Essential Car Safety Tips For Young & Inexperienced Drivers

On Monday, June 6th, 2016

In the UK, one in five car accidents involves someone who has been driving less than a year. And, if you are under 25, the statistics get even worse. Only one out of every eight motorists are your age or below, but under-25s make up one of every three killed on the roads.

It makes sense, then, to approach safety issues with driving in a robust way. Sure, you might have passed your test with flying colours, but it doesn’t mean you can drive yet. There is still a lot to learn before you can remove yourself from the danger zone.

I’ve put together these simple tips for anyone who is young and inexperienced. Check them out and let me know what you think. Who knows, maybe they will help you avoid an accident in the near future?

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Get more training

OK, so you have passed your test, but you still have a lot to learn. Think about doing the Pass Plus course which will test your strength as a driver. It will help you come to terms with driving in adverse weather conditions, motorways, and busy towns and streets. It will also reduce your chances of having a crash by a significant amount.

Understand your vehicle

All cars are different, and it takes a time to get to know them. If you are used to driving your instructor’s car, it will take a while to understand how your vehicle works. Grab some time, and learn the little intricacies and nuances of any new car you drive first.

Go out in the bad weather

The next time it rains or snows, put on a brave face and experience it. You will know the area around your home like the back of your hand, so go for a few laps and get to grips with how your car reacts. Yes, it’s going to be dangerous. But it’s far better to get experience in an area you know rather than being caught without experience somewhere foreign.

Learn about upgrades

On the subject of inclement weather, it might be worth investing in different tyres for the season. Take the Pirelli Cintuato P7 tyres, for example. They help give you extra traction on wet and slippery surfaces. Also, keep a close eye on your windscreen wipers. Standard versions are cheap, and they can often break or stop working properly. If it rains for the first time in ages, you don’t want to get caught out.

Kick out your friends

As a young driver, there will be a lot of pressure on you to give your friends a ride. Try to avoid doing it too often at first, though. Particularly for long journeys. You are more likely to suffer distractions, which increases your chances of crashing.

Don’t use your phone

It’s illegal to use your phone without a hands-free kit in this country. So many people – many of them young – fail to adhere to this vital safety law. Using a phone can increase your chances of having an accident by a significant amount. Don’t do it if you want to stay out of the grim reading that is UK car fatality statistics.

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