If you’ve passed your driving test, well done! This is where the real test (and fun) begins! The first hurdle you’ll be tackling will be driving alone for the first time.
This can be nerve-racking for some, even more so than the actual driving test! But don’t worry, you’ve got this – we even have some handy tips to keep in mind.
Get to know your car
One of the most important things to do before driving alone for the first time, is to take the time to get to know your new car.
Take a moment to sit in the car, push a few buttons, check out your mirror views and just take a moment to get comfortable! Being able to keep your calm is essential to being a good driver.
Invest in some “p-plates”
Swap out your L-plates for P-plates to let other road users know that you’re still a new driver – this could put you at ease whilst on your first few journeys.
You can keep your p-plates on for how ever long it takes to get your confidence up.
Make short journeys first
Diving in at the deep end might not necessarily work when driving alone for the first time. Even if you felt confident as a learner driver, it’s a very different thing to drive without an accompanying driver or an instructor next to you.
Doing things like driving to the shops or just round the block a few times by yourself will ease you into it perfectly!
Put the phone away
Now you’re on your own, you’ll find yourself picking up certain habits whilst driving. This is an important time to avoid picking up bad habits too.
We are all attached to our phones, however, there is absolutely no need to use one when driving. Keep it out of sight and out of mind from the first drive and you won’t have anything to worry about!
Don’t be intimidated
Being able to finally drive by yourself should be a fun experience! Don’t let yourself get stressed out by other drivers or complicated roads. You worked hard to pass your test, and you can only become more experienced the more you drive.
The most important thing is that you stay safe and enjoy the experience! One day, driving will just become an every-day part of life, but for now, it’s a brand-new experience that’s going to give you a new sense of freedom!
If you’re still learning to drive, practising outside of lessons can help grow your confidence prior to the driving test!
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