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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.

Driving Abroad: GB Stickers Make Their Exit

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Euro road trip planned for later this year? The latest target for Brexit law changes is the GB sticker. Remember, failure to display the correct stickers and carry the correct equipment can land you with a fine — not the best way to spend your holiday Euros! Here’s everything you need to know: GB Sticker Exiting on 28 September 2021 After 111 years, the GB sticker that Eurotripping drivers have been donning on their bumpers are being scrapped. In its...

Police and Authorised Person Hand Signals Explained

A police officer giving a stop hand signal

Signs and signals play a key role in helping to keep drivers safe on the roads—but it isn’t just permanent signs you need to look out for. Certain authorised people can also direct you by giving you hand signals. But because you probably won’t see the police and others using hand gestures all that often, you might not recognise them when you do. We’re here to help rectify that. We’ll take you through who has the authority to stop your...

Highways England Wants to Hear from YOU: How Can The Highway Code Be Improved?

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As a nation, the people of the UK are quite an opinionated bunch. Lord knows we have plenty to say about how other people act on the road, anyway! The DVSA and Highways England have launched a consultation for members of the public, which presents an opportunity for you to put your griping to good use. So, whether it’s cyclists, pedestrians, or drivers whose behaviour often gets your goat, you now have a chance to get your voice heard—and maybe...

Driving When Tired: Should You Take the Risk?

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Have you ever felt sleepy behind the wheel? Suddenly realised that for the last few monotonous minutes on the motorway you’d completely zoned out? Well, PassMeFast is here to snap you out of that behaviour! These scenarios are worryingly common and very dangerous. Yep, that’s right—driving when tired is incredibly risky. In fact, according to the AA, 1 in 5 accidents on major roads are caused by tiredness. If you’ve ever been guilty of driving while drowsy, this article can...

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

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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,...