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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.

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...

Can a Learner Driver Carry Child Passengers?

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We all know that there are certain restrictions learner drivers face that are over and above the rules qualified drivers are subject to—and rightly so. Safety on the roads is paramount, and the less experienced a driver is, the more they pose a risk to themselves and others. But what’s the deal with passengers? Can you take them in the car with you as a learner driver? Are there age limits involved, maximum numbers, or laws on where the passenger can...

What To Check For When You’re Buying Car Insurance

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If you’re a new driver looking to insure your car for the first time, or you’re a veteran of the roads pondering whether or not to auto-renew your insurance, you might not be sure where to start. Car insurance can be quite the head-spinner for those who don’t quite know what they’re looking for! Depending on your car, age, occupation and various other factors, car insurance could cost you a pretty penny if you’re not careful. To help you navigate...

Are Auto Licences Becoming More Popular?

Since 1969, there have been separate licences for those passing their practical test in manual and automatic cars. A manual licence entitles you to drive vehicles of either transmission, while an auto licence restricts you to just one. With this in mind, most candidates opt for the manual test, giving them the widest range of options later on. However, as the number of automatic cars on our roads is higher than ever, it’s worth asking whether auto licences have become...

Black Box (Telematics) Insurance—Everything You Need To Know

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Whether you’re a newly qualified driver looking for insurance for the first time, or are simply looking to renew your current insurance policy, you might be wondering if there are ways to reduce the cost. After all, depending on your level of experience and a variety of other factors, you could end up having to pay eye-watering premiums. Black box (telematics) insurance might be the perfect solution. Taking your driving ability into consideration, your insurer will objectively determine how safe...

When Should You Use Your Hazard Warning Lights?

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Learning to drive isn’t just about practising your steering, following road signs and keeping a safe distance from other road users; you also need to be able to use the different bells and whistles (well, horns and switches) inside your car correctly. One of the buttons on your dashboard that you may not have to use very often—if at all—in your lessons, but is essential to know about for your theory test and for your post-test driving career, displays a...

Young Driver Insurance—Everything You Need To Know

If you’re a newly qualified or young driver, you’re more likely to encounter high car insurance costs. Insurers tend to charge high premiums for young drivers—aged between 17 and 25 years—than more experienced drivers. This is because younger drivers are at the highest risk on the roads and are more likely to make a claim. It’s not all bad, though. If you’re nifty and use the tips in our young driver insurance guide, you might be able to save some...

What the Highway Code Says About Honking Your Horn

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The Highway Code is the go-to source for rules applicable to drivers on UK roads. Many first become familiar with it when taking the theory test, as any questions asked have their basis in the Code. More importantly, though, all drivers must follow its regulations every time they get behind the wheel. A solid knowledge of this document is, therefore, key for any UK motorist. One topic covered is when exactly it’s acceptable to honk your car horn in the UK. It...