Young Driver Woes: How To Get On The Road

    Posted by Ben Davidson about 7 months ago
    Young drivers can often find it difficult to get out on the open road. They face the hurdles of the driving test first and foremost. Being test in exam conditions on both theory questions and practically. But it isn’t just about gaining the license, it’s also about the running costs and being able to afford to drive. I thought I would highlight some of the young driver motoring woes anyone can face, and hopefully, offer some insight on how to overcome it.


    Pass your driving test

    So you are finally at an age that you can get behind the wheel, and you are excited to get going, but first, you need to obtain your license, and that can only be done by passing your tests. This is when enlisting the help of a driving school could provide you with a fast track to passing, armed with all the skills and knowledge you need to drive. Of course, it isn’t just about being able to do it. Some people struggle with nerves. So it’s important to get as much physical driving experience done as possible before taking your test, ensuring that you feel confident in your ability.

    Consider a small car

    A smaller car will always be better on your expenses. They tend to be cheaper to buy and certainly cheaper to run, not to mention the insurance, but we will get to that point later. A smaller car is easier to handle. Think about the spacial awareness for a moment, having just passed your test in a smaller car, going for anything bigger could cause you problems. It might make you less confident parking, perhaps even around other cars in tighter situations. Forcing you to then damage the bodywork without intention. A smaller car is definitely the ideal first car for a driver having just passed their test, and can certainly be a quick and easy way to get you on the road.


    Think about insurance costs

    A big expense of purchasing your first car isn’t always the car itself but the insurance to run alongside it. It’s imperative to have a good level of insurance to cover every eventuality. Insurance can vary from car to car. But smaller cars tend to have lower insurance groups. Meaning that it won’t cost you too much to put it on the road for a year. Most of the time it is just the first year that can be quite expensive. Once you come to the renewal, you should find that it reduces dramatically, subject to no claims being made.

    Don’t try and run before you can walk

    Finally, once you have passed your test and have your car, it’s easy to become distracted and to try and run before you can walk. Perhaps heading to your local fast food place just because you want to go through the drive-thru. But these situations can be testing, with small and narrow lanes. Once you pass, make sure you take the time to navigate the roads and become familiar with your routes and the car you are driving.

    I hope these tips help any young drivers about to embark on the open road.

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