Learning to Drive: Our Top Tips and Best Practices

Starting out as a new driver? If you’re ready to get behind the wheel for the first time, there are a few things worth knowing about. Getting through the process might feel overwhelming, from building confidence in lessons to passing the driving theory test. But with perseverance and motivation, you’ll be on the road soon!

In this guide, we’ve outlined some tips to help you flourish into a safe and confident driver, ready for your biggest adventures yet.

How to choose a driving instructor

Choosing a driving instructor is the first step in learning to drive.

Many new drivers go based on personal recommendation, which can be the quickest way to find an instructor in small towns and rural areas. Learning to drive and book a driving test without ever having used a driving instructor is possible, but we recommend getting professional lessons.

Driving instructors know about the latest changes to the practical driving test, so can give you specialized advice to help you pass the first time.

However, you should think about your personal preferences and any specific requirements you have before you start driving alone. For example, if you’d prefer to drive an automatic car, you can find an automatic-specific instructor. Just remember that if you’d like to drive a manual car in the future, you’ll need to take your practical test in a manual car.

Developing your driving skills

Practicing between driving lessons is one of the most effective ways to build confidence behind the wheel. While driving lessons with an instructor help you to learn how to put the Highway Code into practice, it’s likely that you won’t be completely relaxed in your driving lessons.

Sharing a family car could be one of the most effective ways to help you build positive associations with driving different types of vehicles on new and familiar routes. With permission from a family member, short-term insurance means you can share a car and practice without your instructor.

Remember that there are a few rules around learning to drive with a friend or family member. The person accompanying you must:

  • Be at least 21 years old,
  • Have held their driving license for at least three years and
  • Be qualified to drive the type of vehicle you’re learning in

Choosing your first car

Did you pass your practical driving test? Congratulations! It’s time to choose your first car.

This is the most exciting part of the process for many new drivers, so it’s worth choosing carefully. If you’re working around a tight budget, try to put fuel efficiency and general running costs first. Cheaper cars typically cost less to insure, but it’s still worth getting some quotes if there’s a particular model you love.

Check out the selection on used car sites like Autotrader to start your search. You could also visit local garages or ask if any of your friends (or their siblings) are selling their car. Don’t forget that you could get a better deal through friends and family!


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