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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!

Coronavirus: Car Cleaning Tips to Keep You Safe

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced us all to change our habits and view life through a different lens. In particular, people are taking cleanliness and hygiene very seriously. Though it’s a little scary to think about, we have to face the fact that the virus is able to live on various surfaces for a certain amount of time. Why is PassMeFast interested in this? Well, because your car (even though you shouldn’t be using it as often) is a potential...

Coronavirus: How Long Does It Take to Get an Emergency Test?

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It’s now fairly common knowledge that, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the DVSA has cancelled most driving tests. Theory and practical test centres across the country have closed their doors to the vast majority of learner drivers. We say ‘vast majority’, and not all, because a small number of learner drivers are earning their licences under lockdown. The coronavirus pandemic has deepened our appreciation for the incredible people who work to keep our citizens healthy and our society running....

Coronavirus: How to Keep Learning to Drive During Lockdown

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With lockdown rules in place, many learner drivers have seen their driving journey grind to a complete stop. Meanwhile, most theory and practical tests have been suspended until further notice. So, does that mean you’ve got to wait until lockdown is lifted to start your learning journey again? Not necessarily! Whether you only just got your provisional licence before lockdown was announced or were almost ready to take your theory or practical test, there are still ways to stay on...

Coronavirus: Where You Can and Can’t Drive

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The coronavirus pandemic has turned everyone’s lives upside-down. Our favourite venues are closed, we can’t see our loved ones and we’re all getting way more acquainted with our Netflix accounts than we ever thought possible! While this is a trying time, we all know that adhering to lockdown rules is the best way to protect people and help the NHS. The thing is, though, that not all of the rules are crystal clear. Indeed, you’d be forgiven for thinking that...

Am I A High Risk Driver?

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Buying car insurance can be a tricky and expensive ordeal. Insurance providers have to look at factors ranging from your experience on the road to your claims history in order to calculate your premiums. What can really drive up the cost of your insurance, however, is if an insurer decides that you’re a high risk driver. If you’re unlucky enough to end up in this category, you could end up paying a fortune to insure your car. So, how do...

Coronavirus: What Should I Do If My Car Breaks Down?

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Though the majority of the public are under lockdown, there are some who need to get behind the wheel every day. If you’re a key worker or volunteer who is entirely dependent on a car for travel, you might be wondering what will happen if your car breaks down during the coronavirus pandemic. If you end up with a flat tyre, or you encounter a problem with your engine, will breakdown services be available to help? We’re going to take...

Coronavirus: How To Maintain Your Car

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With the coronavirus pandemic putting normal life on hold, it’s understandable that car maintenance may not be at the top of your list. However, there are plenty of reasons why it’s still vital to take proper care of your car. Whether you’re a key worker or volunteer depending on your car for travel, or are keeping your motor locked safely in your garage, there are some important steps you need to take to keep things running smoothly. We’re going to...

Coronavirus: Can I Cancel My Car Tax?

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With the entire country on lockdown due to the coronavirus, drivers are minimising the amount of time they spend behind the wheel. In fact, unless you’re a key worker or volunteer, it’s likely that you’re barely using your car, if at all. If that’s the case, you may be considering declaring your car as off the road. Officially applying for a Statutory Off Road Notification enables you to cancel your car tax and insurance. This could save you plenty of cash...

Ask Zephyr: I Hate My Instructor’s ‘Tough Love’ Approach!

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Just when you thought you had nowhere to turn to air your driving dilemmas—he’s back! Zephyr has awoken from what we’ll call his delayed winter hibernation (basically just a hell of a cat nap) and is ready and raring to answer any queries you may have. As long they’re about driving or small shiny objects, that is. To be fair to him, February was a very short month, so he didn’t miss out on much. Just the odd record-breaking storm...

Can I Learn to Drive Without an Instructor?

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When it comes to learning to drive, there’s no one-size-fits-all. People develop skills in a variety of different ways and time frames. You might opt for hourly lessons, an intensive course, or perhaps a mix of the two! Even before you settle on an approach, the big question is often: who is going to teach me to drive? It may surprise you to learn that you don’t actually have to take lessons with a bona fide, DVSA-approved instructor. Some people,...