4 Ways To Increase Your Road Safety As A New Driver

So, you’ve passed your driving test? You can now enjoy an upgrade from playing racing games, and you can enjoy the real thing. If you’re a first-time driver, you’ve got a lot to learn. You may well have just passed your driving exam and got your driving permit, but here’s where the learning really starts. There is a lot of responsibility associated with owning, driving, and maintaining a car.

In this article, we’ll discuss how you can do all three of these things in a way that keeps you and other drivers safe, and that lets you get the most out of your new-found freedom on the road.

Don’t Buy The First Car You See

When you go out to buy your first car, you’re going to be excited. Every possibility that you see could become a contender and it might be easy to get carried away. Slow down. Particularly if you’re buying a used car. Any faults or maintenance issues on the car will need to be addressed, and you could be buying a money pit. Take the time to look over each vehicle fully. Take someone with you that has experience maintaining vehicles, and look for telltale signs of major problems.

The types of problems you should look for are areas of the paintwork that look raised. This could be a sign that the vehicle has had a crash and repair, or that the bodywork is rusted under the paintwork. You should look at how the wheels sit on the ground. Try the engine, and take the car for a drive. If you cannot test drive it; don’t buy it.

Find A Reliable Garage In Your Area

Once you have bought your car, you should look at finding one of the best auto repair shops in your area. Having a great garage nearby that you know well will mean that you know where to turn when you have a problem with your vehicle. That way, there’ll be no fishing around for recommendations when you need a garage the most.

Get Your Car Serviced Regularly 

Book your car in with the garage every few months and have it serviced and checked out. Having your oil changed, and your brake pads and tire treads checked over will ensure that your vehicle is not only safe on the road but that it is working to the best of its ability.

Think About Getting Telematics Fitted

As a first time driver, your insurance premium is likely to be very high. Of course, this will lower over time, assuming you don’t make any claims. However, in the meantime, you should look into insurers that use telematics devices. Telematics devices, or black boxes, are pieces of hardware that feedback data about your driving habits to your insurer. The type of information they record include where and when you are driving, and at what speed. Often, in exchange for this information, you will be able to enjoy lower insurance premiums.

A Little Bored? Then It’s Time To Grow!

There’s been a lot of talk about boredom lately. So many people are stuck at home isolating, or have been furloughed with nothing to do. Coronavirus surely has left its mark on the world, but it doesn’t mean you have to be bored with nothing to do. There are so many skills to learn or hobbies to pick up. You just need to find ones you enjoy or that sound good to you to get started with. Here are a few ideas for you to consider. You might already do some, or have at least thought about them which is great. But they could send more ideas percolating around your brain!

Get Outdoors

Outdoor hobbies are great because usually it means you’ll get some kind of exercise. This isn’t always the case, but if you go for something like cycling you’ll certainly burn some calories. It doesn’t have to be exercise. You can use remote control boats or cars, or take a look at the best foldable drones. Picking things which the whole family can engage with is also a good shout. You could simply take up walking if you wanted to. Hiking is great for exercise and allows you to explore new places while getting fresh air. Consider an outdoor hobby before the others if you wanted to mix exercise with other fun things that all the family can enjoy. The initial outlay might be a little prohibitive too, but it’s surely worth considering.

Get Back Into Books

A lot of people have never even read a book! Some that have, didn’t easily go back to it because they couldn’t find what they enjoyed. Give it a go. It’s a relatively cheap hobby and is something that can kill a few hours easily. You can learn new skills through reading, or plunge right into fiction. There’s so much out there that there is literally something out there for everyone. Have a look at the reviews and find something which matches the time you have available and your interests. If you didn’t want to spend too much money you can get them second hand. Speak to friends and see if they have any recommendations for you regarding which books they liked the most. If you have similar interests you’re sure to find something you like too.

Learn A Language

If you’ve got the time and are more academically inclined then you can go for a language. There are so many apps and websites that can help you these days. You won’t even need a course to attend. Think of one which you’d like to learn. Pay attention to the difficulty level too, then dive in. You can do it proactively, or even passively by listening to something as you engage in another task. Knowing another language is a true plus to your resume too, and can set you out from others. Give it a go if you have the time. It might not be for you, but if you start it off using a free platform there won’t be any loss.