Driving lessons and driving tests have been significantly affected by COVID-19 restriction over the last year and a half. However, with the restrictions being lifted in Scotland and throughout the UK, the lessons and tests have been allowed to re-start. This has resulted in something unfortunate. DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standard Agency) has reported that there is a substantial backlog in many test centres around the UK, as they are fully booked until December of 2021.
Still, many people have managed to secure a slot and have recently got their driver’s license. However, since the last year and a half, because of the lockdowns and restrictions, those drivers haven’t had much driving experience. Journeys for a new driver can be nerve-wracking, especially when they haven’t had much practice and when it’s their first time without another driver or instructor.
It has been recently reported that accidents are one of the leading causes of death among young adults, with a majority of them lying in the age bracket of 15 to 29 years. As such, it is important for new drivers to know the practices they could employ in order to stay safe on the roads. They should also be aware of the options for compensation claims in a case where they are injured in an accident because of no fault of their own.
At Wallace Legal, we have significant experience handling anything from car accident claims to bicycle accident claims in Scotland. So get in touch with us if you have any questions regarding any personal injury claim.
Until then, here are some tips for you to stay safe if you are a new driver.
Tips For New Drivers To Stay Safe
1. Plan Ahead
If you are about to embark on a new route, make sure you leave yourself plenty of time beforehand to build up your confidence. Map out the route you are going to take and prepare yourself with a dozen short journeys. On the day of the long journey, utilize GPS apps and devices that will help guide you and take short comfort breaks every two hours on journeys that are significantly longer. If possible, take a travel companion with you on the journey as well.
2. Be Responsible
It is important for you to be responsible while driving so that you don’t risk your safety. You have to be especially careful if you have other passengers with you in the car. They are your responsibility, so avoid doing anything that would put them at risk. This includes taking risks and showing off by driving faster, giving into peer pressure and getting distracted by loud music and mobile phones. So drive with an utter concentration in order to ensure not only your safety but also the safety of others.
3. Keep Calm
If you happen to come across an aggressive driver on the road, the best thing for you to do is to stay calm, maintain the posted speed, and avoid any confrontation with other drivers. If you feel a road rage coming on and feel a bit shaken up, pull over at a safe spot and give yourself some time to calm down before continuing your journey. Giving into road rage will only result in ugly confrontations and, most possibly, heavy fines.
4. Know Your Car
As you first start driving, make sure to attain some basic knowledge of car maintenance. This will make you aware of any warning signs on your car and will help you if something does go wrong. It is important to ensure that your car has an emergency car kit at all times. It should include equipment, such as de-icer, jump leads, spare tire and all tools needed to change a tire. These tools especially come in handy in winter weather, as a car is more prone to issues in the harsh cold. Even though it may seem obvious, keep an eye on the amount of fuel your car has throughout the trip.
If you do get in an unfortunate car, motorcycle or any other accident on the road, you can contact Wallace Legal to help you with a claim. We will provide you with experienced car or motorcycle claims solicitors in Glasgow, who will assist you in making a successful claim against the responsible party and get you the compensation you deserve.