Driving Law

Whilst it might not always seem like the most exciting subject, all drivers and learners need to have a solid knowledge of driving law. Knowing the rules of the road doesn’t just mean that you could keep away from any sticky situations with the law—it also means you could avoid putting yourself, and other road users, in danger. To help our readers stay safe on the road, we’ve created our driving law section, which goes in depth on all the rules and regulations surrounding driving. We’ll also go into some of the history of driving law in the UK, so you can see how things have changed over time.

Driving on Holiday: What You Need to Know

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There’s nothing quite like hitting the open road and exploring a new destination with the freedom and convenience of a trusty automobile. That’s probably why us Brits love a good road trip. With summer soon coming to an end, now is the perfect time to squeeze in a last minute jaunt abroad. Will you be winding through the quaint villages of southern France? Or cruising down Route 66 in a convertible? Both sound pretty good to us right now! If...

What Happens if I Get 6 Points Within 2 Years of Driving?

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After passing your driving test, there’s a lifetime of freedom and enjoyment awaiting you. But with great power comes great responsibility, and drivers who break the rules risk punishment. Depending on the offence, you may receive points—known as endorsements—on your licence. And, since the New Drivers Act of 1995 came into force, accumulating 6 points within your first 2 years of driving will cause your licence to be revoked. What does a revoked licence mean? Having your driving licence revoked effectively...

Box Junction Rules: Everything You Need To Know

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Junctions. Sooner or later (and usually sooner), you’ll have to tackle them. There are T-junctions, crossroads, unmarked junctions, those with traffic lights or filters… some are easier to navigate than others, and one of the more complex types is the box junction. Confused or worried about approaching the dreaded yellow box? Our guide to navigating them explains just how simple they really are—so long as you know a couple of key box junction rules. What is a box junction? Box...

Understanding the National Speed Limit

The UK national speed limit sign on a country road

You’re driving along and a speed camera looms before you. There hasn’t been a speed limit sign for a while—and suddenly you realise you’re not 100% sure how fast you’re meant to be going. “What’s the speed limit?”, you ask your road trip buddy. “Oh, it’s the national speed limit”, they reply. All fine and dandy… as long as you know what that is. From studying for your theory test to road tripping around the UK, the national speed limit...

Learning to Drive with Dyspraxia

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The journey to getting your driving licence is often punctuated by a few bumps in the road here and there. A bout of nerves, financial worries, a particular skill you just can’t seem to master—it happens to the best of us. On top of this, roughly 10% of people in the UK have to contend with a hidden medical condition that affects many of the abilities required to learn to drive: dyspraxia. Driving with dyspraxia is a topic shrouded in...

Tailgating—When It Comes To Driving, How Close Is Too Close?

A road sign warning drivers to keep two chevrons apart on motorway

Chances are you’ve had a personal experience—or two—with tailgating. Even if you haven’t been tailgated yourself, you’ve probably witnessed it: vehicles driving nose to bumper with the person in front. It’s much more than an annoying road habit, though, and can cause road rage as well as avoidable collisions. It can be difficult to assess the right gap to leave when driving, so it’s understandable that some tailgating takes place. But is it ever excusable? We’ll explain what tailgating is,...

Do You Have What It Takes To Become A Driving Instructor?

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Have you ever thought about a career as a driving instructor? Being your own boss, a life on the road (though perhaps not in the Mick Jagger sense), not being tied to a desk, regularly cranking down the window to feel the breeze in your hair… Yep, it can all sound pretty great when you think of the perks. Becoming and then sustaining a life as an ADI (Approved Driving Instructor), though, is a serious commitment. If you’re the right kind...

Help! I’ve Lost My Provisional—What Do I Do?

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Nothing quite strikes fear in the heart than realising you’ve lost something very important. If you’re a learner driver, that shiny green card known as the provisional licence is about as important as it gets! So, what do you do if it seems to disappear into thin air? Before embarking on a level 10 freak out, take a few steps to confirm that is really is lost. Rack your brain for its last whereabouts, turn your room upside down, and...

Learner Drivers on Motorways from June 4th

Driving laws and the driving test itself are always undergoing changes—adapting to increase safety on the roads for the public and all road users. We’ve seen this most recently with the 2018 MOT test changes and the 2017 driving test changes. A notable addition to these changes is the impending introduction of a new law that allows learner drivers on motorways. From June 4th, ADIs will be allowed to offer motorway lessons for learner drivers. Find out exactly what the...

The New MOT: Stricter Rules for Diesel Cars

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If you’re not completely up-to-date with the latest news on our blog, you might not be aware of the upheaval caused by the new MOT test. The changes brought in with this new test will certainly make things more difficult for drivers across the UK. We’re going to take a closer look at the new, stricter MOT rules for diesel car drivers and how this will affect you. What are the new MOT rules for diesel car drivers? If you’ve...