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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.

Motorway Signs: Everything You Need to Know

Blue M5 motorway sign

So, you’re studying for your theory test and preparing to take driving lessons—exciting times! But also: so many things to learn! Chief among them is how to interpret all the various road signs you might come across on your travels. And that’s no mean feat: there are tonnes of sign designs in the UK’s Highway Code. Not only do things like shape and colour affect their meaning, but different types of roads have their own unique style of sign too....

What Happens If You Drive Just Above The Speed Limit?

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Though we all know speeding is illegal, virtually every driver will break the limit at some time or another. We’re not talking about the really flagrant cases here. Instead, it’s often the times we go one mile per hour too quickly that catch us out. This, then, begs an important question: is it ever okay to drive just over the speed limit? We’ve created this guide in order to answer all your questions on the topic. What really happens if...

What’s the Driving Age in the UK?

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Minimum driving ages are different, depending where in the world you’re based. Generally, you need to be between 16 and 18 to get a full driving licence: one that will let you drive, unsupervised on public roads. But things are often a little more complicated than they first appear. Even in the UK, where you might think you know the driving age, there are different rules for different circumstances. Stick with us: we’ll break down the laws dictating when you’re...

Where Do the UK’s Worst Drivers Live?

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Whilst you might consider yourself to be a good driver, the same can’t be said for others in the UK. In fact, penalty points have become quite common amongst motorists. According to the latest stats from the DVSA, almost 2.7 million full licence holders have penalty points on their record! It’s enough to make a driving instructor weep. You might be wondering, then, where do the UK’s worst drivers live? To answer that question, we’ve delved into the DVSA’s latest...

Driving After Brexit: EU Citizens Living in the UK

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Since the UK voted to leave the EU in 2016, the exact consequences of Brexit have remained unclear. While we here at PassMeFast can’t predict every outcome, we can help clear things up when it comes to driving. That’s why, in our Driving After Brexit series, we’re examining what the political changes will mean for everyday motorists. In this article, we’ll cover the potential impact on EU citizens living in the UK. What happens to drivers with a licence from another EU...

Ask Zephyr: I hate driving behind cyclists!

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Welcome to our brand new series ‘Ask Zephyr’! Every month, our furry office friend will be answering your most frequently asked driving questions and treating everyone to some top-notch advice. What does a domesticated cat know about life on the road, you ask? Well, quite a lot actually! You see, Zephyr spends a majority of his time hanging out with the PassMeFast team and this nosy little kitty sees and hears EVERYTHING. He’s now more than qualified to tackle any...

10 Bad Driving Habits You Should Stop Right Now

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As soon as you earn your driving licence and start hitting the road solo, the sense of freedom can be very empowering. There’s no need to worry about tests or the watchful eye of your instructor anymore, because you are going it alone. Woohoo! Don’t get too carried away, though. A licence doesn’t grant you free rein to do whatever you want on the road. It’s important to play by the rules and work with the skills you learnt in...

Driving With Pets in the Car: What You Need to Know

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In many ways, pets are the perfect car companions. They can’t criticise your driving, they don’t get a say in the music playlist and they (hopefully) won’t eat the last of the car sweets. All in all, with your trusty feline or canine companion in tow, you should be in for a pretty fun drive! The thing is, though, travelling with pets in the car isn’t that straightforward. You need to make sure you follow the rules set out in...

When Can You Use The Hard Shoulder?

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The hard shoulder is a common feature of most UK motorways and even a few A-roads. While plenty of people have heard of it and could probably point it out on a car journey, not everyone is completely clued-up on what its exact purpose is. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that according to Highways England, around 100 people are killed or injured on the hard shoulder every year. A lot of these incidents could likely be avoided...

Which Countries’ Licences Are Valid in the UK?

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If you’ve already driven abroad, but are looking to get on the roads here in Britain, you’ll need to accustom yourself to a new set of driving laws. Before you can even get to that stage, though, you’ll need to check that you’re definitely able to drive here. If you’re not quite sure what the rules are, never fear: we’re here to help! In this guide, you’ll find complete information about which countries’ licences are valid in the UK. Whether...