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Intensive driving course: Do this before 2023?

Before passing the practical driving test by DVSA, learner drivers must partake in an average of 47 lessons over the course of six months to a year. If you are in a hurry to become a certified driver but don’t want to spend so much time behind the wheel learning to drive, the intensive driving course could be the right choice for you. An Intensive driving course, known as a crash course, can be done in a short period but costs intensive driver training with juggling over 4-5 hours of training per day. In this article, we’ll explore if an intensive course is a right decision for learner drivers before the beginning of 2023 so you can plan ahead for your success. Things to know before starting an intensive driving course in 2023 Before starting your intensive driving course, you&...[Read More]

Top 10 most distracting festive season songs while driving

It’s the jolly time of the year, and the festive season playlist is waiting to bring the Christmas spirit alive! But some Christmas songs can drive you to distraction, while others make your ride a flying sledge to journey across the country. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and festive season songs can be heard everywhere you go! But there are only so many Christmas songs, and every song has thousands of remakes. Nevertheless, these songs are bound to be heard often, which can be annoying or distract you by the catchy rhythm on the loop. Study says that listening to songs with 50-80 Beats Per Minute (BPMs) are best known to increase productivity and concentration. But there’s an exception for Shakin’ Stevens fans, as the song Merry Christmas Everyone has gotten ...[Read More]

Driving in the Country VS Driving in the City: Know the Differences

For the little country, the UK has a vast variety of roads. Starting a long journey often involves comprehensive planning. Do you prefer more urban or country roads? One may provide spectacular scenic views, while others have straight (easy-to-follow) routes. Whichever you want to plan, you’ll soon realize that each terrain has its own quirks. These factors need you to adapt your driving accordingly and expect the cues and hazards beforehand. Types of Road Users City Many people often commute to urban areas for work and time-out during rush hours. This means you might be surrounded by more cars, motorcycles, busses and lorries hauling workers and tourists to the city. Basically, looking at a large number of vehicles, you can easily expect queues during rush hours. In this heavy traff...[Read More]

Tools to fight distracted driving in the UK

Distracted driving can be as fatal as drunk driving as it results in drivers driving incompetently and risking the lives of those around them. Driving under the influence of alcohol or while being impaired to account for drug-related effects has historically recorded the most attention. These actions resulted in unfortunate fatalities and arrests that dramatically dropped the number of offences over the previous decade. Fatalities dropped 30% between 2006 & 2015, while arrests fell 40%. However, 27,000 people were still get arrested for DWI in 2015. While the problem has improved gradually, the rise of smartphones has promoted distracted driving in the country. However, after reading about the unfortunate incidents, statistics and potential legal consequences still do not convey driver...[Read More]

4 Ways to avoid tailgating in the UK

When you are driving too closely to the vehicle in front, it’s known as Tailgating. It’s considered highly hazardous because of the extreme risk of a crash. There’s a higher chance that you’ve also encountered Tailgating, even when you weren’t part of it. You may have witnessed vehicles driving nose to bumper with a person in front. However, it is far worse than lousy driving habits, which can cause road rage and avoidable hazards. Perfect Manoeuvre is challenging when operating a commercial vehicle. It’s also understandable that tailgating takes place around HGV drivers, and it is not something to be excused. In this article, we’ll explain what tailgating is, whether it is illegal in the UK, and what you should do if you find someone invading your...[Read More]

Look – No hands! Rules for using your mobile phone while driving

For many people, mobile phones have become a third-hand syndrome that consumes hours of chatting, scrolling and updating our daily life. In fact, We’ve gotten so subservient to it that there’s a name for the anxiety induced by mobile phones – Nomophobia. This intense relationship with using a mobile phone while driving is very problematic. Studies show the reaction time while using a mobile phone in a vehicle increases more rapidly than alcohol. It’s not surprising to encounter road accidents caused by mobile phones growing daily. Using a mobile phone while driving is not as close to drunk driving but still stated as hazardous. However, using a mobile phone while driving can cost you hefty charges, points on your licence or even your life. To shed light on this cruc...[Read More]

Can deaf people drive? FleetSpeak explains

Being fit is a basic need to be legally granted for driving on UK roads. However, there are some exemptions for some medical conditions. For that, you must let the DVLA know about them. Otherwise, you’ll be directly restricted from getting behind the wheel. In this article, we’ll be focussing on hearing aids. Whether you’ve been deaf since birth or developed hearing issues along the way, we at FleetSpeak want to help you keep driving on the road and keep your driving records clean. We want to take you through some generally asked questions about driving while deaf & let you overcome the challenges you’ll face to prepare you for driving confidently on the roads. Am I permitted to drive while I’m deaf, or my hearing is impaired? Absolutely! yes, you are allo...[Read More]

When Will You Feel the Engine Braking? – FleetSpeak Explains

Your vehicle’s braking system is often responsible for slowing down while driving. Drivers rely heavily on brakes to work out every time they pedal. This fact can cause wear and tear to the system. But what about the advantages of engine braking if done correctly? You may be asked the below question in your theory test: When will you feel the effects of engine braking? You will be given to choosing between four possible answers: a) When you shift to a higher gear. b) When you shift to a lower gear. c) When you’re on neutral. d) When you are only using the handbrake. The answer is option b: You will feel the effects of engine braking when you shift to a lower gear. What exactly is engine braking? Engine braking is a technique to slow down your vehicle by using gears instead of b...[Read More]


In August 2020, Freedom of Information requests from British Police Forces showed that almost 10,000 vans were stolen across the UK in the previous 12 months. 


While this is necessary – and logistics businesses are committed to using the cleanest vehicles or method of transportation as possible – the pandemic has highlighted that there is space for improvement in private travel.

Keep your tyres on track

In this article Phil Lloyd, Head of Engineering and Vehicle Standards Policy at FTA provides information and advice on how to remain compliant.

Increase your fuel efficiency

With operating costs rising and profit margins becoming increasingly tight, it is important for operators to understand how to increase their fuel efficiency, while also reducing carbon emissions.