Did you know that teenage drivers account for more road traffic accidents than any other age group of drivers? That doesn’t mean that there are no safe teenage drivers on the road, just that teenagers need to take extra care when driving to ensure they don’t become another accident statistic. There are also tips that you can follow to ensure you stay safe on the road if you are a new teenage driver.
Safety tips for teenage drivers
These tips don’t only apply to teenage drivers – they are useful for new drivers and even those who have held a licence for years! As a new driver, if you cause an accident, another driver could claim compensation which could lead to a hike in your car insurance premium! Following these tips can help to reduce your risk of being involved in a road traffic accident.
- Turn your mobile off when driving – it’s illegal to use a mobile whilst behind the wheel. Using a hands-free kit can be tempting, but this could still lead to an accident, as your attention is not fully focused on the road.
- Avoid distractions. This means don’t read or reply to text messages or change the track on your iPod or CD player. Texting causes drivers to lose focus for up to five seconds during which time an accident could easily occur. Remember, it’s illegal to call or text whilst driving, even when you are stopped at a red light. Even activities such as applying makeup, playing music loudly, eating or drinking can distract you.
- Stick to the speed limit! Around 40% of all fatal accidents involving teenage drivers are caused by speeding. Even if everyone else looks like they are flying past you, stick to the speed limit and drive safely – this way you’re less likely to be involved in an accident and you’ll avoid speeding tickets.
- Practise defensive driving – By ensuring you are always aware of the traffic nearby, you’ll be a safer driver. Always remain at least one car length behind the vehicle in front.
- Buy a safe car – It may sound obvious, but purchasing a safe car is the best option, if you can afford it. Look for cars with anti-lock brakes, air bags and other safety features.
How to claim road traffic accident compensation
If you’ve been involved in a collision where you feel the other driver was to blame, you could claim compensation. The first step is to contact a personal injury lawyer – here at Accident Advice Helpline, we can normally tell you within 30 seconds whether we think you have a viable claim. All our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so you really do have nothing to lose. Call us today and see how we can help!