Drug driving and the (new!) law

Drug driving campaign

If you’ve been to a party and decided that you could have a little smoke of something or some chemicals and drive home, then it’s probably time to think again. It may surprise you to learn that drug driving is treated in much the same way as drink driving, with severe penalties for those people found to be unfit to drive. The best advice is to leave any kind of substance that could impair your driving well alone.

The V5C. What is it, and why is it important?

Sometimes we like to use this blog to tell you general stuff about owning a car and, if you’re just about to buy a car, then the chances are you’ll have heard of the V5C. Unfortunately it’s not a piece of paper that gives you extra driving privileges, or which grants you free parking. That said, it’s a really important document relating to your car, so it pays to know something about it.

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More tips for driving test success - don’t forget to bring a car!

I spent 18 years as a driving instructor, but moved over to the ‘dark side’ to become an examiner eight years ago. As an instructor, one question I was frequently asked by my learners was ‘What will the test instructor’s car be like?’

Firstly, I’d tell the learner that there’s no such thing as a ‘test instructor’; there are driving instructors (those who teach) and there are driving examiners (those who test). One person cannot be both.

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An examiner’s tale - fault assessment explained

I’d like to tell you something every candidate wonders about: how a driving test is assessed. Some people think it’s cloaked in mystery and that we examiners form a secret society, unwilling to share our assessment knowledge. It’s not like that at all: I’m happy to tell you everything I can if it helps you to relax and trust that we’re here to help.

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