If you want to drive a car on Britain’s public roads, you need a driving licence. It’s as simple as that. Should you get caught driving without a licence, you can expect to face some severe penalties. And you will even get penalty points added as soon as you do get a licence.
It sounds obvious, but the main benefit to having a driving licence is that you can be road-legal. But did you know that there are also some hidden benefits to passing your theory and practical tests? In today’s blog post, I explain what they are!
You are more likely to get a good job
Some people don’t realise one important fact. Their chances of landing a decent job increase if they tell employers they have a full, clean driving licence.
A lot of jobs with responsibility demand that employees have a driving licence. It might be because they need to drive a company vehicle from time to time. Or one of the perks of the job might be the use of a company car.
If you wanted to get a job as a travelling sales rep, having a driving licence is a must. Customers will find it odd if you turn up to business meetings late “because you missed the bus.” And don’t forget, some people live and work in areas with no public transport provision.
You can drive manual and automatic cars
When you pass your driving test in a manual car, you also have the option of driving automatics. But if you pass in an automatic, you have to retake your driving test if you want to drive a manual!
Some people prefer driving automatics to manuals. Even if you don’t intend on ever using a clutch pedal in your life, it’s still a good idea to pass in a manual car. You just don’t know when you might need to drive a car with a manual gearbox.
Your driving licence is a good form of ID
There are many times in life where you will need to prove who you are and where you live. The best way of doing that is to produce your driving licence as proof of ID.
If you want to apply for a bank account, your driving licence is useful for proving that you aren’t trying to commit fraud.
You need one to hire a car
Passing your theory and practical driving tests is only part of the story. If you want to get behind the wheel of a car, you need a full driving licence.
Sometimes, you might want to hire a car instead of buying one. For instance, if you have a long motorway journey planned soon, hiring a car is often cheaper than taking public transport.
You can buy any car you want
If you are planning on buying a car soon, having a full driving licence gives you the freedom to choose any car you want. It doesn’t matter if it’s a manual or automatic, you have your pick of thousands of new and used cars on the market.
Now that you know why it’s important to have a full driving licence, it’s time to go get one! Good luck!