Well done – you have achieved the milestone of passing your driving test. Now that you are legally allowed on the road independently, you have the freedom to travel wherever you want, whenever you want. While you may believe that the learning is now over, the reality is that this is just the beginning of your driving education. It’s a completely different scenario driving alone as opposed to with the company of an instructor, and it’s important you’re aware of the key tips to maintain your safety and wellbeing on the road. In this guide, we’re going to go through a list of some of the most important tips for new drivers:
Take out an insurance policy
Did you know that it is illegal to drive without insurance? Having the right insurance policy protects you, your vehicle, and the third party should you be involved in an accident, though the insurance price will depend on the age and make of your car, so it is always best to shop around and compare prices. Driving without insurance could incur fines and even a suspended license. If this happens, you will need to take out Sr50 insurance before you can get on the road again.
Turn the music down
While you may enjoy the idea of winding down the windows to enjoy the wind blasting through your hair and turning up your favorite tunes, it wouldn’t be advised if you have only recently passed your test. Without the guidance of your instructor, your full concentration is required as there is no one alongside you to watch out for hazards. According to a study, 98% of young drivers made driving errors as a result of listening to loud music while on the road.
Practice driving in different locations
You may feel more comfortable traveling on roads that you’re familiar with, but why not push yourself out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to new routes? In doing so, you’ll start to build your confidence by becoming acquainted with new road layouts, highway code signs, and locations that build on your experiences and can also make you a much safer driver. If you’re nervous about going alone initially, take someone with you to provide support.
Get used to driving in bad weather
One day we have to face the fact that we’ll have to drive in bad weather, so it would be wise to get the practice in as soon as you can – providing it is safe to do so. When conditions are mild but different from what you are generally used to, challenge yourself to venture out in rainy, windy, snowy, or icy weather. You’ll be grateful for the practice so that you don’t feel anxious during busy periods or on your commute.
There are many aspects to take into consideration upon passing your driving test, and it’s unlikely you’ll remember everything overnight. However, this guide should give you some indication of how to stay safe on the road and help you become a better driver.
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