6 Tips for Younger Drivers
When you’re young, driving seems like the coolest thing in the world. However, there are a lot of responsibilities that come with being a new driver and the younger you learn to be a good driver, the better. So, here are some of our top tips for younger drivers.
Get a black box while you’re new
While you’re still a new driver, it is a good idea to look into black box insurance after you’ve passed your test. These types of insurance are great for younger drivers as they’ll monitor your driving in those early months/years. Plus, having a black box and being able to prove you’re a responsible driver can save you up to £500 a year on your insurance.
Keep an emergency kit
You should always keep an emergency kit in your car so that you’re prepared for anything that might happen. This kit doesn’t have to be big or expensive as long as it has everything you need. The kit should include items such as a warm blanket and clothes, a torch and batteries, a spare phone charger and battery pack, a first aid kit, spare glasses or contact lenses, some water and energy bars etc.
Keep a breakdown kit
A breakdown kit is a little bit different as it should contain everything that you need to fix your car if it breaks down or to prevent the damage from getting any worse if you can’t fix it. This includes things like a tyre pump, jumper cables, tow cables, gloves etc. These can be made at home, or you can buy a pre-made breakdown kit.
Be wary of catalytic converter theft
Thefts of these small but essential devices are on the rise. Catalytic converters contain precious metals that the thieves are keen to harvest as they are valuable. However, if you don’t know to check yours every so often, you may completely miss the theft since the car will still run without it. But, without this device, your car produces emissions above the permitted standard, making it illegal to drive.
Only let named drivers drive your car
Unless someone is a named driver on your insurance policy, they shouldn’t be driving your car. Named drivers are allowed to drive your car as your insurer knows about them, so if they are involved in an accident, you will be covered. But if someone who is not a named driver is in an accident in your car, your insurance will be voided when it comes to any claims.
Find a good mechanic
When it comes to getting your car fixed and your MOTs done, having a mechanic you trust is important. So, make sure you do your research and shop around to find a mechanic you trust and get along with. You never know; they might just be your saving grace at some point down the line.
Being a new driver is exciting. It gives you the freedom you’ve always been after and you’re very own car. However, there are a lot of important things to remember as a driver, so that the pints in the article on board to make sure you’re responsible out there on the road.