Advice after passing your driving test

Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by GEM Motoring Assist

Congratulations on passing your driving test! Those L-plates can be well and truly consigned to the bin.


It’s a terrific achievement and we want you to be able to look forward to decades of enjoyable and safe motoring. We would also like to offer a few tips for this, the first stage in your full licence-holding career.

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Car buying and running costs

Buying a suitable car can be an exciting project. But how do you know whether you’re getting a good deal or simply being ripped off? Let our young reporter Fawzi Abou-Chahine guide you through some of the steps!

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Good reasons not to speed

Inappropriate speed is a factor in a majority of collisions. That’s why the police take speeding seriously. But if you thought the standard penalty was a bit stiff, listen to some examples of penalties handed out to speeders at the higher end of the scale!

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Now, what about stopping distances?

As a full licence holder you can now drive on motorways. Something we think you should try never to forget is the all important time and space needed to stop your car when you’re driving at speed. After all, a sudden manoeuvre by a vehicle in front of you, a load falling off a truck or maybe a wild animal in the road can cause you to have to stop in an emergency. Watch young driver Katie and experienced driver Roger as they try to show their understanding of vehicle stopping distances.

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Finding a good value insurance policy can be quite a challenge for a newly-qualified driver. Fawzi Abou-Chahine has some ideas on why costs are high and how to drive them down.

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Driving does not mix with drugs and alcohol. If you intend having a drink, then don’t drive. It’s simple wisdom that will help you to stay safe. But what is the extent of the problem regarding drugs or alcohol and driving? James Luckhurst has been finding out.

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Driving at night

Driving at night can be less stressful than during the day as there tends to be less traffic around. However, there are risks we need to be aware of in order to stay safe. The first source of danger concerns what we can actually see. It’s a scientific fact that at night we simply cannot trust our eyes and our vision to the extent we can in daylight. Danger can come from the restricted vision that occurs when it’s dark. After all, 90 per cent of our ability to react depends on what we see. So it stands to reason that if we see a lot less at night, then we are automatically in a more dangerous environment. Put it another way: at night we only see around a tenth of what we would see in daylight.  Watch our night time driving experiment to appreciate how limited a driver’s night-time vision can be.

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Stay safe as a passenger

We want you to stay safe on the roads not just when you’re driving, but also when you’re someone else’s passenger. It’s worth thinking carefully before agreeing to go in anyone else’s car, especially if you don’t know their style of driving, how careful they’re going to be and how influenced they may be by having two or three friends along with them.
These tips for staying safe as a passenger come from Graham Griffiths of Ultimate Car Control.

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Benefits of ABS

Do you know what ABS is and what it can do for you? Most modern cars are equipped with ABS, but it pays to know a little about the technology – as well as what it can and cannot do for you in an emergency braking situation.
Graham Griffiths of Ultimate Car Control explains, with footage courtesy of Bosch.

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ESP and how it works

Is your car fitted with ESP? It pays to know whether you have access to this potentially life-saving technology. But what is it and how does it work?
The footage here is courtesy of Bosch.

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Keep your car clean: inside and out

Whether you invest a little or a lot in buying a car, it makes sense to maximise its value for when you come to sell it. One of the key aspects of this is to ensure the car is clean – inside and out. Now you probably won’t need our advice on how to clean the outside of the car, but perhaps while we’re at it we could share a few less pleasant facts about what’s often found on the inside!
Fawzi Abou-Chahine has been looking for bugs.

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