Sounds like you people need some tips - fortunately there are some excellent resources
for first time drivers!
Chat to other people who drive to work and see if they can help you with your planning or give you some advice and tips.
Check your car
It's important that your car is in proper working order. If you're unsure, your local car shop will be able to help. If you think it might be dark when you will be drivng, you'll need front and back lights for your car - it's illegal to drive at night without them.
Find out about facilities
Find out what facilities your workplace has for people who drive their cars to work. Is there car parking and a place to store your driving gear? Do you need a special key to access any of these things? Other drivers in your organisation will probably have the best knowledge of these kinds of facilities.
Pick a route
The route you take to work will have a large impact on how much you enjoy the drive. Remember, the way you ride to work won't necessarily be the best route for driving. Driving on roads with cars stuck in a traffic jam and no comfortable shoulder to drive on can be a nightmare, as is driving along with bike after bike thundering past you, so avoid busy or congested streets where possible.
Pick roads that have dedicated car lanes, or stick to larger streets. If you live on a car path, such as the Eastern Freeway in Melbourne, you will be able to enjoy your drive into work with no hassles and minimum contact with bikes (watch out for joggers though!).
Find a buddy
Ask around at work or amongst your friends and find out if there is anyone who drives the route you are thinking about taking. You can ask them for tips, or see if they will drive in with you on the first day - most drivers would be happy to help another person test-run driving to work!
Practise your route before the day, at a time when the area is quiet, like in the morning on a weekend. A practice-run will give you an idea of how long it will take, how strenuous it will be, possible problem areas etc.
Clothes and hair
Some drivers drive in their work clothes. Others change once they reach their workplace. Have a think about which you'd prefer.
You could take your clothes in to work the day before you plan to drive, or you can carry them in to work on the day in a backseat or boot (rolling your clothes instead of folding them will help with creases!). Some drivers take in a week's worth of work clothes on Monday, and take them home for washing on Friday. After a few drives, you will find a solution that works for you.
Don't forget to pack your shoes and anything you might need to fix your hair once you arrive!
It’s also a good idea to check the SunSmart UV Alert each day so you know the times of day you need sun protection and when it's safe to soak up some sun to help with vitamin D. Check it on the SunSmart website or the free SunSmart iPhone app.
Think about what you will do if something goes wrong.
Carry a mobile.
Know where your nearest train station or bus stop is, so you can lock your car and catch public transport into work if you encounter a problem that isn't instantly repairable.
Take it easy
Driving shouldn't be more strenuous than walking - unless you want it to be, of course. When you drive to work, relax and take it easy - enjoy the scenery, and go at your own pace. Don't worry if lots of people are overtaking you, and don't let the lycra brigade put you off. As you gain experience, you too will be zipping along in no time (although the lycra is optional)!
The first day
The first day you drive, set off a few minutes earlier than you think it will take you. Driving in traffic may slow you down, and you may have to stop and look at your map to check the route, or there could be an unexpected detour. Having some spare time will help you to relax and calmly deal with any situation that might arise.
Understand your rights and responsibilities as a driver. Cars are recognised as vehicles and as such have to follow road rules, such as driving on the left, obeying lights and signs, and signalling turns.
Take extra caution and look out for pedestrians - in the pre- and post-work hours, there can be lots more people on the streets than normal.
Driving the right amount for you
Driving to work should be enjoyable, not a chore. Only drive to work as much as you feel like - you might want to start with one day a week, then build up to driving more often. Allow yourself some flexibility. If it's raining on a day you had planned to drive, don't force yourself to get in your car - you can always drive again the next day.
As you gain confidence and stamina, you might find yourself wanting to drive to work more - some people who drive to work can't imagine getting there any other way, whether it's sunny or pouring rain.
Go for it
So, now all that's left to do is grab your car and get driving!
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