Passing your driving test is an exciting, liberating, yet daunting part of your life. Driving alone for the first time without your instructor can be fairly scary, but you shouldn’t worry. You now have the opportunity to gain independence out on the roads and find your flair for driving on your own.
As a newly passed driver, you still have a lot of work to do, but think of this as an exciting time rather than an intimidating one. Remember everything you learnt in your lessons and your first solo ride will be a breeze!
Consider some of the following tips and you will feel calm and relaxed during your first journey alone.
It is likely that you learnt to drive in a different car than your own. If this is the case, you need to make sure your seating adjustments are all correct before you set off.
Check the height of your seat, the position of the headrest and adjust your interior and exterior mirrors so you can see. Experiment on your driveway with the engine off, so that you can test the pedals in different seating positions.
Finally, make sure you are completely happy before beginning your journey; a comfortable driver is a safe driver.
You probably can’t wait to get rid of the large ‘L’ plate pinned on the front and back of your car, but it is a good idea to invest in a green ‘P’ plate. Although this isn’t a legal requirement, it might help you to put your mind at ease during your first couple of weeks of driving alone.
Hopefully, it sways other drivers to be more patient if you make a small mistake too. Keep using your ‘P’ plates for as long as you feel comfortable; they are designed to help you as a new driver on the roads.
The very first time you venture out on your own, you don’t want to be hit with angry drivers who are stuck in rush hour traffic.
When you head out for your first solo drive, choose an off-peak time for your local area. Driving during the weekends and early evenings will be much less stressful as there will be less stop and start traffic.
Your friends are probably excited that you have passed your driving test but don’t feel pressured into taking them all out on a road trip just yet.
You need to feel comfortable driving alone without a full car of passengers. You shouldn’t feel the need to show off your skills or break the rules of the road either. You will be responsible for their safety when they are in the backseat, so wait until you are ready before heading out on a trip with your friends.
Driving for the first time on your own should be an enjoyable moment for you. Take your time and remember everything you learnt in your lessons and your first solo ride will be smooth, safe and liberating!