We know the process can seem long at times, from the initial written test to driving with an experienced driver, to wrapping it all up with that final test. It’s systems like the Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) that are designed to help drivers add valuable skills to their toolbox.
Before you hit the road and enjoy all the freedom driving it has to offer, scroll through our tips to stay up to date on safety whenever you are behind the wheel!
Spread the word
As soon as you pass that test, reach out to your auto insurer. You will need an up-to-date policy to drive legally; where you may have been covered under family policies previously, things may change once you have your full licence. If you’ve got an insurance provider already, they will need to know your latest licence information, and you may even be eligible for a deal!
With a new insurance provider, building a strong driving history is important. Steps like taking a ministry-approved driver education course will actually help you when it comes to purchasing your first insurance policy.
Be mindful of your behaviour
We know that hitting the road solo can be very different from having a driving instructor or parent peering over your shoulder. It is easy to make a quick lane change without signalling or pull into the bike lane for a drop-off.
Certain behaviours tend to fall to the wayside as you get comfortable as a new driver. This can include things like signalling, speed, or eliminating distractions. You may even be spending more time in the car, and that can mean adding distractions like eating, applying makeup, or rushing to an appointment. Or perhaps you barely drive now that you’ve got your licence, causing certain behaviours to become rusty over time.
When you get into the car, pretend you are brand new to the roads. Make your driving instructor proud!
Driving as cautiously as the day you passed your test shouldn't be hard or intimidating. Brush up on your skills regularly to be a better driver. This can include things like:
Practice skills you don’t use very often, like parallel parking. While technological advancements are creating vehicles that can park for you, it is important to keep your skills up to date. You never know when you’ll be driving a car without park assist! Seek opportunities to drive on highways, passing other drivers, and parking. These are skills that drivers commonly avoid due to nerves or inexperience, but are essential for good, safe driving.