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If you are currently at the stage of being about to pass your test, you are probably keen to make sure that you do it just right. This is a part of life which can actually be relatively difficult to go through, but the more you know, the better. I didn’t get my license until I was 18. To be completely honest, it’s because I was terrified. When I finally decided to take driver’s ed, I did iDrive Smart, a program run by cops who I think were essentially trying to scare us out of driving. Once I got my license (and over my fear of driving on highways) I decided I loved driving. I’ve only ever been in one accident, and it wasn’t my fault. I maybe be an overly cautious driver, but I do so love taking out my little PT Cruiser convertible, especially in summer.

If you are keen to be safer and feel more confident on the roads, then this is likely to help hugely. Let’s take a look at what you should consider.

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Extra Lessons Are A Godsend

When you pass, it is tempting to breathe a sigh of relief and forget all about it. You absolutely should congratulate yourself, but it is also a good idea to make sure that you don’t see it as the be all and end all of driving. Most of what you learn about driving happens after you have passed your test, so bear that in mind if you want to be a better driver. There are also ways of making sure that you learn even more while driving, and it is worth looking into what those are too. If you are happy to take extra lessons, you will probably find that it makes a huge difference in how well you drive. What’s more, it is quite easy to find good value and decent classes these days. In fact, there is a defensive driving traffic school online which you might want to look at. Taking extra lessons should help to make you feel much more confident in your abilities.

Drive When Necessary

One of the best pieces of advice you can probably receive at this point is to only drive when it is absolutely necessary. Avoiding unnecessary journeys is one of the best things you can do to improve your overall safety and also to help you become a better driver. You might think that you need to drive as much as possible to become a better driver, but actually it often seems as though having a little time away from it can really make all the difference. With a little distance, you gain a better understanding, and that can help you to make the right decisions and move forward in the right way.

Know Your Vehicle

A truly good driver is one who knows their vehicle well, and this is something to consider after you have passed your test. If you haven’t already take the opportunity to get to know your vehicle a little better. You might find that you need some help figuring out what everything is and what it does. If that is the case, that’s fine – but make sure that you get help from someone more experienced who knows what they are looking at first. The more you know about your car, the more you will feel that you are an able and confident driver, so learn everything that you can as fast as you can.

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Europe is a continent that is absolutely exploding with places to explore. Whether you’re a lover of history, culture, natural beauty, food, or just about anything else, there are a lot of stops to make. Which is why a road trip through the hottest of hot spots is something I’d recommend to just about anyone making the trip. But you want to make sure you’re not making any huge mistakes when you do. So here are a few rules to keep things smooth and enjoy it all a bit more.

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Learn how to drive

Whether you’re going from the UK or the US, you’re going to have to get used to how different the roads can be. This is for your safety more than anything. For one, get prepared for a lot of roundabouts that can seem like quite the roulette. Similarly, you need to be more cautious about overtaking and being overtaken. While many do navigate with their signals, it’s not a universal language over there.

Pay the toll

If your road trip involves going between different countries, then you’re going to have to make sure that you’re legally fit to enter. For a lot of places, that means passing through a toll and having a highway vignette. A vignette is a pass that you stick inside your car, making it clear you’re free to drive on through. Make sure you know which places require a toll and which require a vignette. For instance, Croatia only requires toll payments while Slovenia only requires highway vignettes.

Plan your stops well in advance

Yes, road trips are about exploration, but there’s a lot of Europe to explore. Plot out every stop of the journey and learn as much about each stop as you can. Particularly in cities, you want to find out where to put your car and how far it is from where you’re staying. You want to know where to park in Paris before leaving the car behind to explore Notre Dame and the Louvre.

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Don’t forget anything

Preparing for a road trip means getting equipped. You need to know the climates of the kind of places you’re going and make sure you have the right clothes. It’s a good idea to keep a car emergency kit, with a blanket, food, a list of emergency numbers and jumper cables, too. Create a checklist of essential road trip equipment and make sure you have it all.

Keep those memories

There’s no point taking a road trip only to get caught up in all the ways you can make sure it goes smoothly. You also want to have a trip you’ll always remember. Taking snapshots is good for more than just keeping the memory. It’s also a good way to incentivize yourself to find those shots worth taking, which means a bit more exploring.

Do your research and book as much in advance as you can. As well as helping you stick to places you can at least recognize, it’ll keep you safe and make sure you hit those bucket-list locations. After that, it’s about enjoying the trip as much as you can.

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