Tips for New drivers in Leicester

As a new driver who’s just passed after taking their test at a driving school in Leicester, there’s so much to remember about staying safe on the roads. Here at Awards, we want to equip you in every way possible for a safe and confident driving career, the support doesn’t end when you pass your test- get in touch with us at any time for advice from our qualified instructors on independent driving.

There’s a lot to bear in mind- driving on your own is a totally different experience to being a passenger or driving with an instructor or friend or family member for support and guidance. It’s up to you to make sure that you’re prepared for anything!

We’ve put together our most important safety tips to help you get started- they’ll help you enjoy the independence of driving with the confidence that you can handle any situation you might come across!

Know your vehicle

An important part of maintaining safety on the roads as a new driver is to know your car inside out! We’ll have shown you the fundamentals and helped you get to grips your instructor’s vehicle, not just for the ‘Show me, Tell me’ questions but for your whole driving experience as a learner. Now it’s time to really understand all of the controls on the vehicle you drive, whether it’s your own or a friend/family members vehicle.

You can use the vehicle handbook, another driver and even a friendly car mechanic to help you find and use all of your vehicle’s controls. Make sure you know and practice these, you don’t want to be in the situation where you need a control and it doesn’t feel intuitive to use it, time getting the controls sorted is time you need to be spending on awareness of the roads.

You should also practice a range of manoeuvres in your new vehicle to help you get an understanding of the blind spots, sensitivity, wheel positioning and engine capabilities. If possible, try doing this on private land to help you get a sense of the vehicles handling and limits.

Carry a safety Kit

Something we recommend to all new drivers is your own personal safety kit. As it will be the first time out on the roads on your own, it’s an important thing to consider wso that you can keep yourself and other road users safe. Here’s our top kit list:

  • Multipurpose utility tool
  • Hazard Triangle
  • Drinking Water
  • Warm clothing/blankets
  • Emergency Escape Tool (Seatbelt Cutter and Glass Hammer)
  • Torch with batteries
  • High Visibility Jacket
  • First Aid Kit

Plan Your Journeys

We know that driving around Leicester as a New Driver isn’t always the easiest. With one-way systems, country roads and major road systems all in one, there’s quite a lot to get used to when driving independently and that’s why it’s always important to plan your route before you set off anywhere. That way you can avoid peak times, be aware of any major hazards or traffic situations you’ll encounter and prepare yourself for the safest journey possible.

You also might want to consider taking another qualified driver with you on longer journeys when you’ve first passed, just to ensure that you gain confidence and they can help you out with any helpful route pointers or look for directions when you do get into the inevitable- being lost!

Vehicle costs

Once you’ve got safety covered, the other thing to bear in mind is cost. After all, owning and maintaining a car is one of the most expensive outgoings for a lot of people.

At some point you’re going to have to fill up your car and this can be surprisingly expensive. Keep costs low by driving carefully, as simply slowing your acceleration down can make a big difference. If you want more tips on eco-driving, you can ask one of our instructors!

If you’re yet to buy your first car then bear in mind that the bigger the engine, the more fuel your car is going to require. Cars with a smaller engine are usually far more economical to run as well as much cheaper to insure.

Shop around for fuel, as many supermarkets offer great deals and the more you buy, the more discount you’ll receive next time.

It’s also important to be aware that the car you buy won’t be worth as much as you paid for it forever, and one of the best ways of maintaining value is by looking after it; have a secure anti-theft system installed and drive safely at all times. Don’t ever forget to leave your car parked securely, preferably in a car park or well-lit area. Observe road signs as well- you don’t want to park somewhere and recieve a ticket!

At Awards Driving School, we’re committed to giving the best driving experience to our students. We’ll help you get from nervous learner to confident independent driver and the support doesn’t end there, you can contact us for ongoing support in any area of driving. If you would like to know more or wish to book your lessons, then get in touch with us today by calling 0800 955 3800 or through our Contact Us Page.