New series of DVSA eBooks help to refresh driving skills

Thursday, 13 March 2014, 17:40.

TSO has been the official publisher for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) for more than 20 years. During that time we have developed the portfolio from the Highway Code and Driving Manual to more than 50 products in print and electronic formats, including the market leading Theory Test Kit app.

The latest development in our portfolio is the publication of the DVSA Safe Driving for Life series of eBooks, available for Kindle and iPad. This series helps to refresh driving knowledge by focusing on different situations - such as driving on a motorway or winter driving - that require specific consideration or skills. Each eBook provides the latest guidance together with the relevant rules of the road from the Highway Code.

Based on user research, TSO’s publishing team developed 14 new eBook ideas and our team of commissioning experts created new content to turn the rules and guidance into useful eBooks.  The products are now available through Amazon’s Kindle store and Apple’s iBookstore.

To create the series, TSO worked with specialists to develop an information architecture that reflects the DVSA National Driving and Riding Standards. This metadata framework enables topic-based content to be defined and organised and for new content to be commissioned to fill any gaps.

Talking about the new eBooks, DVSA’s Head of Learning Materials, Bill Pope, was keen to emphasise just how useful these new guides are to drivers at every stage of their driving career: “Our new range of eBooks is a great example of how to combine leading advice with the latest technology. More and more of us are consuming content on the move, so publishing eBooks means that people can access them wherever they are. The good news is that this is just the starting point – TSO will be publishing more of our official content as new Safe Driving for Life eBooks in 2014.”

The Safe Driving for Life series is part of a DVSA communications programme aimed at encouraging drivers at all life stages to continue to refresh their driving and riding skills in order to make our roads safer.

The DVSA Safe Driving for Life Winter Driving eBook is available on Amazon and the ibookstore.

The DVSA Safe Driving for Life Motorway Driving eBook is also available on Amazon and the ibookstore.

For more information and resources about Safe Driving for Life, visit: www.safedrivingforlife.info