Minimising the risks
Learning to become a safe and responsible driver does not begin and end with passing the test. Indeed, it's only now that the real challenges begin. It's a statistical fact that one in five newly qualified drivers will become involved in a collision in their first six months of driving. Removed from the controlled conditions of the driving school, the novice driver is faced with an alarming number of alien and potentially hazardous situations. These include country roads, motorways, adverse weather conditions, night driving, peer pressure to take risks and saying no to drink or drug driving - to name but a few.
Staying safe and secure from day one ...
It's a daunting prospect. But the good news is there are practical actions you can take to raise awareness and minimise risk from the beginning. The Good Egg Guide for Parents of New Drivers takes you step-by-step through the points to consider when a driver has passed their test. For example, did you know that many driving instructors offer further training for newly qualified drivers - some Local Authorities also run safe driving schemes - or that drawing-up a formal 'parent pact' with your son or daughter is a great way of getting them to commit to driving more safely?
Choosing, buying and paying for a first car...
Then there is the thorny subject of choosing, buying and paying for a new or used car. How can you tell a good dealer from a less reputable one? And what are the important points to consider when selecting a first car (beside the cost!)? You'll also be reminded of the essential safety features to look for.
Insurance premiums for newly qualified drivers can be exorbitant. We tell you how your son or daughter can get a fairer deal on insurance and what you can do from the outset to help them minimise their premiums - including adopting pioneering new telematics technology which is specially designed to drive down costs for safe and sensible young drivers.