- Buy the right car
For a new driver, cars can be expensive on top of insurance. You need to find a reliable used car garage like Georgesons Cars, to make sure you are getting a great deal on your first car. Also think about getting a black box installed to lower insurance further.
- Get to know your car
The first thing you need to do before you go anywhere is know your car. It’s vital you know how to turn on the lights, full beam, windscreen wipers and fog lights, because you’ll regret not doing when you can’t see anything at 60mph. When going on slightly longer journeys, it’s important to check the levels in your bonnet. You need to ensure you have enough oil, water and fuel at all times.
- Kick your mates out
When you pass and you’re just starting to get used to driving, you need to limit distractions. Having your friends in the car can influence the way you drive. As tempting as it is to take all your mates on a trip to McDonald’s, give it some time to get yourself used to the roads.
- Get on the motorway
It’s surprising the number of drivers who have deliberately avoided the motorway their whole lives. Although it may seem daunting, it can be easier than driving on normal roads. Once you’ve got practice in straight away you’ll have no qualms.
- Pass Plus
Not only can this make your insurance cheaper, but it will also teach you how to drive in different situations. For example, you learn to drive on the motorway, in busy towns and in various weather conditions. Pass Plus schemes are quick and easy to do, so it’s definitely worth it.
- Put down the phone
Distractions can kill. All it takes is one glance at your phone and you can miss vital information on the road. Using your phone whilst driving slows reaction time by up to 45%, slow enough to miss an indicator, a break light or even a child.
- Blind spot is key
The point where neither your peripheral vision or your mirrors can reach, the blind spot is the danger zone. You need to keep checking your blind spot when pulling onto a road or changing lanes, otherwise you could be driving straight into someone else.
- Mirrors mirrors mirrors
Whether you’re reversing, changing lanes, parking, turning, slowing down or speeding up, you MUST check your mirrors! You’re driving instructor has most likely drilled the word into your head already, but just because they aren’t there doesn’t mean you can stop checking your mirrors.
- Read the signs
One of the main struggles for new drivers is finding their way around. Satnavs are all great but the most effective way to find somewhere is to inspect the signs around you. They are there for a reason!
It’s easy to get nervous and stressed when you begin to drive without your instructor. This can cause things to get worse as panicking can lead to poor decision making. Try to relax and concentrate when you’re driving and you’ll find you can drive better.