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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.

Guide: Changing the Name and/or Gender on your Driving Licence

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Many people earn their driving licences in their late teens or early twenties. As a result, over the course of your life, you may find that some of the information listed on the card is no longer accurate. Be it a change in address, name or gender, the DVLA does provide a way for you to update this information. In this guide we explain exactly how to go about changing the name (including preferred title, if applicable) and/or gender listed...

Passing Parked Cars: Who Has Priority?

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Although roads are primarily used for getting from A to B, they also often serve as a car park when you get where you want to go. That means that as a driver, you need to be able to navigate your way past parked cars safely. A fair bit of learning to drive is learning how to react appropriately to different situations. But you rarely have to fully improvise. There are rules which you should be able to adapt to...

Is it Illegal to Park on the Pavement?

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As a learner driver, you probably focus a great deal on how to park—and rightly so: parallel parking isn’t going to learn itself. But you also need to know where you’re allowed to pull up. Lots of drivers get confused with these rules, particularly the ones that cover parking on pavements. But in order to avoid a fine—and to stop yourself becoming a hazard—you need to get your head around them as soon as possible. We’re here to help you...

Can You Drive If You’re Deaf?

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In order to be allowed to drive, you’ve got to prove you’re fit and able to do so. Some medical conditions are notifiable, meaning you have to let the DVLA know about them; others automatically exclude you from getting behind the wheel. Here we’re going to focus on hearing. Whether you’ve been deaf since birth, or have developed hearing problems as you’ve got older, we want to help get—and keep—you on the roads. We’ll take you through the commonly asked...

10 Learner Driver Rules You Need to Know

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Rules aren’t usually the most thrilling topic. The ones we’re talking about today, however, are relatively exciting. At least, they are if you consider what they allow you to do. These laws are the ones that let you book your driving lessons, practice before your test and eventually get your full driving licence. Yep, you guessed it: they’re the learner driver rules. So grab a cuppa and take just a couple of minutes to get to grips with everything you’re...

Diabetes and Driving: Everything You Need to Know

Like many other medical conditions, having diabetes can make driving that bit more of a challenge. Your condition can affect your driving in a few ways, whether through hypoglycaemic episodes or other complications. And, whether you’ve recently been diagnosed, or are just starting to think about learning to drive, you’ve probably got some questions. How can you best manage your diabetes on the roads? What are the rules for driving and blood sugar? Do you need to tell the DVLA,...

Learning to Drive With Epilepsy

female learner driver

Getting your driving licence is a big step for anyone—and if you have a medical condition like epilepsy, it can seem even more daunting. But don’t let all the confusing rules and horror stories of licence revocations get to you. That certainly won’t help you get on the roads. Instead, remember everyone’s driving experience is different, and that applies to learners with epilepsy as well. What’s more, we’re here to support you. We’ll clarify what the seizure requirements mean, and...

Driving in Flip Flops—Are You Breaking the Law?

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When the summer months hit, we Brits are often guilty of taking things a little too far. Starved of sunshine for so much of the year, it becomes our sacred duty to make the most of any hot weather that is thrown our way. Grown men proudly stride topless and sweaty down the high street, music worthy of an Ibiza foam party is blasted from previously sleepy terraced houses and we happily surrender our bare skin to the sun’s beams...

Car Recalls—Everything You Need To Know

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Car manufacturing is a long and complex process. It takes years to refine a car model design, implement thorough safety checks and ensure it’s ready for production. Unfortunately, mistakes do still occur—whether it’s faulty airbags, wiring issues or malfunctioning brakes. When a manufacturer discovers a defect that could potentially create a safety risk, they issue car recalls nationwide. So, what are you supposed to do if your car has been recalled? We’re going to walk you through what car recalls...

A Simple Guide to UK Road Signs

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Road signs adorn the highways of Britain, and if you’re an observant passenger or pedestrian, you’ll have already picked up on a fair few. But as a driver, your knowledge has to go further. Signs and signals communicate vital information and directions, warn of hazards and convey the rules of the road. Interpreting them correctly is crucial to staying safe on the roads—and reaching your destination without lengthy detours! There’s plenty to learn, but don’t let that put you off....