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Young Drivers Could Be Safer And Save A Fortune In This Recession

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Young Drivers Could Be Safer And Save A Fortune In This Recession

W. Burey
26 July 2009


Get Young Drivers Safe and Saving Money in this recession.

It amazes me that during these difficult times why there are not more and more young drivers saving themselves money on their car insurance and becoming safer drivers at the same time.

In GB in 2004, 151 car drivers aged 16-19 and 291 aged 20-29 were killed. Thousands more were injured. [1]

Statistics show that: - An 18-year-old driver is more than three times as likely to be involved in a crash as a 48 year-old. [2] - One in five new drivers has a crash within six months of passing their test. [3] The chart below shows the much higher numbers of deaths and serious injuries among drivers aged 17-30 per 100 million miles driven and per 1,000 licence holders than among drivers aged between 35-65

I don't think a week goes by where I have not seen locally or read about another car accident involving young drivers. There has never been a better time for young or new drivers to save themselves money and take the Pass Plus exams.

Pass Plus is a road safety scheme that aimed at improving the skills of new drivers. Novice drivers are more likely to have an accident in their first two years of driving than at any other time in their time of driving.

You could almost halve the cost of your Car Insurance once you have completed your Pass Plus exam. This is where PASS PLUS comes in.

After pupils pass their driving tests they can pay for tuition from a registered PASS PLUS instructor. Those reaching the required standard should be entitled to a substantial discount on their car insurance premium from companies that support the scheme.

The Pass Plus Modules are as follows:

Driving on dual carriageways

To drive safely on fast, multi-lane roads you will need to have all your skills of observation, concentration, lane discipline and anticipation.

Driving on Motorways

Motorways are like no other roads: They preesent new challenges for novice drivers, with driving speeds that learners would not have been taught in their standard lessons. Learn how to drive on them safely and correctly under expert supervision

Night driving

Dealing with dazzle, judging distance and speed, using your lights correctly (Stop blinding on coming traffic, or driving with your lights too dim) - these are just some of the areas covered

Town driving

Driving in town can be difficult: there are complicated junctions, rush hour traffic, and traffic systems as well as increased numbers of pedestrians... learn the skills to deal with all these and more

All-weather driving

Snow, Ice Rain, fog and bright sunshine: find out how to drive safely in all the various weather conditions you are likely to face on the road

Driving out of town

Country roads contain all kinds of hazards, ranging from sharp bends and potholes to farm vehicles and animals in the road

If you are a parent of a young driver then urge them to take Pass Plus, help give yourself peace of mind, and if you are like me and pay for your Son or Daughters car insurance also save yourself a lot of money on your car insurance.

[1] Table 29a, Road Casualties Great Britain 2004, (DfT, 2005) - http://www.brake.org.uk [2] DSA, The Schools Programme, (Driving Standards Agency, 2000) [3] DSA, Learning to Drive: a consultation paper (2008)


Submitted on behalf of Delta1 Driving School http://www.learnwithdelta1.co.uk/passplus.html [1] Table 29a, Road Casualties Great Britain 2004, (DfT, 2005) - http://www.brake.org.uk [2] DSA, The Schools Programme, (Driving Standards Agency, 2000) [3] DSA, Learning to Drive: a consultation paper (2008)

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