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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!

7 Tips for Getting Over Driving Mistakes

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A blunder here, a miscalculation there: making mistakes while driving is pretty much inevitable. From the learner who lacks experience, to the mature driver who’s become complacent, nobody’s immune to slipping up now and then. The big question is: how can you get over these driving mistakes and stop feeling bad about them? We’ve put together our top tips on this very topic so that, as you rack up the miles, you can stop dwelling on the shame of stalling...

How-To Guide: Changing Lanes Safely

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Greetings, PassMeFast readers! It’s that time of the month where we break down basic driving skills into simple how-to guides to help you understand them better and, hopefully, make your learning journey easier. This month, we’re honing in on one of the fundamentals of driving: changing lanes safely. In this guide, we’re going to walk you through the main steps involved in changing lanes safely, so that you’ll be able to do so without breaking a sweat. To make it...

Do Electric Cars Have Gearboxes?

With the UK planning to ban new fossil fuel vehicles from 2030, electric cars are booming in popularity. As a result, many learners come to us with questions about the future of driving and something we’re often asked is: Do electric cars have gearboxes? And it’s a good question! At the end of 2020, there were 373,600 plug-in vehicles on the UK roads with around 50% of those being all-electric. So petrol and diesel engines will eventually be left in...

Is It Normal To Have A Bad Driving Lesson?

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Whatever stage you’re at, it’s absolutely normal to have a bad driving lesson. In fact, it’s very rare that a learner driver will get through every lesson smoothly—because that’s not usually how the learning process works. When you’re working on new skills, it’s quite overwhelming for your brain. There will be good days and bad days, and days where you seem to have forgotten everything you thought you knew. So firstly, know that you aren’t alone. And secondly, whether you’ve...

How-To Guide: Changing Car Gears

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Happy New Year, PassMeFast readers! It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: 2021’s first instalment of our How-To Guide series! We’re right in the middle of driving basics, so if you’re a beginner, this is the perfect time to jump in. This month, we’re taking a look at one of the trickiest aspects of driving in a manual car: changing car gears. In this guide, we’re going to take you through all of the steps involved in changing car...

Ask Zephyr: Will the Pandemic Ruin My Chances of Learning to Drive?

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With the world in a state of perpetual chaos, we’ve all been hankering for a voice of reason. Today, dear readers, we are here to provide just that. Fresh off of his extended furlough (get it?!) period, Zephyr the cat is feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to dish out some sterling advice. It’s a good thing, too, because the pandemic has left people with numerous driving-related questions! Today, Zephyr addresses an issue that has been bothering a whole bunch of...

Where Are You Allowed to Drive in Lockdown #3?

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We probably don’t need to tell you that England is currently experiencing its third national lockdown. What we may need to tell you, though, is the specific rules regarding driving that arrived with the latest shutdown. Yes, even though this certainly isn’t our first rodeo at this point, there is always a little bit of confusion about where you are allowed to drive in lockdown. That’s why PassMeFast is here to clear things up! Join us as we quickly run...

PassMeFast’s Top 10: Affordable First Cars for Under £17,500!

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If you’ve recently passed your driving test, or you’ve decided to get behind the wheel for the first time as a fully qualified driver, you’re likely in the market for your first car. With the variety that’s on offer nowadays, and the tight budget you’re probably facing, it can be difficult to know where to start. And that’s where we come in! We’ve compiled a list of the top affordable first cars that you can buy for under £17,500 (with...

Guide: Changing the Name and/or Gender on your Driving Licence

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Many people earn their driving licences in their late teens or early twenties. As a result, over the course of your life, you may find that some of the information listed on the card is no longer accurate. Be it a change in address, name or gender, the DVLA does provide a way for you to update this information. In this guide we explain exactly how to go about changing the name (including preferred title, if applicable) and/or gender listed...

Is Driving Hard (And How Can I Make It Easier)?

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Most things are hard until you learn to do them well—and driving is no exception. The majority of people don’t pass their test on their first attempt, but most do end up passing within their first three goes. That suggests that most people find driving consistently to test standard difficult, but that it does become easier the more you work at it. Once you’ve got some mileage behind you, most people find that driving becomes almost second nature. Even as...