Whether you are learning to drive or just want to improve your driving, this page contains quick links to advice and guides from getting your licence through to advanced techniques, whether your vehicle is a car, motorbike, heavy vehicle or passenger vehicle.
Getting your licence
Learn the theory
Choosing a vehicle
Choosing the best car for a learner driver. Types of cars plus setting your budget.
Essential car maintenance for your first car. If you’ve never owned a car before, here’s how to keep it running sweetly.
Which gearbox should you choose? Automatic or manual – it’ll affect your future.
Choosing an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)
Choosing a driving instructor. The questions you need to ask to get an ADI that suits you.
Techniques to help you pass the test
Common mistakes that make you fail your car driving test. ADIs give us their tips.
Common mistakes that make you fail your motorbike test. Riding instructors give us their tips.
Commentary drives. How describing what’s coming up can make you more aware of the road ahead.
Memory tricks to help you learn the Highway Code. Everyone can improve their memory quite easily with these tricks that will help you remember the information for your theory test.
Relaxing for your driving test. Techniques to help you relax if taking tests makes you nervous.
Foods to eat and avoid before taking your test. What you eat can influence your reaction times, how awake you feel, and how pleasant you smell for the examiner.
Boosting your confidence and abilities
Safety advice (all vehicles)
Driving in adverse road conditions. Brake fade, fords, cattle grids, mud, punctures, road works, salt/sand and heavy snow
Anticipating what other drivers will do. What to look out for to give you advance warning of other drivers’ intentions.
Driving while temporarily blinded. Other drivers’ high beam headlights, sun dazzle/sun strike, reflections, fogged windscreens, spray, bonnet failure, sneezing, tunnels.
Vehicle stopping distances. What affects them and how do you calculate them.
Pedestrian crossings and islands. Understanding where pedestrians will cross and what your obligations are.
Driving with music. Does having your own beats make you a better driver or a worse driver?
Choosing the right motorcycle helmet. Getting the right style and fit could save your life.
Choosing motorbike protective clothing. Protective clothing can mean the difference between walking away from an accident or being killed or seriously injured.
Definitive guide to carrying pillion passengers. If you want to take someone else on your bike, here’s what you need to know.
Heavy vehicle and passenger vehicle-specific advice
Managing health risks for heavy vehicle and passenger vehicle drivers. Reducing your risk of illness and physical stress while behind the wheel.
Motorway driving. Merging, changing lanes, speed and braking
Driving in snow. What to carry, how to drive, preparing your car and more.
Driving on rural roads. Looking out for subsidence, narrow roads, agricultural machinery, livestock, lack of markings and lights, mud, fog and more.
Correct signalling on roundabouts. So many people get this wrong. Don’t be one of them.
Driving smoothly. How to drive more smoothly and the financial and safety benefits for you.
Advanced overtaking techniques. Knowing your vehicle, choosing the right road position and anticipating other drivers’ intentions.
Reversing your vehicle. Checking visibility, using a reversing camera, and reversing safely.
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