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Is Driving Hard (And How Can I Make It Easier)?

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Most things are hard until you learn to do them well—and driving is no exception. The majority of people don’t pass their test on their first attempt, but most do end up passing within their first three goes. That suggests that most people find driving consistently to test standard difficult, but that it does become easier the more you work at it. Once you’ve got some mileage behind you, most people find that driving becomes almost second nature. Even as...

Passing Parked Cars: Who Has Priority?

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Although roads are primarily used for getting from A to B, they also often serve as a car park when you get where you want to go. That means that as a driver, you need to be able to navigate your way past parked cars safely. A fair bit of learning to drive is learning how to react appropriately to different situations. But you rarely have to fully improvise. There are rules which you should be able to adapt to...

Is it Illegal to Park on the Pavement?

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As a learner driver, you probably focus a great deal on how to park—and rightly so: parallel parking isn’t going to learn itself. But you also need to know where you’re allowed to pull up. Lots of drivers get confused with these rules, particularly the ones that cover parking on pavements. But in order to avoid a fine—and to stop yourself becoming a hazard—you need to get your head around them as soon as possible. We’re here to help you...

Can You Drive If You’re Deaf?

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In order to be allowed to drive, you’ve got to prove you’re fit and able to do so. Some medical conditions are notifiable, meaning you have to let the DVLA know about them; others automatically exclude you from getting behind the wheel. Here we’re going to focus on hearing. Whether you’ve been deaf since birth, or have developed hearing problems as you’ve got older, we want to help get—and keep—you on the roads. We’ll take you through the commonly asked...

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...