We present a detailed Monte Carlo study of the high-temperature phase of the two-dimensional driven lattice gas at infinite driving field. We define a finite-volume correlation length, study its finite-size-scaling behavior and extrapolate it to the infinite-volume limit by using an iterative extrapolation method. The same method is applied to the susceptibility. We determine the transverse exponents $\gamma$ and $\nu$. They turn out to be in perfect agreement with the theoretical predictions. We also compute the transverse Binder parameter, which apparently vanishes at the critical point, and the distribution of the magnetization. These results confirm the Gaussian nature of the transverse excitations.