General Tips

Here are some general driving tips- they may even be of interest to people who can already drive too!

Common questions answered - If I hit the curb on my test I’ll fail. Right?

Each month I will be posting a new help topic covering the more common questions I get asked. For the 2nd question of the year we're looking at: If I hit the curb on my test I’ll fail. Right? Not necessarily. It depends on the situation. How fast, how hard, the angle, were there people on the pavement? etc The basic reason the curb is there is to prevent you getting on the pavement. So if you misjudge pulling in or your road position and catch the curb, then it’s done its job. Not...

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Common questions answered - Crossing hands on the steering wheel

Each month I will be posting a new help topic covering the more common questions I get asked. For the 1st question of the year we're looking at: I’ve heard that crossing my hands on the steering wheel will result in a test fail, is that true? This is and always has been untrue. There are no rules or particular methods of steering required for the driving test. The Driving Examiner is simply looking for you to control the car in the best way possible at the right time. If that means crossing your hands or indeed...

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Pass Plus

What does Pass Plus entail? Whats different about Pass Plus Cymru? Where do we go and what do we do exactly? All these and more answered in this article outlining briefly the Pass Plus Course! So what is Pass Plus? Pass Plus is a series of modules taking in a variety of driving situations that you may or may not have come across on your driving lessons. It has 6 modules that require a minimum of 6 hours to cover. The 6 modules are; Introduction & Town Driving Driving at night Driving in adverse weather conditions Dual Carriageways Rural Roads Motorways Some of...

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Driving Made Simple

Approaching any given driving situation there are only really 3 options available to you. Work from 1 to 2 to 3 and one of them will always work. Keep this in mind and every situation you find yourself in you will be able to work a way through! 1 - Drive through (or round as the case may be) 2 - Slow down 3 - Stop Literally every driving situation is only going to be one of those. A driving situation is always developing and can change in an instant. However one of them has to work. So work methodically through them and when one of them...

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Why 2 hour lessons are better than 1 hour lessons

Generally speaking and for most people learning to drive, 2 hour lessons are more beneficial than 1 hour lessons. There are a variety of reasons for this which include: Reduced learning time overall (can reduce by a third) Reduced costs to the learner (2 hour sessions are reduced prices) Approximately triples the learning period in any given session (see below) Allows better retention of information due to more time to practice Allows for a greater geographical area to be covered in lessons to maximise exposure to a variety of traffic situations Allows travel on a greater variety of road types including National Speed...

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Direct Links to useful information

Apply for your Provisional Driving Licence -> HERE Apply for your Theory Test -> HERE Apply for your Driving Test -> HERE The Highway Code -> HERE Know Your Traffic Signs - > HERE The Drivers Bible, AKA, Driving: The Essential Skills - > HERE All you need to know about the MOT -> HERE A little information from Wikipedia on Car Servicing -> HERE All you need to know about Car TAX - > HERE All you need to know about Car Insurance -> HERE Pass Plus Information -> HERE Pass...

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Why to check your mirrors when moving your vehicle left or right!

This is a video from a very good friend of mine and its in Swansea. Some of you will know the road. He's lucky this time, but it shows why you MUST check your mirrors before moving your vehicle. He was perfectly in his right to undertake this maneouvre while none of the cars were moving around the lorry. Just think if the driver had done it quicker or wider, my friend might not be here anymore!    

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What to do when you have approaching emergency vehicles?

Blue Light Aware is a short video, produced on behalf of the emergency services. Their crews rely on the help of other road users when they're on a 'blue light' journey. By watching Blue Light Aware, you will better understand their needs, you will be reducing the risks you face, you will be contributing to a safer road environment and you might also be helping to save a life. Please note, this video contains flash photography.

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