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Learner Guide

Learning to drive? Make our ultimate Learner Guide the first place you come to for advice. It's packed with everything you'll 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...

How to reverse around a corner (left corner reverse)

How to do an emergency stop222

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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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. However, just because it’s grim outdoors, it doesn’t mea...

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. If you’re a new driver and want to start your driving life as an eco...

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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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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

All learner and new drivers should get some practice of driving in the dark before they take to the road alone. Not only does this mean you’ll need to know how to cope with driving at night, but you’ll also need to know how t...

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! Even in the summer, we’re hardly immune to the odd torrential downpour, and as such, drivers in Great Britain have t...

driving in snow and ice

Driving in snow and ice

Driving in snow can be daunting for even the most experienced drivers, so if you’re taking to the roads for the first time this winter, you’ll probably want a few tips for being behind the wheel at this time of year....

electric cars should I buy one

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...

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. In this video we take you through a number of ways you can keep your driving costs down so you can enjoy all of the freedom without having to worry so much ...

How to save money on fuel

How to save money on fuel

We know being a young driver can be expensive, 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 tank, follow our simple tips to help you save mone...

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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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 practise wi...

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Should I use P-plates

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....

buy a car on finance

Should I buy a car on finance?

Buying your first car is an exciting time, but it can also be confusing trying to compare all of the options. More and more of us are switching to finance deals to buy vehicles, and here we take a look at how buying a car on ...

Tips for passing your theory test

Tips for passing your theory test

Before you can get on the road, you’ll need to make sure you’ve passed your theory test and that you know your stuff when it comes to the highway code. A theory test costs £25 a go, so you want to make sure you’re prepared an...

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 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 are very similar in ter...

what-to-do-after-a-car-accident

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. F...

When should I learn to drive

When should I learn 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...