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.

Driving in the Middle Lane – What All New Drivers Need to Know

May 17th, 2022|

Driving on the motorway can be pretty daunting for learner drivers and those who’ve just passed their driving test. There’s a lot going on. Traffic is faster. And if you’re coming to it with very little experience, it’s often a bit frightening. So, it’s probably natural to want to gravitate [...]

Can You Learn to Drive in Your Own Car?

April 13th, 2022|

When learning to drive, there can be a comfort in using your instructor’s car. Maintenance is their responsibility. If something goes wrong, well, it’s their car and their insurance. And if you want to try motorway driving, then they have dual controls. But there is also a certain appeal to [...]

Can Learner Drivers Drive on the Motorway?

March 21st, 2022|

If you live somewhere like Birmingham and the Black Country, the chances are that travel will frequently take you towards a motorway. And for new drivers – for any drivers, really – that prospect can be a bit scary. You’ve not only got the high speeds and multiple lanes to [...]

What Do You Need to Know About the Changes to the Highway Code?

February 14th, 2022|

There’s been a lot in the press over the last few weeks about the 2022 changes to the Highway Code. Some people have claimed that the new rules vilify drivers. Others are saying that overtaking has become impossible, or that the roads are now ruled by cyclists. But the reality [...]

What to Expect on Your Practical Driving Test

January 18th, 2022|

It’s a big moment, your practical driving test. You’ve probably been preparing for it for months, with many hours of lessons behind you. But now the big day is approaching, and it’s both exciting and scary. Because although you kind of know what to expect, you don’t really know how [...]

Tips for Safe Winter Driving

December 2nd, 2021|

Whether you’re an experienced driver, have just passed your test, or are still taking driving lessons, hitting the road in winter has its challenges. Conditions can vary from dull, wet, and windy, to searingly bright and icy, with very little preamble. Which can make driving less enjoyable and far more [...]

How to Stay Safe After You’ve Passed Your Driving Test

November 12th, 2021|

It’s an unhappy fact, but according to Think! as many as one in five new drivers crash their car within the first year of passing their test. The reasons for this are many and varied. But they include over-confidence, poor concentration, lack of awareness, and – too often – showing [...]

Are Refresher Driving Lessons a Good Idea?

October 11th, 2021|

Few things compare to the day that you pass your driving test. You bounce down the street away from your test centre like Tigger on a space hopper. The last thing on your mind is the possibility of ever needing to consider refresher driving lessons. After all, you’ve passed! You [...]

Why Do So Many New Drivers Lose Their Licences?

September 17th, 2021|

According to the DVLA, in 2019, an average of 33 new drivers lost their licence everyday in the UK. That’s more than 12,000 licences revoked from drivers within two years of passing their test. In a single year. That’s a massive figure. And when you think of all the time [...]

How to Overcome Your Fear of Driving

August 11th, 2021|

There is a common misconception that all young people are desperate to learn to drive. That as soon as someone turns 17, they’re going to be clawing to get behind the wheel and gain their independence. The freedom of the road awaits! But for a lot of people, learning to [...]

Essential Safety Tips for Summer Driving

July 19th, 2021|

When you think of difficult driving conditions, your mind immediately turns to the bad weather of winter. Or maybe of trying to control your car when the roads are treacherous and wet. But what a lot of new drivers don’t appreciate is, driving can also be pretty tough in high [...]

Why You’re Never too Old to Learn to Drive

June 11th, 2021|

Think of driving lessons and the first thing that comes to mind is a keen 17-year-old. But there are all kinds of reasons why you might not choose to learn to drive as soon as you are able to apply for a provisional licence. Money is often a factor. Confidence [...]

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 [...]