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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!

Distracted Driving and How To Avoid It

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Distracted driving is where you don’t focus solely on your actions as a driver, because you’re physically or mentally preoccupied with something else. Even small things can cause distraction—and we often don’t realise the full impact they have on our concentration. Drifting attentiveness can lead to drifting lanes, failing to spot hazards and slower reflexes. It’s a crucial issue to address in order to stay safe on the roads. Both new and experienced drivers are at risk from the dangers...

Driving Abroad for the First Time: Tips and Tricks

Heading off on holiday is always an exciting prospect—but it can also be stressful. This is certainly the case if you decide to take the wheel away while from home. There can be an almost dizzying array of rules to follow and precautions to take. Don’t let this put you off, though! Getting on the road can help make your trip even more rewarding, allowing you to discover places off the beaten path and fit more into your itinerary. All...

Driving in the Snow: Our Top 7 Tips!

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We tend to get quite excited in the UK when the first snow of the season falls. And with good reason—snow is beautiful to look at and great fun to play in! Unfortunately, once you start carrying out your daily duties, you quickly remember that this wintry weather can actually be a pain in the butt. This is particularly true when it comes to driving in the snow. Your car does not take kindly to sitting out in freezing temperatures...

Driving When Tired: Should You Take the Risk?

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Have you ever felt sleepy behind the wheel? Suddenly realised that for the last few monotonous minutes on the motorway you’d completely zoned out? Well, PassMeFast is here to snap you out of that behaviour! These scenarios are worryingly common and very dangerous. Yep, that’s right—driving when tired is incredibly risky. In fact, according to the AA, 1 in 5 accidents on major roads are caused by tiredness. If you’ve ever been guilty of driving while drowsy, this article can...

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...