AMES- It's now going to be easier to prepare for getting a driver's license in Iowa for those with an iPad. The Iowa Department of Transportation is announcing the release of a new app "IA Driver Test for iPad" that serves as a practice test for the exam that drivers must take to get their driver's license.
Developed in partnership with Iowa Interactive, the iPad app was created to assist Iowans to be safe drivers and provide the foundation necessary for applicants to successfully complete the knowledge test.
The app generates 15 questions, randomly chosen from among 69 included in the real knowledge test given at any Iowa driver's license station. Users can repeat the test as often as they like; each new test generates a different set of 15 questions. The app also tracks a user's high scores.
The app is not just for teens, it's great for experienced drivers as well. Take the quiz just for fun or as a refresher to see if you are as smart as a 14 year old the youngest age in which someone in Iowa can get an instruction permit to drive.
Mark Lowe, director of the Iowa DOT's Motor Vehicle Division, said, "It might not be as easy as you think. Iowa's traffic laws are always changing and it's likely there will be a question or two that stump even the most seasoned driver."
Lowe encourages people to use the app as a practice aide after studying the Iowa Driver's Manual. Parents are urged to talk to their young drivers about their test results to foster discussion about safe driving rules and behaviors.
The free app is available to download to your iPad through the iTunes Store; search for "IA Driver Test for iPad." Don't be fooled by imitation apps developed by others that may be unreliable; the app will appear with an Iowa DOT icon.
Currently, the app is only compatible with iPad (requires iOS 4.3 or later). However, the Iowa DOT is already working toward making it accessible through other mobile platforms, including Android tablets.