Passing your driving test is a huge moment and getting in a car on your own for the first time is a big step. Amid the excitement, you may also find yourself feeling a little nervous. With that in mind, here are five tips for driving alone for the first time:
1. Don’t take your friends out right away
Another really exciting moment is taking your friends out for the first time. However, it’s best not to do it on your first time out in your car. Minimising distractions is the best way to ensure you stay focused. You can always take them out once you’re feeling more confident.
2. Make use of ‘P Plates’
Displaying ‘P Plates’ on your car tells other drivers that you’re a new driver. This means that people will have more patience should you need to take it slow or make a small mistake. You can leave the plates on your car until you feel confident enough to remove them.
3. Keep your phone on silent
It is, of course, against the law to use your phone while driving. However, ignoring incoming phone calls or messages can be distracting too. Turn your phone to silent to avoid ringtones and vibrations affecting your concentration. You can always check your phone once you’ve parked up.
4. Don’t go too far
Your first journey need not be a big one. Everything from a drive around the block to a trip into town is good practice. Don’t put yourself under unnecessary pressure by driving miles. There will be plenty of time to experience bigger adventures in the future.
5. Remember that practice makes perfect
Don’t feel disheartened by your nerves. You may have passed your driving test, but practice makes perfect. Within your first year on the road, you’ll learn valuable skills and boost your confidence. You can also consider a pass plus course for extra training and experience.
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