P Plates - should you use them?

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Pass plates help when you start driving alone

Bravo! You’ve passed your test. But there’s still plenty to learn. P plates (‘probationary’ plates) let other drivers know that you’re new to the road.

No one is required to put P plates on their car. However, they can be a good idea because it means other drivers know that you only recently passed your test. They will likely be more sympathetic and give you more time to make decisions at roundabouts or junctions.

There is no law for how long you should leave them on. Simply take them off when you feel confident enough to drive without them!

Can you use P plates on the motorway?

Yes, you can use P plates on all types of roads, including the motorway. They will mean other drivers give you more room and time to make decisions, which can be valuable on your first few times driving in unfamiliar territory.

Hey did you know?

Statistics show that 17-24 year-old’s are more than twice as likely to be involved in an accident as those aged 25-39. It pays to be cautious.

Source: Brake the road safety charity, 2020

Do P plates work?

Tragically, over a thousand young people in the UK are killed in motoring accidents every year. What’s more, accidents are much more likely in the first two years after someone passes their test. Research shows that mortality rates reduce by nearly 50% once a driver reaches two years behind the wheel.

While P plates won’t be able to stop all accidents, they can help reduce them by warning other drivers that the person behind the wheel is inexperienced and they might need more time.

What about the Pass Plus Course?

The DVSA’s Pass Plus Course is to help improve new drivers’ confidence and skills in the car. It will cover things you probably didn’t experience in your driving lessons, including:

  • Driving in towns and built-up areas
  • Different weather conditions
  • Rural roads
  • Night-time driving
  • Dual carriageways
  • Motorways

Sounds like a good investment if you ask us!