Use Of P Plates

Once you have passed your Driving Test you will be keen to start driving on your own.  Please consider that you will still be very inexperienced and that you should continue to drive as your Driving Instructor trained you and as you drove on your driving test.

It was once said that a new driver starts with two buckets.  One is filled with luck and the other is empty of experience.  As a new driver you need to fill up the experience bucket before the luck bucket runs dry but the only problem is that we never now how much “luck” is in the first bucket.

Use P Plates.  These are very similar to L Plates but are Green in colour with a P instead of an L.  This will indicate to other road users that you are a new and inexperienced driver.  Hopefully most drivers will leave you more space and will expect the occasional mistake.  We would recommended keeping these on you car for a minimum of the first 3 months of your solo driving.  It will give you time and space to gain that vital driving experience.

DVSA – You can display green ‘probationary’ P plates to show that you’ve just passed your driving test. You don’t have to display them. You can leave them on your vehicle for as long as you like.