Passing your driving test can feel like the last leg of an incredibly long journey – the chances are you’ve been doing your lessons for many months, maybe even a year or more. However, getting your license is far from the end, in fact it’s just the beginning. And it’s not until you come to drive by yourself that you realise just how nerve-wracking it can be. Here are some of the ways you can help to build up your confidence.
Gain an additional driving qualification
Once you’ve passed your driving test, there are other more advanced qualifications you can earn. Pass Plus for example practices driving at night, on the motorway, in adverse weather conditions and in towns, many of which you might not have covered while practicing for your standard driving test. These are all situations you’ll have to learn to drive in eventually, but undertaking a course means you have full guidance of a driving instructor which can help you to build up your confidence. Additional driving qualifications can also bring down the cost of your insurance, and when that first year (or first few years) after passing your test are so expensive, it’s worth looking into.
Find the right car
You might have a particular car in mind that you’d really love, but after passing your driving test it won’t always be realistic to run out and buy the vehicle of your dreams. If it’s too large or too powerful then it’s not going to be the best choice for an unsure new driver. If it’s too expensive, you’re going to be hyper aware of making mistakes and causing damage to it, which can actually make your driving worse. Spend some time figuring out the best car for you, for a new driver, something reasonably small will be easier to control, cheaper to insure and more economical on fuel. Click onto a used car website like www.carsynergy.co.uk and create a list of potential options within your budget. From there you can run some quotes through comparison sites for insurance and work out which are the most affordable. Even cars that are a similar age and size can vary wildly in price with insurance so it’s important to check before signing on the dotted line.
Drive with an experienced passenger
Once you’re ready to get out on the roads for the first time as a newly licensed driver, taking a passenger who is an experienced driver can be really helpful. You have someone there to double check anything you’re uncertain about and just having someone with you can give you confidence. Choose someone calm who will remain quiet but will answer any questions you have.
Finally, when you’re ready to get into the car and onto the roads by yourself, start small. Do shorter journeys to familiar places where you have an idea of what the road layouts are going to be. Over time, build it up, start going out for longer and at slightly busier times. Times like rush hour can be stressful even for the most experienced drivers so if you’re able to avoid this at first then it’s going to be beneficial.