I’ve passed my driving test! Now what?
Congratulations! You’ve passed your test and mastered your knowledge of the road, so now it’s time to master the world of car ownership and insurance.
First things first, congratulations on ditching that green licence! Now it’s time to navigate the road of a qualified driver which can sometimes feel as overwhelming as the test itself. Here’s some advice to make the next steps easier for you.
Your learning journey doesn’t end as soon as you upgrade to a pink licence. You’ve probably already heard that you don’t really learn to drive until you’ve passed your test. You’ll grow in confidence and ability each time you hit the road, but you could also take another course to help you continue learning.
One of the most popular options for new drivers wishing to build their confidence in a supervised setting is the Pass Plus Scheme. It is an official scheme running for 6 hours with a qualified instructor. You will cover different topics or driving environments, such as rural roads or motorways, during each session. This is a great way to gain exposure to different types of driving before attempting it solo.
Buying a car
For many new drivers, particularly those living in rural areas or in places with poor public transport links, buying a car will be the first thought to cross their mind after passing. There are several options to consider when deciding where and how to buy your car. These include privately, through a car dealership or on finance. Check out this guide on buying your first car.
Although you may want a super sporty car to cruise and impress your mates in, that’s probably going to work out pretty expensive. As well as the initial outlay for the car itself, you also need to factor in maintenance, fuel, insurance and tax costs into account when deciding your budget.
You may decide to not purchase a car after passing your test, either because of the high costs or because you actually don’t need one on a day to day basis. As a result, many young drivers go years after passing their test without ever getting behind the wheel.
With our Temporary Car Insurance you can borrow a friend or family member’s car and keep on top of your driving skills. You can borrow a car from one hour to 30 days and you get your own fully comprehensive insurance policy which keeps the owner’s No Claims Bonus protected! All you need is a friend or family member who can lend you their car.
As well as keeping your skills to up scratch, the flexible, on-demand cover also means you can take advantage of the freedom that comes along with having a full licence. Popping to your friend’s house for a few hours? No problem, just buy an afternoon’s worth of cover. Planning a bank holiday road trip with your mates? You can all buy as much as you need and share the driving! Home from uni for the holidays? Buy a full month so you don’t have to rely on mum and dad for lifts.
If you’re going to be sharing a car long term and driving it regularly you should look into being added as a named driver, although the owner’s policy and No Claims Bonus are could be affected if you have an accident. If you’re only going to drive from time to time or want the option to drive different people’s cars, Short Term Insurance is a quick, safe and affordable option.