The UK’s very best driving apps can make everything from passing your test to avoiding traffic that bit easier.

We’ve reviewed the best driving apps in the UK, and have compiled a list of the top six for starter drivers.

What are the best driving apps for 2023?

We’ve chosen the six best driving apps for starter drivers. Pass your theory test, ace your driving test, and make your road trips that bit easier with these apps.

Remember, never use your phone whilst driving in the UK – it’s been illegal since 25 March 2022. ‘Using’ your phone includes everything from taking photos or videos and messaging right through to scrolling music playlists. You should therefore take care to have these apps set up before you start driving.

Official DVSA Theory Test Kit

If you’re a starter driver who hasn’t yet passed their theory test, be sure to download the Official DVSA Theory Test Kit. It’s one of the best driving apps for UK learners, and is designed to help you pass your theory test the first time round. From interactive hazard perception videos through to useful tips, this will help reduce the stress of the test.

It does cost £4.99, but remember, whilst there are other theory test apps available, this is the only official app from the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency.

Learner Driver Starter Kit UK

Another of the best driving apps out there for starter drivers, Leaner Driver Starter Kit guides you on a step-by-step basis through the entire process of learning to drive.

Do everything from learning how to apply for your provisional licence through to searching for instructors and even an in-app schedule of your driving lessons. You can also find details of the latest resources for learners, as well as expert guidance, and benefit from exclusive offers and discounts.


Freely available on both iOS and Android phones, Waze has taken the world of geo-navigation to the next level. There’s nothing more annoying than getting snarled up in a traffic jam on a long journey, and Waze can help you avoid that.

The app uses both GPS and real-time traffic updates provided by fellow road users, allowing you to bypass heavily congested areas. The app also does everything you’d expect of a navigation app, allowing you to route plan, giving you turn-by-turn navigational instructions, and keeping you updated about the locations of speed cameras, as well as hazards like potholes. What’s more, you can even customise it, specifying the type of fuel your vehicle uses for more relevant notifications.

Parkopedia and/or JustPark

If you’re in need of a handy parking space, either Parkopedia or JustPark has your back.

Parkopedia offers over 70 million parking spaces in 15,000 cities around the UK. Choose from car parks, street parking and private garages. It’s compatible for both iOS and Android, and users can choose to pre-book a space either online or in-app. It also offers real-time parking availability.

JustPark works similarly. This free app is compatible for both iOS and Android, and allows you to find and reserve parking spaces in locations as varied as public car parks and private driveways. Plus, if you’ve got a parking space you could rent out, you can even list it yourself.

Smart Dash Cam

There are many benefits to having a dash cam installed. From deterring fraudulent insurance claims through to reducing insurance premiums, an increasing number of drivers consider dash cams a must-have item.

However, the gadgets themselves can be expensive. Smart Dash Cam is a free app (iOS and Android compatible) that will record your journey, essentially transforming your phone into a dashboard camera. The footage is even admissible in court if an accident does occur, meaning that you can drive with a greater sense of safety and security.


Compare fuel prices across the UK with the free app PetrolPrices. Save time and money by cross-comparing the cost of fuel at different UK petrol stations, using the filter tool to specify by brand, distance, price and fuel type. You can also benefit from offers and discounts, and review fuel stations.

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