The DGN Driving Blog

The latest advice, guidance and driving insights from DGN to help you learn quicker, pass your test and become a better driver.

How to Reverse Bay Park Perfectly

May 11th, 2021|

Ever see someone attempting to reverse into a parking spot, fail, repeat, fail again, then drive away with embarrassment radiating like a power plant? Know someone who would rather drive a mile away from their destination, just to avoid having to reverse bay park? Worried that you’re going to be [...]

Six Things You Should Know Before Selecting a Driving Instructor

March 22nd, 2021|

So, you’re ready to learn to drive? Let’s have a look at what you need to think about before selecting a driving instructor. Six Thinks to Think About Before Selecting a Driving Instructor Driving Standards Agency approval If you want to learn anything well, you need to have a proper [...]

Five More Ways to Prepare for Your Driving Test in Lockdown!

January 13th, 2021|

Well, here we are again. Another lockdown and more learner drivers looking for ways to keep the momentum going without access to driving lessons. Déjà vu, anyone? Back in November, we posted our top tips for getting test-ready while lessons were on hold. With a potentially longer lockdown ahead, we [...]

Top Five Driving Test Day Tips

December 7th, 2020|

Preparing for your driving test can be stressful. If it’s your first time, you don’t really know what to expect. If you’ve done it before (don’t worry, you’re not alone. In the last year, only 45.9% of driving tests received passes), you’ll be panicking that it won’t be your last [...]

How to Prepare for Your Driving Test in Lockdown

November 13th, 2020|

Here we go again! Lockdown 2.0 isn’t quite as bad as the original, and we’re already a full week in. But when you’re learning to drive any delay is frustrating. So, what can you do to keep your driving skills fresh while you’re waiting for your lessons to restart? How [...]

Tips for Driving Safely in Wet Weather Conditions

October 19th, 2020|

OK, so if there’s one thing we all know it’s that the UK gets a lot of rain in winter. And that can make driving a little scary. Especially for learner drivers and those who’ve just passed their test.  So, in this blog, we’re going to talk about the things [...]

How to Handle Roundabouts

September 15th, 2020|

When you’re learning to drive, it can seem like you’re facing one anxiety after another. If it’s not the initial fear of the road, it’s parallel parking, pulling out into traffic, or roundabouts. Where we teach people to drive in Birmingham and the surrounds, there are some great examples of [...]

Everything You Need to Know About the Driving Theory Test

August 18th, 2020|

It’s 24 years since the driving theory test began striking fear into the hearts of learner drivers. But while it’s always met with trepidation, it’s nothing that a little bit of preparation can’t handle. The driving theory test isn’t there to trip you up. It’s simply there to make sure [...]

Post-Lockdown Driving Lessons: Keeping You Safe While Keeping You Moving

July 21st, 2020|

OK, so we’ve been back in the saddle for a few weeks now. Post-lockdown driving lessons officially restarted on July 4th and its been great to see so many students back behind the wheel. Not to mention many new faces. But we’re still getting asked a lot of questions about [...]

Driving Manoeuvres: When and Where to Practice

June 17th, 2020|

One of the things learner drivers get most stressed about when preparing for their driving test is manoeuvres. Whether it’s parallel parking or reversing around corners. Everyone gets the fear about something. And like it or not, the only way to get to grips with manoeuvres is to practice. So, [...]

What is a Driving Test Fail

May 21st, 2020|

One of the most common reasons for driving test fails is that the learner thinks that a minor error is a major and loses all hope. They might stall the car or bump the kerb in a manoeuvre and the panic and despair kick in. From then on, all concentration [...]

Thinking of Learning to Drive? 9 Questions to Ask Potential Driving Instructors

April 6th, 2020|

Learning to drive is a big deal. And choosing the right instructor can make a serious difference to your pass potential. Not only because their instructing style really does count. But because you’re going to be spending hours in an enclosed space with this person and you want to be [...]

Safety and the Art of Overtaking

March 12th, 2020|

It’s one of the most common driving manoeuvres, but overtaking can be daunting in the early days on the road. So, what do you need to know to start overtaking confidently and safely? Everything you need to know about overtaking safely What is meant by ‘overtaking’? Overtaking is the process [...]

Parallel Parking in Practise

February 10th, 2020|

Parallel parking is one of those things that can send shivers down the spine of even the most seasoned of drivers. In fact, many people will go out of their way just to avoid it. But the problem for you is, if it comes up on your driving test, you [...]

Show Me Tell Me: What Can You Expect on Your Driving Test?

January 13th, 2020|

Vehicle Safety Questions – AKA Show Me, Tell Me – instil horror in a lot of learner drivers. You’re trying your best to get your head around the intricacies of actually staying on the road and now they expect you to know how to check your hydraulic brake fluid?! What [...]

Driving Licence: Tips for a First Time Pass

December 11th, 2019|

There’s no denying that when you’re learning to drive, passing first time is the ultimate goal. Who cares if less than half of all learners manage to achieve it? It’s you that we’re interested in. And you are phenomenal! You’ve got the skillz, man! But self-confidence doesn’t really count for [...]

Learning to Drive in Wolverhampton

November 11th, 2019|

So. You live in Wolverhampton and you want to learn to drive? You’ve come to the right place! Learning to drive here is just like learning to drive anywhere else. You need determination, concentration, and a really good driving instructor… Like I said, you’ve come to the right place! But [...]

Silly Mistakes that Could Cost You Your Driving Test

October 7th, 2019|

One of the most frustrating things about learning to drive is that it can be the silliest things that cost you your test pass. Whether flicking your indicator switch the wrong way and not following through, or rolling to a stop at a junction, it’s the little unthinking errors that [...]

How and When to Change Gears

September 10th, 2019|

Every day’s a school day when it comes to learning to drive. There’s so much information to take on board, so many processes to fathom. But amongst it all, the same few issues always rise to the top. And one of the questions we get asked more than any other [...]

How to Keep Your Cool for Your Practical Driving Test

August 8th, 2019|

No matter how capable or confident you are, your practical driving test is usually a highly stressful experience. It’s not just the anxiety attendant on any kind of exam, although that is definitely there. It’s exacerbated by the fact that many of the test elements are out of your control [...]

How a Mock Driving Test Could Help You Pass First Time

July 2nd, 2019|

Everyone has a different experience of learning to drive. But overly anxious or brimming with confidence, there’s one stage that almost all learners encounter: wanting to just get on with it. As you move towards the natural end of your driving lessons, any suggestion of taking a mock test can [...]

How Do You Know If You’re Ready to Take Your Driving Test?

June 3rd, 2019|

Knowing when you’re ready to take your driving test isn’t always easy. Broadly speaking there are three categories of learner driver: ‘Ready? I was born ready!’ – These learners will usual fail. Often more than once. Because while confidence is good, too much confidence isn’t. ‘I’d be fine if there [...]

The 5 Most Common Driving Test Errors

May 28th, 2019|

Taking any kind of test at any time of life can be stressful. But there’s something about taking a driving test that turns normally calm, sensible, intelligent people into gibbering wrecks. Passing your driving test is hard. Not because you’re being asked to do anything that you’ve not already learned. [...]