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 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...

Explained: Driving Instructor Grades

Driving instructors in the UK are subject to continuous quality checks by the DVSA throughout their career. This is to ensure that they have kept up-to-date with any changes, which can often directly affect pupils—such as the new style practical tests— and are still competent in their teaching ability. It’s not only deeply reassuring for pupils to know that their instructors are answerable to a higher authority, but that they are regularly reminded of what it’s like to be assessed...

History of the Highway Code

40mph speed limit on a long road

Whether you’re a learner driver or a veteran driver with many years under your belt, you’ll undoubtedly have heard of the Highway Code. Introduced in 1931, the Highway Code has undergone drastic changes over the years in order to keep drivers and the rest of the public as safe as possible. A knowledge of the Highway Code is vital for every driver out there, so get ready for a full history of the Highway Code! What is the Highway Code?...

Is there a Minimum Speed Limit?

Speed camera

When we think about speed limits, we tend to think about the maximum speed that you are permitted to travel on different roads, and the type of vehicle you are driving. We all understand the need for keeping to a restricted speed: the safety of ourselves and other road users is at stake. We also understand that exceeding the speed limit can result in points on your licence, a fine, or even disqualification from driving. But can you be penalised...

History of the UK Driving Licence

Ever since 1903, anyone driving a car in the UK has needed a driving licence. Over the course of more than a century, this humble document has undergone some remarkable changes to reflect the way we use the road. Ready to dive into the history of the driving licence? Buckle up and enjoy the ride!...