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New/Young Drivers

Getting your driving license is a rite of passage for any young person. Just because you have a license does not mean the learning stops, a large amount of learning happens after you pass you test.

Young drivers are much more likely to be involved in an accident than older drivers. 17-25 year-olds account for 10% of licence holders, but over 20% of the accidents.

The types of accidents which young drivers are involved in are different from older, more experienced drivers. Young drivers are more likely to be involved in:

Single vehicle accidents are common among young drivers
Accidents as a result of the driver losing control of the vehicle

This high rate of accidents means drivers will pay more for your car insurance.

Remember, as the driver, you are responsible for your own safety, that of your passengers and in many circumstances, the safety of other road users.

Road Safety Character - New DriverThe best way to help prevent being involved in an accident is to develop your driving skills. There are certain driving skills which cannot be acquired as quickly as a driving licence:

The ability to anticipate and spot hazards can only be developed with experience.
Failure to anticipate hazards is a common cause of road accidents – it means that you can't stop in time.
Observation, concentration and anticipation are skills which you will develop over time.

There are courses available such as pass plus for motorists which help with developing your skills as a driver.

Skid training courses can also be of real benefit if you vehicle was to suddenly skid.

Speed is one of the most common causes of road accidents – you needn't even be breaking the speed limit to kill someone.

Driving at an inappropriate speed for the road, either in a built-up area or on a country road can have lethal consequences for yourself, your passengers and other road users.

Remember, the police have lots of different methods for detecting speeders, so slow down before it’s too late. If you are caught speeding you will get fined and points on your licence.

Current legislation means that people passing their first driving test will be "on probation" for two years. A total of six or more penalty points during that time will mean they have to go back to learner status, apply for a new provisional licence and take the test again.

What to do if you’re involved in a collision with a cyclist?

The driver of a motor vehicle must stop and provide their name, address and the name and address of the vehicle owner, together with the vehicle registration number as required by Section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

If an injury has occurred you should report the incident to the Police as soon as possible and in any case within 24 hours (call 101 or attend at your local station).

In case of serious injury or obstruction to the road that cannot be easily cleared, call 999 requesting police/ambulance attendance.


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