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Driving Tips

Whether you’re just starting out as a learner driver or have already had your licence for years, we all need a few pointers here and there to help us avoid making mistakes and adapt to new situations. That’s why, in this section, we’ll provide you with plenty of informative and useful driving tips to help you become a safer, more confident driver, and get the most out of motoring. We’ll add in everything from articles and guides to interactive quizzes, meaning that there really is something for everyone. Check out our driving tips section for advice that all drivers can use!

Explained: Road Positioning and Lane Discipline

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On your driving test, your examiner will be looking closely at your position on the road. Under this section of the mark sheet, there are two areas upon which they’ll be judging you. First: your road positioning. This includes how well you’re centred within your lane, and how you adapt your position when making a turn or overtaking. Secondly, lane discipline, and whether you can successfully choose the correct lane for your destination. It might seem basic, but steering into...

Who Has Right of Way at a Junction?

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Sharing the road is like sharing toys when you’re little. It won’t always seem fair, but there are overarching ideals dictating the best way to behave. Nowhere is this more evident than when roads intersect and form junctions. Sometimes you’ll need to wait for other vehicles to go first at junctions, and other times they’ll have to wait for you. But it’s not usually just a random, take-turns-and-hope-for-the-best approach. So, how do you know who has priority? Here we’ll dig...

Spatial Awareness for Driving: Judging Your Car’s Size

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Spatial awareness is a skill that impacts every part of driving. It tells you how your position relates to other things around you, and how movement can impact that. On the roads, it informs your ability to tell left from right, remember a route and follow directions. You also use it to help gauge distances: it enables you to stay in your lane, park accurately and overtake safely. Although you may naturally have good—or poor—spatial awareness, a great deal of...

7 Safety Checks to Complete After a Break From Driving

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Has your car been off the road for a while? Maybe you’ve been WFH, gallivanting around the world, or unable to drive due to medical reasons? Either way, there are some crucial checks to carry out before driving again. Failure to do so can result in breakdowns or fines. These checks won’t take you long, so let’s get going! 7 Checks Before Driving for the First Time in a While   Fuel or battery power Call me Captain Obvious, but...

6 Ways to Get the Most Out of Private Driving Practice

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The DVSA recently announced that private driving practice is now allowed in England. What does this mean? Well, as long as it is with a member of your household or support bubble, you can hit the road and do some driving in preparation for lessons and tests starting up again. Given that it’s been over 3 months since most learners were able to get behind the wheel, this is a pretty attractive option right now! With this in mind, PassMeFast...

How-To Guide: Meeting Oncoming Traffic

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Greetings, PassMeFast readers! It’s that time of the month again. We’re back once more with a new instalment in our How-To Guide series. Continuing on with the theme of driving fundamentals, we’re focusing our attention on meeting oncoming traffic—something that you’ll need to safely do day in and day out as a driver. In this guide, we’re going to walk you through who has the right of way on roads and the steps involved in meeting oncoming traffic. We’ve even...

Distracted Driving and How To Avoid It

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Distracted driving is where you don’t focus solely on your actions as a driver, because you’re physically or mentally preoccupied with something else. Even small things can cause distraction—and we often don’t realise the full impact they have on our concentration. Drifting attentiveness can lead to drifting lanes, failing to spot hazards and slower reflexes. It’s a crucial issue to address in order to stay safe on the roads. Both new and experienced drivers are at risk from the dangers...

Driving Abroad for the First Time: Tips and Tricks

Heading off on holiday is always an exciting prospect—but it can also be stressful. This is certainly the case if you decide to take the wheel away while from home. There can be an almost dizzying array of rules to follow and precautions to take. Don’t let this put you off, though! Getting on the road can help make your trip even more rewarding, allowing you to discover places off the beaten path and fit more into your itinerary. All...

Driving in the Snow: Our Top 7 Tips!

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We tend to get quite excited in the UK when the first snow of the season falls. And with good reason—snow is beautiful to look at and great fun to play in! Unfortunately, once you start carrying out your daily duties, you quickly remember that this wintry weather can actually be a pain in the butt. This is particularly true when it comes to driving in the snow. Your car does not take kindly to sitting out in freezing temperatures...

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...