Congratulations, you've just passed your driving test!
What do you do now?
At the end of your test you hear those great words, "Congratulations, you have passed your test." Your driving instructor congratulates you, captures the moment with a photo and then drives you home and asks how it went.
It's a massive achievement to celebrate and when it has sunk in...
Make sure you change the insurance on your car (if you have a car). You no longer have a provisional driving licence. You are not insured if you don't make this change! Expect the price to increase. As a provisional licence holder, you had an experienced driver sat at your side, now you don't and that makes you more risky in the eyes of your insurer and so the price increases.
Buy a Car
Sounds easy doesn't it? It's not. Try as many cars as you can and get help from someone who knows their way around cars, to make sure you don't buy a car that's not fit to be on the road. You can buy a decent car with not much money but watch out, insurance costs could make that dream car a nightmare!
The First Drive on your Own
Make sure you know your car, organise the seating position and mirrors, get familiar with all the switches. If you are feeling confident, get out there and enjoy it. If you are not feeling confident, drive at a quiet time when you won't feel under pressure. Practice some hill starts, practice braking, get used to how the car feels. It may feel very different to the last car you drove. Before long, you will be making journeys for no particular reason.
There are lots of training providers who can offer further training including your driving instructor. Pass Plus, I am Road Smart, Diamond are just a few of the courses on offer. If you are not feeling confident, or you need help with something in particular, or you have not driven in a long time, discuss this with your instructor, they will be happy to help.
Stay Safe and Legal
Your licence will be cancelled (revoked) if you get 6 or more points within 2 years of passing your test. Find out more about that here. According to Brake.org.uk - Young drivers are at a much higher risk of crashing than older drivers and the combination of youth and inexperience can prove a fatal combination on the roads. Please stay safe, no driving instructor wants to hear that their customer has crashed.