The Chronicle

P-plater in the house? Car tips for new drivers

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Many now offer five-year guarantees, replacing three-year agreements.

Toyota was one of the last brands to adopt a five-year guarantee in 2019, while Kia has had a seven-year warranty since 2014.

New and used buyers benefit from the more generous coverage, but consumable­s such as brakes and tyres aren’t covered.

TECHNOLOGY

In new models, look for handy features such as a reversing camera or parking sensors that reduce the chance of a low-speed bingle.

Touchscree­n infotainme­nt systems should be treated with caution as strict laws apply to new drivers, and smartphone mirroring features such as Apple CarPlay are seen as an extension of the driver’s phone.

KILOGRAMS AND KILOWATTS

High-performanc­e cars are off the menu for P-plate drivers in states where power-to-weight restrictio­ns of 130kW per tonne apply.

Forget about V8 muscle cars or powerful machines such as the Subaru WRX.

Milder performanc­e cars such as the VW Golf GTI might sneak under the cut-off, but you need to do careful research to avoid falling foul of the law.

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

Most new drivers get an automatico­nly licence as manual cars are increasing­ly rare. But folks prepared to change their own gears will have more cars to choose from at a lower price – factor on saving $2000 or so on used hatchbacks – as well as gaining a handy life skill.

 ?? ?? Smartphone technology, such as Apple CarPlay, is off limits to P-plate drivers.
Smartphone technology, such as Apple CarPlay, is off limits to P-plate drivers.

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