Your driving life

Your driving life

It’s important to keep your driving knowledge up to date about throughout your life on the road. Signs, road markings and rules are updated from time to time. You can find out about changes

  • in Highway Code updates on Twitter or on Facebook
  • on GOV.UK
  • in government publications
  • on motoring organisation websites
  • on this website!

You should also keep up to date on changes to vehicle technologies. You’ll find information about these

  • on manufacturer’s websites
  • in trade magazines and websites.

When there are changes to regulations for vehicle registration, the MOT test or taxation, you can find information

  • on GOV.UK
  • in government publications
  • on motoring organisation websites.

Don’t forget that you must keep your vehicle documents up to date too. See the Vehicle documents section for information about updating the vehicle registration certificate (V5C).

If your personal details change, you’ll need to update your licence

Renew your driving licence if it’s close to its expiry date.

 

Driving isn’t something you ever really finish learning: you can, and should, keep learning from your experiences throughout your driving career.

Keep thinking about how you drive, and how you see other people drive, to find ways to improve your skills. You could ask for feedback from passengers in your car: they might notice a bad habit that you haven’t realised you’ve got.

Some changes in life can affect how you behave as a driver or the challenges you’ll face. It’s a good idea to get some driving instruction to help you adjust your driving, eg if you’re returning to driving after a long break or driving with a baby in the car.

Regular driver development sessions can help you keep up to date and stop bad habits: speak to an approved driving instructor about this.

You should also be aware that your driving ability will be affected by your health and your age: see Are you fit to drive? for more information about this.