Essentials for New Drivers

As a new driver, you will understandably be a little anxious about your first long drive since passing your test, even if you do feel extremely excited about the freedom that awaits you on the open road. Though these nerves are normal and can't just be switched off, you can plan and prepare accordingly, with all the right essentials. From ensuring your smartphone is fully charged before you set off, in case of emergency, to keeping hi-vis clothing in the boot so you can be seen on even the darkest of nights if you breakdown, there is a lot you can do to stay safe. So, let's take a look at just four essentials for new drivers. 

Manual 

Often crammed into the glove box, never to be seen again until the worst should happen, your cars manual is there for a reason. So, if you suspect there may be an issue, or even if you just need to top up the water, it will be your shining guide. Before you head off on your trip, it may be worth familiarising yourself with the working ins and outs of your vehicle, especially if it will be only your second or third time behind its wheel. Once you're done, simply place it back in the car. This way, it will be ready if and when you need it. 

Map 

Yes, you may have a Satnav to guide you through your journey, but it is always worth having a map in the car too, especially if the Satnav decides to just give up halfway to your destination. On the other hand, you may not even need to use the map, but it's always better to be safe than sorry. 

Contacts and Back-Up Chargers 

Whilst using your smartphone on the road is strictly prohibited, you should always make sure you have a backup charger, either in-car or portable, so that if you do break down, you can get in touch with the necessary contact. On this subject though, do you have all the essential numbers in your phone should the worst ever occur? You don't? Before you set off, make sure you have the number of your breakdown company safely stored in your mobile, as well as the number of your insurance company and any emergency contacts. 

In-Car Systems 

Last, but certainly not least, in-car camera systems can be incredibly helpful for multiple reasons. First of all, having a reversing camera system installed will prove most useful when trying to get used to the size of your vehicle. Chances are; it will take a few attempts to tuck it neatly into that parking space! Alternatively, you can opt for one of our in-car cameras, which will help you to avoid being the victim of crash for cash scams and the like. By having footage of the incident, you can hand it over to the insurance company, and it may even save you a lot of stress, hassle and money. These cameras not only record the road, but also document the time and date, speed, and even location accurately. So, these are just four essentials for new drivers. Of course, there are many others to take into account; just don't forget your checklist before you set off on the open road!
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