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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!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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...