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To pass your driving and theory test as a new driver, you must prove that you have adequate knowledge and driving skills to drive safely on UK roads. You must learn the highway code, know how to take good care of your car, and ensure you are a competent driver. Now that you finally passed your test, you can sigh in relief. But not for long. You now need to actually go out on the road and drive by yourself, which can be scary for most inexperienced drivers.
To make the experience even more terrifying: there is a probationary period of 2 years, which means that if you accumulate 6 points on your licence within that time, your licence will be revoked automatically, and you will have to do the entire process over again.
If you are reading this as a new driver, you are probably worried. Most drivers only want to pass their test once, as most describe the driving test to be one of the scariest experiences. That is why we wrote this article, to share our knowledge with new drivers, spread tips on how to be safe out there, and avoid unnecessary points on your licence.
You must make sure you have all the correct documents before even thinking of driving. Ensure your car has passed the MOT test; you will have to carry out an MOT once a year to make sure your vehicle is up to scratch. Regular car service on top of that will ensure your car is in working condition.
Before driving, you must have also paid your road tax, which can be done on the government website, and you must have sorted your car insurance and made sure your cover starts before you begin driving. Many new drivers tend to turn towards “black box car insurance”, which can be a lot cheaper and regulate your style of driving and speed, which can be helpful to be mindful on the road.
Some drivers also prefer to display a “P” new driver sticker on their car, to inform other drivers that they have freshly passed their driving test. You can display a “P” sticker on your car for as long as you like.
If you see a speed limit, stick to it. If you see a red light, do not go through it. It is important to maintain the safe driving behaviours that you learnt as a new driver after your pass your test. Going out there and driving on your own is going to be a learning curve, be patient with yourself, use good practice, and read road signs, and you will be fine. Numerous new drivers get anxious, especially when going on the motorway; it is possible to sign up for extra lessons with an instructor after you pass your test, to make sure you are the best driver you can be.
We also advise that even small offences can lead to a revoked licence, by breaking the speed limit, you risk 3 points and a £100 fine. However, these penalties can vary depending on the severity of the offence- read more here.
Have you been charged with a driving offence as a new driver? Do not risk adding your points up and losing your licence and contact our experienced motoring solicitors now. We have dealt with hundreds of motoring offences and will ensure to provide you with the best possible advice for your situation. Contact one of our experienced solicitors now, you will know that your case is in the right hands.
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