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England, Scotland and Wales. Driving Lessons, Theory Tests and Practical Driving Tests have all now restarted.
Please note you are still required to wear a face-covering for your practical driving test.
Drivers who passed their car test before 1 January 1997 can already tow a car and trailer without taking a car and trailer test.
As a result of these changes, all car drivers will be able to tow a trailer weighing up to 3,500kg without the need for an additional test when the law is changed, which will be as soon as possible.
Until then, car drivers who gained their licence after 1 January 1997 will only be able to tow a trailer weighing up to 3,500kg if they display L plates and are supervised by a driver aged over 21 who has had a car and trailer licence for 3 years or more or passed their car test before 1 January 1997.
To make more lorry tests available, DVSA will not be carrying out any car and trailer tests from 20 September.
We’ve published detailed guidance about the new rules for towing a trailer or caravan with a car that will apply until the law changes and what you’ll be able to do when the law has changed.
Updated 11th September 2021
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If you are looking for a cheaper car to insure you’ll want to look at cars in the ‘Group 1’ and ‘Group 2’ insurance categories. With that in mind, here are 10 cars you could consider:
Ford Fiesta is one of the most popular cars with models with smaller engines a good option for cheaper insurance costs.
The Nissan Micra remains a good option for cheaper insurance, with engine sizes of 900cc and 1.0 litres helping keep costs down.
Fiat Pandas The third generation of the so-called ‘city car’ might take you by surprise. This quirky urban run-around comes in 900cc or 1.2L.
The Logan is a great value choice if you’re looking to save on your insurance costs with a 900cc and 1.0L option.
Slightly cheaper than the Volkswagen Up and Seat Mii, the colourful Citigo has plenty of added options for anyone looking for a slick city drive.
The Kia Rio is an excellent option if you’re looking for a run-around that won’t break the bank.
The Ibiza is Seat’s best-selling car and a great supermini option.
Comes with that trademark Volkswagen durability.
Another Korean car to make the list. The i10 is going through a revamp for 2020.
The list would not be complete without the Vauxhall Corsa, it’s been around for more years than we care to remember but still going strong.
As a DVSA ADI, I am often asked by parents and potential learners (17-18-year-olds) whether they are best to learn to drive now or should they wait until they are older, often when they have returned from college or university.
There are numerous questions for the potential learner to consider before deciding what is best for them, learn now or later?
(1) Does the potential learner need their driving licence now? Or can the learner wait to learn to drive until they actually need their driving licence?
(2) The costs involved in learning to drive and whether or not these can be afforded at the moment?
(3) Will the learner be able to afford the car insurance when they pass their driving test?
The following are my own observations and experiences (20 years experience as an ADI), which will hopefully help you make the right decision.
It is tempting to think of leaving learning to drive until the driving licence is actually needed, however, is this really the best option? Let me give you a couple of examples that I experienced in the autumn of 2012.
(a) I received a phone call inquiring about driving lessons from someone who had finished their university course. They had now returned home and were now looking for a job in their chosen profession. Unfortunately, after applying for numerous jobs they had been unable to even get any interviews.
When they enquired with some of the potential employers about why they weren’t getting an interview. They were told that during the course of their work they would need to make their own way to different locations at short notice. This would not be practical for someone without a full driving licence and transport. The employers, therefore, would not even consider an application from someone without a full driving licence!
(b) Another pupil contacted me to arrange driving lessons. They had also finished university and had managed to find work on a management training program with a national company. Although the location of their work was very close to their home they were told that they would not be considered for promotion until they had their full driving licence. This was because they would need to be able to visit other branches at short notice and without their own transport, this would be very difficult?
Both of the above pupils passed their driving tests. However, both really wished they had learned earlier, i.e. before going to university.
When looking at the costs involved in learning to drive I cannot see that in the short or medium term that these costs are going to do anything other than rising. We currently have a very competitive market for driving tuition (2016) with the costs of driving lessons hardly haven risen in the last few years. My belief is that the relative cost of driving lessons will rise noticeably over the next few years due to increasing costs.
As we all know this is a major problem for many young drivers. There are however things that you can do to minimise these costs. Adding a parent as a named driver to the policy. Agreeing to a mileage limit or times of day the vehicle can be driven to keep the premiums down.
Even if the young driver does not have a car when they first pass, the longer they have their licence before they insure a car the cheaper the insurance becomes. This is because most insurers add an amount to the cost of the insurance policy for inexperienced drivers. This loading is usually based only on the length of time the driving licence has been held!
My own view derived from all of the above is where possible it is better to learn now, rather than postponing learning to drive until later.
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Rule 95: Alcohol
Do not drink and drive as it will seriously affect your judgement and abilities. You MUST NOT drive with a breath alcohol level higher than 35 microgrammes/100 millilitres of breath or a blood alcohol level of more than 80 milligrammes/100 millilitres of blood.
Give a false sense of confidence.
Reduce coordination and slow down reactions.
Effect judgement of speed, distance and risk.
Reduce your driving ability, even if you’re below the legal limit.
Take time to leave your body; you may be unfit to drive in the evening after drinking at lunchtime, or in the morning after drinking the previous evening.
The best solution is not to drink at all when planning to drive because any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive safely. So if you are going to drink, arrange another means of transport.