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The practical driving test: understanding the independent drive

A driving examiner covers everything you need to know about the independent driving part of the practical driving test: what it is and what you need to know.

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Your complete guide to roof-rack safety

Loose items on your roof rack can have serious consequences. Get roof rack and loading safety tips from our Safe Driving for Life experts.

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Rubbernecking and distracted driving dangers

What's rubbernecking and what does it mean for drivers? Learn why traffic builds up on both carriageways and why it's best to keep looking at your side of the road.

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Ten steps to keeping your vehicle and its contents safe

We provide tips to keep your vehicle and its contents secure. Plus information on Parkmark, Vehicle Watch and the National Mobile Property Register.

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Translations of DVSA learning to drive materials

Find information about the people who can provide translations of DVSA material into foreign languages, and their products.

Busy car park, day.

It took me 4 days to find a parking space!

Do not spend 4 days a year looking for a parking space! Read our top tips and beat parking stress by journey planning, using accredited car parks and practising your parking.

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Why does car insurance cost so much for young drivers?

The cost of car insurance for young drivers. We explain how insurers work out their prices, and give tips to help lower the cost of your insurance.

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Disabilities and the car driver practical test

Learn about the adjustments for disabled practical test candidates. Clearly explains the process of booking your test, what types of help you could get and how to get in touch.

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Can thoughts and feelings affect the way that you drive?

Discover how thoughts and feelings affect your ability to drive safely. Learn about driver behaviour and distraction. Develop self-reflection strategies for better driving.

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Successful strategies for safe driving at night

Driving at night means reduced visibility. Learn how staying alert, watching your speed and keeping your windscreen clean can help you stay safe and judge distances correctly.

Disabled female driver manoeuvres herself between her vheicle and wheel chair.

Disabilities and the car driver theory test

Learn about the adjustments for disabled theory test candidates. Read clear explanations of what to learn, how to get in touch and what types of help you could get.

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Driving safely around cyclists

Get 8 top tips for driving safely around cyclists. Includes how much space to give them, what to look out for at junctions and important Highway Code rules.

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First aid for an emergency on the road

We look at what first aid is and why you need to know it as a road user. We give basic advice on what to do in an emergency situation on the road.

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Three things young drivers should know after their test

Have you recently passed your practical driving test? Useful advice on how to avoid risk-taking behaviour, distractions and taking drugs or alcohol.

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The best strategies to overcome anxiety when you drive

The best strategies from DVSA to overcome anxiety when you drive. Includes relearning the skills you need to pass your driving test, how to stay calm, route planning and refresher lessons.

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Read our top tips for beating driver stress

We explore driver stress. Find out what it is, how it starts and how it affects your driving. Get advice on what to do if you're feeling stressed out at the wheel.

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Your driving test and the emergency stop

In this blog, we'll explore how your examiner will expect you to drive before the emergency stop and get tips on the best way to prepare for this exercise.

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How to parallel park on the side of the road

Learn how to parallel park on the side of the road. Get top tips on using the brakes, clutch and steering lock for parallel parking success.

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Do not drive when you're tired

20% of accidents are fatigue related. Make sure you do not become a statistic by reading this blog. Learn strategies including journey planning and rest breaks.

London traffic, rush-hour commute, day.

Top tips to beat the rush hour blues for a smooth commute

Rush hour can be a frustrating time to drive … but do not worry! Learn how good food, proper journey planning and managing your mood can help your commute.

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Mirrors – Signal – Manoeuvre for the learner driver

Learn the Mirrors – Signal – Manoeuvre (MSM) driving technique and give clear signals to other road users. Understand how to use MSM to safely manoeuvre your vehicle.

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How to read the road for hidden dangers

Learn to spot 'hidden' hazards and use information to predict the actions of other road users. Includes common scenarios and likely outcomes.

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Having trouble on mini-roundabouts

Ever struggled at a mini-roundabout? This blog explains how to approach them, when to give way and how much space to leave other vehicles. Become a mini-roundabout expert today!

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The driver and the cyclist

Cyclists are amongst the most vulnerable road users. In this blog, we explore ways to keep them (and you) safe by giving them room and identiying accident hotspots.

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