I’ve passed my driving test! Now what?
Firstly, congratulations! Passing your driving test is a big deal. You’ve proved that you’ve got dedication and you’ve learned new skills that’ll last a lifetime. The world’s your oyster – you’re finally free to drive where and when you want.
So, what’s next?
Whether it’s getting to and from work, picking your mates up for a shopping trip, or hitting the road for a fun-filled holiday, driving gives you real freedom. But first, you have to pluck up the courage to drive without your trusty instructor to guide you.
I’ve passed my driving test! So why am I so nervous?
You’ve spent hours practising spent a fortune on driving lessons and tests, and now you can finally rip up those L plates! You’d think you’d be jumping for joy but can’t quite shake that nervous feeling?
Don’t worry. It’s totally normal for people who’ve passed their test to feel nervous about their first time on the road as a ‘real’ driver. Here are some tips to help you ease into life as a new driver:
- Take someone with you – From your first lesson to test day you’ve always had someone next to you. So it’s understandable that you might not feel ready to drive alone. Some people find it helps to have a friend or family member go out with them for the first few times. More for reassurance than anything, just until you get used to driving alone.
- Friends and relatives can be distracting – Having your mum shout “watch out!” or “you’re too far over!” every 5 seconds can be a tad annoying, so if you feel happier to go out alone until you’re confident enough to carry passengers, that’s a personal preference.
- Start slow – start things off easy and head for quieter roads and roads you know, to begin with, this is a good idea when you’re trying to get used to the feel of a new car. Keep distractions like music to a minimum, and in no time you’ll feel your confidence and excitement grow.
- New driver plates – while it’s not a legal requirement, you might want to think about getting some new driver plates for your car. These green ‘probationary’ P plates let other drivers know you’re newly qualified. You’ll find people will give you more room on the road, and it can help relieve the stress when you make minor errors. You can keep them on your car for as long as you want too.
- Get out there – stretch yourself and set yourself goals. If you’re nervous after passing your test, it can be easy to just stick to driving locally, never venturing onto more ‘challenging’ roads like motorways that seem just too darn scary.
- Set yourself a fresh challenge each week, starting off with something straightforward, like an inner city route that’s new to you.
- Make sure you do something that stretches you each time, taking in longer distances, dual carriage and motorway driving, to keep your new skills fresh and your confidence high.
How about Pass Plus?
Pass Plus is a practical training course that’s aimed at new drivers. It takes at least 6 hours and is designed to help you improve your range of driving skills, including:
- Night driving
- Motorway and dual carriageway driving
- Rural roads
- Long distance driving
- Driving in all weathers
You might be thinking: I’ve passed my driving test, why would I want more driving lessons? But Pass Plus has plenty of benefits. As well as seriously boosting your confidence it teaches you safe driving skills.
Insurance for young drivers can be very expensive. The fact is that younger drivers tend to be involved in more accidents than older, more experienced drivers. The result is that insurers charge younger drivers more.
By using this smart black box technology, Marmalade has reduced the risk of its customers having an accident by three times compared to the national average. On a national basis 1 in 5 young drivers are involved in an accident in the first six months, with Marmalade’s customers this falls to 1 in 16.
- When you’re out there looking for your very first car, bear insurance brackets in mind. Cars in a low insurance group and a smaller engine size are likely to mean lower premiums.
- Choose a black box policy because if you drive carefully and remain claim free for the first year, you could earn an additional discount for safe driving.
Don’t forget to check out our Driving tips section which offers some great advice – from the day you pass and beyond!
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