Congratulations on passing your car driving test
Well done on passing your practical driving test and now its time to go out on the road.
Feeling a bit apprehensive, not sure if your ready to be on your own driving?
All those feelings are normal, you have just been driving with the support of family and friends by your side together with a driving instructor and driving examiner and now its time to go it alone.
Things you can do to help yourself at these early stages would be to pick routes you know well, not too far and maybe on roads that are familiar to you. Let someone know where you are going and how long you will be. Take your phone and make sure it has a charged Battery in case you need to contact someone for help ( only use your phone when you are parked in a safe place and never whilst you are driving).
If you are going out and especially on longer journeys remember to take an emergency kit just in case you are caught up in tail backs and get stuck out in the open.
Contents of a good Emergency Kit
- fire extinguisher 600g powder to BS6165 specifications (British Standard)
- high visibility vest to EN471
- folding hazard warning triangle to EC R27 (European)
- windscreen ice scraper
- emergency life hammer with seat belt cutter
- emergency foil blanket
- travel first aid kit in vinyl wallet CE marked (Health & Safety Executive approved contents)
- wind-up LED torch never needs batteries or replacement bulbs
Product code: 262980
- Heavy Duty Carry Bag Black
- 9 LED Torch with batteries
- Snow & Ice Grips with storage pouch
- Foil blanket
- AA Booster Cables
- Hi Visibility Vest EN471
- Foldable Snow Shovel
- Rain Poncho
AA Breakdown and Safety Kit Plus
The AA’s Breakdown & Safety Kit Plus includes essential motoring products so that you are fully prepared in the case of any unexpected events on the road. The kit is conveniently packed in an AA branded zipped bag with velcro for fixing to your car boot, ideal for storing in your vehicle. The kit contains: Hazard Warning Triangle, High-Visibility Vest, Tow Rope, Emergency Car Hammer, 9 LED Torch, Booster Cables, Compact Tyre Inflator and Zipped Carry Bag.
1 x Hazard Warning Triangle (ECE R27)
1 x Refective Emergency Jacket (EN ISO 20471:2013)
1 x 2-Tonne Tow Rope (BS AU 187:2000)
1 x 9-LED Torch
1 x Emergency Car Hammer with Seatbelt Cutter
1 x 3m Booster Cables (for vehicles up to 2500cc)
1 x Mini Tyre Inflator (PSI, BAR, KPI, 3m cord, adapters for inflatables)
1 x Zipped Carry Bag
Also take with you spare bulbs and fuses for your car.
Carry warm clothing ie: coat, blanket, foil blanket or sleeping bag, they don’t take up much room in your boot but at night if you break down after clubbing you might feel the need to add to your clothing .If your vehicle breaks down then you might not be able to use the car heater or it may be dangerous to stay in the car.
Food and Drink
My wife left work one evening to travel the 18 mile trip home and found herself stuck behind stationary traffic on a dual carriage way due to bad weather. The journey took over 6 hours which meant it was gone midnight before my wife made it home.
Packet of breakfast bars with a long best before date together with a bottle of water will come in handy and did that evening.
Of cause prior to the best before date arriving these will need to be eaten and then replaced.
Check your car
Before heading off take a good look around your car especially at your tyres, windows, light clusters and number plate. Check they are clean and not damaged, the show me tell me questions will have given some of the checks you need to do before setting off,
the pages on this site will highlight some of these areas in depth especially tyres.
Here is a helpful word to use for checking your car:
Petrol/ diesel make sure you have plenty of fuel to carryout your journey
Oil Check your engine oil and break fluid reservoir are at the right level and not leaking
Water used to cool the engine will be located in the engine compartment in a plastic container together with the windscreen washer bottle. Both need to be checked that they have sufficient levels.
Electrics include lights and indicators and also horn, radio, heater blowers and windscreen wipers are working.
Rubber tyres and windscreen wiper blades.Tyres should have 1.6 mm of tread around all of the tyre to use legally on the road and now tyre manufacturers are placing check notches in the tread to indicate when you need to replace your tyres. The walls of your tyre may also get damaged by the kerb or hitting debris on the road. Turning full lock to the left or right will also alloy you to see most of the inside wall of the tyre.
When it comes to windscreen wiper blades try not to use them when the windscreen is dry and if you have a vehicle with auto windscreen wipers then make sure you turn them off before starting your car especially in icy conditions as they will automatically start when you turn the ignition key. Remember to check the rear windscreen wiper if fitted.
Remember if it doesn’t look right then seek help and get it checked.
Driving course to look at:
Advanced driving techniques. (defensive driving )
Trailer / caravan driving
Skid pan. Experience skidding the causes and the techniques to take control.
Institute of Advanced Motorist