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Unfamiliar roads

Driving on new or unknown roads can be unnerving especially for new drivers, along with the thought of getting lost. If you are taking a route for the first time, research is the key. Take it methodically, study the area beforehand to get an idea of where you’re going and make sure you keep a map in your car even if you have sat nav. Always allow yourself extra time to get to your destination to avoid additional pressure. If it’s estimated to take an hour to get from A to B, allow 90 minutes. You will thank yourself.


Focus after dark

When travelling at night, new drivers in particular should keep an eye on their speed. As visibility deteriorates, you’ll need to reduce your speed to give yourself extra time to respond. As a learner, you’ll probably tend to stare at oncoming headlights and feel dazzled. With practice, you will learn to turn your gaze away from oncoming high beams and instead look to the left-hand side of the road and follow the white line marking the edge (if there is one) to keep track of your position. If the glare is so bad that you can’t see anything, slow down but don’t stop completely as this could cause a car travelling behind to run into the back of you.