Now you’re free to drive a car unaccompanied, but it’s important to continue to practice all the things you’ve learned. Here are some tips for when you’ve passed your driving test.
1. Exchange your pass certificate for your full driving licence – The pass certificate is valid for a period of two years and if it is not exchanged, you will have to take your test again.
2. Obtain some probationary plates – This is purely optional but there are some advantages to displaying P-plates and letting other motorists know that you are new to driving.
3. Avoid distractions – One of the biggest causes of accidents is the use of mobile phones while driving. While it may be tempting to use the phone, remember that it’s illegal. Avoid using your mobile at all times.
4. Learn to be instinctive – Becoming an instinctive driver will come with time so continue the things you learnt with your instructor about anticipation and planning. Predicting the actions of other drivers can avoid accidents.
5. Advanced tuition – Motorway driving can make anyone nervous and as a new driver, you won’t have any experience of this. Consider some lessons in this area as well as looking at the advantages to taking the advanced driving test.
6. Keep some basic tools in your car – A basic car tool kit can include jump leads, a jack, a set of spanners and screwdrivers. Maybe join a motoring organisation for major breakdowns but a few everyday tools can get you home.
7. General maintenance – Take care of the basics by checking oil and water levels and keep an eye out for the petrol gauge. Look after the car and it will look after you.
8. Drive defensively – If you encounter an aggressive driver just stay out of their way. Getting involved in senseless arguments or ‘racing’ should be avoided by motorists new and old.
9. Stay alert – As a new driver you are not used to longer car journeys and driving on your own requires levels of concentration that you’ve not experienced before. Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before any journey and that you take plenty of rest stops at regular intervals when you undertake longer drives.
10. Remember all your lessons – Keep the good habits that you’ve learned from all those driving lessons and from the test itself. They were taught for a reason and when you adopt them as soon as you get behind the wheel on your own, they will help you to stay safe. These lessons are vital and if you keep in mind all that you’ve that you learnt you should ensure life-long safe driving.