There is nothing quite like the thrill of the open road, and for many new drivers the highlight of passing their driving test is a new car. Unfortunately, new drivers cause up to 50 accidents a day across the UK – this is not only because they’re sometimes less aware of the risks of driving, but also because they are less experienced and are more likely to speed or ignore road signs.
Avoiding road accidents
The following tips will help both new drivers and experienced drivers to avoid accidents, but are particularly relevant to those who have just passed their driving test:
- Ensure you’re aware of what road signs mean – for example, ignoring a No Entry or One Way sign could lead to a crash.
- Try not to travel on the motorway until you have a little more experience or are familiar with the car you’re driving, as you’ll be travelling at a higher speed. Of course, in some areas this can’t be avoided.
- Beware of distractions whilst driving – don’t fiddle with your MP3 player or Sat Nav, turn around to look at passengers, eat, drink or do your hair or make-up whilst driving.
- Take regular breaks on longer journeys. If you feel tired, pull over to stretch your legs and try to have something to eat or drink.
- Always check your mirrors before performing a manoeuvre, whether it’s a three-point turn, changing lanes or pulling out into busy traffic. You should check your blind spot too, as this is often a major cause of accidents for new drivers.
Of course, there are other ways to avoid accidents too – you should always ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy, and check your tyre pressure and tread before long journeys, topping up your oil and coolant too. Your vehicle should be insured, and you must have a valid MOT. If you are involved in an accident or stopped by the police without an MOT and insurance, the consequences could be serious.
Claiming for road accident compensation
It’s a fact of life that accidents do happen, and if you’re a new driver involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you’re probably feeling really stressed. There’s no need to worry, as you could be eligible to claim compensation against the other driver’s insurance. Call Accident Advice Helpline today, and we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. We offer a 100% no win, no fee* service, so even if you’re feeling the pinch after buying your first car, you can call us on our freephone line on 0800 689 0500, and you won’t pay a penny unless your claim is successful.
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