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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!

Top 10 Ways To Save Fuel When Driving

Black BMW filling up at petrol station

Once you’ve passed your driving test, it feels like it should only be smooth sailing from then on. Unfortunately, taking to the roads isn’t always as simple as it should be. In fact, it can often feel like you’re paying an arm and a leg to drive! Matters get even worse when you take into account the cost of fuel, which constantly fluctuates—and is a source of annoyance for drivers across the UK. If this is a bit of a...

Aquaplaning: How To React & How To Avoid It

Aquaplaning and how to deal with it

After a period of heavy rain—which, let’s face it, is a fairly common occurrence in the UK—the only foolproof way to avoid driving through water is to lock up the car and stay home. And while this is occasionally necessary (during red weather warnings, for example), sometimes you do need to get out and about. But not only can flood water damage your engine and brakes, it also carries a serious risk of aquaplaning. We wish it were as cool...

UK Driving Test: Show Me, Tell Me Questions — Everything You Need to Know

Show me, tell me questions. UK Driving Test

Many people become so preoccupied with the primary parts of the practical test—the independent driving and the manoeuvres—that they forget an equally important component: the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. While you can’t fail the practical test by answering a ‘show me’ or ‘tell me’ question incorrectly, it’s still important that you know them back to front, inside out. Your instructor is sure to go over these questions with you, but having a solid knowledge of them prior to this...

What is Hill Start Assist technology?

Hill Start Assist Technology

Once upon a time, you’d have had to rely on a sturdy handbrake and your own impeccable clutch control for a smooth hill start—but now there’s technology to help mitigate human error. Many cars now come equipped with Hill Start Assist (sometimes known as Hill Hold Assist) which is there, quite literally, to catch you before you fall. It aims to make it easier to move off on a gradient but also claims to reduce your vehicle’s wear and tear....

Will I Fail My Driving Test If I Cross My Hands?

Your instructor’s told you it’s a no-no, but you’re still not sure why. Your sister’s best friend does it, but she doesn’t have to prove herself to anyone. Crossing your hands on the steering wheel is one of those topics that leaves a lot of learners confused. Is it allowed? Will crossing your hands result in an instant fail on the driving test? Does anyone, including your future examiner, even know the rules? Well, we love to be the bearer...

Ten Epic UK Road Trip Ideas

Top 10 UK Road Trips

We all need a nice getaway from time to time. We’re currently in the dark depths of winter, so it’s natural to be thinking about an exotic getaway. The prospect of sun, sea and sand sure sounds appealing at any time of year! However, have you ever thought about what beautiful sights are right on your doorstep? A key motivation for many people when learning to drive is the freedom that having a car can give you. More so than...

How To Check Your Blind Spots When Driving

A cyclist riding alongside a car in its blond spot

There are many potential dangers on the road, and missing things in your blind spots is a factor in many car accidents in the UK. Blind spots are areas that are obscured from your view in the driver’s seat, and big enough to hide entire vehicles. They pose a particular danger when you set off from standstill and when you change lanes, because you might not see cars, bikes and motorbikes as they come up alongside you. But it’s not...

How To Be a Confident Driver: 11 Practical Tips

smiling driver sat in vehicle

Being in control of a vehicle can seem pretty scary, especially if you’re a new or inexperienced driver. It’s easy to let the nerves creep in. But don’t lose hope: there are actually two key ways in which you can become a confident driver. The first is to become a better, more skilful driver. The second is to take control of the things you can, to remain calm in the face of the things you can’t. Under these two headings,...

Explained: Road Positioning and Lane Discipline

A hidden dip on an empty road with golden fields either side

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?

Give way signs

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...