What to do now you've passed your test
So you’ve passed your driving test, but what now? Here’s our tips for new drivers, that aims to answer the most pressing questions that you’re likely to have as a new driver.
What happens to my driving licence?
Your examiner will normally arrange for your provisional driving licence photocard to be sent off to the DVLA, where it will be upgraded to a full driving licence, and you should receive this within three weeks. If you haven’t received this within three week, then be sure to contact DVLA, and if you need to change any contact details and send it off yourself, make sure you do this within the first two years of passing, otherwise you’ll need to take your test again!
In the meantime you’ll receive a driving test pass certificate, which is proof that you’ve passed your test. You aren’t however, required to take this with you when you’re driving alone.
The first drive
Driving for the first time on your own can be daunting, and it’s natural to feel apprehensive, we recommend taking someone that you trust with you for the first couple of journeys build up your confidence, although it’s probably not the best idea to pick up a car full of mates, as it’s best to limit distractions on your first drive!
If you’re struggling with nerves even after the first few journeys, then maybe think about booking more lessons. Post-test lessons can be great for getting used to driving in conditions that you may not be used to, like driving on the motorway, or driving at night time.
P-plates are also worth considering for the first couple of drives at least, just to let other road users know that you’re inexperienced, so they might think twice before pulling up right behind you on a steep hill.
Car insurance & vehicle tax
If you’ve got your first car already, you’ll need to get your insurance sorted, as well as your vehicle tax. Car insurance is always expensive for new drivers, because statistically newly-qualified drivers are much more likely to be involved in an accident.
A good way for new drivers to bring down the car insurance premiums is by getting a black-box insurance, which uses GPS technology to monitor your driving habits, and build up a detailed driver profile, and send this data back to the car insurance company. The safer you are as a driver, the cheaper the renewal price will be the following year.
We’ve currently got of offers on car leases that are ideal for first-time drivers, so check out our special offers section!