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Driving alone for the first time: dos and don’ts

So you’ve recently passed and you’ll no longer have the reassuring presence of your driving instructor. But don’t worry, this is something that everyone must go through when they pass their test! Whilst it can feel daunting at first, you’ll soon get used to driving alone – in fact, you might even grow to like it!

Display your P plates

If you’re still feeling unconfident on the roads, displaying P plates can be a great way of warning other drivers on the road that you’ve only recently passed your test. Like L plates, these should be displayed on the front and rear of your car.

Keep distractions to a minimum

The last thing you want is your radio blaring and your phone making loud noises. Put everything on silent and focus on what’s happening on the road. There will come a point where you can turn your music up loud, but now is not that time.

Take short trips

Getting on the motorway or dual carriageway on your first drive alone would be quite a shock to the system. Take it easy, pop to the shops or drive around the block a few times. The last thing you want to do is have a negative experience in your car and feel scared to ever take to the roads again.

Don’t organise a road trip just yet

You might be tempted to invite all your friends to crowd into your new car so you can all go on a road trip, but we say wait a while before you make any plans. Driving with an instructor is one thing and with your peers quite another. Believe it or not, driving with a group of peers increases the likelihood of an accident by up to four times the normal rate.

Sure, it can be fun, but it can also cause distractions, which are a big no-no if you’re just starting to drive without an instructor.

What next?

After a few times and once your confidence is built back up again, feel free to turn up the radio a couple of notches, enter a new destination into your sat nav, and enjoy the freedom. You can choose which radio station you listen to, and you can even have a judgement-free singalong when you’re driving alone!

And you might even find you’re calmer driving by yourself. Not having someone to watch your every move – as I’m sure you’ve felt when driving with, say, your parents – can be extremely freeing and can even help reduce anxiety, which in turn improves your driving technique.

Whatever you do, make sure you get new driver insurance for your car before you hit the road. New and young drivers are at an increased risk of getting into an accident on account of their relative inexperience on the roads, so getting insured is a must.

And it doesn’t have to break the bank, either – contact Adrian Flux on 0800 369 8590 for information on how FluxScore, their black box car insurance, can help you.

And don’t worry: you won’t have a curfew. FluxScore actually offers a few bells and whistles that you’d only get with a premium car, such as the ability to talk directly to a member of staff through the box in the event of an emergency. With a mobile app that allows you to monitor how you’re driving, it’s a great way of getting feedback even after you’ve passed.

That way, you never really have to feel alone while driving!