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!

Driving on Holiday: What You Need to Know

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There’s nothing quite like hitting the open road and exploring a new destination with the freedom and convenience of a trusty automobile. That’s probably why us Brits love a good road trip. With summer soon coming to an end, now is the perfect time to squeeze in a last minute jaunt abroad. Will you be winding through the quaint villages of southern France? Or cruising down Route 66 in a convertible? Both sound pretty good to us right now! If...

Box Junction Rules: Everything You Need To Know

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Junctions. Sooner or later (and usually sooner), you’ll have to tackle them. There are T-junctions, crossroads, unmarked junctions, those with traffic lights or filters… some are easier to navigate than others, and one of the more complex types is the box junction. Confused or worried about approaching the dreaded yellow box? Our guide to navigating them explains just how simple they really are—so long as you know a couple of key box junction rules. What is a box junction? Box...

What to Do if You Fail the Practical Test

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You know what’s worse than those nerve-wracking minutes spent hovering in the practical test centre, waiting for an examiner to approach you and tell you ‘it’s time’? The moment you’re told you’ve failed the test. Followed closely by the (seemingly) long, sad drive back to your house. Yep, we’re not here to sugarcoat—it’s a pretty crappy feeling. The thing is, it’s also a feeling that just over half of the people who learn to drive will experience at least once....

Got Your Theory Test Tomorrow? 5 Last Minute Tips!

Before learner drivers can even think about booking their practical test, they must complete the first hurdle to learning to drive: passing the theory test. Some learners simply breeze through it; others find it a little trickier to get on top of all the revision. Through practice and hard work, though, you can get through the test and move on to the rest of your driving journey. To help you do just that, we’ve compiled a few handy last minute...

Understanding the National Speed Limit

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You’re driving along and a speed camera looms before you. There hasn’t been a speed limit sign for a while—and suddenly you realise you’re not 100% sure how fast you’re meant to be going. “What’s the speed limit?”, you ask your road trip buddy. “Oh, it’s the national speed limit”, they reply. All fine and dandy… as long as you know what that is. From studying for your theory test to road tripping around the UK, the national speed limit...

Learning to Drive with Dyspraxia

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The journey to getting your driving licence is often punctuated by a few bumps in the road here and there. A bout of nerves, financial worries, a particular skill you just can’t seem to master—it happens to the best of us. On top of this, roughly 10% of people in the UK have to contend with a hidden medical condition that affects many of the abilities required to learn to drive: dyspraxia. Driving with dyspraxia is a topic shrouded in...

Do I Need to Take My Theory Test Certificate to My Practical Driving Test?

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It’s the morning of your driving test. The big day you’ve been preparing for since you first parked your bum in that driver’s seat. You’ve consumed a hearty breakfast, dressed in your finest comfy-yet-practical attire and your instructor has just arrived to take you to the test centre. You set off, armed with your provisional licence and a positive mindset. You’re good to go! …Right? Well, according to the DVSA’s test day checklist, not quite. The official guidelines state that,...

Top 5 Ways To Impress Your Driving Examiner

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There’s nothing that gets learner drivers as frazzled and nervous as finishing their lessons and going in for their driving test. With the pressure on, many find it difficult to keep enough of a level head to pass. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. As experts on every aspect of driving, we’ve no shortage of practical test tips to help you impress your driving examiner. Read on to boost your chances of driving away with a shiny new licence! Before we...

Tailgating—When It Comes To Driving, How Close Is Too Close?

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Chances are you’ve had a personal experience—or two—with tailgating. Even if you haven’t been tailgated yourself, you’ve probably witnessed it: vehicles driving nose to bumper with the person in front. It’s much more than an annoying road habit, though, and can cause road rage as well as avoidable collisions. It can be difficult to assess the right gap to leave when driving, so it’s understandable that some tailgating takes place. But is it ever excusable? We’ll explain what tailgating is,...

How Long Does It Take To Learn To Drive?

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Whether you’re about to come of (driving) age, or are finally getting round to taking your lessons, most new learners wonder exactly how long it will take them to learn to drive. The simple—and rather unhelpful—answer is that it varies wildly. No provisional-to-pass story is ever the same, and it can take anything from just a few days to several years to get your licence. But don’t despair: here are some factors that can affect how long it takes to...