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Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has had an extraordinary impact on virtually every aspect of the way we live our lives. Driving is no exception to this, and significant challenges have arisen for hopeful learners and qualified motorists alike. Adding to the complexity is the need to understand ever-changing government rules and guidance. Luckily, the PassMeFast team are here to provide you with the latest information, helping you to stay up-to-date. We’ll share the official advice that all drivers need to follow, as well as offering a few tips of our own to help make the journey from lockdown back to normality that little bit smoother.

Coronavirus: What Does the Government’s New Advice Mean for Drivers?

In recent days, the UK government has begun the next phase of its coronavirus response. Though this doesn’t mean an end to lockdown, it does signal the easing of certain restrictions on daily life. One of the most notable changes was a slightly more relaxed approach to travel. We’ll examine what’s different, and what the new approach means for drivers. What has changed? It’s important to note that the new guidance represents more of a tweak to the rules than an...

Coronavirus: How to Keep Learning to Drive During Lockdown

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With lockdown rules in place, many learner drivers have seen their driving journey grind to a complete stop. Meanwhile, most theory and practical tests have been suspended. So, does that mean you’ve got to wait until lockdown is lifted to start your learning journey again? Not necessarily! Whether you only just got your provisional licence before lockdown was announced or were almost ready to take your theory or practical test, there are still ways to stay on top of your...

Coronavirus: Where You Can and Can’t Drive

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The coronavirus pandemic has turned everyone’s lives upside-down. Our favourite venues are closed, we can’t see our loved ones and we’re all getting way more acquainted with our Netflix accounts than we ever thought possible! While this is a trying time, we all know that adhering to lockdown rules is the best way to protect people and help the NHS. The thing is, though, that not all of the rules are crystal clear. Indeed, you’d be forgiven for thinking that...

BREAKING: Tests to End Immediately If Candidates Fail

Few driving tests are currently going ahead as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Those emergency tests that do take place are already a little different to normal, with extra protective measures in force. Now, though, the DVSA have announced a major change: your test will end immediately when you fail. We’ll explain how this system will look in practice and what it means for anyone taking the test. We’ll also provide some information on who is eligible to take a driving...

Coronavirus: MOTs Extended for Six Months

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Normally, we here at PassMeFast would be among the first to stress the importance of the MOT test. However, these unprecedented times have forced all of us to reevaluate our priorities. This will leave many drivers with a dilemma. Should you take your car for its MOT to make sure you can still drive it legally? Or should you stick to social distancing rules and stay at home? Fortunately, the DVSA has made the decision easier for UK drivers by extending...

Coronavirus: What Should I Do If My Car Breaks Down?

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Though the majority of the public are under lockdown, there are some who need to get behind the wheel every day. If you’re a key worker or volunteer who is entirely dependent on a car for travel, you might be wondering what will happen if your car breaks down during the coronavirus pandemic. If you end up with a flat tyre, or you encounter a problem with your engine, will breakdown services be available to help? We’re going to take...

Coronavirus: How To Maintain Your Car

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With the coronavirus pandemic putting normal life on hold, it’s understandable that car maintenance may not be at the top of your list. However, there are plenty of reasons why it’s still vital to take proper care of your car. Whether you’re a key worker or volunteer depending on your car for travel, or are keeping your motor locked safely in your garage, there are some important steps you need to take to keep things running smoothly. We’re going to...

Coronavirus: My Theory Test Got Cancelled. What Now?!

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock (in isolation, we hope!), you’ll know that the world has been turned upside-down by COVID-19 and we’re all having to come to terms with a new way of life. Social distancing is the new norm. Sadly, isolation and learning to drive don’t really mix. As a result, the current pandemic means that many learners have to put their aspirations of earning a licence on hold. If you had a theory test booked in...

Coronavirus: Can I Cancel My Car Tax?

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With the entire country on lockdown due to the coronavirus, drivers are minimising the amount of time they spend behind the wheel. In fact, unless you’re a key worker or volunteer, it’s likely that you’re barely using your car, if at all. If that’s the case, you may be considering declaring your car as off the road. Officially applying for a Statutory Off Road Notification enables you to cancel your car tax and insurance. This could save you plenty of cash...

Coronavirus: Theory Test About to Expire

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When you pass your practical test, your licence is yours to keep. The theory test, however, is a little different. Once you pass, you start a two-year period in which you’re eligible to take a practical. If you don’t pass within this timeframe, you’ll need to retake your theory. All of this can be stressful enough at the best of times. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has meant some learners have seen their practical test postponed with just weeks left until...