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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.

Is Mobile Phone Use While Driving Causing More Accidents?

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Whether you’re a qualified driver or not, you should be fully aware that using a mobile phone whilst driving is incredibly dangerous. Smartphones distract drivers from the road, increase reaction times and put lives at risk. Indeed, over the past few years, mobile phones have become one of the leading contributing factors to road accidents in the UK. Despite the publication of worrying statistics and tragic headlines, drivers continue to shirk the rules surrounding smartphones. A recent survey by Think!...

Why Do Young Drivers Pay Higher Insurance Premiums?

Once you’ve passed your driving test, you’ll finally be able to take to the roads unsupervised and let the wind blow through your hair. Well, that’s as long as you’ve sorted out your car insurance. Whether you’re hoping to get insured for your parent’s car or you’ve got your hands on your own vehicle, it might be more difficult than you thought. Unfortunately, young drivers pay higher insurance premiums than any other age group. In this guide, we’re going to...

Top 10 Most Common Driving Offences in 2018

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So, you’ve finally passed your theory and practical tests. Congratulations! The hardest part is over, right? Well, no, not really. It’s not the case of letting loose now that you’ve not got an instructor watching your every move. If you make a mistake on the road, you could face serious consequences—from fines to penalty points to disqualification from driving altogether. To make sure you don’t fall prey to these mistakes, you might want to have a look at the most...

5 Tips to Help You Avoid Using Your Mobile Phone While Driving

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It’s widely acknowledged these days that using a mobile phone while driving is incredibly dangerous. Unfortunately, many people continue to utilise smartphones in their car, regardless of the potential consequences. And the consequences are serious. Distracted driving (which includes using a phone at the wheel) is one of the most common causes of road accidents in the UK. On top of that, you’ll face a hefty penalty if caught. We’re talking £200 on the spot and 6 points on your...

Exchanging Your Foreign Driving Licence For A UK Driving Licence

If you’re looking to exchange your foreign driving licence for a UK driving licence, you might be a bit confused by the sheer volume of rules and regulations involved. The process can vary depending on where your original licence was issued and whether you’re officially a resident of Great Britain. If you do fit the bill, however, you might be able to exchange your foreign licence right away—meaning no additional tests! In this guide, we’ll look at whether you’re eligible...

The DVSA is Cracking Down on Examiner Abuse: What You Should Know

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We know they may not be your favourite people, but spare a thought for driving examiners. They work to strict deadlines, have to go round and round the same few test routes day in, day out, and the people they’re accompanying often aren’t thrilled to be there. It’s certainly not for everyone! In recent years, they’ve also had to deal with an increase in abusive incidents. Figures released by the DVSA in 2017 revealed that cases of examiner abuse are...

How To Check Your Instructor Is DVSA-Approved

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Whilst it might not have ever crossed your mind, when looking for a driving instructor to teach you how to drive it’s absolutely vital that you make sure they’re qualified to do so. Only DVSA-approved instructors are qualified to teach and legally allowed to charge you for lessons. If you end up learning with someone who doesn’t have the right qualifications or training, you could end up endangering yourself and other road users. As such, it’s important that you check...

Speed Awareness Courses—Everything You Need To Know

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When it comes to driving, even the most experienced drivers can end up making a small mistake on the road. All it takes is one moment of inattentiveness and you could get snapped by a speed camera going well over the limit. Now, in some cases, this could mean you end up with points on your licence and a hefty fine. In other cases, however, you might be asked to attend one of the invite-only speed awareness courses instead. In...

Eyesight for Driving: Can You See Well Enough?

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The DVLA and the police are cracking down on poor eyesight in drivers. If you’re learning to drive in the UK, you can expect not only to fail your practical test—almost before it starts—but also have your licence revoked if you are unable to prove sufficient eyesight for driving. And don’t get complacent once you pass: qualified drivers also risk losing their licence if shown to have inadequate vision. Avoid getting caught short by making sure you are aware of...

Can You Drive with One Eye?

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There are strict eyesight rules that all drivers are required to follow. But how does sight in only one eye—monocular vision—affect your legality and ability to drive? You may experience loss of sight in one eye before you ever start thinking about learning to drive, or develop the problem after you’ve passed your test and had your licence for years. Either way, you need to know what the DVLA has to say on the matter, whether you need to inform...