Tips For New Drivers: How to be More Confident on the Road
As exciting as it is passing your driving test, the real challenge is driving a car without an instructor or family member by your side - but you should embrace your newfound freedom. Whether you live in a bustling city or a quiet town, any environment can seem pretty scary to drive in, however, it’s super easy to build up your confidence until driving is something you enjoy, rather than fear.
In this blog, we’ll explain our top tips for becoming more confident on the road.
Practice by yourself
Although having someone by your side can make you feel a little less anxious about driving, this isn’t a longterm solution and the passenger can also create added pressure. The best thing you can do is go out driving by yourself, start with short trips with a familiar route and gradually build up the distance. This will help you understand road layouts, new areas and how to correct yourself when you go wrong. And, if you need more assurance, take these trips during quieter hours.
Use P plates
Many newly qualified drivers use P plates which display a green P, indicating to other drivers that you are a new driver - generally, other road users will be more considerate to cars with P plates which will make your experience a little less nerve-wracking.
Plan your route
While it’s good for you to go out on your own and discover new routes, if you’re driving a particularly long distance or you just want extra reassurance, purchase a satnav or write down the directions. For journeys to work, uni or other important destinations, why not go on a practice drive? This will give you a better idea of where you need to go, and prevent you from turning up late because of a wrong turn!
Advanced drivers course
Increase your road knowledge by enrolling yourself on an advanced driver course. These courses are designed to prepare you for driving in difficult conditions, on rural roads, motorways and overall, give you a confidence boost.
The best way you can ensure that you feel safe on the road is to make sure your car is in good condition. From annual MOTs to servicing, finding a professional garage that will keep your vehicle safe is essential. St Albans Car Clinic, have a team of trained mechanics on hand to repair and maintain your car. Book online today or get in touch for more information.