How To Use .GPX Files

What Are .GPX Files

Basically a .GPX file is a text based file that is used on SatNav Devices and SatNav Apps. The most common brands in the field are TomTom and Garmin, although there are lots more. The DVSA use TomTom SatNav devices on the independent driving section of the driving test and as a business we feel that this is the best option to use however there are other choices. 

Below we will give you a very detailed step-by-step guide on how to use the TomTom App as that’s the one we recommend but here is a link to OsmAnd which is another App that is free to use CLICK HERE

How To Use


There are a few steps to be able to upload the GPX. files on your mobile phone in this guide we will take you through those steps to make the process quick and easy. You will need both a laptop/PC and your mobile phone. The first thing we should point out is that when you download the pack of driving test routes it will downloaded as a zip file, if you are not familiar with this type of compressed file you can read some details here about how to open it HOW TO UNZIP A ZIP FILE

Step 1. Register for a TomTom account and upload your GPX. files to your account- Use Laptop/PC

The very first thing you need to do is visit the TomTom Route Planner website on your laptop/PC. The address is we have added an explainer video below to help you with this process, It isn’t difficult but it’s important to follow all the steps.

Step 2. Download the MYDRIVE mobile App

Now that you have completed the above steps you can add the MYDRIVE App to your mobile phone, this is available in both IOS and Android. Click on the links below and then login with your MYDRIVE account details. The MYDRIVE App is not a SATNAV all though it may initially look like one it is the interface between you and your TomTom GO App. All you need to do is login and that’s all.

Step 3. Download the TomTom GO App

You are nearly ready to get practising, download the TomTom GO App, again it is available both on IOS and Android. Click on the links below and then login, soon you will be able to go and practise actual test routes and improve your knowledge on the area and roads that you will be doing you driving test in. Once you have downloaded the app remember to download the map for the United Kingdom and then move on to step 4.

Step 4. Set Your TomTom GO App To Sync The Routes

The very last step, you must set the TomTom GO App to Sync Your Routes, below are some screen shots to show you how to do this. First you need to click on the menu icon, once open scroll down till you come to TomTom Services once you get to this screen just select “MyDrive – Sync You Places With All Your Devices”. 

That’s it you can now go to routes on the App and start practicing actual driving test routes. Good Luck

Here is a link to the user manual for the TomTom Go App, just incase you need it. Click Here