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How Do You Do a Hill Start in an Automatic Car?

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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...

How Do You Know When to Change Gear?

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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...

5 Signs of a Bad Driving Instructor

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Whether you’re looking for a driving instructor, or struggling with the one you’ve already got, you want to make sure they are the best possible person for the job. And, unfortunately, there are some driving instructors you should avoid. To help you determine the ones to be wary of, we’ve put together a list of 5 top signs that may indicate that a driving instructor is ‘bad’. Some of the qualities are objective and non-negotiable: any driving instructor with these...

How to Find a Good Driving Instructor

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One of the first steps in learning to drive is finding someone to actually teach you. Most learners opt to go with a professional, but a simple Google search for driving instructors and schools near you will bring up thousands of results. When you’re putting so much trust in someone to help you learn such an important and responsible skill, though, you want to know that they’re going to be good. You want to know whether they’ll help you pass...

Eyesight for Driving: Can You See Well Enough?

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The DVLA and the police are cracking down on poor eyesight in drivers. If you’re learning to drive in the UK, you can expect not only to fail your practical test—almost before it starts—but also have your licence revoked if you are unable to prove sufficient eyesight for driving. And don’t get complacent once you pass: qualified drivers also risk losing their licence if shown to have inadequate vision. Avoid getting caught short by making sure you are aware of...

Can You Drive with One Eye?

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There are strict eyesight rules that all drivers are required to follow. But how does sight in only one eye—monocular vision—affect your legality and ability to drive? You may experience loss of sight in one eye before you ever start thinking about learning to drive, or develop the problem after you’ve passed your test and had your licence for years. Either way, you need to know what the DVLA has to say on the matter, whether you need to inform...

Can a Learner Driver Carry Child Passengers?

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We all know that there are certain restrictions learner drivers face that are over and above the rules qualified drivers are subject to—and rightly so. Safety on the roads is paramount, and the less experienced a driver is, the more they pose a risk to themselves and others. But what’s the deal with passengers? Can you take them in the car with you as a learner driver? Are there age limits involved, maximum numbers, or laws on where the passenger can...

Getting to Grips with Clutch Control

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Getting to grips with clutch control is one of the most difficult parts of learning to drive a manual car. It’s also essential to passing your test, as it enables you to pull off, drive at low speeds and do hill starts—all without stalling or lurching the vehicle forward. Most drivers find that clutch control eventually becomes second nature, but it can take a while to get there. So, to help you out, we’ve put together 5 top tips to...

When Should You Use Your Hazard Warning Lights?

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Learning to drive isn’t just about practising your steering, following road signs and keeping a safe distance from other road users; you also need to be able to use the different bells and whistles (well, horns and switches) inside your car correctly. One of the buttons on your dashboard that you may not have to use very often—if at all—in your lessons, but is essential to know about for your theory test and for your post-test driving career, displays a...

What the Highway Code Says About Honking Your Horn

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The Highway Code is the go-to source for rules applicable to drivers on UK roads. Many first become familiar with it when taking the theory test, as any questions asked have their basis in the Code. More importantly, though, all drivers must follow its regulations every time they get behind the wheel. A solid knowledge of this document is, therefore, key for any UK motorist. One topic covered is when exactly it’s acceptable to honk your car horn in the UK. It...