Did you Know
Most young drivers are safe, considerate, and attentive, but 17–25-year-olds are still much more at risk of being in a serious collision than other roads users, particularly during the first year after passing their test.
40% of all killed or seriously injured passengers were being driven at night by a newly qualified young driver.
Research has shown that young adult’s judgement and decision making does not fully develop until around the age of 25 – so young adults tend to take more risks and allow themselves to be influenced by others around them.
• Ask your driver instructor if they will offer further lessons for newly qualified drivers – your insurance could go down.
• Ask an experienced driver you trust to accompany you on practice runs such as country roads, motorway driving and night driving.
• Practice regular routes in different conditions.
Drink & Drug Driving
The legal limit is not measured in units, bottles, pints, or glasses. You may think you can drink two units and still drive, but this is not true – the only way to know you are under the limit is to not drink if you are driving.
Even a small amount of alcohol can have a serious effect on driving ability – it affects judgement, co-ordination, and reaction times.
Plan for nights out – book taxis or nominate a driver who will not be drinking at all.
The Police now have the power to arrest drivers by the roadside if they suspect that a driver might be impaired through illegal or prescription drugs. They do know the signs to look for.
If convicted or drink or drug driving, the penalties can result in a £5,000 fine, 6 months in Prison and a twelve-month driving ban.