A road safety charity called Brake works to educate and help prevent needless deaths on our roads. They have been recently working in Northern Ireland to educate various types of emergency service people on how to engage young drivers about the subject. What has come out of this training is a brilliantly put together set of 7 key points every young driver, and old for that matter, should think about before driving.
These succinct and easy to grasp points certainly bring together a great deal of safe driving advice into a neat list!
It is obvious but think about the speed limits and drive within them. Of course, driving too slow can also be dangerous but all young drivers should think carefully about the speed they are doing.
A strong point and one that includes the use of drugs. Brake take care to point out all driving should be done free from the influence of any alcohol or drugs including so called “legal highs”. It is also worth remembering the morning after a night of heavy drinking should be included in this point as many people are still well over the limit.
Do not drive when tired. Recent research shows people have similar decision making skills when they are tired as they do when they have been drinking heavily. This point also includes a warning not to drive when ill or with poor eyesight. If you are feeling very sick or feverish you should not be driving, the same goes for people with poor eyesight who have not got their glasses with them or contact lenses in.
Drive with your phone switched off and out of reach. This point is critical, especially for young people who show very high phone use. Put the phone in the boot of the car where it simply wont be a temptation.
First of all, always wear your seat belt but also consider the car you are driving in. Many young drivers have to buy very cheap cars and servicing may not be a top priority, this should be addressed. All cars must be properly serviced and safe for the driver, passengers and other road users.
Do you really need to drive? This last point poses a great question, is the journey needed? This is normally only discussed in bad weather but in order to be as sustainable in our cars as we are at home, young people as well as older people, should think about walking every now and again.
These easy points should be read by all drivers, but they are especially focused for younger drivers. These people are still learning and need to take extra care when doing so. The roads are dangerous but the young driver stats show they are for more so for them than older drivers.