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Driving On Your Own For The First Time | Learn to drive: Expert skills

January 22, 2020

You’ve had driving lessons, improved your
driving skills, and finally passed your Driving Test! You’re excited to enjoy the independence
that your new Driving Licence can give you – but you haven’t driven on your own yet.
This can feel a little strange at first, so in this video we will share a few tips to
help you while you gain experience. We have a few general tips to get you started, then
some more specific advice to help in more challenging situations. Before we get started,
please subscribe to our channel and click the bell so you can watch our next video as
soon as it’s released. If you have any questions about this video, then please comment below
and we will reply as soon as we can. To start with, here are a few general tips
to remind us of the basics. Before getting into our car, we consider if
we’re fit to drive. Of course we would never drive whilst under the influence of drink
and drugs, but even driving when tired or emotional could result in doing something
dangerous. Remember that we are in charge of a ton of metal that could be lethal if
out of control. We always make sure our seat and mirrors are
correctly positioned before setting off – as adjusting these whilst driving would be a
distraction. We always wear our seat belt and if we have passengers we refuse to move
the car until they are wearing theirs. We try not to speed, even if we are being
pressured by drivers behind us or passengers in our car. Remember that if you get 6 points
on your license within two years of passing your test, you will lose your full licence
and need to pass another theory and practical test! We need to concentrate when driving, as danger
can surprise us at any moment. Using our mobile phone handheld is of course illegal, but even
making calls with a hands-free kit can be distracting so we are careful when we accept
or make calls. Even eating or drinking while driving can lead to danger, so we never multi-task
when driving – it is far safer to pull over before doing anything that might distract
us. Once you are out driving you will start to
experience different and more challenging situations. You may have some fears about
certain things, and these are perfectly normal. Next we will talk about some of these situations
and how you can manage them so as not to let your fear affect your driving. We have learnt how to drive safely, and have
demonstrated this by passing our driving test – but what about those drivers who even though
they know what they should do, choose not to do it. They might drive while on their
phones, drive too close to the rear of our car, or act aggressively towards us. We can’t
control what other drivers do but we can do things to help us cope with these situations.
We don’t let other drivers intimidate us to drive faster, instead we try to stay calm
and ignore their aggressive behaviour. If someone is following too close behind, then
we just pay extra attention to the road ahead, and allow more distance between us and the
vehicle in front. As long as we drive smoothly and don’t brake suddenly there won’t be
a problem. When learning to drive you may have experienced
driving in heavy traffic. If you did, then hopefully your driving instructor would have
given you some hints and tips – but here are a few of ours to help you:
Plan ahead as far as possible so you don’t get stuck in the wrong lane
Stay alert and aware of the position and speed of other vehicles
Give other vehicles plenty of space, in case they change lane suddenly, and
Take enough time to make safe decisions – don’t feel compelled to rush just because its busy. Before your Driving Test you may have practised
the three parking manoeuvres in fairly quiet places, but once you are out and about you
may find yourself having to park in busier, more difficult places than you are used to.
Try not to worry. If possible, find a quiet place to practise in and build your confidence,
before moving onto busier situations. If you don’t have anywhere quiet to practise then
remember that everyone makes mistakes, just stay calm and try to learn from your experiences. Driving at night will present you with extra
challenges, so be especially careful while you are gaining the experience and confidence
to deal with everything safely. Let someone know where you are going and what time you
expect to be there. Leave early, take your time and remember that there is no rush. If
it helps then put the radio on quietly so it is like having someone else in the car. Adjust your driving speed for weather conditions.
If it’s icy, snowing, raining or foggy, you may need to drive below the speed limit to
be safe, or postpone your travel until the weather conditions get better. Also consider
having sunglasses available for bright sunshine as your eyes will get very tired without them. If your journey involves driving on a dual
carriageway or motorway consider and plan your route before you start to drive. Use
a sat-nav if you can as it makes route planning much easier. If there are lots of large vehicles
near you, ensure you keep the correct following distance, and give the lorries plenty of space
by keeping your position diagonal to theirs whenever possible. Major roads and motorways
are often the easiest roads to drive on. Be prepared for anything when driving alone.
This includes taking your mobile phone with you, and always letting someone know where
you are going and what time you will be home. Take enough money for emergencies, and never
pick up hitchhikers. Do you know how to change a wheel or what to do after breaking down
or having an accident? Preparing for these situations beforehand is a good idea, just
in case the worst happens. So, remember to;
Concentrate and don’t get distracted Take your time and don’t rush
Learn from your experiences, and Enjoy the independence! If you found this video interesting and would
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for watching!

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  • Reply Advance Driving School December 17, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    Thanks for watching – if you found this video interesting then please subscribe to our channel and click the bell to be notified of our next video! This video includes;
    * 0:05 Introduction
    * 1:05 General tips
    * 3:20 Other drivers
    * 4:20 Heavy traffic
    * 5:02 Parking in busy places
    * 5:48 Night driving
    * 6:27 Bad weather
    * 6:58 Dual carriageways & Motorways
    * 7:38 Emergencies
    * 8:25 Summary

  • Reply justyourusualteenager January 3, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    It would be helpful if you made a video on when to use the horn.

    Situations where you would use it.

  • Reply Abdi Hakin Jama Daar January 9, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Danke Du ? bist Gut

  • Reply Abdi Hakin Jama Daar January 9, 2019 at 9:01 am

    ich möchte parkieren Auto ? Bitte

  • Reply Samuel Kingston January 9, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Thank you!

  • Reply Vintage Triple X January 9, 2019 at 9:23 am

    I still remember what it felt like when I drove on my own for the first time when my parents got me my first car. I felt like a young lion out in the wild on his own for the first time. It felt so strange to not have anyone sit next to me.

  • Reply 5Drive School Of Motoring January 9, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Your videos are very helpful, informative and professionally edited. And please keep posting great videos. Your videos have inspired me to create my own channel which is mainly about real practical test videos. Very well done to Advance Driving School team.

  • Reply Pepper January 9, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Got my license last week, was looking forward to this video! Thanks.

  • Reply Husnain Akhtar January 9, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Such a good video and good tips for the beginners
    Really appreciating video
    Thanks 🙏

  • Reply Dudemans January 9, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Thank you so much for this valuable video, (especially in which gear you are in). Greetings from Denmark!! I have a dilemma: I passed my driving test a bit over a year ago, I aced my theory test. I have not been able to drive ever since because I have not had the chance to and I do not own a car. In the summer I know I have to drive long ( around 1 1/2 hours) because I have to move to my home especially on a highway, so I would need to rent a car. My question is: is it better to have a lesson at a driving school (really expensive for 40 min. lesson) or rent a car for two days (costs the same as 40 min driving lesson) with a friend who has experience in driving to boost my confidence. Of course, I would want to rent a car a couple of times more before my big move. My fear is high speed on a highway or stall in the middle of the traffic. Thank you so much again.

  • Reply Charles Holland-Keen January 9, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Another excellent video. I think many qualified and 'experienced' drivers could benefit from watching this. It might refresh their memories and also help them to recognise that not all other drivers are as experienced and confident as they are. As an IAM observer I sometimes suggest that my associates use your videos to refresh their basic knowledge.

  • Reply Beer Night In January 9, 2019 at 11:58 am

    I passed my test more than a couple of decades ago and can still remember that euphoric feeling when I passed and drove alone for the first time. Now, I get that same feeling when my car passes the MOT!

  • Reply David Meapa January 9, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    hello , i have question that if I want to drive up a steep hill on a automatic car, which Gear mode is much safer and convenience to use in term of shifting gears? select manual mode or automatic?/..thank you.

  • Reply Mushy Bd January 9, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    came across the road , left key in ignition. left doors open , wow

  • Reply Sean January 9, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    So strange how this came out the day after I passed….. it’s like it was planned! Thanks for the tips

  • Reply Alistair Kennedy January 9, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    A perfectly timed video! I've just recently passed (first time!), thanks largely to a very patient instructor and studiously watching your channel. I'm finding adjusting to driving solo very difficult. I'm very anxious on my own and the vehicle I have access to, is so different to the one I learned in. Different biting point and gear selection. It's like starting from scratch and extremely frustrating. Any tips?

  • Reply Alia Haider January 9, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Alhumdullah I have passed driving test in first attempt 😁😍.
    Thanks for informative videos 😍

  • Reply Oliver Westwood January 9, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Nice Video! Keep up the good work.

  • Reply Niranjan Sethu January 9, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Having difficulty while finding the biting point. Not getting that particular position correctly.

  • Reply FunkyFlunky January 9, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    I had to drive from buying my first car from South Wales to Bristol on a motorway. It was petrifying, especially with articulated lorries alongside me and not having driven on a motorway before. My friend was driving in front and advised me “just focus on your lane and your driving, and drive slowly but safely”. I never forgot that first drive as a solo driver.

  • Reply Nadeeka Sadamali January 9, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you so much.

  • Reply John Topley January 9, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Great video, as always. I’ve been driving solo for just over two months now. For me, it stopped feeling strange after about a week, but that doesn’t mean I’ve got used to it! Every drive is still a big deal, an “event”. I haven’t driven solo on a motorway yet, I want to do my Pass Plus first.

    The main thing is to concentrate, carry on doing everything you were taught and treat it all as a learning opportunity. The good news is that physically controlling the car definitely comes more easily the more regularly you do it.

  • Reply HORAY USOCO January 9, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Thank you very much

  • Reply chi chi January 9, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    i have my test next week and i'm confident. Youtube Channels like this helped me a lot! thanks 😊

  • Reply Birkinbag09 January 9, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Great tips. I passed in 2010 and still get nervous if I drive in a new area on unfamiliar roads as I'm more likely to make a mistake or be in the wrong lane and panic. Knowing where your going and planning your journey is key! Try to drive at quite times if possible

  • Reply Birkinbag09 January 9, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    I got a new car in November and it really knocked my confidence at first as it was completely different! I was very nervous driving I'm dark, winter weather, busy Christmas traffic. But with practise I'm better now

  • Reply Incredible World January 9, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Wonderful video! Always keep producing excellent content and you'll build up quick! Subscribe to our channel then we will subscribe to your channel!

  • Reply DayZ Mofo January 9, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Just passed my test yesterday, this is perfect lol

  • Reply Wayne January 10, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Is that a 2019 Focus ST-Line?

  • Reply Justinesess January 10, 2019 at 6:10 am

    What gps do you use?

  • Reply Noora Hassan January 10, 2019 at 6:27 am

    I can’t wait to pass. Thanks very help full video

  • Reply Kwon 2kim January 10, 2019 at 9:42 am

    What i have notice with my friends, after they have gotten their licence driving alone for a long distance boost their confidence afterwards, while before the trip they were terrified.

  • Reply killa K January 10, 2019 at 10:58 am

    You shouldnt have parked your car so close to roundabout

  • Reply L D January 10, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Passed today first time! Just in time with this video! Thanks!!

  • Reply imSyntaq January 10, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks for the videos. Passed last week. I wanted to ask – in your old videos, I saw a small digital speedometer that you put on the dashboard. Where can I buy it from? Thanks

  • Reply Forza223 Bowe January 10, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    When I passed my test, I always had an accompanying person with me for a few weeks afterwards. When I dropped somebody off, that was the first time on my own driving. You get used to it

  • Reply BRN January 10, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Hi i passed my driving exam in june 2018 and that was 8 months ago but i still cant find any insurance policies that are at an affordable price, cheapest ive found was £1500 for a black box on a 2007 micra but i cant afford that. do you know any places that offer temporary insurance at a good price? age -18

  • Reply dolls of Royalty January 11, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Great tips and Advice thanks!

  • Reply Heloise Zhang January 11, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    I just passed driving test in my life with first attempt again, passed my first test with first attempt in another country with different traffic rules and left hand drive, this time is right hand drive. Thanks for conducting this video, just in time, I would drive on my own for the first time soon after my new car arrives.

  • Reply TATSIANA LIGHTFOOT January 11, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Great video, thank you very much ❤️

  • Reply Adrian Iosif Toma January 11, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Great Video, out of curiosity, what car is it? 😀 and the model. Looks sweet.

  • Reply R O January 13, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Good tips! Question though. How do you properly negotiate a single lane roundabout in heavy traffic when the street you want to get into keeps getting full?

  • Reply DaveInNorwich January 13, 2019 at 11:43 am

    I though it was just me who attracted lemming like pedestrians who amble out into the road 😉

  • Reply Daisy Newton January 13, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Hi, I have a question which I’m finding really hard to figure out, when SHOULDN’T I indicate? I understand about making sure the indicators are off after I’ve used them so as not to give a false signal, but I mean for example, at lanes which have right arrows painted on the floor, should I still indicate or is it obvious as it’s right only? Also should I indicate right at right only traffic light crossroads? And also when going straight over a roundabout, does that need any indication if I’m in the correct lane? Thank you very much for your time.

  • Reply Sarah Callaghan January 14, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Happy new year and still watching and also I've got some notes I've got down . I'm 90% there so can't wait to get on road.

  • Reply Jonez HD January 14, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    I passed my test a few months ago but am still not as confident as id like to be. I never have performed any manoeuvres, like reversing in to a space. I'd like to practice but there are no quiet please near by and I am too embarrassed

  • Reply dharamjit Padda January 15, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    I hve a UK provisnal lience but no visa status. Could I do apply for theory or practical test plz reply

  • Reply Zeb's Webs January 15, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    I passed this morning. Best feeling ever. Thanks for the videos.

  • Reply Kevin Russell January 16, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Passed my test today first time at the ripe old age of 39 up in auld reekie (Edinburgh) Thanks for all your videos guys. Very informative. 👍

  • Reply Mun Mun Chowdhury January 16, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Learnt lots 😀😀😀 😀

  • Reply Z V January 16, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Unfortunately I'm a backwards failure. It pains me to see these 17 yr olds who easily passed their theories, practicals and are out there driving carefreely whilst balancing amd multitasking th eir social and academic lives. 23 yrs old, failed theory twice, not making any progress in lessons, instructor shouts at me then tells me to be more positive, struggling with even basic manoeuvres & wasting hundreds of pounds.
    Would it be wise to quit?

  • Reply Sarah Callaghan January 17, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    I'm doing a mock test as I'm closer to doing test it's still little thing's as I've said before I think of you both your driving and your talking .that helps alot like roundabout it's a long one and I nearly went for 1st exit that's motorway I Need 2nd so I've got that written down . And not to cancel signal before or during exit when I'm coming off it I trust you both as you passed other's with video's .

  • Reply Xavi Fran January 18, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    It is hard to drive in India…..u have so many vehicles….bikes….if u r able to tackle here……u r expert anywhere…

  • Reply Daisy Newton January 18, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Hi, just another question, with an automatic car (from 2002) what order should the gear and handbrake be when setting off and when stopping/parking? Have had many different answers so wanted to clear it up! Thank you 🙏

  • Reply Maddie Allan January 19, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Hi! Just wondering if the pull up on the right is a manoeuvre?

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    May you have a video for keeping your car centered in lane and defensive driving as well.

  • Reply v6ixers • January 21, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Hi, just wanted to say thank you for the videos you guys produce! I passed with 4 minors on Friday thanks to you guys 🙂

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    Thanks for the videos you upload evertime time. They have help me a lot and I managed to pass my practical test.

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    This is by far the best Driving school , it ticks all the boxes from the background music , the smooth driving and the lovely voice, i have been watching all your helpful tips for the past two months and i passed last week, i would love to replicate your driving , ie the steering to the right and lane discipline .I cannot wait and big Thank you to all team .

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    Great video! Really useful and interesting 👍

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    Most professional driving guide videos.. thank you so much.

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    Passed my driving test 1st time less then a week ago, but I honestly didn’t think I would pass and now I don’t feel ready It’s so strange driving alone, wish I had more confidence thanks for your videos 😊

  • Reply zealouscrow February 7, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    It feels like youtube knew I passed my test yesterday, seeing as this just popped up in my recommendeds 😂 very useful though, thanks for the advice, I'll hopefully be able to drive by myself soon once I get joint insurance 🙂

  • Reply Takudzwa Chikombe February 7, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you so much

  • Reply Sara February 15, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    wtf why do they drive on the left and why is the driver seat on the right?

  • Reply Kieran Mcskeane February 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Thank you so much for these videos, for over 3 years since I paid for my provisional at 17, I have now passed with only 6 minors

  • Reply Glenn Amper February 28, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    I passed my driving test today with 5 minors (I’m over the moon). Im planning to get the insurance but am I allowed to drive without my driving license? Obviously the examiner took it with him and said my new license will be posted to me in two weeks. I forgot to ask my instructor this.

  • Reply Fabrizio March 10, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    How can I use GPS in roads where there is no mobile data??

  • Reply Rizwan Ullah March 11, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Best wishes from Saudi Arabia!

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    thank you for this video.

  • Reply TacoPlants March 17, 2019 at 12:40 am

    I passed my driving test last week, and drove on my own for the first time a few days later. It was only a short detour to pick my friend up, and then straight to college. I was so nervous! I put some music on very quietly and spoke to myself the whole time, it sounds crazy, but it worked! I encountered no issues at all, and as I parked up outside of my college, I felt so proud of myself! The drive home from college was even better (although one of my teachers was driving behind me for ages, which made me very anxious!) Being able to give my friend a lift home made me feel really good. I did stall once, but it’s bound to happen due to it being a new car that I’m not yet use to; but I kept calm, and corrected it well. The independence is amazing. As long as you stay calm and always THINK about everything you’re doing, everything will be fine 🙂

  • Reply Majacks Lelo March 19, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    8:15 HAHAHA He didn't even Try to look if a car is coming. Nope, lets cross. HAHAHA

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    Arsehole spotted at 0814

  • Reply J J Spontaneous April 16, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Passed my driving test last week with a big help From this channel watching loads of videos on here months before my test & while I was learning etc.. I recommend this channel

  • Reply Hxl J May 18, 2019 at 2:57 am

    Hiya great video, I passed my test nearly a year ago and haven’t driven since. I’m just about to get my first car and I’m so nervous because I feel like I’m just going to mess up on everything haha. Have you got any tips? And would you say I need refresher lessons or can I just try to drive independently little by little til I build my confidence and start driving normally again? I don’t know if that time off affects your driving or if it doesn’t and you just need to allow yourself to get back into it.

  • Reply jovinny dinho May 18, 2019 at 6:02 am

    Thank you for your videos. Is your school offering truck driving skills? And if yes, can you post?

  • Reply jovinny dinho May 18, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Can I have your wattsapp number b'coz normal calls from Tanzania to UK are very expensive. Plz

  • Reply max gon May 19, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Hey, i just wanna ask, can i learn how to drive just by watching vids?

  • Reply rosey 786 May 26, 2019 at 11:27 am

    I watch all your video it's extremely benefit me. last week I have pass with 4 minor. thanks very much for your explanation.

  • Reply Brandon Chakomba June 6, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Ud truck lessons??

  • Reply Babatunde Tobi June 29, 2019 at 2:41 am

    It is still annoying that after being independence, when my mom is with me in car. She try to act as my driving instructor 😂😂 😂

  • Reply Gurbax Kaur June 30, 2019 at 1:43 am

    Thank you for tips v useful 🙏🙏

  • Reply johnnymcleanvlogs July 5, 2019 at 4:17 am

    I will get this

  • Reply johnnymcleanvlogs July 5, 2019 at 4:18 am

    Still on Learner’s license this year

  • Reply Adam Beg July 6, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Hey guys, thank you for posting lots of informative videos. Would you be able to post one about filling up with petrol?


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    I don’t know what lights I need to put on as I don’t want to blind other drivers on the road on the night.

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    This video is great. Thank you

  • Reply AbuAdam August 22, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    I passed today,
    1st time and with only three minor mistakes..
    I would like to thank you for your very helpful videos.

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    What is the guys name that is driving in these videos ?and what areas does he cover ?

  • Reply Yvonne Huang September 26, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    just pass my test on Tue at first time, over the moon, still can’t believe i actually pass at first time. thank you to the videos you do here, they help me a lots! I am now watching this video before I drive on my own, feel very nervous there is no one sit beside me , watching me, give me instructions, or shouting at me when i made mistakes

  • Reply Mohammed Al-Shaboti October 16, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Great quality as usual!


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  • Reply hybrid angel November 7, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Thank you for this. My friend who is on my insurance part drove my car home and made me change over and drive.

    I have to say I was so petrified of test driving the car. But I was encouraged as he said your the one who will be driving the car. Because it was petrol and I learnt in a diesel I thought I was going to be stalling. The guy from the company was so reassuring and my mate sat in the back and I was fine.

  • Reply mahbubur rahman November 21, 2019 at 10:08 am

    always like your video.

  • Reply MEP TECHNICAL NOTES November 21, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Can i download a lesson book from your website.

  • Reply NA66 35 December 17, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Great video thanks. I passed my test 10 days ago but sooo scared to drive on my own especially with a 5 years old with me. I feel like I will lose control and something will happen. Any advice & help please please?

  • Reply Queen Badu December 20, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Advanced driving. Your teachings are just amazing. Thanks so much for the tips

  • Reply Kujo Painting January 3, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Tip 1, don't park your car right in front of a roundabout. 😉

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