You've Passed Your Driving Test, What Should You Do Now?

A quick guide to show you what you should do!

You've Passed Your Driving Test, What Should You Do Now?

By Sam Cherry on 18th August 2015 in News

Congratulations if you have passed your Driving Test! We will go through the different factors that you need to ensure before you take to the road independently!

So after your Driving Test has finished, what should you do? Well you will receive a Test Pass Certificate from your Examiner. You can use this as evidence, when driving your own car that you have passed your Driving Test and you are legal to drive, just in case you need to prove this to anyone! Eventually, you will receive your photocard through the post, which you will need to keep with you at all times when driving. As you may know, the examiner will take your Provisional Licence from you to send to the DVLA. This will then be updated to a Full Driving Licence, the pink one as many of you might know it!

However you need to remember, you will only receive a Driving Licence photocard from now on and no Paper Counterpart! This will take no longer than 3 weeks from the date of your Driving Test but you will be able to drive independently, as long as you have your Certificate with you. There is also something else you do need to validate driving your car. Can you think of this?

Of course, it’s insurance! Before you head out, you must be properly insured. If you had learner driver insurance, this does not qualify you to drive once you have passed your test so you will need to get onto your Insurance Company to change the Insurance from the Learner Driver insurance to Qualified Driver.

The next step before you take to the road is vehicle tax. You need to ensure that the legal requirement of buying tax for your vehicle is completed. You can tax your car online at Remember though, you don’t need to wait for a Tax Disc anymore as they are not essential anymore.

In terms of equipment, there are certain things that you don’t necessarily need to keep in your car, but we do advise that you do! These items are: Spare Tyre/Temporary Repair Kit – This is just in case one of your bursts or is punctured, Jumper Cables – This is because it is common and you will need to familiarise yourself with your engine so this is an easy process, however you could just pack an Emergency Battery Booster, just to prevent you from rely on a Good Samaritan stopping to help you, your Car’s Manual - which should be in the glove compartment beforehand, just to help you with the car’s in’s and out’s and Duct Tape and WD-40, just to ensure that any repairs can be made on the move so you can just reach your home or a place you can safely stop and repair your vehicle properly.

Once you’ve done all of this, you can finally step into your car and independently drive on the road! There are a couple of issues you should think about at least before. The options are: P Plates? We recommend you take these for at least the first time you go out on your own, just to let other knows that you are new to the roads and to give you a bit of extra time! Second is that we advise you to avoid motorways for the first few drives you take, maybe even ask your Instructor to take you on the Motorway after you have passed your test, just to build your confidence as the M1 is a big road with high speeds and little consideration! Finally – Do not go pick up a rowdy bunch of mates on your first drive – We know it’s tempting but this may cause you to try and show off – which will only end badly. It’s best that there are no distractions! We hope this has helped! Good Luck!



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