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On the Road

When you’re planning a trip, it’s always good to have a detailed knowledge of the local roads. Armed with this knowledge, you can avoid any trouble spots and focus on scenic routes that offer you the best possible driving experience. That’s why we’ve created a dedicated section aiming to help you discern the best and worst roads not only here in the UK, but further afield, too. From safety tips you can’t afford to miss through to the histories of some of our favourite roads, you’ll find it all here.

One-Stop Shop for Cars, Insurance and Handy Accessories

Imagine yourself post-practical test. As your (ex-)driving instructor accelerates off into the horizon, you clasp your pass certificate to your chest and take a moment to savour your achievement. It might have been a bumpy ride, but now a fully-licensed driver stands in your shoes. Someone competent enough to parallel park; a human with clutch control to rival anyone’s. You can make your own way around town now. Well, almost… The hard work’s over, but the shopping has only just...

When Can I Drive after Drinking the Night Before?

Patience is a virtue. And if you drank a lot the night before, you’ll need to wait to get behind the wheel. Party season or no party season, there are rules in place aiming to eliminate drink-drivers from our roads—which might be inconvenient for your plans, but puts everyone at less risk. We’ll get to the myths suggesting you can sober up quicker by doing this or doing that… but to start with, we’re going to get to grips with...

How Do Emotions Affect Your Driving?

The dangers of road rage are well documented. But, depending on their intensity and our ability to manage them, any emotion—positive or negative—can affect our ability to drive well. When we feel the feelings, there are both physical and mental changes that can cause us to be distracted (or otherwise influence our behaviour on the roads). Some scientists maintain that there are 4–6 ‘base’ emotions, from which all other feelings are derived. Other research suggests that there’s a total as...

Halloween 2021: UK’s Spookiest Road Trips Unmasked

Ghosts, ghouls, goblins and graveyards across the UK are getting ready to stir because it’s nearly Halloween. Spooky season is a bit dead without a ghost walk or a night of trick & treating, but we’re PassMeFast and we’re thriving when we’re driving. So we’ve done some gravedigging and found the 5 spookiest road trips in the UK. Scaredy-cats beware — we’re going ghost hunting! Britain’s Top 5 Ghost Hunting Road Trips Scotland: Glas-ghoul to Edinb-arghhh Scotland is Home of...

What is Hill Start Assist technology?

Hill Start Assist Technology

Once upon a time, you’d have had to rely on a sturdy handbrake and your own impeccable clutch control for a smooth hill start—but now there’s technology to help mitigate human error. Many cars now come equipped with Hill Start Assist (sometimes known as Hill Hold Assist) which is there, quite literally, to catch you before you fall. It aims to make it easier to move off on a gradient but also claims to reduce your vehicle’s wear and tear....

What are the Best Names for Cars?

Man thinking about car names

Their headlights look like eyes; their grills, teeth; and they very often have their own temperament and personality—so it’s only natural that there’s a long history of naming our vehicles. From Herbie the Love Bug, to the inimitable Batmobile, good car names can really transform a piece of metal into part of the family. But how should you go about choosing the right moniker? What are the best funny car names? And have you thought about the fundamentals, like how...

5 Driving Monitor Apps to Relieve Anxiety

Top 5 Driving Monitor Apps

It’s not just new drivers who are affected by nerves; as your loved ones take to the car, you might also experience butterflies (and not the nice kind). Even if you’re not the wrap ’em up in cotton-wool type, you can still acknowledge the risks they’re undertaking—and it’s natural to want to set your mind at ease. As it turns out, there’s a driving monitor app for that. Or, several, actually! So, as your nearest and dearest rev away on...

Ten Epic UK Road Trip Ideas

Top 10 UK Road Trips

We all need a nice getaway from time to time. We’re currently in the dark depths of winter, so it’s natural to be thinking about an exotic getaway. The prospect of sun, sea and sand sure sounds appealing at any time of year! However, have you ever thought about what beautiful sights are right on your doorstep? A key motivation for many people when learning to drive is the freedom that having a car can give you. More so than...

Around the World in L-Plates: Learning to Drive Abroad

The pandemic slammed the brakes on globe-trotting during most of 2020 and 2021. Even the Tokyo Olympics were postponed for a year and most events behind closed doors. To quench your travel thirst, we’re going to jet around the world in L-plates and learn what it’s like to be a learner driver abroad. Japan Let’s start with our Olympic hosts! Learning to drive in Japan is quite similar to in the UK. In fact, you can exchange a Japanese licence...

Real Life Success Stories: PassMeFast’s 48 Hour Course

Mortarboard and certificate over the words 48 hour course

At PassMeFast we pride ourselves on offering courses to suit learners of all experience levels. To get an idea of how well they work, all you have to do is listen to our customers! We’ve been in the driving game for years now and so there are plenty of pass photos and reviews to scroll through. To save you some time, we’re presenting a bunch of customer testimonials according to the PassMeFast driving course taken. Let’s kick things off with...