New Drivers

Common Causes of Road Collisions

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As a young driver you can make several small changes that can stop you doing something that can ruin the rest of your life - if you've got a life left to ruin.

The following factors all increase your chance of being involved in a crash. The more of these you do, the greater the risk.

  • Speeding
  • Driving in bad weather
  • Having passengers in the car
  • Driving between 10pm and 5am
  • Drinking alcohol or taking drugs
  • Using a mobile phone or portable device

The facts

17-24 year olds only make up about 10% of the population but in recent years they have accounted for:

  • Half of injury crashes between 10pm and 5am.
  • Over a third of people arrested by Police after failing a roadside breath test following a crash.
  • Half of crashes blamed on excess speed.
  • Half of crashes involving only one vehicle.
  • Nearly half of injury crashes in the rain.
  • A new driver is five times more likely to crash if they two or more passengers in the car.
  • More girls die as passengers than as drivers.

Make sure your driving instructors is giving you all the facts that will keep you safe on the road - Find an instructor

YOUR FIRST CAR

Getting your very own car for the first time can be fantastic. Imagine being fully independent to go wherever you want without having to rely on other people for lifts, public transport or borrowing the parent’s car.

However, there are lots of things that you need to take into consideration before you get your new pride and joy for the first time.

Spending a little more on safety features needs to be high on the agenda!

Costs!

Make sure you know the full costs involved. We are not just talking about the initial cost of purchase. You need to make sure you are legal and can cover the ongoing costs of running your own road-worthy vehicle.

Car insurance – Unfortunately for new and young drivers this can often be even more expensive than the actual car. Why? Simply because as a young, inexperienced driver you are classed as a greater risk – people in your age categorically are statistically more likely to have a crash. The good news is that if you drive sensibly and don’t make a claim these costs can reduce dramatically within the first year and onwards. Many insurance companies now offer black box (telematics) insurance where you can be rewarded for showing that you are a good, safe driver.

Car Tax – or to use the post term Vehicle Excise Duty. Everyone needs their car to be taxed unless you are driving something truly ancient (Pre 1973). The amount you pay depends on the size of the car’s engine or official Carbon Dioxide emissions and the date of first registration.

MOT test – Unless you are lucky enough to own a car that is less than three years old you will need to get your car tested annually to make sure it is roadworthy. Choose a recommended and approved test station.

Tyres – Tyres can be very expensive but as it is the only part of the vehicle that makes contact with the road it is absolutely essential they are in excellent condition. Always buy the best quality rubber you can afford. You can look after your tyres and get your monies worth by checking them regularly and keeping them at the recommended pressures.

Fuel – Whether you have a car that runs on diesel or petrol, the cost of fuel is not an insignificant sum. According to recent research by the RAC Foundation, the average young male driver will travel 8,970 miles per year and slightly less for the average female. If the cost of fuel is £1.20 per litre then the fuel costs would be around £1,100!

Servicing and repairs – The general rule of thumb is that the older the car the more likely running repairs will need to be made. Make sure you have money set aside to pay for these ‘unexpected’ problems. Every car will have a recommendation for the frequency and level of car service – clearly if you are travelling loads of miles your will need to get things checked more frequently. A regularly serviced vehicle not only helps to maintain the reliability but should you want to see your vehicle at a later date will make it more valuable.

Getting your very own car for the first time can be fantastic. Imagine being fully independent to go wherever you want without having to rely on other people for lifts, public transport or borrowing the parent’s car.

However, there are lots of things that you need to take into consideration before you get your new pride and joy for the first time.

Spending a little more on safety features needs to be high on the agenda!