Top tips to help young drivers stay safe

Have you or your best friend just passed your driving test?

Getting out and about on the roads is exciting, but there’s no avoiding the fact that it comes with serious risk for young people. Official statistics reflect the gravity of the situation: male car drivers aged between 17 and 24 are four times as likely to be seriously injured or killed when compared with all other car drivers aged at least 25.

While there are so many factors on the roads that can’t be controlled, there are some key steps to keeping as safe as possible. We’ve listed our top tips to help young drivers keep as possible.

7 top tips for keeping young drivers safe on the roads

Always wear a seatbelt

Wearing a seatbelt could save your life in a car accident. They’re also a legal requirement for most drivers and passengers and you could be fined £500 on the spot for not wearing one. Put your safety first and accept that this simple tool could keep you alive.

Keep your distance

Don’t be tempted to tailgate other drivers. Even if you’re feeling impatient about the speed of the driver in front, getting too close to their car only makes things more dangerous. With reduced stopping distance, the chances of a costly accident are much higher.

Insure your car

All cars driven on UK roads need to be covered by at least third-party insurance. Comprehensive policies offer the most protection for drivers of all ages, but you could start by quoting for young driver insurance specifically. Shopping around helps reveal the best deals.

Don’t feel pressured to speed

Young passengers often persuade their friends to go faster or take risks, especially at night. As the person behind the wheel, try to stay self-assured and remember that the outcome is entirely under your control. Your main objective is to arrive safely and legally – not quickly.

Get familiar with your area

Knowing your local roads will help your skills and confidence improve over time. You should still expect the unexpected, but having a good grasp on the junctions, road signs and roundabouts on your usual routes will help you feel comfortable.

Organise your lifts home

It’s important to resist the temptation to drink and drive. Even getting in the car with a drunk friend can have fatal consequences, so it’s worth sorting out the lift home before the party starts. Try to stick to a plan – and if you end up having a drink, don’t get back in the car.

Don’t go if you’re worried

Finally, it’s only natural for new drivers to feel more anxious than usual on some days. In poor weather conditions or during stressful times like exam periods, it could be worth taking a break from driving altogether. Only drive if you feel ready and confident – and if you’re tired, don’t hesitate to take a break.


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