Choosing an instructor

Driving lessons are expensive – around £25 per hour – so shop around for the best. Don’t just choose Bob’s Dad from Basildon. Only an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) or a licensed instructor under training can charge for lessons. ADIs have a green badge in their windscreen, from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA); instructors under […]

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Learning to drive with your parents

Learning to drive can be expensive – really expensive — so it’s only natural that when you’re learning you’ll want to save as much money as possible. And one of the best ways of cutting the cost of learning is by supplementing your tuition with some practice with a friend or family member. Unfortunately, your […]

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How to reverse into a parking bay

One of the manoeuvres you might be asked to perform on your driving test is to reverse into a parking bay. If you’re asked to do this manoeuvres, it’ll either be at the start or end of the test in the test centre’s car park. So if there’s no car park at your driving test […]

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Show me/tell me questions

When it comes to taking your practical test, the first thing you’ll be asked to do is read a number plate from a set distance away, which shouldn’t be too difficult unless you’re short-sighted and you’ve left your glasses or contacts at home. The second thing you’ll be asked to do is slightly more complicated; […]

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How to do an emergency stop

The emergency stop has long been a part of the driving test. At one time, every candidate had to perform one, but since 1999 this has dropped to just one in three. Unfortunately, they’re chosen at random, so you won’t know in advance whether or not you’ll have to pull up in a hurry. The […]

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How to reverse around a corner

While driving forwards is easy, reversing is more difficult as it feels unnatural. But it’s something you have to get used to as a driver, and on your test you may well be asked to reverse round a corner to show that you can control a car going backwards. The examiner will be making sure […]

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