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How to Find a Good Driving Instructor

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...

Who Can Sit With A Learner Driver?

Driver and passenger

It isn’t just instructors who can help you learn to drive. Learners can also benefit from practice outside of lessons with a family member or friend. In fact, the DVLA suggests that most learners take about 22 hours of driving accompanied by someone other than their driving instructor. During this time it’s possible to consolidate what you’ve been taught by a professional, and gain vital experience on the road. However, before you let just anyone accompany you out and about,...

Can Learner Drivers Drive At Night?

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All motorists are subject to rules, but when you’re learning to drive, there are a few extra regulations you have to observe. Your provisional licence will allow you to take lessons, practise on A and B roads with a more experienced driver and even drive on motorways with an instructor. Other privileges are reserved for fully qualified drivers; you’ll only be permitted to drive solo once you’ve passed both your theory and practical tests. But what about driving at night?...

Overtaking and Undertaking: What are the Rules?

Racing cars overtaking

Ever heard that the biggest danger on the road is other drivers? That may well be true, but sometimes it’s good to remember that, to the rest of the general population, that actually means we’re the risk! So, when someone’s in our way, and we’re impatient to get past—we’ve got places to be, don’t you know?—it’s our responsibility to make sure we’re overtaking safely and within the guidelines of the Highway Code. There are rules on overtaking, not overtaking, undertaking,...