Congratulations! You just scored your license and you cannot wait to hit the road! Okay, we do not wish to scare you but driving is not an easy business.
Sure, you may feel like it is your ticket to freedom and you can go anywhere at any time you choose. Yes, you can. But with this, also comes responsibility. You are accountable now for not only yourself, but any one who chooses to travel with you as well as the drivers of the surrounding cars and the passengers they are hosting.
Not to scare you, but in the United Kingdom, every one out of five new drivers has an accident or crashes his car within his first year of driving. Even scarier? Every one out of three drivers is killed under the age of 25. And on top of that, every one in eight motorists are under this age.
Do not let these numbers instil fear in you- instead, make them your weapon. Now that you are aware of the adverse statistics present in your nation, it is time for you to step up and help make a change.
Do not worry, you are not alone in this boat as a lot of new drivers need a little extra help- and that is what we are here for. First of all, give yourself a pat on the back for looking up driving tips as that clearly shows you are concerned, and you aspire to be a safe, smart driver. And that my friend, is the first step in the right direction.
Let us get started now, shall we?
High five mate! You have gotten your license, but this is only the beginning of your education as a driver. The real adventure begins when you start that engine completely on your own and take the car out for your first ride. Your driving instructor taught you under calm conditions.
You know, at the back of your house, in parking lots or in quiet and calm streets. But now, you’re really ready to rumble on those main, high traffic roads. Get the Pass Plus scheme to have a little more training. They will really show you the ropes as they take you out on busy roads, under all sorts of weather, on highways, out at night.
They show you the real world of driving and not paint a cushy picture where everything fools you in to thinking how hunky dory all is. Such programs will make you a better and stronger driver. Not only that, you will get better insurance rates, especially as 18 years aged female driver’s insurance can be expensive
Become mates with your car
Get to know your car really well before you take it out for a spin. Look at where all the buttons are. Where do you turn on the hazard lights from? Where is the indicator? Where are the headlights turned on from? How do you adjust your seats?
What about the fog and rear lights? How do you turn or turn them off? Learn how to operate the radio and tune in your favourite radio channels so you can enjoy it as you drive and not fiddle with the buttons whilst out on the road. Where is the fuel gauge located? What kind of fuel goes in? Know all these things before you go out.
Buy a bike or bicycle
Learn to balance yourself on two wheels as a driver and you will feel it reflect positively in your skills as a vehicle driver. People on bikes may not be as cautious as you. They whip in and out from nowhere and usually, from your blindspots. You need to be completely aware of them when you are out and about on the roads.
Speaking of them blindspots, every time you make a turn- right, left, reverse or a U-turn, ALWAYS CHECK YOUR BLINDSPOTS. Do not just rely on your mirrors. Use your head to angle and check it every single time. We cannot stress this enough! Any bike, bicycle or pedestrian can come out of such areas without warning. You do not want to hit them or miss them!
Use the left lane on the highway
Did you know that only the left lane on the motorway is for those car drivers who wish to drive at a normal speed? The rest of the lanes are for those crazy ones who want to overtake or do what they want.
Highway code rule 238 states: “You should drive in the left-hand lane if the road ahead is clear. Return to the left-hand lane once you have overtaken all the vehicles or if you are delaying traffic behind you.” It’s LITERALLY in the rules!
Nah, do not waste your breath arguing that you can drive anywhere on the highway. Police are now allowed to fine such drivers who wish to cruise slowly in the middle of the highway. It’s simply against the law!
We know you are a very smart individual and know it is common sense to not be on your phone when driving- but unfortunately, not everyone out there on the road is as intelligent as you! it is illegal to use a handheld phone, of any kind, whilst being in the driving seat. And don’t think you’re getting away with it if you put your phone on speaker and just hold it nearby. That doesn’t work either. Hands-free car kits are not as safe as they are promised either. Just pull over and talk on the phone if you really have too!
Bad weather? Go!
The weather in the UK is not the best. The quicker you get used to driving in rainy, snowy or icy conditions, the safer you will be. Make sure you get your winter tyres installed on your vehicle well before time and see how different weather conditions impact your car. This way, you will be aware before time and know what to expect and how to alter your driving style.
Best of luck!