You’ve just passed your driving test. Congratulations! You’re now officially a motorist.
This is such an exciting moment. After the lessons, hours spent learning about road signs, and a practical test that clearly impressed the examiner, you’re joining the thousands of others who’ve just passed.
So, what next?
Get a Car
Have you thought about the car you’d like to drive? As a motorist in the capital, you’ll need a city car that can comfortably get you from A to B in the rush hour traffic.
There are lots of models to choose from and it can be overwhelming at first, so it’s worth taking the time to do your research. You need a car that suits your needs and will last you for a few years.
It’s also worth buying a used or second-hand car to start. This relieves the pressure that comes with buying a brand-new model.
A good starting point is to search for makes that are known for their reliability. A quick look for used cars at your nearest Volkswagen dealership in London, for example, will show you a range of motors that might fall within your budget and meet your requirements.
Browse online, then make a list of any questions you have about the models you like. From there, you can go along to the dealership to find out more. The team there should be able to talk you through what’s available.
Make sure you’re insured
Car insurance is a legal requirement in the UK, so it’s important this is in place. Shop around for good deals and make sure that you understand what you’re paying for. No two insurance providers are the same and you might find that you prefer what one policy covers more than another, so read the details carefully before you choose.
Remember the rules
Once you have your car, you can finally play your favourite music as you drive through your area. But don’t forget the things you learned for your theory and practical tests. It’s crucial you know this information when you’re out on the road.
Keeping to the speed limit, looking out for road signs, and making sure you have a good amount of space between you and the car in front are just some of the rules to stick to on a typical drive.
Look after your motor
Maintaining your car is a big responsibility. You’ll need to get an MOT once a year but getting into the habit of getting it serviced will keep it in good condition.
Check your tyres, oil, and water levels and if you’re ever unsure, find a reputable garage. A mechanic will check over anything that’s troubling you, so if you hear a sound that’s ‘off’ or it doesn’t feel right when you’re out on the road, get it checked over.
Take it slow
There’s no rush. You have years of driving ahead of you, so remember to stick to the speed limit, relax and enjoy the journey.