For obvious reasons, new drivers are more likely to be involved in a traffic accident than those who have been behind the wheel for many years. Of course, this means a far higher insurance premium, but it also means that it’s up to you new young drivers to prove to the rest of the world that you’re just as capable of being confident, safe and respectful drivers as the rest of us.
Avoid peer pressure – Especially apt for very young new drivers (17/18 year olds). You’ll no doubt be goaded into giving your friends lifts, which is fine. However keep in mind that new drivers will find their passengers a distraction and when you’re a new driver, concentration is absolutely vital. There is also the temptation amongst younger new driver to ‘show off’ to their friends by driving too fast, overtaking when it’s unnecessary and even challenging other road user to illegal street races.
Drink and Drugs – We were all young once and one of the major facets of growing up is experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Doing so before getting behind the wheel of a car though is not only careless and idiotic, but just plain wrong. You’re being cavalier with your own life, the lives of anyone else in your car and the lives of anyone else on the road. Remember that alcohol can remain in your system for up to 48 hours and it slows reaction times and gives drivers a false sense of confidence that can lead to disastrous decisions. Even over-the-counter, legal medicines might impair your driving ability too, so be sure to always read the label.
Slow down and concentrate – Nearly half of the road accidents caused in the last year were caused by new, young drivers between the ages of 17 and 24. The majority of these accidents could have been avoided if the young drivers in question were more aware and respectful of national speed limits and paid more attention to the road and the other drivers on it.
Personal injury claims
Just because you’re young it doesn’t mean you’re invincible and if you’re involved in an accident that isn’t directly your fault and you end up with a debilitating injury, you may be liable for personal injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline will be on hand to help guide you through the claiming process. All claims can be made and processed via our 24/7 phone line, and as we’ve been in business for over 13 years, dealing with all manner of claims, we offer the most straightforward and reliable service for new drivers, who might be a little confused and overwhelmed by the gravity of the situation. AAH website also boasts a bespoke ‘calculator’, which can determine in 30 seconds if you are liable for claim. No fuss, no muss!
Date Published: October 5, 2013
Author: David Brown