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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.

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

Brown dog poking head out of orange car

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?

Hard shoulder only sign above red hard shoulder

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?

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...

Single vs Double Yellow Lines: What are the Rules?

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When you’re out and about on the road, you’ll notice that there are signs and road markings dotted all over the place. Before you learn to drive, you might find a lot of these symbols confusing. And that’s fair enough! They come in many different shapes, colours and sizes. Once you crack open that highway code, though, things start to get a lot clearer. As a driver, one of the most important (not to mention common) road markings you need...

Should I Buy A Dash Cam?

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No matter how careful you are on the road, you never know when you might end up in an accident. Without additional witnesses, however, it can be difficult to ascertain who is at fault. One of the ways in which drivers can settle these disputes is with dash cam footage—clearly showing which party was truly at fault. If you’re not entirely convinced of the wonders of dash cams, and you’re still asking yourself the question, “Should I buy a dash...

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...