Don’t drive home
The very first thing to be aware of from the moment you pass your driving test is that it’s considered unwise to drive yourself home from the test. Although you may be pumped full of adrenaline and keen to take that first solo drive, this isn’t the moment. The AA Driving School advises young drivers to avoid taking this drive home as their first adventure on the road alone as the combination of excitement and exhaustion from the test can lead to a lack of concentration; a potentially risky combination. Let yourself calm down and rest a bit before setting off alone in the car.
Ensure you’re insured
It’s illegal in the UK to drive a car without insurance, so the very first thing you’ll need to do before you set off in any car is make sure that it’s covered. Insurance won’t be cheap as a young driver who’s just passed your test, but there are ways of reducing the costs. Utilise price comparison websites to find the best quotes, and check out specialised young drivers insurance policies that are designed to suit you.
If you feel that you’re a careful, cautious driver and want to be rewarded for it, insure using telematics for young people. This is where a tracking device will be installed in your car to monitor your driving habits and set your insurance costs based on your skills and safety knowledge. These can save you a fair amount, while encouraging you to practice sensible road habits.
Try not to show off
It may be tempting to do a bit of showing off when you first start driving with friends, especially if you’re one of the first in your friendship group to pass your test. Try and avoid this temptation and remember that you’re taking on a big responsibility by being the one behind the wheel. You should also avoid distractions such as getting sucked into conversation and playing loud music and focus on the road instead.
Keep a map onboard
Even if you’re lucky enough to have a GPS sat nav in your car, it’s always wise to keep an A-Z road map at all times, especially if you’re not quite comfortable with your navigation yet. You really never know when it might come in handy.
Many new drivers don’t really feel adequately prepared for the road having passed their test. The Pass Plus course can help you build on what you’ve already learned and improve your confidence and skills behind the wheel. It’ll also make you a safer driver; helping your learn how to manage your car in a variety of weather conditions, at night and on large motorways, all situations that may otherwise be intimidating. An added bonus of taking the Pass Plus is that it can bring down your insurance costs, as it proves that you have additional skills and will probably be safer on the roads.