Crossroads – who goes first?

Crossroads often confuse learner drivers. They arrive at a crossroads, there’s a car opposite them and they don’t know who should go first. Hesitation ensues and if one driver doesn’t know what the other driver is going to do a simple meeting situation can become dangerous. During your driving test the examiner will certainly want …

Pass your driving test first time

Are you ready to take your driving test?

Everybody wants to take their driving test as soon as they can. Driving lessons are expensive (up to £40 per hour) so it’s not surprising, especially in the current economic climate, that learner drivers want to take as few lessons as possible. And who wants to take the bus or keep asking for lifts a …

Stalling on driving test

Stalling On Your Driving Test

Many thanks to Diary of an ADI for permission to reproduce this article. Do I fail if I stall on my test? No. Not automatically. It depends on many things, like where you do it, how many times, and how you deal with it. Stalling is NOT automatically a serious (or “major”) fault. If you …

Left turns

A simple left turn can have many potential hazards, from tight turnings, badly parked cars, or cyclists and pedestrians that could be crossing your path. If you want to keep yourself and other people safe, it’s important to follow the correct procedure when approaching and negotiating the turn. How to turn left How to make …

Pass your theory test

The theory test – how to practice and pass it first time!

The ten most ‘difficult’ theory test questions The theory test is, in effect, part one of your driving test. You can’t take the second part (the practical driving test) without passing your theory test first. Given the importance of the theory test, it’s surprising how many people do very little practice before they take it. …

Speed limits matter

Do speed limits matter?

“The majority of drivers regularly break speed limits. This is true for all classes of roads, all times of day and all days of the week.” (DETR) In built-up areas, even a slight increase in speed can make a huge difference to whether someone lives or dies. At 35mph a driver is twice as likely to …

Mirror, signal

Mirror…signal…

The hazard routine The hazard routine is a routine that you use each time you approach a hazard or before you carry out any sort of manoeuver. It’s a safe system of work designed to minimise the risks involved when you’re driving a car. Note: a ‘manoeuver’ is any change of direction. A hazard is …

Let them merge!

Let Them Merge

We all get frustrated in traffic at one time or another. However, simply because traffic is moving slowly doesn’t mean that we can’t let another driver into our lane. One additional car in front of you isn’t going to make you arrive any earlier or later than you already would have. So the next time …

How to pass the theory test

Car theory test – top tips to help you pass

Essential reading and other resourcesHighway Code – download (pdf) Highway code – online version The official DVSA guide to driving: the essential skills Theory Test ProTop tipsRead the question….twice! Carefully read each Theory Test question and answer choices, and then read the question again to ensure you answer correctly! You get 57 minutes to complete …

Which way is left?

Which way is left?

Do you always go the right way when your instructor says ‘take the next road on the left please? Or do you sometimes go the wrong way? It’s odd, isn’t it, how someone who usually knows their left from their right gets really confused when they’re  having a driving lesson! When you take your driving …