Twelve top tips for new drivers

Inexperienced motorists have been offered twelve tips to help them become road-savvy and steer clear of trouble when behind the wheel.

Tuesday, 12th March 2019, 10:51 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th March 2019, 11:53 am
New drivers should try not to fall into these traps when starting out on the UK's roads

Driving specialists from leading car supplier have come up with an essential checklist to help new drivers avoid making needless errors on the road.

Inexperienced motorists need to quickly learn how to alter their driving in different weather conditions from wind, rain and fog, to bright sunshine.
Concentration is crucial when in charge of your car, especially if youre not yet completely confident, so its wise for new drivers to turn the radio or their music down or off.
Young drivers can often be peer pressured into becoming a taxi service for their mates.
Drive economically as often as possible by trying to make smooth gear changes whilst keeping the revs low, ditching excess weight in the boot and avoiding racing starts and sharp breaking.
Nervous new vehicle owners could consider applying P plates as soon as theyve passed their test, to make other drivers aware of their inexperience and hopefully be afforded extra time and space by fellow road users.
When you first get your hands on your new car, make sure all the mirrors and seat position are adjusted properly, learn what all the buttons do and have a thorough read of the cars manual to steer clear of any avoidable problem.
Consider taking your car for a spin when the roads are quiet, for no other purpose than practising driving.
Getting to grips with driving at night and on motorways as soon as possible is important for inexperienced new motorists.
Leaving sufficient space to the vehicle in front by following the two second rule will help you stay safe on the roads by allowing you reasonable reaction time.
If theres any aspects of driving you particularly struggled with during your lessons, try to perfect them quickly, from three-point turns to all types of parking.
Smart drivers dont entirely rely on their sat nav or road signs, so if you're going somewhere unfamiliar, check a map before setting off to avoid getting lost unnecessarily.
Driving when tired, angry, sad or with your mind elsewhere can be very dangerous as you may not be fully focused, whilst hungover motorists might still have alcohol in their system if youre already on the road, pull over and take a break.