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When Should I Use My Sidelights?

Ca headlights and sidelights

Ah, weather. The nation’s favourite topic. But when the sky’s looking grim, life still goes on—and so do our journeys. Unfortunately, bad weather can compromise our driving—in particular, that all-important ability: to see and be seen. Because of this, it’s crucial you know exactly how to light your car responsibly and legally, whatever’s happening around beyond your windscreen. There are, of course, headlights. You’re probably well aware of their effectiveness in helping you see through the gloom. But are you so...

Dipped Headlights Or Full Beam—Which Should I Use?

Queues of cars with their headlights on

We’ve come a fair way since candle-lit, horse-drawn carriages, but one thing hasn’t changed: we still need extra light to help us travel safely at night and in poor weather conditions. These days, cars are equipped with not one, but two different types of headlights—a welcome advance, but one that means there are more decisions to make. So, how do you work out whether to keep your headlights dipped, or if it’s time to go (wait for it) full beam...

What Happens if I Get 6 Points Within 2 Years of Driving?

Police officers surrounding a vehicle

After passing your driving test, there’s a lifetime of freedom and enjoyment awaiting you. But with great power comes great responsibility, and drivers who break the rules risk punishment. Depending on the offence, you may receive points—known as endorsements—on your licence. And, since the New Drivers Act of 1995 came into force, accumulating 6 points within your first 2 years of driving will cause your licence to be revoked. What does a revoked licence mean? Having your driving licence revoked effectively...

Box Junction Rules: Everything You Need To Know

Cars crossing a box junction

Junctions. Sooner or later (and usually sooner), you’ll have to tackle them. There are T-junctions, crossroads, unmarked junctions, those with traffic lights or filters… some are easier to navigate than others, and one of the more complex types is the box junction. Confused or worried about approaching the dreaded yellow box? Our guide to navigating them explains just how simple they really are—so long as you know a couple of key box junction rules. What is a box junction? Box...

Understanding the National Speed Limit

The UK national speed limit sign on a country road

You’re driving along and a speed camera looms before you. There hasn’t been a speed limit sign for a while—and suddenly you realise you’re not 100% sure how fast you’re meant to be going. “What’s the speed limit?”, you ask your road trip buddy. “Oh, it’s the national speed limit”, they reply. All fine and dandy… as long as you know what that is. From studying for your theory test to road tripping around the UK, the national speed limit...

Tailgating—When It Comes To Driving, How Close Is Too Close?

A road sign warning drivers to keep two chevrons apart on motorway

Chances are you’ve had a personal experience—or two—with tailgating. Even if you haven’t been tailgated yourself, you’ve probably witnessed it: vehicles driving nose to bumper with the person in front. It’s much more than an annoying road habit, though, and can cause road rage as well as avoidable collisions. It can be difficult to assess the right gap to leave when driving, so it’s understandable that some tailgating takes place. But is it ever excusable? We’ll explain what tailgating is,...

How Long Does It Take To Learn To Drive?

Keys with 'Learn to Drive' keyring

Whether you’re about to come of (driving) age, or are finally getting round to taking your lessons, most new learners wonder exactly how long it will take them to learn to drive. The simple—and rather unhelpful—answer is that it varies wildly. No provisional-to-pass story is ever the same, and it can take anything from just a few days to several years to get your licence. But don’t despair: here are some factors that can affect how long it takes to...

Our 10 Favourite Customer Reviews

PassMeFast Facebook reviews summary

When our pupils have finished a course, they often leave a review on Google or social media, telling us how they felt about the process. This is not only helpful for potential pupils to get a feel for the company, but is also extremely useful for us here at PassMeFast. Positive or negative, we always look to the feedback to improve our service. It was tough narrowing down all of the reviews* we’ve ever received to our top 10. But...

The 8am Driving Test

We know there are certain trends that hold true when examining pass rates. Over the years, the DVSA have gathered plenty of data covering millions of practical test passes and fails; everything from a driver’s age and gender to the location of their test centre and transmission of their car. From this data, we can form a few assumptions about how likely a driver is to pass first time (or any time). For instance, a 17 year old male driver...

Explained: Driving Instructor Grades

Driving instructors in the UK are subject to continuous quality checks by the DVSA throughout their career. This is to ensure that they have kept up-to-date with any changes, which can often directly affect pupils—such as the new style practical tests— and are still competent in their teaching ability. It’s not only deeply reassuring for pupils to know that their instructors are answerable to a higher authority, but that they are regularly reminded of what it’s like to be assessed...