When a learner driver passes their driving test, they usually feel a huge sense of achievement and freedom.

However once the initial buzz of being able to drive unsupervised has gone, many inexperienced motorists may find that the road can be daunting and unpredictable. For example, learner drivers cannot practice driving on motorways and adapting to this type of road can be very tricky. If you’re worried, take a look at our guide to driving on the motorway for the first time here.

New motorists may find that displaying P plates on their vehicle after passing their driving test will help to make the transition of going from a learner to a fully qualified driver a little bit easier.

The letter P stands for ‘probationary’, and indicates to other road users that the driver of the marked vehicle is unlikely to have had much experience on the roads. This knowledge may make other motorists behave more leniently towards new drivers in certain circumstances, such as at roundabouts or junctions.

It is not compulsory in the UK for drivers to display P plates, but many holders of first time car insurance may find it beneficial to use them for a few months after passing their practical test. There is no official guidance regarding how long a driver should display P plates – motorists can simply keep them on their vehicle until they feel confident enough to drive without them.

Car insurance with a difference for first-time drivers

If you have recently passed your driving test and want to make the most of your new freedom, you may be able to benefit from young driver insurance with insurethebox.

Newly qualified drivers are often considered to be a high risk group by car insurance providers; however, we offer policies with a difference.

We fit a black box to your car which uses telematics technology to provide information about your driving habits. If you prove to us that you are safe on the road, you can earn Bonus Miles each month and get a great value car insurance price at renewal.