Driving lesson guides

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How to learn clutch control the easy way

Clutch control can be a real challenge to get the hang of. Some learners seem to grasp it in their very first driving lesson, but for others it’s an infuriating struggle to keep the car from stalling every time they stop or p...

Where to place L-plates on a car

Where to place L-plates on a car

There are a surprising amount of rules and regulations regarding your L-plates. They have to be a specific size and be displayed in a certain way to be considered legally valid. Failure to meet the government’s requirements c...

Ten top tips for you first driving lesson

10 top tips for your first driving lesson

It’s pretty daunting thinking ahead to that first driving lesson but there’s really nothing to worry about. Here are some tips for being prepared and what to expect… ...

10 things learners most forget

10 things learners most regret

You only learn to drive once. That’s not such a bad thing, but it does mean you want to do it right! We spoke to some new drivers to find out what mistakes they most regret making....

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15 pics and gifs of animals driving cars

If there’s one thing we can’t get enough of it’s anything involving cats, dogs and 4-legged creatures in general. So, solely for your entertainment, here’s 15 pics and gifs of cats, dogs (and any other animal we could find) d...

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10 GIFs to announce you're learning to drive

When you’re telling people that you’re starting driving lessons, you need something better than that little red car emoji, so we’ve pulled together 10 of our favourite GIFs for announcing that you’re learning to drive....

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10 reasons public transport sucks

Public transport can be a bit crap, but what is it exactly about sitting on a bus, train or tube with a variety of strangers which makes us want to immediately get off and have a wash? Here we take a look at the 10 ten worst...

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The 7 types of learner driver

You’ve just turned 17, your dad’s given you the keys to the family Focus, and it’s time to get on the road. How do you feel? Nervous, excited… a bit like Lewis Hamilton? What kind of learner driver are you?...

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8 emotions you'll feel before your driving test

Your driving test is a big day, filled with fear, excitement and possibly maybe even a little bit of sick. There’s a whole mixture of emotions you’ll go through from the moment you wake up to the moment you’re told whether or...

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9 signs you're a nervous driver

It’s natural to feel a bit nervous when you first get in the driving seat, but when does ‘a bit nervous’ turn into being a quivering and slightly crazy looking ball of nerves? Here’s 8 signs that you’ve gone passed the ‘first...

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12 ridiculous excuses for speeding

You should never find yourself in the position where you have to make one, but a speeding ticket seems to be the perfect opportunity to come up with a ridiculous excuse. From the classic (and actually believable) ‘my wife is ...

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5 celebrities who can't drive

Celebrities are known for their expensive cars and huge egos, right? Right… unless they can’t drive that is. You’ll probably be surprised to hear that there’s a fair few celebs out there who haven't taken any driving lessons,...

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The Driving Test Report Explained

Throughout your driving test, your driving examiner will be marking any faults you make whilst on the road on a piece of paper. Faults will be separated into levels of severity: minor faults, serious faults and dangerous faul...

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11 emotions you'll feel after passing your driving test

The feeling after passing your driving test is up there with your last day of school, finding a £20 note in an abandoned purse and realising there’s one more peanut m&m still in the packet. It’s a good day, there’s no denying...

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10 Awkward Driving Lesson Moments | Midrive

Learning to drive is a rite of passage. You’ve probably been looking forward to this day for years, and, when it finally arrives, can’t wait to get on the open road and drive your way to freedom. All you have to do first is s...

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17 reasons to learn to drive

We all have our reasons for learning to drive. Whether you want to quit the bus, stop riding in dad’s clapped out Volvo or simply can’t wait to start cruising around in your Citreon Saxo, there are lots of reasons why getting...

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Brilliant driving school names

We’ve noticed that there are some amazingly named driving schools out there. They’re too good not to share!...

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Top 10 gifts to Buy New Drivers

Passing your driving test is a massive landmark, and something that’s definitely worth celebrating. If you know someone who’s just ditched their ‘L’ plates, it might be nice to get them a little pressie to mark the occasion. ...

10 signs not ready for your driving test

10 signs you’re not quite ready for your driving test

If you’re learning to drive, you’re probably thinking quite a lot about your ‘big day’. The day you hope to pass your driving test and claim your freedom will be the stuff that dreams are made of, or will it? The thing is, no...

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How to deal with the first drive after your test

So, you’ve passed your driving test and all you want to do is get out on the road to take your new-found freedom for a spin. As exciting as taking to the road alone for the first time is, it can also be pretty daunting....

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10 essentials for your first summer road trip

Whether you’re going to a festival, on a glamorous British camping trip or just a day trip to the beach, there are a few things you don’t want to be forgetting. So join us as we run through the essential checklist for your ve...

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10 things to do after passing your driving test

The day has finally arrived – your driving examiner has just turned to you and said ‘I’m very pleased to tell you that you’ve passed’. No more driving lessons, no more awkward text conversations with Dave the instructor and n...

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Top 10 Bad Driving Habits to Watch Out For

On the whole, the UK isn’t really a nation of bad drivers. My Cypriot boyfriend, after picking up our rental car, came home smiling “Wow it’s so nice to drive here, nobody’s ramming into each other”. However, there are still ...

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10 things you didn’t know before you started driving

Learning to drive brings many new challenges, but it also teaches you some valuable life lessons too. There are certain things which only drivers know, and now that you’re learning to drive, you’ll soon discover too. In case ...

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13 things you shouldn’t say to your driving instructor

Learning to drive can be tough, and having a complete stranger sitting next to you whilst you get used to this strange and complicated thing they call a car, can be even harder to get used to. To help you avoid any potentiall...

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5 myths about learning to drive

If you’re thinking about learning to drive, you’re probably feeling a mixture of excitement and nerves. You might also have been hearing a few horror stories about driving lessons or some ‘top tips’ from your mates about bein...

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Should I take my car to university?

You’ve got all your books packed, pens bought and Nandos loyalty card at the ready, but how are you going to get there? Driving yourself is the obvious solution, but there is a lot to consider when taking your car to universi...

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Supporting your child as they learn to drive

Has their 17th birthday rolled around in the blink of an eye? Does the thought of your child getting behind the wheel of a car fill you with fear? If the answer is yes, and if they have driving lessons at the top of their wis...

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The guide to teaching your child to drive

Getting behind the wheel for the first time is a daunting experience, so it's really important that you get some practice in between driving lessons! Like any skill, you’ll only improve if you keep working at it, and build up...

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Why do we drive on the left in the UK?

Do you notice anything when you disembark from the ferry in Calais? None of the French cars are driving on the left-hand side of the road. Brits driving on the left is seen as a quirk for most of the world, but why do we driv...

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What to expect on your first driving lesson

Knowing what to expect in your first driving lesson is the easiest way to calm your nerves and ensure that you get off to a great start behind the wheel....

13 things you didn't know about cars

13 things you didn’t know about cars

You probably think you know where you stand with your car. That window which squeaks a bit when it’s been raining, the left-hand speaker which needs a little nudge to get going, and the cup-holder which fails to successfully ...

Road rage a matter of perspective

Road Rage and How to Deal with It | Midrive

Picture yourself cruising along the inside lane of your nearest motorway, a little late for a meeting, your eyes are on the road while your favourite album plays through the dashboard. Then, all of a sudden, a car’s rear-end ...

10 things which make all drivers really happy

10 things which make all drivers really happy

Even when you've finished your driving lessons and got that shiny pink licence, being a driver can be stressful. There’ll be times when all you want to do is drive straight through the traffic jam ahead of you (don’t), and wh...

Are driving instructors embracing technology

Are driving instructors embracing technology?

A new study from the adiNEWS and Hitachi Capital Driving Instructor Solutions has found that many driving instructors are embracing technology as aids to help them run their own businesses. ...

Are you ready to learn to drive

Are you ready to learn to drive?

Getting behind the wheel for the first time can be very exciting, but before you learn to drive, you need to make sure you’re ready. Follow our handy checklist and you’ll be cruising with your L-plates on in no time....

Will my driving test be cancelled due to snow

Will my driving test be cancelled due to snow?

If you’re taking your driving test in the winter months, there’s a chance you’ll have some tricky weather to contend with - although you may well have had some practice dealing with this in your driving lessons. If you do wak...

7 things you never understood about driving

7 things you never understood about driving

Before you were old enough to sit in the driving seat, driving was a confusing, grown-up thing which only your mum, dad and other mums and dads were allowed to do. As long as you could get to your mate’s village hall party (A...

10 embarassing things you'll do as a learner driver

10 embarrassing things you’ll do as a learner driver

If you want to get your hands on a driving licence, you’re going to have to be a learner driver – there’s no way around it. But getting behind the wheel for the first time doesn’t come without its fair share of embarrassing m...

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Top 10 Driving Test Tips for Your Big Day

The practical driving test is the final challenge for learner drivers. Pass it, and you’re a fully qualified driver, free to explore the roads without L-plates stuck to your car or a driving instructor in the passenger seat. ...

10 things you won't learn in your driving lessons

10 things you won't learn in your driving lessons

Your driving instructor may teach you a lot of useful skills, but there’s just some things which you won’t learn in your driving lessons. Whether it’s the best way to style out a poor parking attempt or how to handle the Mcdo...

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How to Reverse Bay Park - Diagonal Method | Midrive

Don’t let the reverse bay park trip you up on your driving test! Watch our video and follow our tips and you’ll nail it every time. If you’re unsure about any aspect of reversing around a corner, ask your driving instructor i...

The 5 best cars for learners and new drivers in 2017

The 5 best cars for learner and new drivers

Whether you’ve just passed your test, or you’re embarking on your first driving lesson, choosing your first car is an important decision. This is the car that is going to help you to nurture and perfect your newfound driving ...

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Eating while driving

We all know the dangers of being distracted while driving, and that using your phone is illegal, but do you know where you stand when it comes to eating while driving? Here we look at the dangers of eating while driving, and ...

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Are advanced driving courses worth it?

There’s no doubting that an advanced driving course will equip you with some valuable skills, but, after splashing out on your driving lessons, are they really worth the extra cash?...

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Are cheap driving lessons worth it?

If you’ve decided it’s time to get on the road, you’re probably going to start your search for a driving instructor pretty soon. There’s a few things you’ll need to consider before picking your driving instructor, and we’ve p...

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Bay parking (sharp corner method)

Bay parking is one of the four manoeuvres that you’ll need to learn before you sit your UK practical driving test. It can be tricky, and quite a few learner drivers struggle with it, so don’t worry if you’re having trouble. ...

choosing a car to learn to drive in

Choosing a car to learn to drive in

There are many things you’ll need to consider when you decide it’s time to learn to drive. You’ll need to apply for your provisional driving licence, find a driving instructor, get learner driver insurance, and make sure you’...

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Bad Weather Driving Test Top Tips

Driving in bad weather is something we all get used to pretty quickly in the UK, but what happens if you have bad weather on the day of your driving test? Unfortunately, you can’t control the weather conditions and you might ...

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Drink driving: the morning after

Christmas is a time for celebrating with friends and family, and that often means having a drink or two. At this time of year, however, police forces all over the UK introduce campaigns to remind drivers of the risks of drink...

How to drive in the rain

How to Drive in the Rain Safely

Let’s face it, motorists in the UK get more experience than many when it comes to driving in wet conditions, and by the time you've finished your driving lessons, you'll probably have a ton of experience. Even in the summer, ...

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Driving in Snow and Ice Safely

Driving in snow can be daunting for even the most experienced drivers, and you're unlikely to have encountered it in your driving lessons. So, if you’re taking to the roads for the first time this winter, you’ll probably want...

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How to do deal with driving test nerves

You’re bound to be nervous on the day of your driving test. It’s something you’ve probably spent months preparing for, and it’s finally arrived. In fact, it would be weird not to feel a few butterflies on test day, but gettin...

Have you got road rage

Have you got road rage?

If there’s one thing we hate more than bad manners, it’s bad manners on the road. We know that being a driver can be tough sometimes and that you’ll occasionally feel like calling someone a w*nker or giving them the finger, s...

how to move off and stop safely in the car

How to move off and stop safely in the car

Moving off and stopping safely are both skills which learner drivers learn very early on in their driving lessons. Although it’s a skill that you’ll soon get the hang of, knowing the right procedure is important as you will b...

How to park a car

How to Park a Car: 6 Easy Ways | Midrive

Learning how to park is something which many learner drivers struggle to get to grips with, but it’s a skill which you’ll need to master before you can sit your driving test. There are numerous different ways to park and your...

Save money on fuel

Video: How to save money on fuel

While it’s immensely freeing, driving can also get rather expensive, what with the cost of lessons, driving tests and insurance. In this video we take you through a number of ways you can keep your driving costs down so you c...

How to save money on fuel

Find Out How to Save Money on Fuel

We know being a young driver can be expensive (driving lessons, insurance... the list goes on). But there are ways to minimise the costs of being on the road. If you’re fed up of watching your money disappear into your fuel t...

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How to: stick within the speed limit

Everyone’s got something that’s certain to make them drive a little faster than normal. For some people it’s a certain song, others rush to get to the gym (lunatics), and some people find their accelerator-foot getting heavy ...

Use your own car for a driving test

How to: Use your own car for a driving test

Most people take their driving test in their driving instructor’s car, but there is no rule to stop you using your own car for a driving test. The important thing is that you're familiar with the car you're driving, so you ma...

Independent driving in the driving test

Independent driving in the driving test

Since October 2010, everyone taking a driving test in the UK has to do around 10 minutes of independent driving. During this period of time you will be required to, without instruction, follow traffic signs, a series of direc...

Learning to drive in an automatic car

Learning to drive in an automatic car

In 2012, 70,429 car driving tests in the UK were conducted in automatic vehicles. Compare this to the 1,569,069 manual car tests taken in the same time period, and you can see only a fraction of learner drivers opt for automa...

Learning to drive with a disability

Learning to drive with a disability

If you have a disability or health condition, learning to drive can seem like a far off goal to achieve, but it doesn’t have to be. Learning to drive with a disability might bring more challenges, but it’s not impossible. Her...

Master the cockpit drill in 6 steps

Master the cockpit drill in 6 steps

One of the very first things you’ll learn on your first driving lesson is the cockpit drill. Once you’ve got the hang of it, your cockpit drill won’t take more than a minute or so, but getting to grips with it for the first t...

What is a mock driving test

What is a mock driving test?

Taking a mock driving test is a great way to get yourself prepared for the real thing. Many driving instructors encourage their learners to take a mock driving test a couple of weeks or so before their real driving test, as i...

motorway driving tips for new drivers

Motorway driving tips for new drivers

Although motorways won't come up in your practical driving test, it's worth spending time getting used to them before you get your licence as they can be scary if you're encountering them for the first time on your own! As a ...

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Do I Need Snow Tyres for My Car?

Snow tyres are designed to make driving in snow and ice easier. Unlike regular tyres, they’re designed to cope with wintery conditions and slippery roads. There’s no doubting they’re great for getting about during a cold snap...

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How to parallel park

The parallel park, also known as the reverse park, is one of the trickier manoeuvres that might come up on your driving test. Control, thorough observation and finesse are required, but with our tips and plenty of practice du...

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Show Me Tell Me Questions - Driving Test Revision

You don’t need to be a mechanic to answer the show me tell me questions correctly, you just need a good knowledge of your vehicle. Any driving instructor worth their salt will get you up to speed during your driving lessons, ...

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Should I Use P-Plates When I Pass?

If you’re preparing for life as a newly qualified driver you’re bound to have a lot of questions. If one of these is whether or not you should use P-plates once you’ve passed, this short guide will help you decide....

Top 10 reasons to fail a driving test

Top 10: Reasons to fail a driving test

One of the best ways to ensure that you pass your driving test is to understand the most common reasons to fail a driving test. Sounds sensible, right? But you’d be amazed at how many learners trip up on the same things....

Busting UK driving age rumours

Busting UK driving age rumours

Every now and again, rumours regarding the UK driving age being raised to 18-years-old start to circulate. These driving age rumours have been around for as long as people have been taking driving tests, so we look at whether...

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The UK driving licence explained

Before you embark on your journey through driving lessons to a full, pink driving licence, you’ll probably want to know what each section of your driving licence means. The UK’s photocard provisional and full driving licences...

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What should I wear for my driving test?

You’ll have many questions for your driving instructor as you approach the date of your driving test, but what to wear probably won’t be the first thing which comes to mind. Deciding what to wear for your driving test might n...

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What to do after a car accident

Road accidents can happen to even the most cautious of drivers. Although you can ensure that you’re a safe driver, you can’t control other motorists’ actions, and finding yourself involved in a crash can be extremely scary. Y...

What's the difference between petrol and diesel

What’s the difference between petrol and diesel?

Whilst you’re learning to drive, you probably won’t give much thought to whether your driving instructor’s car has a petrol or diesel engine, but, when it comes to buying your own car, it’s something which you’ll need to take...

When should I book my driving test

When Should I Book my Driving Test?

When should I book my driving test? It’s a question that every learner driver asks. After all, nobody wants to keep their L-plates on forever....

When should I learn to drive

When should I learn how to drive?

Many people want to start learning to drive as soon as they turn 17 years old, but that doesn’t mean every learner driver learns and passes at the same age. Deciding when the right time to take to the road depends on a number...

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Top 10 safety enhancing gadgets for your car

So you've finished off your driving lessons and you've passed your test - great! But taking to the road for the first time on your own can be daunting. Thankfully we live in an age of technology, where gadgets and gizmos can ...

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Who can teach me how to drive?

A DVSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) will be able to get you on the road to your pink driving licence, but they’re not the only ones who can help you gain skills behind the wheel!...

A guide to defensive driving

Learn How to Drive Defensively

You might think that learning what to do in the driver’s seat is tough enough without having to worry about what everyone else is doing around you, but anticipating other drivers’ actions and expecting the unexpected is all p...

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How to apply for your provisional driving licence

Before you can start your driving lessons, you need to have your provisional driving licence organised. You can’t drive a car, even with your parents, without one. You can’t even book your theory test! Luckily, applying for a...

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A Guide to UK Driving Licence Points

As a learner driver, you shouldn’t be planning on getting any driving licence points, but it can’t hurt to understand the law as well as you can. Once you have a thorough understanding of the rules, you can be sure to avoid b...

6 questions before you learn to drive

6 questions to answer before learning to drive

Thinking about learning to drive can feel like being stuck in a traffic jam, boxed in by rules and regulations, time constraints and unexpected costs. We’ve pulled together this handy checklist to help you understand what it ...

Should I take Pass Pluss

Should I Take the Pass Plus Course?

New drivers can take a Pass Plus driving course at any time, although it’s thought to be most useful within the first year of being on the road. It is designed to support a new driver’s developing skills....

New drivers' guide to tyres

The new drivers’ guide to tyres

Tyres aren’t the most fascinating of subjects, and they're not something you'll learn an awful lot about in your driving lessons. But every driver should know how to look after theirs, what the legal requirements are and how ...

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What to do if your car breaks down

During your driving lessons, the last thing you’ll be thinking about is what to do if your car breaks down, but, unfortunately, it’s something that most of us will have to deal with at some point during our time on the road....

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Making the most of driving lessons with your parents

Many learner drivers choose to supplement on-road experience with their driving instructor with some driving lessons with Mum and Dad too. This can be a great way to save some cash, keep your mind refreshed between driving le...

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Drink driving and drug driving - the facts

Drinking and driving is against the law, and you must never drive under the influence of drugs. You should even avoid driving after taking some types of medication, because certain medicines can alter your mental state or mak...

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How to make sure your car passes its MOT test

It is a legal requirement to keep your car in a safe and roadworthy condition. To ensure all vehicles on the road meet road safety and environmental standards, car owners are required to get their vehicles MOT tested once a y...

I failed my driving test - now what?

I failed my driving test - now what?

Failing your driving test can feel like the end of the world, but it’s important not to give up. There are a number of reasons behind why you might have failed your test; you just have to work out why you failed and how to ma...

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What Exactly is a "Blind Spot"?

As a new driver, there’s loads to learn. One of the most important things you’ll pick up in those early driving lessons is a healthy respect for your blind spot....

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How to Do a Good Emergency Stop

The emergency stop is a simple element of the driving test but it is also one which catches a lot of learner drivers out. As you'll discover in your driving lessons, it’s not quite as simple as slamming the brakes on and hopi...

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How to Complete a Turn in the Road

The turn in the road, also called the three-point turn, though no longer examined on the driving test, is a manoeuvre instructors are still encouraged to teach in your driving lessons. It’s a relatively simple manoeuvre, alth...

How to reverse around a corner (left corner reverse)

How to reverse around a corner (left corner reverse)

Reverse around a corner is no longer part of the driving test, but it's well worth learning. In the list of things that make learners nervous, reverse around a corner is right up there with parallel parking and roundabouts. H...

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How to Do a Hill Start Without Stalling

Learning to drive is a great way to gain independence and to open up opportunities, but there will be challenges along the way. Once you’ve got the hang of handling the vehicle, your driving lessons will cover all of the driv...

How to overtake safely

Find Out How to Overtake Safely

Overtaking is something which you probably won’t have done a great deal of during your driving lessons, but it’s important to know how to do it safely. There may be times when you need to overtake a slow moving vehicle, cycli...

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Find Out All About Roundabouts

Whether you struggle with lane positioning, knowing when to give way or how to give the correct signals, this guide will teach you everything you need to know about roundabouts....

How to set up your car mirrors correctly

How to set up your car mirrors correctly

Before you can get out on the road, you’ll need to make sure you’re in the right driving position and that you’ve got your mirrors adjusted correctly. Setting up your car mirrors will be one of the first things you’ll learn i...

Don't forget your mspsl routine

Don’t forget your MSPSL routine

You may have heard of the mirror, signal, manoeuvre (MSM) routine. It’s as familiar a part of learning to drive as L-plates and stalling, but many driving instructors now consider mirror, signal, manoeuvre to be a bit out-of-...

tips for driving in heavy traffic

Tips for driving in heavy traffic

If you’re learning to drive in a busy town or city, driving in traffic is something you’ll soon get used to. Driving in heavy traffic can be frustrating and you might find other drivers become more impatient when stuck in a j...

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When You Should Use Your Indicators

Whether you call it signalling, using the indicators, turning on the blinkers, or something else, letting other road users know what you’re doing is more than just a matter of good manners; it’s an essential part of road safe...

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The learner driver's guide to junctions

Learning how to approach a junction can be one of the more intimidating aspects of learning to drive, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re properly prepared and you’re comfortable in your driving lessons, tackling junctions i...

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What to expect from your driving test

On the day of your driving test you’re bound to feel a mixture of emotions. Whilst the thought that your pink driving licence could be just a couple of hours away is exciting, the uncertainty over what to expect and what mano...

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How to turn left and right safely

When you’re learning to drive, how to approach and how to turn at a junction will be two things you'll learn early on in your driving lessons. Knowing when it’s safe and when it’s not safe to go is something you should pick u...

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Learn How to Drive on Rural Roads | Midrive

Whilst many learner drivers don’t have to worry about driving on rural roads during their driving lessons, those who live in the country will have to get used to driving on winding roads where a whole host of new hazards exis...

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How to Drive at Night: Top 5 Tips | Midrive

Driving in the dark presents a whole host of new challenges. Driving at night is something which most learner drivers will get a bit of experience of in their driving lessons, but it’s important to make sure you’re prepared f...

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How to safely let emergency vehicles past

You’ll hear emergency vehicles before you see them, and this can be quite daunting. Whether it's your first driving lesson or you passed your test years ago, it's easy to panic and make yourself a hazard by refusing to give w...

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Vulnerable Road Users and Drivers

There are different types of vulnerable road users and, as your instructor will stress in your driving lessons, it’s important to remember to be courteous and patient around them. Read our guide to find out how everyone can s...

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Driving Through Flood Water Safely

It might not have been a white Christmas, but we’ve certainly had our fair share of adverse weather conditions over the festive period. With parts of the UK having been covered in floodwater over the past couple of weeks, we ...

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How to Stop Your Car from Skidding

Bad weather conditions can increase the chance of your car skidding, but you can also lose control when you drive too fast on a sunny day. Follow our tips to reduce the risk of your car skidding....

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What to do if your car is stuck in snow

It’s that time of year again – the days are getting shorter and the threat of snow and ice is well on its way. If you’re preparing for your first winter behind the wheel, you’ll want to be prepared for the chill....

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How to demist your windscreen quickly

As you'll find out in your driving lessons, you must make sure you can see clearly out of your front and rear windscreens, windows and mirrors before driving away. Moving off with your view restricted is dangerous for both yo...

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De-icing tips for your first winter on the road

How to de-ice your car isn’t something that many learners cover in their driving lessons, especially if they learned to drive in the summer months. If you find your car frozen solid, don’t worry, we’ve got some handy tips tha...

dual-carriageway

What is a Dual Carriageway? Speed Limits and Safety Tips

At some point during your driving lessons, you’ll have to tackle driving on dual carriageways. This can seem like a daunting idea at first, but once you’ve mastered the basics of being on the road, getting to grips with drivi...

Get your car unstuck from mud

How to get your car unstuck from mud

It's something you probably won't cover in your driving lessons. So rather than wasting hours spinning your wheels and carving ever-deeper ruts for yourself, just follow one of our useful tips to get unstuck from mud....

How to reduce your car's fuel consumption

How to reduce your car's fuel consumption

Whilst owning one of the newer models of fuel-efficient cars is a positive advantage,owners of older and less fuel economical cars needn’t despair. Here are a few tips you won't learn during your driving lessons!...

Change gears smoothly

Learn How to Change Gears Smoothly

If you’re fed up of kangarooing from junctions and hearing the engine struggle as you pick the wrong gear, we give you a few tips and bits of advice on how to change gears smoothly....

How to beat driving lesson nerves

How to beat driving lesson nerves

Driving is actually easier than it looks and driving instructors are professionals - their job is to put you at ease and ensure that you become the best driver you can be. But a first lesson can be daunting whether you’re 17 ...

Change a flat tyre

Learn How to Change a Flat Tyre

It can be pretty unnerving the first time that your journey is interrupted by a flat tyre or puncture. Being stuck at the side of the road with a limping car and a car jack that you’ve never even looked at, let alone used, is...

what's under the car bonnet

What's Underneath the Car Bonnet?

Pipes, engine, spinny things, it’s a lot to take in, and you'll likely have to spend some time processing all the info outside of your driving lessons! Understanding what’s under the bonnet isn’t just a necessity to passing t...

drive in strong winds

Learn How to Drive in Strong Winds

When you think of driving in adverse weather conditions, rain, snow and ice are usually the three things which spring to mind. You might not, however, have thought about the dangers of driving in strong winds....