New drivers are more likely to have a road accident
A recent survey revealed 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 have catastrophic effects.
How to minimise the risk Since everyone has to take a test, and therefore has to get through that first year of independent driving, 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. And 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 don’t feel ready for the test say so. A qualified driving instructor is extremely skilled at judging your ability, but he can’t know how you feel inside unless you tell him. If you don’t feel ready, then you probably aren’t
Dads and other family members are great companions when you want to get some practice in, but always take some professional lessons as well
Concentrate on stamping out bad habits straightaway and ensure that good practice (like hand position on the steering wheel and remembering MSM) becomes second nature. A road accident is often caused by poor car handling
Don’t 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 won’t 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
Don’t be tempted to fill up your car with friends too soon. They’ll 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, then call us for free legal advice.
*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