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A Look at Driving Tests in Europe

Here at the PassMeFast Blog, we’ve written enough on the UK driving test to fill a short novella. With the summer holidays here, though, we find our minds wandering away from our island’s shores and towards the continent. What are driving tests in Europe really like? In this article, we’ll compare what the process of learning to drive looks like across several European countries. You might find yourself wishing you could up sticks—or maybe thanking your lucky stars that you...

PassMeFast Launches in the West Midlands!

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It’s been a short while since we last came to a new county, and we’re sure you’ve all been waiting with baited breath to find out where our next destination is! Today, we’re proud to unveil the newest county we cover: the West Midlands! Our courses are now available across the county, from Wolverhampton in the west through to Coventry in the east—not forgetting, of course, the city of Birmingham. To learn everything about our driving courses in the West Midlands,...

Manual vs Automatic Pass Rates: 2017/18

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One of the key choices any driver must make is between manual or automatic transmission. There are varied arguments for both options: manual fans love the interactive nature of the driving experience, while auto drivers are thankful they don’t have to deal with constant gear changes. For a learner, however, one factor may come to the fore: which am I more likely to pass in? Are automatic pass rates best, or should you stick to manual? With most people perceiving...

Meet an ADI: Peter

Meet an ADI: Peter

So far in our Meet an ADI series, we’ve profiled driving instructors from Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire. But there are still plenty of pieces of the PassMeFast puzzle that haven’t yet slotted in place. That’s why, in this edition, we’re heading to South Yorkshire to meet our local ADI Peter! Peter’s been part of the PassMeFast team since the beginning of 2018, but has already been behind his fair share of pass stories. Let’s hear from the man himself! About...

Nottinghamshire Driving Test Centres: Your Essential Guide

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As PassMeFast has grown, we’ve endeavoured to learn everything there is to know about the areas we cover across the UK. In pursuit of this, we’ve assembled Essential Guides on each county’s test centres. In this guide, we focus on the five Nottinghamshire driving test centres. This county boasts no fewer than five test centres, three of which lie in close proximity to the county’s major city of Nottingham. Each test centre, however, offers a unique set of challenges to the...

Top 5 Myths About the Theory Test

If you’re a learner, you’re sure to have heard plenty of driving advice from everyone from your parents to your friends to your next-door neighbour’s hairdresser. The trouble is that so much of what people claim about driving simply doesn’t stack up—and this is certainly true of a number of theory test myths. Here in this article, we’ll reveal the truth about the theory test, helping you to avoid some of the biggest mistakes candidates make and prepare to pass...

Why Does the DVSA Cancel Driving Tests? Top Reasons in 2017/18

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Anyone who’s ever received a cancellation email from the DVSA will know the sinking feeling it brings. You’ve put in so much hard work, prepared for your driving test and gone through some serious nerves—all for your driving dreams to be put on hold. Unfortunately, this isn’t a rare event. In fact, cancelled driving tests are an unfortunate reality for thousands of learners every year. In 2017/18, the DVSA cancelled more tests than in any year since 2010/11: almost 100,000. But...

Which Test Centres Had the Best and Worst Pass Rates in 2017/18?

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Here at PassMeFast, we’re firm believers that your test results come down to you—not the stats. Nonetheless, road conditions—and, thus, test conditions—do vary across the country. It’s for this reason that many of us wonder where our local area stands in comparison to others. But where exactly are the best and worst test centre pass rates? The answer, in fact, changes all the time. Old test centres close down each year, making way for new ones. Meanwhile, existing test centres with a...

July 2018: News Roundup

Welcome to July 2018’s edition of PassMeFast’s monthly news roundup. Here, we’ll cover the latest developments from across the world of motoring. So, don’t fret if you missed any of this month’s biggest stories: they’re all here! In this rundown, we’ll cover the release of the latest driving test statistics. Next, we’ll look at new eyesight warnings from the DVLA, followed by a new road safety campaign. After that, we’ll examine Greater Manchester’s new ‘Beelines’ scheme, before moving onto new...

How Much Does the Driving Test Cost?

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Your driving course is coming to an end. You’ve started from the basics, covered all your advanced manoeuvres and have slowly progressed in terms of both skill and confidence. Now, there’s just one last obstacle to overcome before you get your hands on that full UK driving licence: the practical test. Unfortunately, the test doesn’t come for free. Yep, you’re going to have to pay to go through the stressful ordeal of taking your practical test. But how much, exactly,...