Learner Hub

Learning to drive? Make the Midrive Learner Hub the first place you come to for advice. It's packed with everything you'll need to make the most of your driving lessons!

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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...

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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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How to: deal with tailgaters

Most of us have had to deal with tailgaters. Whether we’ve been driving for 2 days or 20 years, there always seems to be other drivers who just don’t like being behind us. Drivers who tailgate can be intimidating, but knowing...

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A guide to defensive driving

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 revise for your theory test

Before you can get to grips with your practical driving test, you’ll have to pass your theory driving test, proving you know your stuff when it comes to the rules of the road. You can take your theory test as soon as you turn...

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Choosing learner driver insurance

Learner driver insurance doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might expect, and many car insurance providers have special policies to help you make the most of your time on the road. Choosing which learner driver insurance ...

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The new drivers’ guide to tyres

Tyres aren’t the most fascinating of subjects, but every driver should know how to look after theirs, what the legal requirements are and how to find your spare. You might not have given much thought to your tyres whilst lear...

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Failed the theory exam? Don't panic!

We can all remember, or are still experiencing, exams and those terrifying words: ‘turn over your papers’. They strike fear into hearts. To pass any exam you have to know your stuff, and the only way to do that is to get your...

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What is a No Claims Bonus?

It’s a question you’ll be asked when trying to get insurance quotes, but do you understand how a no claims bonus – also known as a no claims discount – works? In this article we answer any questions you might have about no cl...

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Car insurance guide for new drivers

If you’re looking for an insurance quote on your first car, there’s probably going to be a lot of questions which don’t make much sense and you’re not sure how to answer. This article is designed to simplify the process. We’l...

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How to do an 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. It’s not quite as simple as slamming the brakes on and hoping for the best; a good emergency stop requi...

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How to do 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 encouraged to still teach. It’s a relatively simple manoeuvre, although it does demand accu...

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How to do a hill start

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 instructor will take you through a...

How to overtake safely

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...

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-...

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When to 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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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 which your driving instructor will teach you early on. Knowing when it’s safe and when it’s not safe to go is something you shoul...

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How to drive on rural roads

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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Driving at night

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

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UK speed limits explained

Speed limits differ depending on what kind of road you’re on, and there may well be long stretches of road with different speed limits to contend with. Knowing what the speed limit is on the road that you’re driving on is ess...

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Stopping distances explained

Knowing your stopping distances is crucial because, in case of emergency, you will need to make sure you allow yourself enough time to come to a standstill. Being able to calculate how much space you should leave between you ...

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Driving through flood water

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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What's under the car bonnet

Pipes, engine, spinny things, it’s a lot to take in! Understanding what’s under the bonnet isn’t just a necessity to passing the first part of your driving test, but could help out of a sticky situation after passing....