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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!

I Don’t Like My Driving Instructor—Help!

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We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: a good driving instructor is key to ensuring that you are able to pass that test and earn your very own licence. This is why PassMeFast only works with the best! Not only do instructors provide you with the skills you need, they also instil in you that confidence behind the wheel that should stay with you for the rest of your life. With this in mind, there is nothing worse...

How Do You Do a Hill Start in an Automatic Car?

A car stopped on an incline

Hill starts: a dreaded phrase to many new learner drivers. Hill starts in an automatic car: only mildly better. Depending on where exactly you’re learning to drive, you might have to start on an incline on a daily basis, or just every now and then. And, even if your car has hill start assist, as many do nowadays, it’s imperative to learn the right technique. You don’t want to rely too much on a fallible feature, or panic driving a...

Going on Holiday? Here’s How to Load Your Car

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When you’re planning for a trip, the list of what to take can seem endless. Tent? Check! Sunscreen? A must. That extra outfit (even when you already have fourteen… for a weekend trip)? PACK. IT. The point is, it’s easy to end up bringing a lot with you when you go away. That’s why knowing how to load your car is crucial. In this guide, we’ll show you how to load your car the right way, including techniques to help...

When Can You Use The Hard Shoulder?

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The hard shoulder is a common feature of most UK motorways and even a few A-roads. While plenty of people have heard of it and could probably point it out on a car journey, not everyone is completely clued-up on what its exact purpose is. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that according to Highways England, around 100 people are killed or injured on the hard shoulder every year. A lot of these incidents could likely be avoided...

Top 10 Ways To Save Fuel When Driving

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Once you’ve passed your driving test, it feels like it should only be smooth sailing from then on. Unfortunately, taking to the roads isn’t always as simple as it should be. In fact, it can often feel like you’re paying an arm and a leg to drive! Matters get even worse when you take into account the cost of fuel, which constantly fluctuates—and is a source of annoyance for drivers across the UK. If this is a bit of a...

6 Ways To Keep Your Car Cool This Summer

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The British weather doesn’t exactly adhere to conventional seasons, but you can usually count on the fact that we’ll be treated to at least a little bit of sunshine during the summer months. While we never know if the main blast of heat has come and gone, the eternal optimists at PassMeFast are hoping that the sun isn’t ready to throw his hat off just yet. Then again, as much as we love basking in the heat, it does kind of...

How Do You Know When to Change Gear?

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One of the first things you’ll do when you start your driving lessons is to learn how and when to change gears. It’s important to know which gear is suitable for your speed, acceleration, the conditions and features particular to the road you’re on. The right gear will allow you to control your vehicle safely, whereas the wrong one can lead to stalling, dangerous manoeuvres or excessive revving. Many modern cars actually suggest to the driver when it’s best to...

Should I Take My Car With Me To University?

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So, you’re taking the next big step in your life and heading off to university. Independence now awaits! Of course, before you head off, you’ve got plenty of planning and packing to do, not to mention countless important decisions to make. If you’re lucky enough to have your own car, you might be wondering if it’s worth taking your car to university. If you’re completely stumped and have had no luck with weighing up the pros and cons, we’ve got...

Our Top Tips for a Stress-Free Commute

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Nothing quite raises your cortisol levels like the morning commute to work. It’s noisy, crowded, and somehow (no matter what time you roll out of bed) you always feel pressed for time! Watching life pass by as you quietly seethe in a long line of traffic isn’t the best way to kick off the day, but sadly, for many of us, it can’t be avoided. While we can’t take your journey for you, we can provide some top tips on...

Learning to Drive With A Disability—What You Should Know

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Many of us know that having a driving licence can provide a real sense of freedom and independence. Getting behind the wheel of your own car certainly beats faffing about with public transport or relying on other people for lifts! This is especially true for people living with a disability. Being able to drive opens up a range of opportunities and means travelling from A to B becomes a doddle. The problem is, certain disabilities (be they visible or invisible)...