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Top Tips For New Drivers

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Whether you’re taking driving lessons, or have recently just passed your test, you’ll definitely benefit from reading this handy guide for new drivers. These tips will help you on your way to becoming a highly confident and safe driver.

Choose The Best Car
As well as honing your driving skills as much as possible, you want to make sure the car you’re driving is fit for the job. If you’re looking for a safe and affordable car without having to buy outright, you consider different car finance options. And if you’re close by to our dealership, you could have a look at car finance from our Blackburn site.

A lot of new drivers find driving on motorways very intimidating, and the first couple of times on the motorway can seem quite daunting. If you’re feeling nervous, you can go out for a practice drive with a family member, or book a couple of lessons specifically dedicated to motorways. Practice makes perfect, so keep up the motorway driving until you’re feeling confident.

Harsh Weather
Drivers that haven’t had a lot of time on the road won’t have experienced the full range of conditions that British weather can throw at you. That’s why it’s always important to be prepared for each season. Winter is one of the trickiest, with plenty of snow, ice and rain. Make sure you know how to handle driving in the all kinds of weather, and know when not to drive at all.

Showing Off
It may be tempting to show off your new driving skills in front of friends and family, but it definitely isn’t worth it. You could end up damaging your car, or injuring yourself and others. You don’t want to have to cough up for speeding fines either!

Remember to be prepared. Whether it’s adjusting things before you set off, or preparing for longer journeys. Before setting off, make sure to adjust your mirrors, seat and steering wheel so that you’re comfortable. And for longer journeys, it always helps to have necessary items, such as a homemade breakdown kit, in case you breakdown or get stuck somewhere overnight.

Defensive Driving
This means driving in such a way that reduces dangers and helps you to anticipate danger from other motorists, weather, and dangerous situations. Defensive driving heightens your awareness of everything around you whilst driving. If you can do this, you’ll reduce your chances of being involved in a road incident.

During a driving test, mistakes may happen, but there’s no guarantee that they will result in a fail. Concentrate on what’s ahead, and try not to stress too much. If you can stay relaxed, you are much more likely to increase your driving performance. Relaxing also applies if you get annoyed at other drivers and vice versa. Make sure to stay calm and move past it. Remember: safety comes first.

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You should try and estimate the distance you will travel as accurately as possible to try and avoid excess mileage charges at the end of your contract.

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