New drivers are more likely to have a road accident
Surveys regularly reveal that you are more likely to be involved in a road accident within one year of passing your test that at any other time. The combination of inexperience, lack of knowledge and nervousness can all stack up and lead to a nasty accident; an upsetting event for both the driver responsible for the accident and any injured parties affected by the accident.
How to minimise the risk Since everyone has to take a test, and then has to get through that initial one-year period of driving after their test, the best way of reducing these distressing road accident statistics is to make absolutely sure that recently qualified drivers really are ready to take to the road. This can be achieved with just a few extra precautions.
Sensible precautions So, if you are a new driver or have one in the family, here are a few sensible safety measures you should think about implementing to reduce the threat of a road accident:
Firstly, be honest with yourself about the number of lessons you need. If in your heart you donít feel ready for the test, say so. A qualified driving instructor is extremely skilled at judging your ability, but he canít know how you feel inside unless you tell him. If you donít feel ready, then you probably arenít.
Family members are great companions when you want to get some practice in, but you should ensure that their time with you compliments professional lessons you are taking, rather than making them your sole source of learning.
Concentrate on stamping out bad habits straight away and ensure that good practice (like hand position on the steering wheel and remembering MSM) becomes second nature. After all, some road accidents are caused by poor handling.
Donít be too ambitious too soon. Driving alone is a completely different undertaking from driving with your instructor. There will be no comforting dual controls or extra pair of eyes helping to prevent a road accident. So your first journeys should be short and local if possible.
As soon as you have passed your test, ask your instructor to take you for a motorway lesson. He or she wonít have been allowed to do this before as learners are not permitted on motorways, but this is an essential part of learning to drive safely.
Donít be tempted to fill up your car with friends too soon. Theyíll be excited for you, and could cause you to have a road accident by distracting you.
Making a personal injury claim after a road accident Anyone who has received a personal injury in a road accident that was not their fault has the right to make a claim for compensation, provided that the incident happened no more than 3 years ago. Get in touch with us for some expert advice on making a claim and getting the process underway.
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*Where replacement vehicle costs can be recovered from the insurance company of the person who caused the accident.
Where this person is untraceable or uninsured, or where there is a dispute over liability, a replacement vehicle cannot