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Student Driving Lessons: Your Concerns, Our Solutions

Learning to drive as a student

Ah, September—and for young adults galore, the beginning of a new term. Sometimes it can feel almost more New Year-ish than New Year. We did a bit of research, and alongside your studies, most of you wanted to harness those good intentions to develop your ‘soft skills’ too. Things like learning to drive, which will put you in good stead for the future. But while the majority of students want to take driving lessons and get their pink licence, not...

5 Driving Monitor Apps to Relieve Anxiety

Top 5 Driving Monitor Apps

It’s not just new drivers who are affected by nerves; as your loved ones take to the car, you might also experience butterflies (and not the nice kind). Even if you’re not the wrap ’em up in cotton-wool type, you can still acknowledge the risks they’re undertaking—and it’s natural to want to set your mind at ease. As it turns out, there’s a driving monitor app for that. Or, several, actually! So, as your nearest and dearest rev away on...

Will I Fail My Driving Test If I Cross My Hands?

Your instructor’s told you it’s a no-no, but you’re still not sure why. Your sister’s best friend does it, but she doesn’t have to prove herself to anyone. Crossing your hands on the steering wheel is one of those topics that leaves a lot of learners confused. Is it allowed? Will crossing your hands result in an instant fail on the driving test? Does anyone, including your future examiner, even know the rules? Well, we love to be the bearer...

Can I Learn to Drive in a Month?

Can I learn to drive in just one month?

Demand for driving lessons and tests remains extremely high as a result of national lockdowns. While course wait times are longer than usual, our fast-track test system helps you pass quicker than booking through the DVSA. Keep updated on how coronavirus is affecting driving lessons and tests with our live COVID-19 blog. We look forward to helping you take the faster route to driving!   There are a million reasons you might want to get your driving licence quickly: your...

Introducing our Guides to the Theory Test Topics

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The theory test is often overlooked by learners in favour of the (seemingly) more daunting practical—but not only is it the first step to getting your full driving licence, it’s also critical for helping you drive well. Only when you know the ins and outs of the driving rules will you be competent enough to hit the roads solo. The key to nailing your theory is getting to know which topics you need to revise, and then practicing until you...

What’s the Best Car to Learn to Drive in?

What's the best car to learn to drive in?

Brooklyn Beckham reportedly learned to drive in a Mercedes C-Class and Kendall Jenner got a Range Rover for her 16th birthday, but when most of us don the ‘L’ plates, we’re limited to more realistic options. That doesn’t mean settling though. There are some great vehicles out there, and we put that all-important question to our expert Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs): what’s the best car for learner drivers? We’ll also take you through what to look for when you’re ready...

How To Check Your Blind Spots When Driving

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There are many potential dangers on the road, and missing things in your blind spots is a factor in many car accidents in the UK. Blind spots are areas that are obscured from your view in the driver’s seat, and big enough to hide entire vehicles. They pose a particular danger when you set off from standstill and when you change lanes, because you might not see cars, bikes and motorbikes as they come up alongside you. But it’s not...

How To Be a Confident Driver: 11 Practical Tips

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Being in control of a vehicle can seem pretty scary, especially if you’re a new or inexperienced driver. It’s easy to let the nerves creep in. But don’t lose hope: there are actually two key ways in which you can become a confident driver. The first is to become a better, more skilful driver. The second is to take control of the things you can, to remain calm in the face of the things you can’t. Under these two headings,...

Can I Get Financial Help with Driving Lessons?

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For most, learning to drive is one of those investments for which you just have to grit your teeth and save up. Some people, though, do qualify for financial help with driving lessons. Charities and councils offer grants to individuals in certain situations, usually reserving their help for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses, their carers, or anyone leaving care. They are usually means-tested (dependent on you having a low household income), and range from paying for a provisional licence...

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...