Simple steps for becoming a more confident driver
For many new drivers, the thought of going out on the road on your own is exciting but also a little bit scary at the same time. A lot of new drivers suffer from anxiety which is caused by their lack of confidence. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the steps to take to become a more confident driver.
Get out and drive
The first step to becoming a more confident driver is to actually get out and practice. You won’t get better at driving sitting on your sofa watching Netflix. Start out with small journeys to places you know before moving onto longer drives to new places. The more you practice the more confidence you’ll get driving. Try going out in your car at different times of the day and different weather conditions to get used to driving when it is busy, at night and when road conditions are poor.
Know your car
Whether you are driving your parent's car or are lucky enough to have wheels of your own, it pays to take the time to familiarise yourself with your car. From the location of the hazard lights and fog lights to the windscreen washer function and location of your fuel tank, it pays to know your car inside and out.
Drive somewhere new
As you start to become more confident driving locally you should start to challenge yourself by driving to new places. Before heading out take the time to research your route and use tools such as Google maps and Street View to get an idea of where you are going and the road layout. If you choose somewhere fun to go then you will also have something to look forward to which will help put you in a positive frame of mind.
Stick to the speed limit
Just because you no longer have an instructor in your car doesn’t mean that you should suddenly start speeding. The speed limits are in place to keep you safe so make sure you obey them. Also, for many new drivers insurance companies will insist on a black box being installed in your car so sticking to the speed limits will help to reduce the cost of your car insurance.
Learn to park
Yes, in your driving test you were probably asked to carry out a parking manoeuvre such as a parallel park but this is always on a quiet street with plenty of space. Out in the real world, you’ll need to be able to park on streets with limited spaces as well as in car park bays with cars on both sides. As with everything else on this list practice really does make perfect. Always try to reverse park where possible as it will help teach you how to park in lots of different situations.
Don’t let other motorists pressure you
There are plenty of inpatient motorists on the roads but the best policy is to ignore them. Don’t let them force you into speeding or driving faster than you are comfortable with. If a car is following too closely try lightly pressing your brake pedal to illuminate your brake lights to make them move further back and give you more space.
Take a break if you need to
Driving on your own can be overwhelming so don’t be afraid to pull over and stop if you need to. Stopping can help relieve any anxiety and help especially if you are driving somewhere new and unsure of your route. Stop where it is safe to do so and take the time to compose yourself before continuing with your journey.
Sign up for advanced driving lessons
From busy A-roads and motorways to driving in city-centres, advanced driving lessons can help you build up the skills you need to tackle busier roads in all types of road conditions. Learning to drive safely on busy A-roads and motorways is an essential skill and one that will really help to bolster your confidence while helping to make you a better driver.