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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!

How to Keep Your Car Clean

You know the phrase, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts”? Well, it applies to cars as well as humans. Washing the outside of your car is all well and good, but the interior of the car is where you actually spend most of your time. So, it only makes sense that this is where you really need to be focusing your cleaning efforts! Plenty of people end up treating their car like a bit of a rubbish dump—you wouldn’t...

Driving With Pets in the Car: What You Need to Know

Brown dog poking head out of orange car

In many ways, pets are the perfect car companions. They can’t criticise your driving, they don’t get a say in the music playlist and they (hopefully) won’t eat the last of the car sweets. All in all, with your trusty feline or canine companion in tow, you should be in for a pretty fun drive! The thing is, though, travelling with pets in the car isn’t that straightforward. You need to make sure you follow the rules set out in...

Summer Tyres vs. Winter Tyres: What’s The Difference?

Close up of summer and winter tyres

If you’re a frequent traveller, you might already be aware that many countries that experience extreme weather conditions have made it a legal requirement for drivers to own both summer and winter tyres. Depending on the time of year, drivers will switch between the two in order to adapt to the change in conditions. Whilst UK drivers aren’t legally required to follow suit, and mostly stick to summer tyres all year round, it might still be worth investing in winter...

I Don’t Like My Driving Instructor—Help!

no walking road sign

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

Full car boot

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?

Range Rover car stopped on the hard shoulder

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

Black BMW filling up at petrol station

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

Woman in car with parasol blocking the sun

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?

A hand holding a gear stick

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...