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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,...

How Do You Do a Hill Start in an Automatic Car?

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Hill starts: a dreaded phrase to many new learner drivers. Hill starts in an automatic car: only mildly better. Depending on where exactly you’re learning to drive, you might have to start on an incline on a daily basis, or just every now and then. And, even if your car has hill start assist, as many do nowadays, it’s imperative to learn the right technique. You don’t want to rely too much on a fallible feature, or panic driving a...

How Do You Know When to Change Gear?

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One of the first things you’ll do when you start your driving lessons is to learn how and when to change gears. It’s important to know which gear is suitable for your speed, acceleration, the conditions and features particular to the road you’re on. The right gear will allow you to control your vehicle safely, whereas the wrong one can lead to stalling, dangerous manoeuvres or excessive revving. Many modern cars actually suggest to the driver when it’s best to...

5 Signs of a Bad Driving Instructor

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Whether you’re looking for a driving instructor, or struggling with the one you’ve already got, you want to make sure they are the best possible person for the job. And, unfortunately, there are some driving instructors you should avoid. To help you determine the ones to be wary of, we’ve put together a list of 5 top signs that may indicate that a driving instructor is ‘bad’. Some of the qualities are objective and non-negotiable: any driving instructor with these...

How to Find a Good Driving Instructor

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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...