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5 Tips For New Qualified Drivers
Congratulations on passing your driving test! Being told that you’ve done enough to prove that you’re competent and safe to drive on the road is a big moment. It’s a huge milestone in life and you get to enjoy a real taste of freedom and independence. No more asking for lifts, no more public transport, taxis or walking home in the rain. You’re in charge of your own time and you can do so much more with it.
As a new driver, you’re probably already hyper-vigilant and eager to drive safely. Whether you’re driving across the country, or just visiting your grandma, you know how to keep you, your passengers and the safety of others on the road in mind. However, despite your new qualification, driving independently without an instructor can be quite daunting and there’s still lots to learn about getting from A to B.
Want to know more? Read on for 5 tips for newly qualified drivers.
1. Always focus on your concentration levels
Of course, you’re driving without an instructor for the first time so the first thing you’re going to do is turn up the radio or stream your favorite songs through the music system, pick up your friends and take them to the nearest drive-through. All of these things are great, but they could cause a lapse in concentration and leave you (and your passengers) in danger. As a new driver, you’re still getting used to the road so make sure you prioritize your ability to concentrate. Keep the music down and the excited chatter to a minimum.
2. Apply “P” plates
It’s a great feeling to finally shake off those “Learner” plates, but as a new driver, you might want to apply some “P” plates to your vehicle instead. These little plates will let other drivers know that you’ve recently passed your test and you’ll be taking things a little slower and they should be patient.
3. Get to know your vehicle
Getting your first car is exciting and a little daunting at the same time. It will probably differ greatly from your instructor’s car, so it’s best to get to know your vehicle before you drive in it for the first time. Adjust the mirrors and the seat, get to know where the signals are and where the lights are. Don’t forget to explore how to work the de-mister and how to keep your windshield clean and clear.
4. Get more practice
Again, driving alone for the first time can be incredibly daunting and liberating! So, don’t be afraid to practice a little more now that you’ve passed your test. As a driver, you never stop learning. So, hit the roads when the traffic is quiet or non-existent. Practice your parking skills and get to know your vehicle a little better.
5. Drive in unfamiliar conditions
A staggering amount of new drivers have never actually driven at night or even on a motorway. So, if these conditions are new to you, don’t be afraid to ask an experienced driver to sit in with you whilst you get to grips with these new scenarios. Remember to keep practicing!
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