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A Look at Driving Tests in Asia

Asia is the world’s largest continent by area, and is home to more than half the global population. It’s also got a rather large number of cars: over half a billion of them, to be precise. This means that tens (if not hundreds) of millions of people take to the vast Asian road network every day. That’s why learning more about driving tests in Asia is so fascinating. In a continent as diverse as Asia, you’d likely expect some variation in driving...

West London Driving Test Centres: Your Essential Guide

West London Driving Test Centres

In the seven boroughs of West London, you’ll find everything from Wembley Stadium to Heathrow Airport. In this article, though, we’ve got a rather different set of destinations in mind. Yes, in this article, we’ll be providing a whistle-stop tour of the eight West London driving test centres. They may not be quite as picturesque as Kew Gardens, but they’re definitely worth a closer look for any learner serious about passing. Read on to learn more about your local centre! Test Centres Greenford...

June 2019 News Roundup

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A big big hello from the PassMeFast Blog team! As we’re writing, the sun is finally shining down on our MediaCityUK offices. We’ve got no time to bask in the glorious weather, though—we’ve got a news roundup to bring to you! This month, we’ll start by bringing you news of a new noise camera, which the DfT is trialling over the coming months. Next, we’ll see what advice Highways England has to help drivers avoid breakdowns this summer. After that,...

Driving Test Pass Rates: Map by County

From the city to the country, the mountains to the coast, and from north to south, where we live shapes us. This is certainly true when it comes to motoring. We’ve seen countless times how learners face contrasting journeys to passing when they live just a few miles apart. Relying on anecdotes, though, wasn’t enough. That’s why we created a pass rates map, allowing us to visualise these differences easily. Keep reading to see how pass rates looked in your county,...

Did We Stop Learning to Drive After the Financial Crisis?

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In the late 2000s, the biggest shock since the Great Depression rocked the global economy. The impact of this was far-reaching, affecting everything from international trade down to the weekly shop. Things were no different when it came to driving tuition, with the number of learners shrinking as the financial crisis bit. With these events now over a decade in our rear-view mirror, it’s time for us to look back. We’ll be examining the extent to which people stopped learning...

Guaranteed Pass: Too Good to Be True?

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At the end of every learner driver’s journey, there’s one final obstacle to overcome before finally getting your licence: the driving test. Unlike any other test you’ll have sat before, the driving test’s ability to turn even the most confident learner’s brain to mush is infamous. But what if there was a way of defending yourself against the peril of failing? What if there was a guaranteed pass? As it so happens, there are plenty of companies out there offering...

From Motorbike to Car: Advice for Learners

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We talk a lot about how to get from A to B here on the PassMeFast Blog. Today, we’ll be doing just that, though in a slightly different context. That’s because we’re discussing the journey from category A to category B licences—or, in other words, from motorbike to car. In this article, we’ll take a look at what motorcycle licence-holders will need to consider when learning to drive a car. We’ll see if there are any differences in the process...

May 2019 News Roundup

Welcome to our roundup of all the top motoring news from May 2019! It seems like only yesterday that spring was springing—and now, summer is just around the corner. But what did this month bring us? In this article, we’ll take a look at the top stories. We’ll start things off with a deep dive into the stats—first, data on the number of uninsured drivers from the DVLA, before looking at SMMT figures showing a fall in car manufacturing. After...

Accident While Learning to Drive? Here’s What to Do

Car accident at a junction in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Learning to drive can be a tricky process at the best of times. When things go awry, however, the situation can go from slightly stressful to a total meltdown. This is never more true than for those unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident while learning to drive. Making matters worse, the information surrounding accidents involving learners is often unclear. That’s why we’ve set about to dispel the myths and uncover the truth. In this guide, we’ll cover what...

Practising Driving Outside Lessons: What You Need to Know

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It should go without saying that the best person to teach you how to drive is a qualified driving instructor. After all, while your mum, dad or best friend might be a perfectly good driver, they’re likely to have their share of bad habits—and you’ll want to avoid picking them up yourself! Nonetheless, supplementing lessons from an instructor with extra time behind the wheel alongside friends and family is a smart move. The downside, however, is that practising driving outside lessons...