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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?

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...

Applying for your Provisional Driving Licence — The Ultimate Guide

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The pink licence might be the Holy Grail of driving, but green is for go—and you can’t even get started until you’ve received your first green provisional driving licence. You’ll need it for everything: taking your theory test; booking in with a driving instructor… it’s basically your ticket to freedom! Thankfully, the application process is both quick and simple—but just in case you fall into any difficulties, we’ve put together a handy guide that tells you exactly how to go about...

Who Has Right of Way at a Junction?

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Sharing the road is like sharing toys when you’re little. It won’t always seem fair, but there are overarching ideals dictating the best way to behave. Nowhere is this more evident than when roads intersect and form junctions. Sometimes you’ll need to wait for other vehicles to go first at junctions, and other times they’ll have to wait for you. But it’s not usually just a random, take-turns-and-hope-for-the-best approach. So, how do you know who has priority? Here we’ll dig...

Spatial Awareness for Driving: Judging Your Car’s Size

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Spatial awareness is a skill that impacts every part of driving. It tells you how your position relates to other things around you, and how movement can impact that. On the roads, it informs your ability to tell left from right, remember a route and follow directions. You also use it to help gauge distances: it enables you to stay in your lane, park accurately and overtake safely. Although you may naturally have good—or poor—spatial awareness, a great deal of...

Police and Authorised Person Hand Signals Explained

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Signs and signals play a key role in helping to keep drivers safe on the roads—but it isn’t just permanent signs you need to look out for. Certain authorised people can also direct you by giving you hand signals. But because you probably won’t see the police and others using hand gestures all that often, you might not recognise them when you do. We’re here to help rectify that. We’ll take you through who has the authority to stop your...

Distracted Driving and How To Avoid It

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Distracted driving is where you don’t focus solely on your actions as a driver, because you’re physically or mentally preoccupied with something else. Even small things can cause distraction—and we often don’t realise the full impact they have on our concentration. Drifting attentiveness can lead to drifting lanes, failing to spot hazards and slower reflexes. It’s a crucial issue to address in order to stay safe on the roads. Both new and experienced drivers are at risk from the dangers...

7 Tips for Getting Over Driving Mistakes

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A blunder here, a miscalculation there: making mistakes while driving is pretty much inevitable. From the learner who lacks experience, to the mature driver who’s become complacent, nobody’s immune to slipping up now and then. The big question is: how can you get over these driving mistakes and stop feeling bad about them? We’ve put together our top tips on this very topic so that, as you rack up the miles, you can stop dwelling on the shame of stalling...

Is It Normal To Have A Bad Driving Lesson?

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Whatever stage you’re at, it’s absolutely normal to have a bad driving lesson. In fact, it’s very rare that a learner driver will get through every lesson smoothly—because that’s not usually how the learning process works. When you’re working on new skills, it’s quite overwhelming for your brain. There will be good days and bad days, and days where you seem to have forgotten everything you thought you knew. So firstly, know that you aren’t alone. And secondly, whether you’ve...