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Published on September 28th, 2018 | by Jones

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How to choose a car as a new and nervous driver

Obtaining your licence and owning a car are both fun and terrifying. On the one hand, you are gaining a new world of independence. And on the other hand, you are acquiring a new level of responsibility not only for your life and car but those of other drivers on the road as well.

It’s no surprise that many new drivers are nervous on the roads. And busy roads with nervous drivers aren’t always the best combination. If you would define yourself as this type of new driver, before you buy a car there are a few aspects of the vehicle you need to carefully consider.

Choosing the right vehicle for you is important and you need to know how to do that. It all starts with knowing what to look for and finding trusted used car dealers to buy from.

Consider the space inside

Not everyone will experience it this way but, in some cases, when people start to feel nervous, they tend to also feel claustrophobic. And, in worse cases, people can feel claustrophobic as a symptom of car sickness in general.

For this reason, it’s important, as the driver, to be comfortable with the space inside your vehicle. Some people may prefer a smaller interior to feel safer and more secured inside the vehicle, while others would rather have more space for movement. You know what your preferences are and as soon as you sit in the driver’s seat of a vehicle you’re interested in, you’ll know if it provides the right amount of space.

You should also sit in the passenger and back seats of your car for the sake of your future passengers. If the interior is too small, it might feel overcrowded which could increase your nerves while driving.

By now, it’s safe to say that the best way to choose a car as a new and nervous driver is by visiting the trusted used car dealers in your area. It might be more convenient to search for used cars for sale in Gauteng online and see what’s on offer. But it’s always best to do the car buying process in person.

Look at the safety features

For your peace of mind and general safety, while operating the vehicle, you should browse at cars with the latest safety features and car technologies. Find a car which has features such as sensors for blind spot detection, parking assistance, lane departure and a rear camera.

Other safety features you might want to consider looking for or installing after the fact are automatic emergency braking, smash-and-grab window tints and airbags (which should already be in your chosen vehicle if it’s a 1991 model or older). But you could consider rear side airbags for your passengers at the back.

Think about your transmission

Next, you need to consider which transmission type you would be most comfortable with.

Your options are automatic or manual transmissions, each with their own advantages. And that can only be decided on based on your driving preferences. If you’re looking to buy a car, you hopefully have your drivers licence already or are in the process of obtaining one. Either way, you’ve driven a car before and while it’s always preferable to learn with a manual, you always have the option to buy an automatic vehicle.

If you are the type of driver who needs to feel that you’re in complete control of the car in order to be confident on the roads, then a manual transmission would be the better option. However, if it’s the changing of the gears and clutch control that stresses you out as a driver, then it would be best to choose an automatic transmission.

If you browse at a trusted used car dealership, you’ll likely find the same car with both transmission types available which allows you to get the car you want as well.

Test drive for peace of mind

For this one, you’ll most definitely need to visit the pre-owned car dealers near you to test the car out. Test driving is the only way you’ll achieve a real feel for the vehicle. After a test drive, you’ll not only know the pre-owned car is still in good working condition, but you’ll know whether you can be comfortable driving it in the future or not. And you need to feel comfortable operating the vehicle if you want to manage your driving nerves.

Top car choices for new drivers

Now that you know what to look for, here are a few of the top car choices for new drivers that you can consider and apply the above rules too.

  • Volkswagen Up
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Kia Picanto
  • Hyundai i10
  • Citroen C1
  • Volkswagen Polo
  • Toyota Aygo

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