The safety code

  • Many of the worst collisions happen at night. Between midnight and 6 am is a time of high risk for new drivers. Avoid driving then unless it’s really necessary.
  • If you are driving with passengers, you are responsible for their safety. Don’t let them distract you or encourage you to take risks. Tell your passengers that you need to concentrate if you are to get to your destination safely.
  • Never show off or try to compete with other drivers, particularly if they are driving badly.
  • Don’t drive if you have consumed any alcohol or taken drugs. Even over-the-counter medicines can affect your ability to drive safely - read the label to see if they may affect your driving.
  • Make sure everyone in the car is wearing a seat belt throughout the journey.
  • Keep your speed down - many serious collisions happen because the driver loses control, particularly on bends.
  • Most new drivers have no experience of driving high-powered or sporty cars. Unless you have learnt to drive in such a vehicle you need to get plenty of experience driving on your own before driving a more powerful car.
  • Driving while uninsured is an offence. See Annex 3 for information on types of insurance cover.
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