When I was eleven years old, it was a very good year, and I can remember my daily routine vividly. These were the years before I owned a Sony Playstation, and I used to venture to my friends house - everyday after school - to watch him play through Final...
Let go of your thrusters well before you think you have to, otherwise you're likely to hit something.
Look for patches of shade to let your shield regenerate.
If it looks like you're running low on fuel, head back to your base to refuel.