New driver? Everything to know before you take the wheel

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So, you’ve passed your test? Congratulations! You now know everything there is to know about driving, right?

Wrong. Most people continue learning about driving for years afterwards. While there are certain things you need to do to get rid of the L plates, you’ll constantly find yourself in awkward situations, learning to deal with them. You might be clammy and uncomfortable for your first year or two, but that’s perfectly normal. Here are some of the additional things you need to know before you take the wheel.


You probably have many questions about car accidents. You might be wondering: do I need to call the police if the car accident was minor? And what happens next? While circumstances vary depending on the accident, car accidents are scary even for an experienced driver. No one wants to be in a potentially dangerous situation, or cause issues for others. Generally, after a car accident, you will be expected to pull over. Put your hazards on so you aren’t a danger to others, and take the details of all others involved. Learning about the ins and outs of car accident protocol will make you better equipped to be on the road.

Car Maintenance

Looking after your car is important. Every vehicle needs maintenance to ensure that it performs to its potential. Badly maintained cars could lead to break downs and costly repairs. You could be a hazard to yourself and to others. So, learn how to take good care of your car. This means checking the breaks and battery, cleaning it often and getting any necessary repairs.

Breaking down

A breakdown or punctured tyre can be incredibly stressful, especially if you’re on a busy road. But breakdowns and punctures can happen at any time, so new drivers need to know what to do. The most important thing is to try and get your car to a safe place, if possible. If not, you will need to turn on your hazard lights and stay away from traffic. The next step is to call a breakdown provider, and wait somewhere safe.   

Your environmental impact

Driving isn’t great for the environment. However, for some people, it’s a necessity. While you might need to use your car regularly, it’s important to be aware of your car’s environmental impact. Consider moving to a more environmentally friendly car like an electric, or change the type of fuel you use. Everyone holds responsibility in saving our planet.


Some people can be aggressive, angry drivers. While people might think this is the “norm”, it’s never ok to be abusive to another driver. If someone threatens you or acts in an abusive way, call the police. If you feel unsafe, lock the doors and drive off safely.