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.

MOT Changes in May 2018—Everything You Need to Know

An MOT testing centre

Whether you’re a learner or an experienced driver with several years under your belt, you’ll have undoubtedly heard of the MOT test. An annual test of vehicle safety, the MOT test was first introduced in 1960. The test has been updated and expanded upon since its inception, all in the name of keeping road users safe and ensuring all vehicles are roadworthy. It has stayed more or less the same in recent years. This is set to change, however. The...

What Are Smart Motorways?

View of smart motorway from driver's seat of car

If you’ve been out and about on Britain’s roads lately, you may have noticed a developing trend on the motorways. We are of course talking about the expansion of so-called ‘smart motorways‘. This is an age where we rely on smartphones and new technology to carry out many of our basic needs. It makes sense, then, that we start applying such innovation to our roads. Indeed, the process is already in full swing. Parts of the M1, M4, M6 and...

Dealing With Emergency Vehicles Safely

Ambulance moving through traffic

Whether you’re a learner driver or a veteran of many years, you’ll undoubtedly have encountered emergency vehicles on the road. In these moments, you may be faced with a level of panic when you attempt to figure out what you should do. With the sirens and lights going, it can be difficult to keep a level head. So, are you supposed to brake, swerve or continue on your way? To help you make the best decision, we’ve compiled a guide...

L and P Plates: What Are the Rules?

Learner drivers are always easily recognisable on the road thanks to the familiar red L plates adorning their vehicle. Meanwhile, new drivers often sport green P plates, proudly showing that they’ve passed their test. However, whilst these signs are incredibly common, you may not know when you should (or shouldn’t) be using them. That’s why we’ve decided to put together this handy guide to all of the rules surrounding L and P plates. Contents L plates About L plates How many L plates...

Driving Under the Influence: Everything You Should Know

drink-driving-beer

With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s important to remember the risky consequences that some of the festive frivolities can have. You know what it’s like: you’re at a friend’s party and they persuade you to have another drink. That drink turns into three and, before you know it, you’re feeling extra merry and decide it’s time to head home. The problem is, you’ve driven over and can’t be bothered forking out the money for a cab. Maybe it won’t...

Motorway Driving: Ultimate Guide

Aerial view of motorway surrounded by trees

Maybe it’s because it’s one of the only parts of driving you’re not allowed to experience until you’re qualified (this will change in 2018), but motorways can be a very daunting prospect for new drivers. To be fair, at first glance they can seem complex and intimidating. You might be surprised to learn, then, that they are some of the safest roads to drive on. In fact, many people find driving on motorways easier than using other roads. So, why...

Driving in the UK with an EU Licence

Driving in the UK with an EU licence

Sometimes, the rules surrounding driving licences issued in different countries can seem confusing. However, while you might have encountered complicated legislation in the past, driving in the UK with an EU licence is really straightforward. We explain the rules below. Don’t forget, though, your licence isn’t the only thing you’ll need to think about when driving in the UK. Make sure to take a look at our comprehensive guide to the differences between driving in Europe and the UK before...

Using Your Mobile Phone in the Car—What Are The Rules?

Map on mobile phone

In today’s society, mobile phones have become so popular that for many of us they almost serve as an extra limb. We spend numerous hours a day scrolling, updating and conversing with the help of our trusty smartphone sidekicks. In fact, we have become so reliant upon them that prolonged separation from our phones can cause anxiety! This intense relationship with our phones is very problematic when it comes to driving. Studies have shown that using your mobile phone in the...

What Are The Different Types Of Pedestrian Crossing?

Traffic light

Maybe you’ve noticed, but not all road crossings are created equal. They differ in terms of symbols, rules and even noises. There are 5 main types of pedestrian crossing, with a couple of extra variations to consider. The main ones are named after animals—because we’re fun like that in the UK! If you’re learning to drive or looking to refresh your knowledge of the road, make sure you get to grips with the following crossings…...

Differences Between Driving in Europe and the UK

Different EU driving licences

If you’re used to driving in Europe, coming to the UK in a car can seem like a daunting experience. You might have heard that there’s a completely different driving culture to get to grips with when you arrive here, for instance, or that there’s tonnes of legislation that you’ll need to sift through. It needn’t be difficult though—we’ve detailed all the major differences between driving in Europe and the UK in this helpful guide. General precautions and major differences...