How to Practice Driving Skills In Between Passing Your Test and Getting a Car
In an ideal world, you would go home to your own car waiting for you on the drive straight after
passing your driving test. But this isn’t always the case. Many new drivers have to wait a while
before they can get on the road for real after passing their test due to needing time to save up for
buying a car, for example. However, when you’ve just passed your test, chances are that you haven’t been able to practice your driving skills as much as you’d like before getting your own car – and the last thing you want is to lose them. Here are some of the main ways to keep your driving skills sharp and current before you get your own car.
Borrow a Car
If you have a friend or family member who has their own car and is willing to let you drive it,
borrowing a car is a good way to keep your skills sharp. To do this, you will need to make sure that you are fully insured to drive the car. Getting young driver insurance cover on somebody else’s car can be a good idea since this gives you the chance to start building your no-claims bonus right from the start and you can always move the young driver insurance policy over to another car once you buy your own.
Being added to somebody’s insurance policy as a named driver will permit you to drive their car at any time. This can be ideal if you live with somebody such as a partner or a parent who drives and is happy to share the car with you. You will need to be added through their existing insurance policy, which might impact the price of the policy, so be prepared for this. However, bear in mind that as a named driver, you won’t be able to collect a no-claims bonus. In addition, you will only be permitted to do this as long as you are actually the secondary driver on the car and the other person is the main driver.
Many driving instructors offer refresher lessons to people who have already passed their driving
test. This can be ideal for you to consider if it has been some time since you passed your test and
you haven’t been able to get behind the wheel. During refresher lessons, you will also be able to do more practice on areas that you might not have touched on a lot during your initial lessons, such as motorway driving.
Pass Plus Course
The Pass Plus course is designed specifically for people who have passed their driving test and covers more advanced driving techniques to help you build your confidence and skills for getting out on the road. In addition to building your skills and helping you prepare for finally getting your own car, Pass Plus can also make it easier for you to find cheaper insurance.
If it’s been a while since you passed your driving test and you don’t yet have your own car, there are several things you can do to make sure that you don’t lose the skills you’ve learned.