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Refreshing Your Driving Skills

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 20 Mar 2012 | comments*Discuss
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If it has been some time since you passed your driving test, you might feel that your driving skills are not as up-to-date as drivers who have passed their test more recently. If this applies to you, you can take one of several courses to refresh your driving skills and improve your confidence while driving.

CD-ROM packages

These allow you to practice your driving skills in the comfort of your own home using your computer (you will probably need additional peripheral equipment such as a steering wheel). Although most of these are actually aimed at learner drivers who want to get some extra practice before they sit their practical test, they can still be useful to drivers who are already on the road. They will often feature tutorials on driving in potentially difficult situations, such as at junctions, roundabouts and country roads. Some packages also offer advice and practice on driving in adverse weather conditions, which can unnerve even the most experienced drivers.

CD-ROM packages that focus on the theory side of driving are also available if you feel that you need to refresh your understanding of road signs and markings.

Pass Plus Courses

If you have recently passed your driving test, you can take a Pass Plus test to gain extra experience and make yourself a safer driver.

Driving Assessments

This involves a qualified driving instructor sitting in your car alongside you while you go on a regular car journey. They will watch your driving skills throughout the assessment, and then offer advice on how you can improve your skills to become a better and safer driver.

Refresher Courses

These can be arranged through a driving instructor to refresh your existing driving skills. They are specifically aimed at people who have been driving for a while, but are not particularly confident in their abilities.

There are specific courses for common driving scenarios, such as drivers who are anxious about being out on the roads, or drivers who have recently returned to driving after not having done so for a while.

Refresher courses are often offered by driving schools. It is a good idea to speak with one of the trainers or instructors who will be running the course to discuss your individual circumstances before you book a full set of lessons. In most cases, you should be able to single out specific elements that you feel you need more help with.

Advanced Driving Courses

These are designed to improve your confidence, concentration skills, observation skills, anticipation (hazard perception) skills and driving ability, encourage a more positive attitude when behind the wheel.

Some advanced driving courses offer a qualification at the end of the course, which you put on your CV. This is useful if you are applying for a job that requires you to have above average driving skills.

In addition, advanced drivers are less likely to be involved in an accident than those who have not take the course. They are also less likely to have penalty points on their driving license.

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