02 July 2013

Posted by Discount Insurance on Tuesday, July 02, 2013
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So, you’ve passed your driving test, you’ve whipped off the L-plates and are now ready to go it alone on the roads. It’s a wonderful feeling isn’t it! But as they say - now’s when you really learn to drive.

Here are few quick and simple tips from Discount Insurance to help young drivers get started, and stay safe on Britain’s roads.  

Apply for you full driving licence
This might seem obvious, but make sure you get your full driving licence in order as soon as possible. You can do this by sending your pass certificate, along with your provisional licence to the DVLA. Don’t put it off, because if two years passes by in the blink of an eye, as tends to happen when you're young, then you’ll have to take both parts of your test again!

Make sure you are insured
In the first year of driving one in five is involved is some kind of scrape, so for both parties’ sake, it is vital you have comprehensive cover. Unfortunately for you, due to the above statistic, car insurance for young drivers is notoriously more expensive than for seasoned pros.  

However, doing a Driving Standards Agency Pass Plus course within 12 months of passing can reduce the cost of your premiums by up to 35%.  Its modules such as motorway and night driving, will also help give your more confidence in all aspects of driving.

How would you cope if you broke down on a motorway or country road late at night, with no one around to help? Not too comfortably I suspect. That’s why it is important to get full breakdown cover. 

The comprehensive cover options available from Discount Insurance offer immediate roadside assistance, as well as substitute transport and emergency overnight lodgings. Get a quick quote on your cover now.

 Don’t Drink and Drive
Although the level of drink driving in Britain has declined rapidly over the 30 years, around 250 people are killed in drink-related accidents every year. By driving under the influence of alcohol (or other drugs) you are not only putting your life at risk but those of your passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and the loved ones of everyone involved.  

Despite the increase in public education around drink driving, over 100,000 people are still caught annually, and face a driving ban of at least 12 months, a large fine and possible imprisonment. Quite simply, don’t take the risk. Plan in advance, take public transport and pre-book a taxi home, and if going out with friends nominate a ‘designated driver’.

Driving at night
Inexperienced drivers have much higher proportion of crashes in the evening or early mornings. Many of these are single vehicle, and can be attributed to drinking or drugs, but many are also to do with reduced visibility and fatigue. Because the roads are less busy at night, the temptation is to speed or to pay less attention to the road, but don’t make this potentially life-threatening mistake.

Driver fatigue is a contributory factor is up to 20% of all accidents, and up to a quarter of all fatal accidents. If you are feeling tired then you should pull over.  Do not attempt to start a journey if you are feeling tired. Avoid long journeys all together between midnight and 6am, and have a recommended 15 minutes break for every 2 hours of driving.

Don’t be over confident and take unnecessary risks
Young people are best suited for quickly picking up the basic skills needed for driving, and as a result of youthful exuberance often feel they have ‘mastered it', and that crashes are ‘something that happen to other people’ but not to them.  

Always stick to the speed limit especially in built up areas, and don’t take unnecessary risks with regards to overtaking. Also, do not be tempted to text or use a mobile phone whilst driving.

For more information on staying safe behind the wheel, whatever your age, visit http://www.rospa.com/roadsafety/

For a quick quote on your breakdown cover visit www.discountinsurance.co.uk/ today. 

Richard Anthony