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Driving Around The World: Cities with the Worst Road Conditions

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We all know us Brits like to have a good moan about something every now and then. One of the most reliable sources for our gripes is the experience of driving on Britain’s roads. But maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to complain. In an effort to create a more positive attitude for the new year, let’s get a little bit of perspective on things. We may be dealing with potholes, potty-mouths and parking nightmares, but some city-dwellers face cattle,...

What Are Smart Motorways?

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If you’ve been out and about on Britain’s roads lately, you may have noticed a developing trend on the motorways. We are of course talking about the expansion of so-called ‘smart motorways‘. This is an age where we rely on smartphones and new technology to carry out many of our basic needs. It makes sense, then, that we start applying such innovation to our roads. Indeed, the process is already in full swing. Parts of the M1, M4, M6 and...

Driving Test Horror Stories

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Ah, the practical driving test. Nothing quite strikes fear in the heart like someone closely judging your first driving mission without your friendly instructor (though you have a choice with this one) or relative present. We’re not going to lie, it can be a nervy 40 minutes in that car. Don’t worry too much, though—your adrenaline will get you through and the sense of achievement when you eventually pass is hard to beat. It’s only a quick drive around your...

Driving at Night — Tips & Tricks

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At this time of year there are a number of things that can make driving more difficult. We’ve already looked at the frosty weather and its impact on the road, but this is also a particularly good time to cover night time driving. After all, now that we’re firmly in the grips of winter, night feels like any time after 4 o’clock! This means that, unless you’re planning to restrict your driving to the middle of the day (not advisable),...

Is It Worth Taking A Pass Plus Course?

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Passing your driving test is a great achievement and you’ll likely be itching to get out on the open road. Along with the excitement, it’s also totally normal to feel a bit daunted by the prospect of driving without an instructor by your side. After many hours of teaching, you might be nervous about being trusted to navigate the road alone. It is a lot of responsibility! If this sounds like you, there are further available steps that will enhance...

Learning to Drive with Anxiety

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The process of learning to drive can be both exciting and stressful. For some, it can trigger a real sense of anxiety which is hard to shake and can hamper your progress. We get it—there are lots of new things to learn, it costs quite a bit of money, and you may even feel the burden of other peoples’ expectations weighing you down. When you see it laid out like that, it’s no wonder people get so nervous about driving!...

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...

What If I Know I’ve Failed During My Test?

Taking your practical test is a nerve-wracking experience, even for the most confident of drivers. For some, those nerves can turn into negative thoughts that may convince you the test is over before you’ve even made it back to the centre. Never assume you have failed. This kind of thinking serves no purpose but to disrupt your concentration and add to the stress of the situation. Which reminds us, be sure to go through our tips on avoiding test day...