There are few feelings that beat the moment the driving examiner turns to you and tells you that you’ve passed your test, especially when you’re young and you can’t wait to hit the roads and embrace a new sense of freedom.
Driving can present all kinds of opportunities however, statistically, young, inexperienced drivers are more likely to be involved in road traffic accidents than any other age group, undoubtedly due to nerve-wracking situations for new drivers.
Young people and driving hazards
Road crashes are the most common cause of serious injury and death among young people in the UK. Here are 5 of the most nerve-wracking situations for new drivers:
- Motorways: Motorways are a completely different ball game to minor roads and dual carriageways and it can take several journeys to get used to driving on a motorway. It’s advisable to take some motorway lessons before you head out on a long journey, especially if you’re planning to go alone.
- Driving in the dark: The risk of road accidents is higher in the dark and if you have little experience of driving during the evenings and you’re not familiar with the roads, driving at night can be very daunting. It’s a good idea to arrange for a couple of your lessons to be in the evening so that you get used to driving after dark; you could also ask a parent to take you out to practise or organise some additional lessons in the dark after you’ve passed your test.
- Driving in difficult weather conditions: Slippery, wet and icy surfaces and poor visibility can result from extreme weather conditions. Driving in difficult weather can increase the risk of car crashes and the first time you drive in the rain, fog or snow can be scary. If you’re driving in adverse weather conditions, take your time and reduce your speed; if your journey isn’t necessary, consider staying at home.
- Dealing with road rage: If you have an aggressive driver tailgating you, shouting in the mirrors or gesturing to you, this can be frightening, especially if you’re a new driver. If this situation arises, stay calm and maintain focus; concentrate on your driving and don’t feel pressured to increase your speed.
- Swerving to avoid an obstruction: If there’s an obstruction in the road or a hazard, which appears very suddenly, such as a child or animal running out into the road, this can create a nerve-wracking situation, as the driver has to react very quickly to prevent road traffic injuries.
If you’ve been injured on the roads and it wasn’t your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, to find out about claiming no-win no-fee* road traffic accident compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice