Advice for Young UK Drivers Who Have Just Passed Their Test

Contributed by editor on Nov 08, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Having the freedom to finally be able to drive yourself, in your own vehicle, after many hard lessons and a gruelling test, is an exciting time for any young driver.

But there are also precautions to take and important things to consider when starting out on the roads for the first time by yourself.

Be Proud! It’s a Big Deal

First and foremost, you should celebrate passing your driving test, whether it’s your very first time, your third go, or even your tenth. It’s a huge milestone and an important achievement that will change your lifestyle as you move forward and begin to drive for yourself.

Think Carefully About Your First Car

A lot of young drivers who have passed their tests are very impatient to get their own vehicle and get going on the road. However, it’s important to do your research to find the right vehicle for you, even if it means waiting that little bit longer. You don’t want to settle for the first car you find for sale and risk a bad investment or overpaying. You have to be ready to compromise, too, as many young drivers won’t be in a position to get their perfect vehicle straight away. If you do have to compromise on make and model, you can still personalise it and make it your own, like with a personalised number plate from Primo Registrations.

Be Prepared for High Insurance Payments

Young, new drivers are a risk where the insurance companies are concerned, which means that your car insurance instalments will be high. They won’t begin to go down until you have accumulated a few years of no claims discount and shown that you have driven safely without any accidents. There are some ways you can possibly make your insurance go down, such as having a parent or guardian with more driving experience also named on your policy as an additional driver.

Take the Time to Check Where Everything Is

It may seem a little obvious, but when you’re accustomed to a specific car where you had your lessons and test in, it can be easy to become thrown off by an entirely new layout of a different vehicle – especially if you learned in a new model and have had to buy an old run-around for your first car. It’s particularly important to check how to release your petrol cap, and whether your car takes diesel or petrol. This is because during most lessons, driving instructors will fill the vehicle up themselves, and you may never have had experience at a petrol station before. You don’t want to be caught short when you park up at the pump!

Take Care in Different Weather Conditions

You may have had a large batch of lessons during one particular season and managed to pass your test the very first time. This means you might not have had much experience with different weather, such as no experience driving in snow if your lessons and test were during the summer. Or, if you were lucky enough, you may never have experienced driving lessons in the rain. Take extra care when driving in weather you’re not accustomed to and do your research regarding driving safely in adverse weather conditions. You don’t want to be caught off guard if you are forced to drive in conditions you have never practiced in.

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