29 Nov

How to start driving after a break

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If you’ve not had to drive for a while, it can be overwhelming to get behind the wheel again. Perhaps you’ve been working from home for months, or you have moved to a new address, further away from local amenities. Whatever the reason, if you have not been driving for a long period of time, you need to refamiliarise yourself with your car and driving.

The Car

First things first, you need to make sure that your car is fit to drive. If you declared your car SORN while you were not driving, you need to inform the DVLA that it is back on the road. You need to pay the relevant taxes, and have insurance before you can start driving again.


If you haven’t driven for a while, make sure that you take all the time you need to get used to all the potential issues you might face. These could be as simple as making sure that you have topped up the screen wash and oil. It could also mean making sure that you are aware of what all the different hazard and warning lights mean.

Make sure that you haven’t forgotten the little things like how to turn lights on, or how to change the wiper speeds.


You don’t keep up any skill without practising. This is particularly true for things like driving, that take a combination of motor skills and visual awareness. If you have not driven for a while, make sure that you give yourself time to thoroughly practise on quiet roads, or at quiet times.

The Roads

After you have refamiliarized yourself with the basics of driving after a break, you need to get back up to scratch with the more complicated parts of driving. Context and practice are the only ways to succeed here. Complicated junctions, busy right turns and fast roads can be stressful places. However, you need to get used to these again when you start driving after a break.


If you find yourself in the wrong lane, it can be tricky to get back into the right lane. However, this is something that you need to do, when you need to do it. As a result, it’s something you are going to have to practise. One of the best ways to avoid the issue is to prepare yourself – make sure you know in advance which lanes you are going to need to be in. That way you can always be ready in advance.


It’s always worth brushing up on your understanding of what the different types of road signs mean. It can be easy to forget what each sign means if you do not drive and see them often. Try an online quiz to check that you remember what they all mean before you start driving again.


If you don’t drive often, it can be an expensive waste to insure yourself all year round. With temporary car insurance, you only need to insure yourself when you are using a car, and not the rest of the time. Temporary car or van insurance from GoShorty covers you for between 1 hour and 28 days. With fully comprehensive cover, you can be confident that you are covered, even if you haven’t driven for a while.

Get a quote today, and see how much it would cost you to insure a car for the time you actually need.