The parents of young drivers up and down the country might like to take up the recommendation of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and draw up a young driver agreement between themselves and their offspring.
Essentially a contract that sets out the dos and don’ts for inexperienced motorists when first taking to the road, the document can help individuals who may have only recently passed their test to stay safe when taking to the roads unsupervised.
According to RoSPA, one in five motorists will be involved in a crash within their first year of driving, while more than 3,000 car drivers under the age of 25 are killed on the UK’s roads each year.
Furthermore, young motorists are more likely than other age groups to be involved in serious accidents like high-speed collisions, single vehicle crashes, accidents in the dark and incidents when overtaking and negotiating bends.
As such, the RoSPA agreement consists of a list of common issues young drivers face and offers a chance for this group to commit to being more aware of problems like the distraction of having multiple passengers in their vehicle or fiddling with the radio, the use of mobile phones, not wearing a seat belt, eating and drinking at the wheel and more.
In return, parents can commit to be available to pick up their young ones if they have a breakdown or simply cannot drive for any reason, as well as remaining calm and constructive whenever being driven, even if their children make mistakes.
By providing this two-way agreement to act sensibly when out on the roads and to be available for one’s youngsters if they need it, the contract could lead to safer motorists all round.
Here at GSI Insurance Services (Southern) Limited we offer a wide range of young driver insurance policies, meaning our expert team is always on hand to ensure less experienced motorists are able to get the best deals on their cover.