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Learning to drive? Our ultimate Learner Guide has got everything you need to make the most of your driving lessons.

avoid stalling a car

How to avoid stalling a car

Learning to drive can be a tricky business. As if you didn’t have enough to worry about with trying to master reverse parking; you’ve also just experienced the joys of stalling in front of a queue of traffic. Don’t worry thou...

Change a flat tyre

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...

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...

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The driving 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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The ultimate driving glossary

When you’re learning to drive you hear a lot of new things. New words, new ideas, new acronyms that are meant to be easy to remember but somehow aren’t, there’s just too much to learn! To help you out, we’re building a livin...

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Top 10 gifts for 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. ...

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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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Top 10 safest first cars

When buying your first car, you want to make sure you’re making the right decision, both financially and when it comes to safety. Although a huge part of staying safe on the road is down to the driver’s actions behind the whe...

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How to buy a used car

Whether you need to buy a car to learn to drive in or you’re looking to buy one for after you pass your driving test, you’re probably thinking about buying a used car. Buying your first car is an exciting but expensive time, ...

Road rage a matter of perspective

Road Rage: a matter of perspective.

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 ...

Winter driving tips for new drivers

Winter driving tips for new drivers

Winter driving can be pretty unpleasant for even the best drivers, so it’s no surprise that snow and ice cause a lot of concern for learner and newly-qualified drivers - especially if you took your driving lessons during the ...

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....

top 10 driving test tips

Top 10: Driving test tips

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. ...

how to pick a driving instructor

How to: Pick a driving instructor

So, you’ve decided that it’s time to get your driver’s licence and you’re looking for driving lessons. However, picking a driving instructor who’s right for you is proving to be a bit of a challenge. What do you look for? Wha...

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When should I book my theory test?

So you think it’s time to take your theory? Or maybe you’re wondering: when will I be ready to take my theory? Passing it is an essential step towards gaining your full licence. But going for it before you’re ready could mean...

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Top 10: Eco-friendly first cars

We all know how important it is to look after the environment, and choosing an eco-friendly car can be one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Whether you're just starting your driving lessons or you've newly re...

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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 ...

are cheap driving lessons worth it

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...

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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Car servicing: all you need to know

Getting your car serviced can seem like just another expense to add on to the cost of motoring, but keeping your engine and vehicle maintained and in good working order is essential for your safety and for your pocket. It's n...

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Bad weather driving test 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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Car lights and the law

If you take driving lessons in the evenings, you might well experience driving in the dark with your instructor. But all learner and new drivers should get at least some practice of driving in the dark before they take to the...

Do I need a dash cam

Do I need a dash cam?

The Russian dash cam is something which YouTube viewers will probably be familiar with. As highlighted by February’s meteor, the number of dash cams in Russia appears to be higher than in any other country in the world. Peopl...

drink driving the morning after

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

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, ...

driving in snow and ice

Driving in snow and ice

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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Electric cars — should I buy one?

With petrol prices and pollution levels rising, electric cars are an attractive option. The government are also offering discounts to anyone wishing to purchase their first electric car, and have allocated £400 million toward...

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...

black box insurance

How does black box insurance work?

Black box insurance – or telematics insurance – is a great way of saving money... but what is it? In your driving lessons you'll learn everything you need to drive safely and confidently in post-test life... but one thing tha...

How to park a car

How to park a car

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

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...

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...

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...

snow tyres

Do I need snow tyres?

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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