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What is the perfect first car?

There is a big difference between the perfect first car and a dream first car. A dream first car is a 6.3 litre V12 powered Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. It has 730 brake horsepower, a top speed of 211 mph, a six figure price tag, and is a supercar worth buying a poster of. As a first car however, the Berlinetta is a much better as a fantasy rather than a reality. It is impossible to insure, impossible to afford, and – most importantly – impossible for someone with a restricted license to actually drive.  

The perfect first car is in fact, the antithesis of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. Below is a list of the features which make up the perfect first car.

Hatchback

Imagine being 18-years-old and attempting your first bay park since you passed your test in a Volvo XC90. Paint from every car within 50 feet would find its way onto the doors and bumpers of your new SUV.

The same manoeuvre would be much easier in a hatchback. Small hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Polo or the new Vauxhall Corsa, are the ideal size for a first car. They are exceptionally easy to manoeuvre into parking spaces, or through narrow roads, when you are not yet wholly confident in your abilities as a driver.

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Cheap to buy

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According to the Transport Research Laboratory, teenagers are described as being “overrepresented in road collisions in Great Britain”. Due to this, it may be a good idea to buy a relatively cheap first car. It is important to ensure that, if you crash your first car, it will not cost you a small fortune to replace it.

Cheap to insure

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Car insurance has become a major problem for young drivers looking to get on the road after they pass their driving test. Before purchasing a car, ensure that you are aware of how much it will cost to insure it. Take a look at 1.0 litre cars when you are choosing your first car. Small engine cars such as the Hyundai i10 and the SEAT Mii are incredibly cheap to insure for first year drivers, and have enough power to allow you to comfortably drive on a motorway.

Durable

A first car is a car that must be able to take all of the punishment that a newly licensed driver can dish out. In particular, the clutch and gearbox of a first car must be able to endure almost constant abuse from its user. Be aware of the fact that you need a durable car to withstand your early flaws as a driver, and buy a car accordingly.  

Cool

Your first car is not going to be as cool as an Aston Martin DB5 or a Jaguar E-Type, but there a plenty of beautifully designed cheap cars that would make for cool first cars. In terms of its appearance, the standout hatchback is undoubtedly the Fiat 500. It is a brilliant and tasteful modernisation of the 1960s Fiat 500 D, and is available in any colour imaginable.  

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How to quickly pass a driving test

Learning to drive isn’t the nicest of processes. But we’ve all been through it, the problem is when the lessons seem to be going on forever with no end in sight. Well, here are some tips on how to pass your test that little bit faster.

Get The Theory Out Of The Way

The theory test isn’t too hard provided you’ve done some basic revision. A lot of it is common sense but it pays to get the practice in and read up using all resources that can help. The benefit of getting the theory done early means you can focus on your driving and forget about the theory side of things. This means your attention isn’t diverted and you can go full steam ahead with your lessons.

Book A Cancellation

Sometimes you have to wait an age before your driving test. You may be more than ready, just ambling along having to spend more money on lessons just to keep it fresh in your head. If you’re ready for sure then you can find a cancelation by looking through driving test cancellations. It can get you out on the road a month or so earlier.

Take A Crash Course

If you’re really eager to learn and pass then why not take a crash course? They can be quite intensive and you’ll need to make sure you’re free for a week of two but afterword you can get straight into your test. Intensive driving offers a great way for you to get on the road quicker, and you can even save money by getting the lessons out of the way in one huge lump.

Practice Outside Of Lessons

If you want to be a great driver once you’ve passed your test then you need to practice. Go out with a family member or friend as much as possible, by doing this you’ll get road experience which will only help you sail through your lessons quicker and in turn your instructor will be more inclined to agree and suggest you book a test.

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Find A Good Instructor

Find an instructor with a proven track record. But once you’ve started only continue if you gel with them and their teaching style. If it is not working find someone else as soon as possible otherwise you’re just going to be wasting your money and each other’s time. Finding an instructor whose style suits your own means you’ll learn much quicker. You’re going to be spending hours on end in a car together and if you don’t get on it won’t be a pleasant experience. That’s why it is vital to have a tester lesson before you book anything in blocks.

Learning to drive is stressful, but if you want to get it over with as soon as possible you could try some of these to get you through it all. Just remember, only take the test if you truly feel ready otherwise you’ll just be wasting money to go through a really unpleasant and somewhat embarrassing experience..

Prevention is Better Than Cure: Staying Safe on Britain’s Roads

It’s estimated that in the UK alone there are 45.5 million people who hold driving licences. This is over half the population, even if a lot of them rarely actually drive. It illustrates just how much we rely on cars in our day to day lives. But, it also means the roads can get very crowded, particularly when the weather hits the extremes.

This heightens the risk of accidents and injuries for many drivers. And it’s easy to think that it won’t happen to you, but there’s a very real chance it could. So, you need to take steps to make sure you are safe and secure when you’re on Britain’s roads. This is sometimes easier said than done because you can’t legislate for what other drivers are going to do. But, as long as you can do as much as possible to ensure you are safe you will reduce the likelihood of you getting into an accident.

Take More Lessons

Sometimes we can benefit from going back to basics. When it comes to improving safety on the roads you may wish to take extra lessons, or, even, take your test again! Driving laws are changing on a regular basis, and you need to keep up to date with these changes. The longer you’ve been driving, the more bad habits you will have picked up. You’ve probably gotten a bit rusty when it comes to observing and following safety procedures. You may not know this, but over 1,500 whiplash injury claims are made in the UK each year. You would like to avoid having to make a claim yourself where possible. So go back and brush up; your car and your insurance will thank you for it later

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Warm up the Car in Winter

A lot of people make the mistake of trying to start their car up on an icy winter’s morning and drive away. This is not a good idea, and can often lead to problems with the vehicle, breakdowns, or crashes. So, you need to make sure you do whatever it takes to get the car prepped for taking on the cold. This means warming the engine up for around 10 minutes before driving off. It also means getting ice off the windshield and making sure the vehicle is in a fit state to drive.

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Leave Early on Long Journeys

Have you ever noticed that when the weather is nice, the roads become gridlocked? Ever been on the M25 in the height of summer? There’s a reason it’s nicknamed The Car Park! A good way of keeping safer on our roads is to avoid heavy traffic. Especially when you are going on a long journey in good weather. The best thing to do is to leave early to embark on your trip. That way you miss a lot of the traffic and chaos that can sometimes occur. The later you leave it, the worse it’s going to get. So plan your journey the night before and make sure you leave early.

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Keep a Level Head When You Choose Your Car

Another important part of staying safe is keeping a level head when you choose your car. You might have your heart set on a dream car, but there are dream cars that are a total nightmare. So, you need to follow your head rather than your heart and make sure you choose a safe, practical and reliable vehicle.

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As you can see, there is quite a lot you can do to stay safe on the roads. It’s so much better to prevent accidents from happening than dealing with the fallout from them. So use these ideas to help you become a safer driver on the roads of Britain.

 

Hit The Road! Why Now Is The Best Time To Learn To Drive

Learning to drive is one of the defining moments in our lives. It’s the moment that we suddenly have access to the world. No longer are we restricted by train schedules, bus services and convincing friends and family they do want to give us a lift. You can go wherever you want, with the ocean being the only borders you now know. (And even then, ferries are a thing.)

Yet for some people, it never quite happens. You may love cars, love the noise, the TV programmes, the aesthetics – but you can’t drive. Cost is usually a huge factor in this, and a swathe of the population have to go without knowing the freedom that driving can bring.

If you have decided now is the time to fix that, then your impatience is likely palpable. You’re already dreaming of long, winding roads and glorious track days. It’s time to get motoring. So if you’re in a rush, below, we explore a few ideas to get yourself on the road as quickly as possible.

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  1. Every journey is a chance to learn.

If you’re on a bus or being driven by someone else, no slacking off and reading your phone. Open your eyes and look at how the road works, think about the route you would take and how you would handle issues. Half of learning to drive is about managing the roads as much as it is the car, so give yourself a thorough grounding in it at every chance you get. You can even do it as a pedestrian. If you cross over at a crossing, ask yourself if it’s a pelican or a toucan. The whole road system is now your active learning system.

  1. Group together your lessons.

One of the quickest ways to forget something is to space it apart. We learn by repeating motions; think about the basics like tying your shoelaces. You’re not shown how to do it and then immediately get it; the more you repeat, the easier it becomes. One way to shortcut learning to drive is to leave as little time as possible between lessons. Keep it all fresh in your mind either by cluster-booking classes or going through an intensive driving school. With less time needed to refresh what’s already been learnt, you can keep progressing.

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  1. Begin studying the theory and engine management immediately.

Yes, immediately. Finish up this article (obviously) and then go and look at engine diagrams. Read the Highway Code and do practice tests online. This information is dense and unpleasant, and the more you revise the easier it will be. Not only will it help get you through your Theory Test as quickly as possible, but you can also applying it to the first two point as well.

On a final note, it’s worth saying that you may have to be patient. Some people take longer to learn to drive and you may be one of them. If, however, you are willing to put in the effort and keep your mind on the prize, you’ll be on the road before you know it.