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10 Learner Driver Rules You Need to Know

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Rules aren’t usually the most thrilling topic. The ones we’re talking about today, however, are relatively exciting. At least, they are if you consider what they allow you to do. These laws are the ones that let you book your driving lessons, practice before your test and eventually get your full driving licence. Yep, you guessed it: they’re the learner driver rules. So grab a cuppa and take just a couple of minutes to get to grips with everything you’re...

Diabetes and Driving: Everything You Need to Know

Like many other medical conditions, having diabetes can make driving that bit more of a challenge. Your condition can affect your driving in a few ways, whether through hypoglycaemic episodes or other complications. And, whether you’ve recently been diagnosed, or are just starting to think about learning to drive, you’ve probably got some questions. How can you best manage your diabetes on the roads? What are the rules for driving and blood sugar? Do you need to tell the DVLA,...

Learning to Drive With Epilepsy

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Getting your driving licence is a big step for anyone—and if you have a medical condition like epilepsy, it can seem even more daunting. But don’t let all the confusing rules and horror stories of licence revocations get to you. That certainly won’t help you get on the roads. Instead, remember everyone’s driving experience is different, and that applies to learners with epilepsy as well. What’s more, we’re here to support you. We’ll clarify what the seizure requirements mean, and...

A Simple Guide to UK Road Signs

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Road signs adorn the highways of Britain, and if you’re an observant passenger or pedestrian, you’ll have already picked up on a fair few. But as a driver, your knowledge has to go further. Signs and signals communicate vital information and directions, warn of hazards and convey the rules of the road. Interpreting them correctly is crucial to staying safe on the roads—and reaching your destination without lengthy detours! There’s plenty to learn, but don’t let that put you off....

Who Has Priority at an Unmarked Crossroads?

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Imagine driving without any rules. No signposts, no traffic signals, no white lines on the roads. Nobody sure of their own rights, let alone anybody else’s. Well, although most of the UK roads aren’t like that, unmarked crossroads are a bit of an exception. Facing them is like trying to find treasure without a map: chaotic and little frustrating. Even experienced drivers can be reduced to dithering wrecks in the shadow of an unmarked crossroads, particularly when there’s more than...

The Traffic Light Sequence Explained

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As you learn the rules of the road, it’s natural to get hung up studying some of the more obscure road signs and symbols. But don’t neglect the common ones, because they’re equally important, and just as likely to trip you up. Take traffic lights: we see them so frequently that it’s easy to take for granted that we know what they mean. But for your theory and practical tests, a general idea just won’t cut it. Traffic lights play...

Motorway Signs: Everything You Need to Know

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So, you’re studying for your theory test and preparing to take driving lessons—exciting times! But also: so many things to learn! Chief among them is how to interpret all the various road signs you might come across on your travels. And that’s no mean feat: there are tonnes of sign designs in the UK’s Highway Code. Not only do things like shape and colour affect their meaning, but different types of roads have their own unique style of sign too....

Are Cheap Driving Lessons a False Economy?

If you’re thinking of learning to drive, chances are that you’re wondering how to get the best value driving lessons. And if you’ve gone to Google during your quest, you’ll have come across hundreds of thousands of search entries: driving schools and instructors all claiming to offer the cheapest lessons near to you. Quite frankly, it’s a minefield, and we don’t blame you if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed. With that in mind, we’ve put together a guide. It covers...

What’s the Driving Age in the UK?

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Minimum driving ages are different, depending where in the world you’re based. Generally, you need to be between 16 and 18 to get a full driving licence: one that will let you drive, unsupervised on public roads. But things are often a little more complicated than they first appear. Even in the UK, where you might think you know the driving age, there are different rules for different circumstances. Stick with us: we’ll break down the laws dictating when you’re...

How Long Is a Driving Test?

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Perhaps your driving test will fly by. It might seem like no time has passed at all between meeting your examiner and parking up at the end. Or maybe it’ll drag, as you slow-breathe your way through each skill and manoeuvre. However it may feel on the day, examiners make sure that all practical tests are, so far as possible, equal. That means equal in difficulty, equal in how they’re marked, and also equal in terms of length. Your test,...