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!

Automatic vs. Manual – Which is Best?

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When it comes to picking out a new car or deciding what kind of vehicle you want to learn in, there are many options to consider. How big do you want it to be? Who are the manufacturers you trust? Which shade of red perfectly reflects your passionate yet sensible personality? But before you get carried away with all that fun stuff, the first question to ask yourself is: manual or automatic? The Difference When people talk about ‘manual’ and...

Driving Under the Influence: Everything You Should Know

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With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s important to remember the risky consequences that some of the festive frivolities can have. You know what it’s like: you’re at a friend’s party and they persuade you to have another drink. That drink turns into three and, before you know it, you’re feeling extra merry and decide it’s time to head home. The problem is, you’ve driven over and can’t be bothered forking out the money for a cab. Maybe it won’t...

Learning to Drive in Winter: Pros & Cons

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What do you think of when someone says winter? Call us scrooges if you want, but the words that spring to mind for us are wet, cold and dark. Not exactly paradise and certainly not ideal driving conditions! However, if you live in the UK, we’re afraid these are going to be fairly common driving conditions. If you’re thinking about learning to drive sometime soon, you may be put off by the idea of taking your lessons in winter—precisely because...

Motorway Driving: Ultimate Guide

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Maybe it’s because it’s one of the only parts of driving you’re not allowed to experience until you’re qualified (this will change in 2018), but motorways can be a very daunting prospect for new drivers. To be fair, at first glance they can seem complex and intimidating. You might be surprised to learn, then, that they are some of the safest roads to drive on. In fact, many people find driving on motorways easier than using other roads. So, why...

Weekend Driving Tests

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When booking your practical driving test there are a few factors to consider: location, day of the week and time. Now, when we say consider, you may not actually have much of a choice in these matters—test centres aren’t exactly known for their flexibility! Test location is usually determined by where you live or the area in which you had your lessons. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s always best to stick to roads that you are familiar...

What Will Cars Look Like in 2040?

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With the UK’s recent decision to ban the sale of all petrol and diesel-fuelled cars by 2040, you might be wondering what exactly the future of personal transport is likely to look like. Will we really be able to reshape over a century’s worth of driving culture in just 23 years? What will supersede the internal combustion engine, and what other changes can we expect to see? Read on to find out. The current state of the UK car and van...

Driving In The City Vs Driving In The Country

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For a small country, the UK has a wide variety of roads. Planning a long car journey often starts with one big decision: do you want to take more urban or country roads? One may provide nice scenic views, while the other offers a more direct, easy-to-follow route. Whichever you decide, you’ll soon find out that each terrain comes with its own quirks. These characteristics require you to adapt your driving and look out for different cues and hazards. Fellow...

Using Your Mobile Phone in the Car—What Are The Rules?

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In today’s society, mobile phones have become so popular that for many of us they almost serve as an extra limb. We spend numerous hours a day scrolling, updating and conversing with the help of our trusty smartphone sidekicks. In fact, we have become so reliant upon them that prolonged separation from our phones can cause anxiety! This intense relationship with our phones is very problematic when it comes to driving. Studies have shown that using your mobile phone in the...

The Top 5 Causes of Car Accidents in 2016

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Getting your driving licence can be one of the most exciting moments of your life and you’ll likely be eager to get out on the road as soon as possible. While driving can be fun, liberating and incredibly useful, it’s important to keep safety at the forefront of your mind. We’re certainly not trying to rain on your parade—but accidents do happen and they can be fatal. In 2016 there were 100,296 reported road accidents in the UK....

What Are The Different Types Of Pedestrian Crossing?

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Maybe you’ve noticed, but not all road crossings are created equal. They differ in terms of symbols, rules and even noises. There are 5 main types of pedestrian crossing, with a couple of extra variations to consider. The main ones are named after animals—because we’re fun like that in the UK! If you’re learning to drive or looking to refresh your knowledge of the road, make sure you get to grips with the following crossings…...