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Top Tip Tuesday and Pass Plus go hand in hand, click here to find out why the course is so popular among newly qualified drivers:

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Pass Plus GOV.UK

Pass Plus is a practical training course that takes at least 6 hours and is for drivers to improve their skills and drive more safely.

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28th April 2015

One for young drivers with hectic lifestyles; Will fatigue play a part in your drive?

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Fatigue : THINK! : Roadsafety

Driver sleepliness is responsible for an estimated 20% of accidents on major roads - and 500 deaths a year. Find out why tiredness kills and get tips on avoiding the risks


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7th April 2015

Latest legislation regarding "Drug Driving" Will it affect you?

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Drug drive legislation: am I fit to drive? - Press releases - GOV.UK

New campaign to remind people taking medicines to check with their doctor or pharmacist before getting behind the wheel.


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31st March 2015

Our Top Tip Tuesday regards speed, and why sometimes, it's "30 for a reason"

The difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. The faster someone is driving, the less time they have to stop if something unexpected happens.

If you kill someone while speeding, you will have to live with the long-term emotional consequences.

Speed limits are there for a reason.

The facts

  • Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road accidents
  • In 2013, 3,064 people were killed or seriously injured in crashes where speed was a factor
  • The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph
  • Fatal accidents are four times as likely on rural A roads as urban A roads


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10th Match 2015

Interesting rules often overlooked by road users, take a read below!

Waiting and parking (238 to 252 - GOV.UK

3. Parking at night (248 to 252) 248 You MUST NOT park on a road at night facing against the direction of the traffic flow unless in a recognised parking space. Laws CUR reg 101 and RVLR reg 24 249 All vehicles MUST display parking lights when parked on a road or a lay-by on a road with a speed limit...


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3rd March 2015

Did you know that "Over the counter" medication could affect your ability to drive?

Call for pharmacy teams to support drug drive campaign - Press releases - GOV.UK

Pharmacy teams are being asked to help customers understand changes to drug driving legislation coming into force next year...

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17th February 2015

Check out these changes to the Hazard Perception test!

Hazard perception clips get a modern makeover - News stories - GOV.UK

New computer-generated imagery (CGI) clips replaced old filmed clips in the hazard perception part of the theory test on 12 January 2015...

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10th February 2015

What to do if your license is lost or stolen:

Replace a lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed driving licence - GOV.UK

Get a replacement driving licence online with DVLA if yours gets lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed. Apply using your Government Gateway ID. If you don't...

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3rd February 2015

Today's Top Tip Tuesday is all about the practical test and what to expect:

The car practical driving test - GOV.UK

1. Overview The practical test is designed to see if you: can drive sarfely in different road and traffic conditions know the Highway Code and can show this through your driving ability As long as you show the standard required, you'll...

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27th January 2015

Top Tips for your theory test

Practise your driving theory test - GOV.UK

Practise the official driving theory test from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). Practice Tests are free. What you need to know. Start now on the Safe Driving for Life website. Before you start. You'll take a different practice test...

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20th January 2015

"So when exactly can you use your mobile phone whilst in a vehicle?"

Using mobile phones when driving: the law - GOV.UK

It's illegal to ride a motorcycle or drive using hand-held phones or similar devices. The rules are the same is you're stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic. It's also illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device when supervising a...

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13th January 2015

The first Top Tip Tuesday of the year concerns Seat belt use, and why it is a legal requirement.

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Seat belts: the law - GOV.UK

1. Overview You must wear a seat belt if one is fitted in the seat you're using - there are only a few exceptions. Yu are also only allowed 1 person in each seat fitted with a seat belt. Children must use the correct car seat for their weight until...

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6th January 2015

Another pre-christmas Top Tip Tuesday!
Are you fufilling your legal obligations, as either a full license holder or a learner?
Find out here:

Legal obligations of drivers and riders - GOV.UK

You must do several things before you can drive a car or ride a bike. These include getting a driving licence, registering your vehicle and making sure it's insured, paying vehicle tax and getting an MOT. Before you drive or ride...

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23rd December 2014

Vehicle Maintenence is important at any time of year, but especially in winder! Don't end up stranded by following this advice

Vehicle maintenance, safety and security - GOV.UK

1. Vehicle maintenance Take special care that lights, brakes, steering, exhaust system, seat belts, demisters, wipers and washers are all working. Also lights, indicators, reflectors, and number plates MUST be kept clean and clear...

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16th December 2014

Top Tips and information for new drivers:

Safety code for new drivers - GOV.UK

This code will help you drive safely in your first year after passing the driving test, when you are most vulnerable. You should always follow the Highway Code. It's most dangerous driving at night - don't drive between midnight and 6am unless...

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9th December 2014

Today's "Top Tip Tuesday" concerns first aid.
Would you know what to do at the scene of an accident?

First Aid on the road - GOV.UK

This Highway Code applies to England, Scotland and Wales. The Highway Code is essential reading for everyone. The following information may be of general assistance, but there is no substitute for proper training. Any first aid given at the ...

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2nd December 2014

Today's "Top Tip Tuesday" relates to speed limits.
"The speed limit is the absolute maximum - it doesnt mean its safe to drive at this speed in all conditions."

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Speed Limits - GOV.UK

You mustn't drive faster for the type of road and your type of vehicle. The speed limit is an absolute maximum - it does not mean it is safe to drive at this speed in all conditions. A speed of 30 miles per hour (mph) or ..."

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18th November 2014

Do you "Know Your Traffic Signs?"
Why not test yourself below?

Traffic Signs - GOV.UK

Read guidance about traffic signs used on British roads and motorways. Traffic signs The Highway Code's "Traffic signs" is for all new drivers and riders who need to pass the driving theory test. It shows the most commonly used traffic...

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11th November 2014