New Driver Safety Tips
How can you avoid accidents as a new driver?
Know your limits
Overconfidence is the nemesis of the new driver. Sure, you’ve earned your licence, but this doesn’t mean you’re suddenly a flawless motorist. Skills like hazard perception can take a long time to develop, and many young drivers take risks without even realising it. It’s important to build your experience up slowly, so don’t be tempted to tackle marathon journeys or complex routes straight away.
Stick to suitable speeds
Having access to so much power at the press of a pedal can be an intoxicating feeling, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking you’re at Mondelo park each time you climb into the driver’s seat. As well as risking convictions, driving too fast could endanger you, your passengers and other road users. Also, when you’re on winding country roads, bear in mind that the speed limit is not a target. Depending on the road and weather conditions, you might have to drive significantly slower than the limit to stay safe.
Resist peer pressure
Peer pressure can prove deadly on the motorways, so don’t let your friends encourage you to do risky things on the roads. A study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in America found that young drivers were four times more likely to die in road accidents when carrying their peers as passengers than they were when driving alone, yet they were 62 per cent less likely to have fatal accidents when carrying older passengers.
Steer clear of distractions
All drivers need to pay full attention to the road, and this is especially important for inexperienced motorists. Snacking on a sandwich, sending texts and speaking to people on the phone can all seriously compromise your concentration. All it takes for a crash to occur is a momentary lapse of focus. To help you keep your mind in gear, try to avoid any distractions and consider switching your phone off when you get behind the wheel.
Don’t drive under the influence
We all know that we shouldn’t drink or take drugs and drive, but sometimes the lines can become blurred, especially if you find yourself driving to parties or to the pub. In situations like this, you’ll need to be strong and say no. Being even slightly under the influence of drink or drugs can be very dangerous and could land you in major legal trouble.
Driving is always associated with an element of risk, but by following tips like these, you can stand a much better chance of avoiding accidents. Car insurance is something that you do not want to take a risk with. So give us a call on 01 400 3400or get a Quick Quote and let us help you get the right policy.