Young drivers are vulnerable as they are less experienced and tend to have more accidents than older, more experienced drivers. Statistics show that one in five young drivers crash within one year of passing their test. Getting the correct training, before and after taking your driving test, can reduce the chances of being involved in a crash.
Road safety officers give 'pre-driver' training sessions in sixth forms and colleges across the borough. The issues discussed include risk taking behaviours such as drink or drug driving, not wearing seatbelts and speeding.
Learner drivers benefit from driving lessons with a qualified instructor. It may also be helpful to have practice lessons with a family member. Remember, as a learner:
- You cannot drive on the motorway
- You must display 'L' plates
- You cannot drive a car unless accompanied by someone over 21 who has had a full driving licence for at least three years
Have you recently passed your driving test?
Remember, if you receive six or more penalty points in the next two years, you will lose your licence and must take the test again. Statistics show you are most at risk of having an accident in the two years after you pass your test. You will lose your licence if you increase that risk by committing offences like speeding.
Once you have passed your driving test, it is important to keep improving your skills. You could take additional lessons and become Pass Plus qualified, which could get you discounts on your insurance from some companies.