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Slash Car Running Costs: 5 Easy Tactics

Everyone knows that buying or leasing a car can be an expensive experience. However, that doesn’t mean you have to pay out your life savings all over again when it comes to running your vehicle. In fact, there are some pretty simple ways you can save money on running your car. Keep reading to find out what they are. 

Save on fuel 

If you don’t put fuel in your car, it isn’t going to get very far. However, petrol can be one of the most significant expenses that you need to consider. Of course, one way to keep this cost low is to make sure that you go avoid premium fuel options. In fact, unless your car manufacturer states explicitly that your vehicle requires them, you will be much better off with a regular fuel anyway. 

Additionally, you can save a decent amount of fuel over the year by carefully choosing where and when to fill up. That means doing your research and finding the cheapest petrol station locally, something that will change from day to day. 

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When planning a trip, also be sure to schedule in stops at points where you have access to cheap fuel, as this can save you a fortune! Finally, do not forget to sign up for a reward card when purchasing your fuel. The reason being that you can use it to help offset the cost of petrol over the year. Something that makes it a free and easy way of saving even more money. 

Lower your insurance costs 

Another high running cost for vehicles is insurance. That is the protection you pay for in case of accident, injury, or damage. Unfortunately, sometimes the price of your insurance can be vast. Especially if you don’t have the best driving record or your car is one that is regarded as a significant risk. 

The good news is that it is still possible to find car insurance at a reasonable rate, and you don’t have to spend hours online shopping around to do it either. In fact, some car insurance providers will do the comparison part for you. Something that means all you need to do is reap the savings they can provide. 

Economical tyres

 The tyres you choose for your vehicle matter for many reasons. One of these is because the right ones can help reduce your fuel costs. The reason being that the correct tyres, appropriately inflated, can maximize the contact that your vehicle has with the road. This is something that increases the amount of drive it can get and therefore, can reduce fuel usage. 

Drive better 

Finally, remember that the way you drive will also affect how much it costs you to run your vehicle. In fact, by driving defensively and thinking a few steps ahead, you can gain many benefits. These include not only improving the safety of your journey but reducing the cost of it as well. The reason is that with more time to think and act, you will waste less fuel stopping, starting, and making emergency manoeuvres. 

Buy a Quality Car

If you buy a low quality car with a cheaper price tag, you may find that you end up spending more in the long run with repairs. Buy a good quality car like BMW Cars so you can rest assured that you won’t face these costly problems down the line!

8 DIY Car Maintenance Tips For Beginners

8 DIY Car Maintenance Tips For Beginners

The love between a new car owner and his/her automobile can easily be compared to that between new love birds. And just like any other love-based relationship, it takes time, effort, and money to maintain and keep it going strong. Unfortunately, as much as that love may always be there, the money for maintenance may not. 

But did you know that you could save a lot of money when it comes to car repairs and maintenance? All you need to do is to know the basic things you can do yourself without needing to visit a mechanic. So, in this article, we will take a look at some maintenance tips you can do on your own even if this is the first time you own a car.

  1. Replacing the air filter

You do not need any special tools to check the air filter, and it should take you no more than 10 minutes to start and finish. Always ensure that you get a new filter every 12,000 miles or 12 months. You have the option of leaving your car with your mechanic to change your filter (which will probably take a whole day) or can take just 10 minutes of your time to do it yourself. To do the latter, locate the air filter under the hood of the car. It usually takes the form of a black rectangular box that comes with metal clips at its side. Be sure you visit your owner’s manual to guide you locate it. Once found, open the casing and observe closely how the filter fits inside and which direction it faces. Next, remove the old filter and replace it with the new one. Be sure to place it the same way the old one was. Finally, close the clips on the side. 

  1. Replacing the windscreen wipers

Just like the air filter, you do not need any professional tools when replacing your windshield wipers. Plus, it should not take you more than 15 minutes to complete – unless you want to leave your car with the mechanic for the whole day (if you’re lucky). Don’t fall for those free windshield wipers installations that require you to first purchase an expensive windshield wiper. You can do it yourself. Be sure to change your windshield wipers once every 12 to 6 months. The setup of wiper blades differs from one automobile to another. Thus, be sure to have your manual with you. First, lift the blades just like you would when washing the windshield. Then remove the blades and observe how they are connected to the metal arm. If you notice a tab located on the underside of the wiper, push it to release the old blade and then attach your new blades. But be careful you don’t scratch the windscreen or bend the wiper arms. Also, make sure all the blades are well aligned, secure, and tight.

  1. Changing the spark plugs

Arm yourself with a socket wrench or ratchet, a spark plug socket, and a 12-inch socket extension to take on this activity. Changing the spark plugs may sound or look like a complicated job, but it is quite easy. It should take you about 20 to 30 minutes to replace them. Before doing anything else, check your owner’s manual to be sure when it is best to replace your spark plugs. Then make time for yourself to do the changing because you don’t want to rush through this. First, find the spark plugs attached to the thick wires with rubber covers. There could be between five and nine plugs, depending on the number of cylinders the car has. Next, remove the first plug with your spark plug socket and socket extension. Remove the first plug only and avoid removing all the plugs at the same time. Now, install the new plug and tighten it with your hand first. Once done, tighten it with the wrench, being careful not to overdo the tightening. Then, re-attach the wire and repeat the same process for the rest of them.

  1. Changing the oil and oil filter

To do this, you need a funnel, an oil pan, an oil filter wrench, and a ratchet. This should take you about 35 to 45 minutes to finish. Your oil should be changed every 5,000 miles or even less, and fortunately, you can do it yourself. Bear in mind never to attempt changing the oil when the engine is hot. Also, you will need to jack up the car a little to make sure you’re more comfortable. First, slide under the car to locate the oil pan. Next, unscrew the plug to drain the old oil into a pan and replace the drain plug. Now get back to the engine and use your oil filter wrench to remove the old oil filter. Use a bit of motor oil to lubricate the gasket on your new oil filter. Pour the new oil into the new oil filter, filling it only about two-thirds. Fix the new filter oil, screw it and tighten by hand only. Now use your funnel to fill your engine with your new oil. Check the level of the oil by using your dip-stick to be sure you have filled enough.

  1. Battery maintenance

Armed with rags, a wire brush, corrosion removal fluid, and some wrenches, this should take you about 20 minutes to complete. A good connection is all your battery requires to keep your car running – all things being equal. Inspect the condition of your battery regularly to know when it is time to do some maintenance. Start by removing the terminals of the battery, beginning with the negative first. Now, clean the posts using a mixture of baking soda and water – that is if you cannot afford a professional cleaning product. Apply the mixture to the posts and use a wire brush to clean them vigorously. Once done, rinse the cleaning mixture off the posts with just a little water and dry it with your rag. Now replace the terminals of the battery. 

  1. Radiator flush

This should take you no more than 30 minutes to complete. You will need the following; a used coolant receptacle, a funnel, a coolant, a radiator flush solution, and a wrench. For your car to work properly, your radiator and cooling system should be clean. One of the best ways of cleaning it is by flushing it once every year or a couple of years, depending on the automobile. First, be sure that the car engine is not hot before starting. Locate the drain plug of the radiator with the help of the car manual. Position your used coolant receptacle to receive the draining old coolant. Once completely drained, replace the plug and release the radiator cup. With the aid of your funnel, add the radiator flush cleaning mixture, after which you can fill the rest of the radiator with water. Once done, you can replace the cup of the radiator and start the car to let it run for a while. When it gets to its normal temperature, turn the heater on to the hottest level and allow the car to run for about 10 minutes. Now turn off the car, allow the engine to cool down completely, and drain the content in the radiator. Finally, refill it with fresh coolant.

  1. Fuel filter replacement

To replace your fuel filter yourself, you will need a form of eye protection, some rags, open-end wrenches, new fuel line washers, and a new fuel filter. The procedure should take you no more than 30 minutes to complete. This procedure can be very dangerous for you and your car. So, if you have no experience in it, it is better to leave it to the pros. Start by making sure to relieve any fuel system pressure and disconnecting all the fuel lines from the filter. With the help of your wrenches and a rag, loosen the bolt. Slide off the fuel line and use the same process for the second side of the fuel filter. Now remove the fuel filter and change the filter washers. Fix the new filter the same way you removed the old one and re-install the fuel pump before trying to start the car. Other kinds of maintenance, such as engine performance, should be left to the professionals. You can visit for issues related to carbon buildup in the engine. 

  1. Replacing the brake pads

Your car’s brake will need replacing about every 20,000 miles. To do this, you will need the following tools, a hammer, an adjustable or open-end wrench, a C-clamp, and a lug wrench. Replacing a brake pad should take you not more than an hour. But if you’re uncertain about doing it yourself, then get a pro to handle it. To start, lift your car and let it sit safely on jack stands. Now, break the lugs on the tires and remove the wheels one after another. When removing the brake clipper allow the brake pads to slide out through at the top side. Remove the bolts on both sides of the clipper and pull the clipper upwards. Now slide the brake pads out. Next, fix the new pad and secure it with the retaining clips. With your c-clamp, compress the brake piston and tighten the clamp. Finally, re-install the brake calliper. 

Top Reasons to Own a Jaguar

If you’re looking for a new car, whether you want a brand new model or something classic, Jaguar is a manufacturer that certainly can’t be ignored. It has so much to offer and if you want a car that’s going to exude style, it’s impossible to look past the Jaguar brand. If you want more reasons why you should consider owning a Jaguar, you’re in the right place. Here’s more about what this prestigious car maker has to offer.

They’re a Lot of Fun to Drive

One of the best things about Jaguars is the kind of drive they offer. They truly are very fun to drive for the most part. Not only do you get the feeling that you’re driving a truly prestigious car, but the actual driving experience is always incredibly smooth and elegant. There are no better words to describe it than those. The quality of the ride never seems to let you down.

Some of the Classic Models Are Stunning

Some of the classic jaguars you can find out there are simply stunning and there’s no way that can be denied. Whether it’s the SS Jaguar 100 or the F-Type, there’s no shortage of classic Jaguars you can choose from. And not all of them are particularly expensive either, so you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a great Jaguar model from years gone by.

The New Models Are Beautifully Designed

The New Jaguar XE is an example of what Jaguar can do today. They certainly aren’t banished to the past in terms of designing great cars. The Jaguar brand lives on and it still has so much to offer. If you’re looking for beautifully designed cars that can hold their own against the competition, take a look at the latest Jaguar models out there. Some of their designs are simply stunning.

The Interiors Tend to Offer Real Luxury

If you’re looking for a car that offers genuine comfort and luxury on the inside, it’s hard to look past what the Jaguar brand has to offer. They really do go above and beyond what most other car manufacturers are able to offer in this department. They’re known for offering luxurious interiors and that’s not something that’s likely to change anytime soon.

They Delivery High Levels of Safety

One thing that’s often overlooked about Jaguar models is how safe they are. Not everyone realises the fantastic safety record Jaguar has with the cars it manufactures, so if you’re looking for a family car or you simply care a lot about safety, you should definitely consider a Jaguar as your next car purchase. It won’t let you down in that department.

So if the time is right for you to make a new car purchase, don’t dismiss the option of choosing a Jaguar. There are so many reasons why you might want to choose a Jaguar and hopefully the things we’ve discussed above will help to convince you of that.

Saloon Heaven: Top 3 Models You Need To Test Drive

Here in the UK, we have tight, twisting roads that are excellent for the average hatchback. Our streets are narrow and you really need to have some great driving skills to venture down some parts of London and the B-roads in the countryside. These types of cars are long, wide, heavy and they munch the miles like nobody’s business. This concept was made affordable and for everyday use. It turned out to be the saloon. Here are the top 3 on the market right now.

Why be typical?

We could be bland and predictable by telling you how great the BMW 5 Series is or how obviously awesome the Mercedes S-class is. But, there are many other options that have a similar type of quality and feel. The Volvo S90, for example, has been turning heads all last year. When you think of Volvo, all one can think of is the amazing safety systems. We hardly ever contribute Volvo with style but this saloon is every bit as sleek as any of its rivals. It’s also a hybrid, which is what you would expect these days. However, it’s petrol turbocharged engine produces 299bhp from a 2.0-litre displacement. The added electric motors give you enough oomph to go from 0 to 60mph in an impressive 5.1-seconds. The interior is as you would expect, high-quality across the board, and even some of the stitching is done by hand.

The mystical phantom

Of all the manufacturers in the world, you wouldn’t think VW would be the brand you’d look towards for one of the best saloons in the world. But this New Volkswagen Range includes the Arteon which is distinctly German. With a widebody, low profile, and long sleek shape, the design is obviously meant to satisfy the executive, business person, and affluent professional who commutes to work. The 18-inch wheels are just the right size as to not create too much vibration and also, give you a responsive ride. It’s also one of the hidden gems in the saloon market, a mystical phantom which starts at just £33,150. With modern LED lamps, it’s a great motorway king for driving at night. The wireless car-net app, allows you to hook your smartphone up to the car, so you can make and receive calls, texts, video calls, and generally, use your phone without touching it.

The old reliable

There’s a reason why cars like the Audi A/S3 are still held as the top choices for newcomers to the saloon type. What’s not to like? It’s fast, with a 0 to 60mph time at just 4.1-seconds. It has a 2.5-litre engine, producing 400bhp. Yet despite these figures, it still manages a cool 40 to 50mpg. Is it the roomiest? No. Is it the prettiest? No. But it definitely handles the best and goes quickly. It’s comfortable, enough, but most certainly impresses in how it gallops across the road with utter haste.

The saloon concept takes a little getting used to. These cars are long and luxurious. They’re great for long drives and they have finally begun to become far more economical than previous eras.

5 Ways to Put the Fun Back in Driving

We all know that there’s a lot of capacity to have fun when we’re behind the wheel, but it’s not as if we’re going to have fun every time we buckle up. Indeed, there are times when it feels as if driving is anything but fun; it has begun to feel like a chore, or it’s just lost some of its charm. If you find yourself in this concerning position, then fear not, because there are always ways to make it fun again. We take a look at a few effective ways below.

Mix Up the Commute

You’re not going to love driving as much as you could do if it feels like you’re just always making the same journey to and from work. There’s little fun about sitting in bumper to bumper traffic! One recommended tip is to look at mixing up the routine by choosing another route to work. There will likely be more than one to get there; is there a scenic route you could take? Even if it takes a little longer than your normal route, it’ll be worth it if you genuinely enjoy the drive.

Car Improvements

Take a look at your vehicle: is it a car you want to spend time in? There are a couple of easy to do things you can do with your vehicle that’ll improve things. For example, think about your seat: if it’s not as comfortable as it could be, then buy an aftermarket part and increase the comfort. It’ll make it much easier to enjoy long journeys! By far the most straightforward way to improve your car is to give it a deep clean. It’s just way more enjoyable to ride in a spotless vehicle than one that hasn’t been cleaned in months. 

A New Set of Wheels

It could be that your current vehicle just isn’t up to the task anymore, and that it’s time to upgrade. All cars have a lifespan, and if it feels like your car is falling behind the times, then selling it and getting another vehicle will be the best way to go. There are some great deals to be had on used cars, so take a look at what’s available and find the one that’s right for you. There’s nothing that’ll spark a love of driving quite like getting behind the wheel of a car that’s newly yours.

Take a Trip

It’s possible to enjoy the act of driving just when we’re going about our daily business, but from time to time, it’s worthwhile looking at specific driving trips. There are some amazing road trip routes in the UK and beyond. Exploring in your car will remind you just why you were so happy to pass your driving test way back when!

Take a Break 

Finally, if you’re a little worn out of driving, then take a short break. A week or two without your car, during which you rely on your two legs and public transport, will have you running back to your vehicle! 

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How to Go About Repairing a Tired Old Car

One great thing for just about any car fanatic to do is take an old car that’s tired and past its best and repair it up and make it as good as new again. Each project of this kind presents its own challenges and no two repairs are the same. But that’s what makes it fun. If you love cars and you want to learn more about what it takes to fix them up, learning by practice is the best way of doing it. Here’s what you’ll need to get right.

Make Sure the Engine’s in Good Order

First of all, you should make sure that you do everything you can to ensure your car has a good engine. Ideally, you don’t want to start this kind of project on a car that can’t run at all because that makes it much more tricky. So, when searching for the car to work on, it’s best to ensure the engine is at least functioning before going ahead and buying it.

Work Under the Car

When you’ve made sure the engine is in good order, you should check under the car and see which repairs need to be made there. Any leaks, damage or rusting will need to be taken care of at the soonest opportunity. Any problems found under the car will stop it functioning properly if they’re not addressed sooner rather than later.

Replace the Interiors

Next you’ll need to think about the interiors of the car. If you want this vehicle to be usable again, you’ll need to have a comfortable interior rather than an old one that’s starting to come apart at the seams. When it comes to actually using and driving the car, the interiors will be what finishes it off and makes it feel like a real vehicle again.


Fix Up the Wheels and Add New Tyres

Next, you should look at the wheels and add new tyres if necessary. There are plenty of experts that offer alloy wheel repair services if you don’t know how to take on that challenge yourself. It can be a tricky one. The wheels are usually in pretty bad shape when you start working on an old and unloved vehicle, so this part of the process will be vital.

Carry out the Body Work

You should then think about the body of the car and what you might do to ensure it’s in good shape. The body of the car is the thing that people will see when they look at the vehicle, so you’ll want to ensure it’s in a good overall condition. Fixing dents in the body and spray painting it is an important step to take at this point.

Fixing up a tired old car that seems past its best can be a lot of fun, and if you’re serious about making it happen, you should get out there and do it. It can teach you a lot about cars, how they run and how to get the most out of them. If you’ve never taken on a project like this before, you’ll learn a lot.

How To Become A Greener Driver In 5 Easy Steps

The concept of eco-friendly driving has dominated motoring news in recent times. Even if you’re a petrol head, now is the time to reduce your carbon footprint by making smarter decisions behind the wheel.

If you’re worried about the need for wholesale changes, the good news is that small changes often bring the biggest rewards. Here are five options to give you a push in the right direction.

1| Buy A Better Car

Car technology has evolved at a rapid rate in recent years. Even if you’re not ready for an EV, upgrading to a newer vehicle will bring reduced emissions. New cars at Dicksons will instantly allow you to reduce your carbon footprint. Meanwhile, if your current choice of vehicle is too big for your requirements, downsizing aids the cause too. After all, reduced weight means that less energy is needed to move it. Simple physics dictate that this is the easiest way to see your emissions (and running costs) fall.

2| Give Your Banger Some TLC

Buying a new vehicle is the best option it allows you to embrace new tech. In the meantime, though, treating your old banger to some much-needed care can make a significant improvement. Faults make the engine work harder, which is bad news for the planet. Besides, those upgrades are sure to enhance your enjoyment behind the wheel, even if it doesn’t match the excitement of a new ride. Better still, the rewards are passed onto the next owner, meaning even greater benefits for the environment.

3| Consolidate Journeys

It’s not all about the car you drive. The way in which you use it is an important ingredient in the recipe for success, and you must not forget it. A little foresight goes a long way to helping you achieve your goal of greener driving. If you have several trips to make throughout the day, consolidating them can reduce the number of miles you drive. Keeping the engine warm is good for efficiency too. You can support this idea by arranging a carpool for work or school runs. The impact can be telling.

4| Improve Your Technique

As well as planning journeys in a more active manner, you should think about your actions behind the wheel. The way you move through the gears and claw back energy when braking can have a telling influence on your situation. Advanced driving courses at Knockhill can transform the way you think and act on the road. This can subsequently lead to conscious and subconscious habitual upgrades. Aside from becoming a greener driver, it can make you safer and more confident in the process. Perfect.

5| Complete Regular Maintenance

Keeping your car in great health is easily the best way to promote greener driving, irrespective of the vehicle in question. Simple tasks include keeping the tyre pressure at the right level and topping up all fluids as needed. This boosts the performance and efficiency of your vehicle while also creating a more comfortable ride. The sooner you learn to embrace those rewards, the better. Not only will it bring quicker upgrades to your driving habits, but it’ll help you develop winning rituals for life. 

Tips to Transform Your Old Banger

You may not be able to afford a banging brand new car right now, but that doesn’t mean that you have to go around in a car that looks fit for the scrapheap either. Even if your car currently looks like an old banger, there are lots of things you can do to make it look amazing…

Repair the wheels

One of the most common signs that a car is a little past its best is the poor state of the wheels and tyres. Luckily, you can buy new tyres quite cheaply, and a decent corroded alloy wheel repair will have the wheels sparkling and shining like new again for a fraction of the cost. Heck. even just washing the tyres and plumping them up will make a whole lot of difference to how good your car looks.

Big wheels need extra special attention…

Deal with scratches

If your poor old car’s bodywork has seen better days, repairing any scratches will help to restore its image. If you’re on a budget, you can do this by purchasing one of those neat little car scratch repair kits, which will do a great superficial job. However, if you can afford it, having a professional job will work even better because it will deal with deep scratches and leave you with a more professional finish. It really depends on how much you’re willing to spend on an old banger.

Give it a good clean

It’s obvious, but giving your old car a thorough clean inside and out can be REALLY quite effective at making it look as good as new. It’s probably a good idea to treat your car to a decent handwash and valet service at least once every couple of months to keep it looking its best.

Replace the brake pads

Switching to higher quality brake pads might not be the first thing on your list of improvements, but they can make a huge difference to how your car feels when you’re on the road. You’ll get a smoother ride and your stopping distances will improve as a result. 

Adjust the throttle

New cars tend to have engines that respond in an instance, whereas older cars are much slower due to often having a stretched throttle cable. So, if you want your car to feel faster, take a wrench and adjust that throttle. If you’re good with cars, it shouldn’t take you more than ten minutes, but you will feel the difference when you’re on the road.

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Take care of it

Most importantly of all, if you want to transform your old banger into a thing of beauty, you need to commit to taking care of it regularly. General maintenance issuse such as changing the spark plugs, cleaning the filters and flushing the fluid are all things that will improve performance and increase longevity when carried out on a regular basis.

If you are in any doubt about how to do any of the things mentioned above, let a qualified mechanic handle it – you don’t want to kill your car.


4 Ways Of Keeping You And Your Car As Safe As Can Be

Driving is a relatively safe thing to do ninety-nine percent of the time. People hop in their cars because they want to get from A to B, and then back home to A again. Nobody plans on causing any issues, so journeys are invariably smooth. They’re not completely void of problems, however. Sometimes you can find yourself in a bit of a pickle with your car – directly on the road and off it, too. 

You’ll obviously need to make sure you have everything handled regarding all aspects of your car if you’re to avoid any stress that could come with it. You probably have the majority of things sorted out, but let’s quickly go through a few ideas just in case you need a little extra guidance. 

Make Sure Everything Is Checked Before Heading Out

You were probably taught this during your learning period, but you have to check that your mirrors are facing the right way before you even think about starting the car and moving. You don’t want to get into an awkward situation and struggle to get out because you cannot see certain angles properly. You’ll also want to check that all of the lights and interior gadgets are functioning properly, too – it doesn’t matter whether it’s a new car or a brand new one, faults can occur at any time.

Regularly Visit Your Mechanic

You’re not going to know everything about your car – you’ll have some clue about the basics, but you’ll need to let the professionals handle the more complicated bits. There may be an underlying issue with your car, and the only way to find out is to get in touch with someone who knows what they’re doing. 

Keep An Eye On How Much You’re Spending

Here, we’re talking about your financial safety. A car can cost an awful lot over an extended period of time, and you don’t want to run out of funds due to the motor you’re driving. Your car might not only be expensive in terms of the initial purchase – there are many other costs that come with it. Your insurance might be through the roof if the insurance company feels as though it might be dangerous. The running costs of it might be extortionate, too. Think about heading to the likes of Cumbria Used Cars and other similar dealerships, and finding something that could be both convenient and cost-effective. The money in your life matters, so make sure you keep an eye on it regularly.

Make Sure You Have All The Security 

You never know who or what might be lurking around these days. If you leave your car unprotected and not secured, then that’s basically yelling a people to come and cause havoc. They’re not too popular nowadays, but steering wheel locks help out a lot. Nobody will be driving away with that thing attached to the wheel – so that might be something you could buy. Think about getting a camera for the dashboard, too – camera ward away criminals, and can catch them red-handed if they decided to cause mischief. When you’re away from home, you should always park in a well-lit area – the darkness is a perfect place to commit a crime. 

Nervous About Driving? 4 Ways To Make Your Learning Period A Lot Smoother

Learning to drive is a pretty significant chapter of one’s life. Once someone can drive, they have the freedom to do so much more – the opportunities in their life become a lot more vivid and likely. It’s more than just obtaining a useful skill; it’s a key that can potentially unlock a lot more avenues in life. It’s obviously not a completely vital skill to acquire, but it would make many aspects in life a lot easier, so it’s probably something you’ll want to learn how to do at some point. 

During the learning process, a lot of people tend to struggle a little – this is completely understandable as it’s not exactly an orthodox skill to master. Once you get it, you never really lose it, but it takes a little adjusting to start off with. While these weeks and months are happening, it’s wise to supplement your learning with a few other tasks in order to make everything smoother. Here are some things you can do: 

Go Out Driving With A Friend Or Family Member

In between lessons, it’s always good to saddle up and head out even more. If you know someone that can take you out every now and again, then it’s wise to do just that. It’ll give you the confidence and experience to drive without an instructor or with the instructor’s pedals stopping you from making errors. Of course, any extra experience is priceless. 

Study The Theory Often

Obviously, before taking part in your final, practical exam, you’ll have to get past the theory test. This little exam can be a little tedious, but it needs to be done. Fortunately, the questions, answers, and observations aren’t too difficult, so a little practice, and you’ll get it right. You can read through the Highway Code, and do a hazard perception test from the comfort of your own home.  

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OK so not everyone starts out with a Ferrari but we can dream, eh?!

Buy A Car!

The whole idea is to be able to drive a car at the end of it all, so you might want to buy one! You might want to get that situation sorted before you pass. Many people pass their test, and then do not drive for months – or even years. That’s not very productive if you’re trying to get places more conveniently. You can look online for the kind of car that would suit you – there are lots of snippets of information that would be useful. There are also sites, like Century Cars, that you can browse through when you’re ready to commit to a purchase. 

Don’t Overthink Things 

It’s easy to overthink things in life, and driving is just another. You might think about if it’s safe, or whether you’ll ever actually pass your practical test. The best thing to do is to approach it with a clear head, and don’t worry about what’s to come. When you think about all the issues that might come your way, you end up performing negatively, too. Billions of people have driven over the years; it’s not too much of a mountain climb. Chill out and just go with the flow.