Preparing for a Long Journey When A Newly Qualified Driver

When you are newly qualified to drive and you need to travel on a long journey, there are a few things you should know.

First of all, you should make sure that you understand all the rules of the road and it never does any harm to take regular refresher tests: try the Top Tests website. After that, you can move on to preparing your vehicle and everything else.

Your vehicle

Check your vehicle’s critical systems before you ever get on a road that you’ll be on for a while. That means you check your oil, your engine, your tires, your breaks, and pretty much anything that you are going to need for a smoother driving experience.

If there is anything that needs to be fixed, don’t wait around until it becomes a huge problem. Fix it right away.

For more information on how you can make your vehicle ready for long travels, Merityre has some useful facts that will be helpful to you.

Vehicle supplies

This might seem a tad over the top, but making sure that you have a spare of everything might just save you a lot of trouble later on. If your vehicle can accommodate them, having a spare tyre, oil, fuel, tools and such will prove invaluable if you end up running out of anything and getting a flat one.

If you can’t take a spare of everything, then focus on the most essential and bring that.

Car insurance

If you have car insurance, it is important that you make sure that you know what sorts of accidents are covered and if your coverage works where you are going. Most of all though, make sure that you actually still have coverage. Otherwise, you might get in an accident or your vehicle might get stolen, and you’ll be left with no assistance.

Driving competence

If you are a newly qualified driver, it’s only to be expected that there are some elements to driving that you will not be entirely familiar with. It simply goes with the territory, as experienced drivers almost instinctively know what to do, whereas fresh drivers have to mind every single thing.

As such, you should make sure that your driving capabilities are well on hand if you are going on a long trip in order to reduce any inconvenience. Most importantly, you have to make sure that you can actually handle the fatigue, stress and frustrations that come with driving.

A new report by the Daily Mail also mentions something about proposals to ban newly qualified drivers from driving with other young passengers due to the mortality rates. Contribute to reducing the stereotype by being a responsible,
new driver.

Your own stuff

Finally, you have to make sure that you have everything you need for that long drive. Do you have enough clothes? Do you have your mobile phone? Did you bring food? A few snacks and a bottle or two of water is always a good idea.

All these questions and more should be taken into consideration.

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