NEWS FROM LANES SCHOOL OF DRIVING IN BROMLEY, KENT

Driving on multi-lane carriageways can be an exhilarating experience, offering both the thrill of speed and the challenge of managing multiple lanes. Whether you are a seasoned driver or a…

Have you been procrastinating on taking your driving lessons due to driving anxiety? It’s now time to overcome that anxiety and become a pro at driving. Driving is a survival…

Driving in the bustling streets of London can be both exciting and challenging. Did you know that in the UK, over 45 million people hold a driving licence? (Source: GOV.UK)…

As we step into the year 2024, the landscape of driving lessons in the United Kingdom is undergoing a transformation. With a spotlight on safety, sustainability, and adapting to the…

Driving anxiety isn’t just about being nervous; it’s about facing phobias, grappling with nervousness, and battling intense fear. It’s like an invisible wall between you and the driver’s seat. Such…

If you’re about to start the process of learning to drive, it’s understandable that you may be wondering how long it could take you. The real answer is that it…

Stormy weather is unappealing at the best of times, and having to drive in it can be daunting. However, if you are careful and observe the right precautions you can…

As UK driving instructors, one of the most important aspects of our jobs is ensuring that learners not only master the art of driving but also stay up-to-date with the…

It’s a well-known fact that many people dread parking during their driving experiences. As well as the act of parking your car, however, there is often the added complication of…

Becoming a qualified DVSA driving instructor can be a fulfilling career choice for people who enjoy driving and have a passion for road safety and teaching. If you dream of…

The hazard perception test is an important part of the driver licensing process in many countries. In the UK it is administered by the DVSA and is an integral part…

Failing a driving test is incredibly disheartening but remember many, MANY, people have faced similar setbacks in their quest to secure a licence. You will have received detailed feedback from…

Many individuals face challenges when it comes to feeling confident and relaxed behind the wheel. However, with targeted strategies and practice, you can overcome your driving anxiety and build the…

As a learner driver, there are rules that you’ll want to live by. The rules of the road are incredibly important, as they can help you secure the safety of…

Parallel parking can be a challenging manoeuvre for many new or learner drivers, but with the right technique and practice, you’ll master it in no time. Parallel parking is a…

It’s essential to remain focused at all times whilst driving. With so many possible distractions, ranging from mobile phones to loud music, your attention could be momentarily diverted from the…

The Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is expanding. This means that you could soon be charged to drive in Greater London when you weren’t before. We’ve put together this helpful guide…

If you’re booking a trip away this year, make sure you know everything there is to know about driving abroad. Renting a car or taking your own can be more…

We all know that learning to drive can be a tricky experience. Along with the novelty of getting behind the wheel, there’s the theory test to pass… The experts recommend…

When getting behind the wheel, it can’t be underestimated how important it is to be fully alert and focused. Unfortunately, it is a common occurrence that many drivers get behind…

The motorway can seem like a very daunting part of learning to drive, but it doesn’t need to be. While they do require caution, statistically the motorways are Britain’s safest…

Doing some research on your test centre and the area that surrounds it can make all the difference when the big day arrives and it is time to take your…

In the run up to Christmas, learning to drive can be a different type of challenge and you may encounter distractions that you don’t have to deal with at other…

There are a number of toll roads dotted around the UK which you may encounter on your journey, and you are most likely to encounter then when travelling across the…

If your practical driving test is fast approaching, carrying out some preparation in advance will help you to feel more confident once the day arrives. We are knowledgeable on the…

For years, drivers using their phones whilst on the road has been a worry. As tempting is it is to take a minute to switch over to another playlist halfway…

Getting to know your test centre before the anticipated test day will let you feel more comfortable when it comes to walking through the door. If your local test centre…

With so many people spending so much time on the roads, there are bound to be common driving offences that everyone makes once in a while. However, even the minor…

We probably all know how tempting it is to be wrangled into getting drinks when you have your car with you. You may think you’ll be able to limit yourself…

When you’re a provisional learner, it’s easy to think that you may not be allowed to do certain things. However, there’s actually more freedom than you think! For example, learner…

How long has it been since you gave yourself a refresher course on the Highway Code? Now might be the time to get the books out, or to download an…

Unfortunately, the start of a brand-new year comes with a few more winter months with freezing cold weather. Driving in winter can be a little scary, especially if you’re a…

We all know that learning to drive can be a lengthy process. Theory test? Completed it. Gone through the stressful journey of learning to parallel park? Done and dusted. Now…

Is it just us, or has 2021 been a bit of a blur? Christmas is already right around the corner! Along with Christmas comes the nail-biting task of having to…

Driving too fast, which we’re all guilty of sometimes, can be extremely dangerous – it’s not big, and it’s not clever… With conditions on the road always affecting the way…

In April of 2019, our London Mayor introduced the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) operating in Central London. Due to its success, the zone is being expanded to further the…

When driving, you’ll begin to find quite quickly that not every road displays a speed limit sign – at least not in the moment that you’re specifically looking for one!…

Road safety – it’s a topic we speak about a lot, and one that is bound to be mentioned through the course of your driving lessons, but a factor of…

In the unlikely but possible event that you breakdown, an emergency breakdown kit can be vital in keeping you and your passengers safe whilst waiting for roadside assistance. Although these…

Have you been waiting for the chance to take the leap and delve into a new career that fits around your schedule, gives you an element of freedom and provides…

We all know that using your phone whilst driving is illegal and can result in you gaining 6 points on your licence as well as a hefty fine, but the…

So, you’ve passed your driving test – congratulations! However, not every driver holds the confidence to drive alone in every scenario after receiving their drivers’ licence – and that’s OK!…

From learner drivers, right through to those who have years of driving experience, parking has always been one of the more daunting parts of driving. Whether you are the type…

Since 4th December 2017, a handful of changes were made to the way in which practical driving tests were carried out. One of these changes was to ask four out…

Upon waving a fond farewell to 2020, the thought of new year’s resolutions begin to linger in our minds. Making 2021 a year of improvements may not be too much…

With Christmas just around the corner, we feel it’s the perfect time to give you some great stocking filler and gift ideas for any up and coming learner drivers within…

When learning to drive, there are many different factors that can alter your confidence. A common one that we find occurring around this time of year is driving in the…

Before you were considering learning to drive, did you ever spend your time in the car watching your parents shifting gears and feeling daunted by what it was all doing?…

Whilst learning to drive, your instructor will be able to remove any bad driving habits you pick up, but once you pass and begin driving solo, it is easier than…

Since your first driving lesson, you would have had someone in the passenger seat next to you, observing your driving skills and there to help if you needed a hand….

It is common to see numerous learner drivers and instructor vehicles on the road at any time of day, but are you allowed to learn and take the test in…

With the sun appearing once again, your winter shoes are being placed into the depths of your wardrobe and the summer footwear is coming back out, as is that lingering…

The way in which theory tests occur is changing again from April. However, there is no need to let it concern you. Today we will walk you through everything you…

There’s no need to stress about your theory test! It can seem daunting at first, and there’s lots to learn, but our handy tips will make sure you have all…

Failing your driving test can be crushing. All your dedication and hard work seemingly for nothing. But don’t despair. You’re not alone. In fact the data shows that over half…

Are you confused by British road signs? You’re not alone. UK roads feature a dizzying array of different road signs, and many motorists struggle to remember what they all mean….

Do you know the national speed limit? Drivers are often complaining about speed limits, but knowing what they are and not exceeding them is a vital part of being a…

It’s ok to be feeling nervous about your driving test. Of course, you really want to pass and be rewarded for your hard work. Try not to worry too much….

With Brexit on everyone’s lips and the topic of conversation almost anywhere you turn, it’s hard not to get caught up in the uncertainty of it. As a nation, we…

If you or your children are at the age when they are ready to start driving then you are probably wondering what the process is and how you go about…

It’s a common misconception that you need to retake your driving test, particularly after a certain age. While there are some instances where you may have to, in most cases…

Have you ever wondered why speed limits are set at the levels they are at and why different limits apply to different types of roads? Why there are differences between…

Next month marks the one-year anniversary of the start of learner drivers having the opportunity to drive on a motorway. It’s a topic we have covered extensively as it is…

Fraudsters operate in every way you can imagine. The unfortunate truth is that they succeed in scamming people out of their hard-earned money and are constantly coming up with new…

Brexit is on everyone’s lips at the moment and it seems that there are some big issues still to iron out ahead of the big exit date. It’s easy to…

The recent story about a driver being stopped for watching YouTube on his mobile phone has reignited the debate about what is and isn’t allowed when driving. With technology constantly…

Winter brings with it uncertainties and dangers when it comes to driving, particularly if weather conditions are poor. While we often have plenty of notice from forecasters when winter storms,…

It’s that time of year when it gets dark before you know it and the weather conditions range from cold to miserable to, more often than not, both at the…

It is nearly a year since the announcement of changes to the driving test which would involve learner drivers to be able to practise on the motorway. Since June of…

The average cost of insuring a new, young driver – under 25 years of age – is over £1,000 and often significantly higher. This isn’t a cost that many young…

You may have had your driver’s licence for a while now, but the chances are that you don’t remember what the eyesight rules are. The DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing…

You have decided that it’s time to learn to drive and are now trying to figure out the best way of doing so. With so many driving schools and instructors…

With a smartphone app for practically everything these days, this month we have rounded up some of those that could prove useful for new and learner drivers to make things…

Following the big overhaul of car tax that took place last year, this year sees in some new and additional changes. Effective from April 1, 2018 they will have an…

One of the key things that drivers learn early on is about stopping and parking. It is all too easy to get confused by the rules that apply, particularly when…

It is a question that comes up often during driving lessons and not just from new drivers but also from those who ask for a reminder of some of the…

The recent cold spell has given way to slowly rising temperatures and before we know it, it will officially be springtime and with that comes the rain. The Highway Code…

It has been widely reported recently that since the abolition of the tax disc the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has lost out on over £100 million in revenue….

This winter has already seen a few very cold spells and we are only just getting into January which is typically one of the coldest months in the UK, so…

You will recall a couple of months ago we covered the new driving test that is came into force on Monday the 4th of December. For a quick recap, here…

Have you recently passed your driving test? Congratulations! We know it’s no easy feat – there is lots to learn in terms of theory and skills and plenty to keep…

Following the recent announcement that driving tests will be changing from the 4th of December 2017 (see our previous blog for full details) further changes are coming to the way…

December will see new changes to driving tests brought in by the Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency. The changes are being introduced to help new drivers learn the skills they…

Learning to drive is, for many, essential but it is also an exciting time for the younger generation. However, the increased expenses that come with being a new driver are…

Although winter brings hazardous road conditions, did you know that it is actually the summer months that are the most dangerous to road users? We commonly apply caution during the…

Buying a used car can be a bit of a minefield, even more so when it is your first time.  If you are looking to buy your first used car,…

Research conducted by the DVSA has indicated that more than half the drivers that currently use the road make use of satellite navigation devices. Consequently, the decision has been announced…

Highway Code rule 146 seems to be one of basic common sense. But is it really? Because this rule covers a broad range of possibilities and the interpretation of adapting…

For many drivers it’s all too easy to be blasé about mobile phone use when in charge of a vehicle. It seems that our 24/7 attachment to our smartphones today…

Let’s face it, no one wants to spend longer than they need to waiting for that passed test – and for many, intensive courses present an attractive opportunity to get…

As a business, we take the protection of our pupils’ information incredibly seriously, but we also understand that there is plenty of confusing information out there in relation to data…

Q & A: Is the government right to propose that learner drivers should be allowed to drive on motorways? On the 30th of December 2016, the government announced a public…

Now that winter is truly upon us, drivers need to make sure that their vehicle will be able to operate effectively regardless of what the weather is like. Coping with…

We all know that making a telephone call or sending a text when holding a mobile phone can be distracting and dangerous, but what about listening to music? Could it…

There are many reasons why learner drivers fail their driving test in this country. Often the reason for failing is simply down to the nervousness of the learner. After all,…

Since the driving test was introduced in 1934 it has evolved to meet the ever changing challenges of driving on this country’s roads. If you are thinking of learning to…

In July the government arranged a consultation to discuss prospective changes to the driving test. This article will outline the changes that are proposed, and the reasons the government have…

No matter how comfortable you are driving in the UK, driving abroad is a completely different kettle of fish. In many countries – for example – they drive on the…

Illegal driving instructors – what it means To put it simply, if someone advertises their services as a professional driving instructor, then they must be registered with and approved by…

For most people, learning to drive is seen as something as a youthful ‘rite of passage’. You learn to drive just as you begin to desire a little bit of…

When you’re driving your car, you’re not only responsible for your own safety and the safety of other road users, you’re responsible for the safety of your passengers too. If…

Even if you’re not that bothered about the appearance of your car, you still need to keep it clean if you want it to retain its value. Keeping your car…

We want to update you on the Government plug-in car grant changes which will be taking effect on 1 March 2016. The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is a…

Those lucky people who learnt to drive before 1996! They didn’t have to pass a theory test before they were awarded their driving licence. If you are learning to drive,…

Well, bye bye 2015 and hello 2016. It’s the turn of the year again and it’s time to make your New Year’s resolution. No doubt you are going to lose…

Once they approach their later teens, most children will want to learn how to drive. Not only is it a modern ‘right of passage’, it’s always a way for your…

… then welcome to the club. The amount of people who didn’t pass their driving test first time in some areas outnumbers those who did two to one. The key…

Obtaining your driving licence is seen as a right-of-passage, mainly as it comes at a time when most people are closer to the end of their teens than they are…

You want to learn how to drive, and you have decided to take driving lessons. You will be investing your time and money so you can pass your driving test….

There is no better feeling than taking a long drive down a winding country road, away from the noise and bustle of the city. However you must remain alert and…

Learning to drive can take months, but with a crash course of intensive lessons you could be ready for your test in as little as 6 days. There are many…

From the 8th June 2015 the paper counterpart of your driving licence will be abolished. All driver information will be held centrally by the DVLA, which will be the only…

If you have already passed your driving test, you might consider taking advanced driving lessons. They will enhance your skill set and teach you to become an advanced driver. Research…

Learning how to use car parks is an important skill for any driver. When you have mastered this skill you will be able to park in supermarkets and multi storey…

Driving in the city can be confusing and stressful. The city streets are riddled with intersections, one way streets and bus lanes. Traffic levels are very high and there are…

5 REASONS YOU KNOW YOU NEED AN INTENSIVE DRIVING COURSE You need to be road legal quickly If you’re starting a new job or moving to the countryside and need…

Are you thinking of a career change to become a driving instructor? A job as a driving instructor has many advantages if you like meeting different people and enjoy the…

Whilst you are learning to drive, you are not permitted by law to drive on a motorway, even if you have a fully qualified instructor with you. You can only…

Do you want to be a driving instructor? If you enjoy working with people, teaching people to drive can be very rewarding. You will encounter pupils from all walks of…

Driving gives you the freedom to travel anywhere on your own. You may be considering learning to drive, so there is an important change to the Driving Theory test that…

HOW TO BECOME A GOOD DRIVER When you take driving lessons you’ll be learning how to operate a car and get from one place to another, and how to manoeuvre…

5 REASONS YOU KNOW YOU NEED AN INTENSIVE DRIVING COURSE   1. You need to be road legal quickly If you’re starting a new job or moving to the countryside…

6 TIPS TO GET LOWER CAR INSURANCE AS A NEW DRIVER New drivers are often hit hard by high insurance premiums. In today’s post we share the secrets to getting…

Post Test Training is a popular option with newly qualified drivers from Lanes, this is a separate course run by ourselves and it’s designed to give you greater confidence whilst…

Lanes is a well established driving school. We have been giving driving lessons for over 100 years. The question we are asked most often is: “How many lessons will it…