two magnetic P plates for once they're independently on the road.
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    AA Publishing
    • £10.39
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    This pack provides all the information learner drivers need to know in order to pass boththeir Practical and Theory driving tests.* Practise using the official test clips supplied by the Driving Standards Agency* Sit unlimited mock theory tests* Animations, which break down practical skills into easy-to-understand segments* Video with full explanations by AA experts* In-depth analysis of each key skill* 'Show me, tell me' topics in full* Step-by-step video guides explaining how to look after your vehicle.Once you've used the DVD to practice and help pass your test, the pack also contains two magnetic 'L' Plates for when you first take to the road.