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Learning to drive: Charlotte's story, part 3

Let Charlotte guide you through her experiences of learning to drive. In part 3, she talks about lesson prep, what happened on the day of her practical test and buying a car!

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The ultimate guide to looking after your tyres

Read about how to maintain your tyres and keep safe, save money and stay legal. We cover tyre inflation, tyre tread depth and legal limits.

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The (new) top 10 reasons people fail their driving tests

DVSA reveals the top driving test faults made in the first year of the new test.

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Our guide to driving safely on country roads

All about driving on country roads. Learn to look out for blind bends and tricky weather conditions. Understand appropriate speeds and sharpen your hazard perception.

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Dashcams: how they work and why you should buy one

What are dashcams? How do they work? We look at the main reasons to buy one, including evidence in case of a road incident and reduced premiums.

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Learning to drive: Charlotte's story, part 2

In part 2 of Charlotte's story, she talks about driving at roundabouts. There's also some great advice about where and how to revise for the theory test.

L-plate on back of car.

Learning to drive: Charlotte's story, part 1

Charlotte shares her experience of learning to drive. Follow her story as she chooses an instructor and has her first lesson. Discover how it feels to drive for the first time!

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How 'looking but not seeing' affects your driving

Why do drivers miss closed road signs? This blog shows how 'inattentional blindness' affects our ability to drive safely. Includes great tips for staying focused on the road.

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How well do you know your traffic signs?

Get prepared for your theory test by learning about traffic signs and road markings. Find out why they're important, and get links to extra revision resources.

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How to keep pedestrians safe and be a better driver

This blog explains why knowing The Highway Code, talking to your instructor and understanding traffic signs all help you to drive safely near pedestrians.

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How to ignore your mobile phone when driving

Using your mobile phone when driving is dangerous and against the law. We look at why it's unsafe and provide tips on how to ignore it.

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How conversations can distract you while you drive

Safe driving means learning how to manage distractions. In this blog, we show you the dangers of listening to your passengers and give you top tips for staying focused on the road.

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A guide to safe driving while listening to music

Music can be a distraction and affect your driving style. We provide tips on how you can listen to music safely while you drive.

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Driving in severe weather: be prepared and be aware

Prepare to drive in severe weather with expert advice from Highways England. Find out what to carry with you and where to look for weather and traffic updates.

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Five things to remember when the clocks go back

Five essential tips for avoiding accidents after the clocks go back. Find out how vehicle care, getting your lights on early and a full washer bottle can help keep you safe.

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How to dodge drinking as the designated driver

Read this guide to understand the penalties of drink driving. Get some some great tips for enjoying a night out without the beer.

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Slowing down and driving safely near schools

We explore the importance of managing your speed near schools. Learn how to spot children stepping into the road and get some great tips on driving near school buses.

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Beat the dazzle: a useful guide to buying sunglasses

Sunglasses can help you to drive safely on sunny days. This blog explores the EU standards for sunglasses and gives you tips on buying a pair with a suitable tint.

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Top strategies for successful city driving

We provide useful strategies for successful city driving. They include planning your journey, keeping a safe separation distance and how to control anxiety.

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Can I use my mobile phone at traffic lights?

Learn whether it's legal to use your mobile phone when you're driving. We explain The Highway Code rules and give you strategies for a safe, legal journey.

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Tips from driving examiners: the cost of learning to drive

We look at how much it costs to learn to drive and pass your practical driving test, why the cost varies, and the importance of practice.

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The hard shoulder. When can I stop on it, and what do I do?

When can (and can't) you stop on a hard shoulder? We look at rules 264 and 275 of The Highway Code, the rules on smart motorways, and what to do if you have to stop …

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The importance of checking your tyres

Why is checking your tyres important? We highlight the dangers of damaged tyres and explain how to perform weekly fault checks.

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Why checking the oil level is important

Learn to check the oil level and keep your car running smoothly. Read our guide and prepare for the 'tell me' part of the practical driving test!

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