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Explained: Road Positioning and Lane Discipline

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On your driving test, your examiner will be looking closely at your position on the road. Under this section of the mark sheet, there are two areas upon which they’ll be judging you. First: your road positioning. This includes how well you’re centred within your lane, and how you adapt your position when making a turn or overtaking. Secondly, lane discipline, and whether you can successfully choose the correct lane for your destination. It might seem basic, but steering into...

Who Has Right of Way at a Junction?

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Sharing the road is like sharing toys when you’re little. It won’t always seem fair, but there are overarching ideals dictating the best way to behave. Nowhere is this more evident than when roads intersect and form junctions. Sometimes you’ll need to wait for other vehicles to go first at junctions, and other times they’ll have to wait for you. But it’s not usually just a random, take-turns-and-hope-for-the-best approach. So, how do you know who has priority? Here we’ll dig...

Spatial Awareness for Driving: Judging Your Car’s Size

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Spatial awareness is a skill that impacts every part of driving. It tells you how your position relates to other things around you, and how movement can impact that. On the roads, it informs your ability to tell left from right, remember a route and follow directions. You also use it to help gauge distances: it enables you to stay in your lane, park accurately and overtake safely. Although you may naturally have good—or poor—spatial awareness, a great deal of...

Police and Authorised Person Hand Signals Explained

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Signs and signals play a key role in helping to keep drivers safe on the roads—but it isn’t just permanent signs you need to look out for. Certain authorised people can also direct you by giving you hand signals. But because you probably won’t see the police and others using hand gestures all that often, you might not recognise them when you do. We’re here to help rectify that. We’ll take you through who has the authority to stop your...

Distracted Driving and How To Avoid It

A distracted driver: a man sitting in the driver's seat, with one hand on the steering wheel, looking at his phone, held in his other hand

Distracted driving is where you don’t focus solely on your actions as a driver, because you’re physically or mentally preoccupied with something else. Even small things can cause distraction—and we often don’t realise the full impact they have on our concentration. Drifting attentiveness can lead to drifting lanes, failing to spot hazards and slower reflexes. It’s a crucial issue to address in order to stay safe on the roads. Both new and experienced drivers are at risk from the dangers...

7 Tips for Getting Over Driving Mistakes

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A blunder here, a miscalculation there: making mistakes while driving is pretty much inevitable. From the learner who lacks experience, to the mature driver who’s become complacent, nobody’s immune to slipping up now and then. The big question is: how can you get over these driving mistakes and stop feeling bad about them? We’ve put together our top tips on this very topic so that, as you rack up the miles, you can stop dwelling on the shame of stalling...

Is It Normal To Have A Bad Driving Lesson?

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Whatever stage you’re at, it’s absolutely normal to have a bad driving lesson. In fact, it’s very rare that a learner driver will get through every lesson smoothly—because that’s not usually how the learning process works. When you’re working on new skills, it’s quite overwhelming for your brain. There will be good days and bad days, and days where you seem to have forgotten everything you thought you knew. So firstly, know that you aren’t alone. And secondly, whether you’ve...

Is Driving Hard (And How Can I Make It Easier)?

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Most things are hard until you learn to do them well—and driving is no exception. The majority of people don’t pass their test on their first attempt, but most do end up passing within their first three goes. That suggests that most people find driving consistently to test standard difficult, but that it does become easier the more you work at it. Once you’ve got some mileage behind you, most people find that driving becomes almost second nature. Even as...

Passing Parked Cars: Who Has Priority?

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Although roads are primarily used for getting from A to B, they also often serve as a car park when you get where you want to go. That means that as a driver, you need to be able to navigate your way past parked cars safely. A fair bit of learning to drive is learning how to react appropriately to different situations. But you rarely have to fully improvise. There are rules which you should be able to adapt to...

Is it Illegal to Park on the Pavement?

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As a learner driver, you probably focus a great deal on how to park—and rightly so: parallel parking isn’t going to learn itself. But you also need to know where you’re allowed to pull up. Lots of drivers get confused with these rules, particularly the ones that cover parking on pavements. But in order to avoid a fine—and to stop yourself becoming a hazard—you need to get your head around them as soon as possible. We’re here to help you...