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reddit Want to find a place for learner drivers with all the latest news, gossip and tips? Take a look at this Reddit page.

American author Kurt Vonnegut (1922 - 2007) pointed out how to take positives from life:

Kurt Vonnegut When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked thos...

Check out these changes to the Highway Code introduced in January 2022.

cyclist passing bus

Here are some of the main points for drivers:

  • Giving people walking across and people cycling going straight ahead priority when turning in and out of junctions
  • Leavi...

Do you know what to do if you break down on a motorway? This section of the Highway Code is well worth a read – especially if you have a theory test coming up!

emergency refuge area

In particular, there is advice about breakdowns and emergency refuge areas.

You ha...

Here’s a really good video explaining why roundabout signs are like they are. It’s especially relevant if you’re learning to drive in Basingstoke :–)

Lockdown seems to be going on forever. Still, messing around with Powerpoint occupied me for a few hours yesterday. I like the look of infographics and made this one about gears. Let me know if I’ve made any glaring errors or typos!

gears infographic

Sometimes you stumble upon pure gold on YouTube. Ogmios has posted a few videos of his drives around London and this is his first. If only all drivers were as calm and forgiving!

Update – he now has his own program on BBC3

Learning to drive in Basingstoke means you quickly get used to roundabouts, and may not be quite so familiar with crossroads. Tom Scott takes a look at a notorious junction in the New Forest and explains why it can be very dangero...

The Winchester Road roundabout in Basingstoke is a bit tricky to the uninitiated. Lots of lanes and options squeezed into a relatively small space. Think Driving School made an excellent video showing you all the options and pitfa...

You know how us driving instructors are always going on about looking carefully when pulling out of a junction, or when approaching a roundabout? Did you know that your eyes (and your brain) can be easily fooled?

This Wikipedia article explains h...

Someone was asking me the other day which lights they should use, as it was a bit drizzly and gloomy. Modern cars do seem to have a lot of options. This video covers all the important points:

There are several types of pedestrian crossing in the UK:

  • Zebra: black and white lines on the road
  • Pelican: PEdestrian LIght CONtrolled (this one has a flashing amber light after you’ve waited at the red light)
  • Puffin: PEdestrian User Frie...

These days there are a lot of driving instructors making videos. Here are some channels I’ve watched that are really helpful. Please let me know if you have a YouTube favourite and I will include it here.

This What Car article lists their top ten used cars for when you take to the road on your own:

what car best learner cars

  • 10 – Ford Ka +
  • 9 – Vauxhall Corsa
  • 8 – Seat Ibiza
  • 7 – Hyundai i10
  • 6 – Seat Mii
  • 5 – Skoda Citygo
  • 4 – Volkswagon Up
  • 3 – Nissan Micra
  • 2...

Ben Sparks explains that it might take longer to stop than you think…