Driving Blog

The importance of wearing a seatbelt while driving
22nd February 2024
It has been law since January 1983 for all drivers to wear a seatbelt, and if you refuse to wear one, it can land you in trouble legally, not to mention the risks you’re taking with your safety. It has been since 1965 that manufacturers had to install seatbelts in...
Does an Advanced Driving Course Reduce Car Insurance?
25th January 2024
We often get asked this a lot with potential clients looking to do an advanced driving course. As much as we would love to say yes, virtually all mainstream competitive insurers will not reduce your car insurance after taking an advanced driving course. Here is why: When an insurance company...
Taking an Advanced Driving Course in a Ferrari 458
18th December 2023
Is there a perfect car to take an advanced driving course in? It depends on what you are looking for and what car you drive most of the time – that’s the advice we mostly give clients. But what about taking an advanced driving course in a sports car as...
Tips for Driving in Fog
10th November 2023
Fog is one of the most treacherous conditions when driving. In many places, it can come suddenly without warning, especially in some industrial areas where there may be more pollution particles in the air or areas that are nearby water courses, lakes or in coastal regions. When the fog is...
Motorway Confidence
06th November 2023
Motorway driving with confidence Although driving on a motorway is one of the safest ways to travel, it is the speed many people worry about. Here are some simple tips that can help relieve motorway driving stress. Joining and exiting motorways safely When you are about to join a slip...
Poor Vision and Driving at Night
06th September 2023
Driving at night can be far riskier than driving during the day. This is due to increased road hazards and eye conditions that can affect your ability to see in darker settings. Night driving impacts drivers of all ages and experience. If you ever wondered, “Why can’t I see well...
Castle Combe Trackday – High-Speed Car Control
07th August 2023
On Friday, 4th August, we visited Castle Combe race track in Wiltshire to look at two technical aspects of high-speed driving – brake control and cornering stability at high speed. Castle Combe is known to be a very fast track, where speeds of well over 100mph can easily be achieved...
BBC Morning Live – Road Rage Course
14th July 2023
In May, we were approached by the production team at BBC Morning Live. They were interested in learning more about our road rage course with the view to making a short feature to be shown on their show. Our road rage course is designed specifically to help motorists understand what...
Key Essentials for Driving a High-Performance Car On The Road
01st June 2023
Unless you have a car that is purposely adapted purely for circuit use, the road is the natural habitat for high-performance cars. Using them safely on the public highway, however, takes some care and skill as well as the willingness to adopt the right attitude and approach to the task....
Taking an Advanced Driving Course in a Lotus Exige
11th May 2023
Is there a perfect car to take an advanced driving course in? It depends on what you are looking for and what car you drive most of the time – that’s the advice we mostly give clients. But what about taking an advanced driving course in a sports car as...
Drifting Day – Oulton Park
20th April 2023
When you think of drifting, many people will visualise 1,000bhp hugely modified japanise cars smoking their tyres on a track somewhere near Toyko. Drifting is big in Japan – and also in many other countries. But don’t for one minute think you need to have a track monster to be...
The 7th UN Global Road Safety Week 2023
03rd April 2023
From 15 to 21 May 2023, various road safety institutions come together to promote Global Road Safety Week. This is the 7th road safety week, which is run by the United Nations. A key objective of Global Road Safety Week is to half road deaths globally by 50% by 2030....
Driving an EV for the First Time
16th March 2023
Electric cars have been in the pipeline for many years, and the associated technology has improved immensely. By 2030 it is expected that most new vehicles sold will be all-electric, with a few hybrid models that use fossil fuels, which will still be available until 2035. It is important that...
Care For Your Car – Keep It Longer
21st February 2023
Simple tips for keeping your car on the road for longer Most cars on the road today will have an average life span of between 8 and 15 years before scrapping. To ensure that you give your car the best chance of a longer life, there are simple checks and...
Smoking & Vaping When Driving
07th February 2023
Smoking or vaping while driving  There are many good reasons to consider giving up smoking or vaping, but the legislation regarding smoking or vaping while driving is confusing. Although it is not entirely illegal, some rules should be followed. Rules and regulations  Rules within the UK state that it’s illegal...
Rules and regulations of lights of all vehicles 
26th January 2023
During the winter months especially, good all-round lighting is vital for safe driving, so you must check for blown bulbs and failed lights regularly. Day time lights During the day, there are still instances where headlights should be used. They are there for more than just dark or foggy driving....
Everyday habits of a safe driver
18th January 2023
Many of us will get into a car or van and drive away with little thought, but some things should always be checked before considering your trip. Regular checks on your vehicle before driving will help towards a safe journey and reduce the chances of any breakdowns or collisions. It...
Advanced Driver Training for Van Drivers
11th January 2023
What you need to know about driving a van Many people are now looking to drive a van for work purposes, especially with the increase in home delivery services. If you are thinking about this or are looking to hire or buy a van (or campervan) for personal reasons, then...
Advanced Driver Training for Mature Drivers
03rd January 2023
As we age, driving will become more challenging with slower reflexes and possible medical conditions that can affect reflexes and eyesight. It would help if you remained open to continual learning when it comes to driving when you are ageing, as this will ensure that you stay safe and sound...
Important Highway Code Updates
22nd December 2022
Important new Highway Code updates to be aware of, especially in the winter To pass your driving test, you must know the Highway Code well, but how often do you check for new regulations? There are recent changes to take into consideration, and these came into effect in 2022 and...
Drink & Drug Driving
10th December 2022
As we are or should be aware, drink driving is illegal if you’re caught over the limit, but are you also aware that any positive swipe for drugs will also see you with a ban?  There are very tiny limits for drug driving, and depending on the drugs in your...
Millbrook Proving Ground High Speed Brake Tests
25th November 2022
A vehicle we use for tests and specialist training is our BMW Z4 3.0L. With 230hp and RWD, it’s well suited for training clients in high-performance training on track, with a specific focus on controlling skids and gaining experience in RWD (Rear Wheel Drive) cars, where power oversteer can catch...
Tolerances for speed cameras in the UK
25th November 2022
The main reason for having a speed limit tolerance is that drivers can slow down safely without having their vision fixed on the speedometer rather than the road, combined with any inaccuracies with the vehicle’s speedo. Certain speed cameras will have small tolerances, meaning you could be slightly over the...
Driving in Icy Conditions
15th November 2022
Now the clocks have turned back, we all know that winter is fast approaching, so now is the time to consider treacherous driving conditions that can occur. Knowing that you have a journey in the snow and ice can be worrying, especially if your trip can not be delayed. With...
Preparing Your Car for Winter
21st October 2022
No one wants unexpected car failures in the winter, so by doing some simple checks and taking preventive measures when driving in adverse weather conditions, you can save yourself the stress of being stuck on the roadside in freezing conditions. Tips for getting your car winter-ready It is wise to...
Are Winter Tyres Any Good?
07th October 2022
Winter tyres Europeans who live in regions that have harsher climates are very used to swapping their summer tyres for winter tyres. However, UK motorists can be a bit more sceptical about the benefits as our winters are relatively less of an issue. Still, you don’t need to live on...
Useful tips for saving money on your car insurance
04th October 2022
With the current financial uncertainty that we are all facing, finding ways to save money is now a necessity for many people. Your car insurance can be one of the savings that can be made with some simple ideas that can really make a cost difference to your premiums. A...
Noisy Cars
04th October 2022
With the government’s continuous crackdown on speed rates on our UK roads, they are now introducing noise cameras. Drivers are currently facing hefty fines if they add to noise pollution and if caught by the planned range of acoustic cameras attached to speed cameras across the UK. In 2021 Westminster...
List of UK Driving Licence Entitlements
22nd September 2022
All drivers, without exception, are not allowed to drive alone unless they have passed the theory and practical driving test. However, there are often licence entitlements to drive other vehicles that are unclear. Below is a quick and easy guide to vehicles you can drive. Your vehicle entitlements are on...
Abandoned cars and the problems they cause
16th September 2022
Abandoned cars are more than just an ugly nuisance. They can be a road safety issue depending on where they have been abandoned. Local councils are paying for the removal of these, and in return, of course, so do we in higher council tax bills. Recent statistics show the problem...
Driving on the UK road networks and why so many worry about getting behind the wheel
16th September 2022
It may be very surprising to know that over 60% of all drivers have experienced nerves when driving in one way or another. This is over 24 million out of the 40 million drivers on the UK roads, so much more common than you may think. If you are driving...
Mature Drivers – Advanced Driver Training
08th September 2022
As we all age, it is essential to make sure that our driving is still safe and that we are aware of all the new regulations on the road, such as Smart Motorways and speed limits. If you have been driving for a long time, then lots of things would...
How Is Your Eyesight?
08th September 2022
We rely on our eyesight for everything in daily life, from checking our phones to reading and watching TV, but driving is the most crucial. Every time you decide to take a journey, you could be risking more than just your licence, but the safety of yourself, your passengers and...
Driverless Cars
03rd September 2022
The definition of a Driverless car is an autonomous car which is capable of sensing its environment and operating without typical driver involvement. A passenger (sitting in the driver’s seat) will not be required to take control of the vehicle at any time, and with some models, it is not...
Gaining Motorway Experience
31st August 2022
The laws have changed since 2018; learner drivers can now drive on the motorway during their driving lessons. To drive on the motorway with a provisional licence, you have to be: Accompanied by an approved driving instructor Driving a car with fitted dual controls with L plates Motorway driving is...
Thunder Fever – Legal Implications of Driving and Medication
25th August 2022
An urgent warning issued to drivers as ‘thunder fever’ will land motorists in trouble with the law and could result in £5,000 fines. Drivers have been warned before about “thunder fever” and the potential issues it could cause them while driving. The recent hot weather has worsened hay fever and...
Tips to help with Driving Anxiety
19th August 2022
Whether it’s dealing with traffic, navigating unfamiliar roads, or simply the anxiety of being in charge of a large machine, driving can be a stressful experience. Although it is perfectly normal to feel a slight amount of anxiety when driving, keeping it under control and staying safe is essential! Here...
Do You Know Your Road Markings?
19th August 2022
Many of us have been out driving and see some road markings and feel unsure about what they are telling us. Road Markings, or “Road Furniture” are like a blueprint for our onward journey. Reading the road is essential for being a courteous driver and reducing the worry about what...
Why Fleets & Businesses Investing in Advanced/Defensive Driver Training?
15th August 2022
With the large proportion of vehicles on the road in the UK belonging to companies, it is now widespread that many companies are choosing Drivers Domain UK for all their on-road fleet training.   Our courses are not created purely for a company’s Duty of Care to the driver and other...
Cost of Living & Driving
12th August 2022
With the rising cost of daily living, from utility bills to vehicle running expenses, it is little wonder that many are opting to try and minimise their spending, ensuring they stay a step ahead of the looming recession that has accelerated with Brexit and the Covid pandemic. The current crisis...
Help! I am a new mum, and I have lost my confidence in driving
03rd August 2022
It is very common for new parents to lose their driving confidence once the baby comes along. Suddenly you have very precious cargo, and it is not uncommon for you to start to rethink your driving style. You need to be confident when driving with a child on board, and...
Are Fuel Retailers Not Passing on Fuel Cost Savings?
14th July 2022
On Sunday 10th July 2022, the price of petrol stood at 190.65p a litre, and 198.42 a litre for diesel. These prices have angered many motorists. The weekly wholesale price of petrol has fallen by 12p a litre over the last six weeks. Just last week it averaged just 140.5p,...
The Benefits of Night Vision
10th March 2022
It’s estimated that only around one in 2,000 new vehicles in the UK have night vision fitted as an option, which makes it a rather unique feature on a car. Night vision is designed to improve road safety. It won’t make your car look better, or faster, or even more...
Driving When Tired
22nd February 2022
. Driving when tired is deadly. It’s a killer. However, so many people do it. So many otherwise law-abiding drivers get behind the wheel when they are really very tired. You may think as you’re not actively “doing” anything obviously “offensive”, such as gross speeding, drink driving, committing acts of...
Car Tyres. Budget. Mid-Range. Premium?
10th January 2022
  Buying car tyres is something few people have a real interest in, they are often seen as an inconvenient cost. Often people will put off buying tyres for as long as possible, some of whom will only replace them when their vehicle has failed it’s MOT for tyre related...
What Actually is “Work Related Road Risk”?
13th December 2021
When we ask businesses what comes to mind when they think of “work related road risk” we get a range of responses, not all good either. Most are not sure what it fully relates to, aside from the obvious estimates anyone can draw from the four words. Others think it’s...
Snow and Ice Warning on Roads This Winter
18th November 2021
  Its been reported that due to a shortage of gritter drivers the UK’s roads this winter could go untreated with grit when the snow and ice arrives. This warning has been announced by a number of councils across the UK, significantly increasing the risk to motorists. This issue poses...
Highway Code – Updated with Smart Motorway Info
20th July 2021
The first edition of the Highway Code was published on 14th April 1931. Since then there have been huge changes to roads, the way we drive, the vehicles we drive and how we get to where we are travelling to. Back then there were no motorways, and certainly no sat-nav...
Staying Safe – Motorway Breakdowns
02nd February 2021
  A motorway breakdown can effect anyone at anytime. It’s essential to stay safe. When you have a breakdown on a motorway you should do the following: Get Away From Danger: Get your vehicle off the road if at all possible. Do not put yourself at risk if this is...
Drink/Drug Driving – Christmas Campaign 2020
10th December 2020
  A number of Police forces around the UK have launched their annual drink/drug drive campaign. This year is obviously very different – with no works christmas parties, pubs for the majority are closed, unless of course you’re having a “substantial meal”. Will this have an impact on drink drive...