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What the Highway Code Says About Honking Your Horn

An old car with corns attached to its bonnet

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?

Traffic at night

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,...

The Contraflow System: Everything You Need to Know

Contraflow definition

Interpreting all the different types of road markings and signposts can be tricky, especially when you come across ones that aren’t very common. Chances are that the first time you ever heard of the contraflow system was when you were studying for your theory test—and it sounds like a lot to learn, right? Thankfully, it’s actually pretty simple to get the hang of. So, even if your theory test is tomorrow, you can still make sure you get those all...

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?

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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...