Car Insurance Research Reveals Inadequate Young Driver Training in UK

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A recent study conducted by a respected UK insurance provider shows that new drivers license recipients in the UK lack sufficient road experience when receiving their licenses. The study indicates that parents are largely to blame for this lack of practice.

A recent study conducted by a respected UK insurance provider shows that new drivers license recipients in the UK lack sufficient road experience when receiving their licenses. The study indicates that parents are largely to blame for this lack of practice. Equipped with only 29.9 hours of experience, compared to the Driving Standards Agency’s recommended 45 hours plus an additional 22 hours of private practice, young British drivers are some way behind the curve.

Confidence is a major factor behind the wheel and one in ten young drivers admit to not being ready to drive alone upon obtaining their licenses. Shockingly, these young drivers believe they should not have passed their driving tests at all.

Parents can help solve this problem by spending more time accompanying their children behind the wheel, as increased time on the road has proven to increase confidence and driving ability. However, before letting young drivers behind the wheel of the family car, parents should first make sure they are covered under their car insurance policy. An affordable car insurance solution is for primary policyholders to add their children to their existing car insurance policy as named drivers.

Gaining road experience driving under a range of weather and traffic conditions is highly recommended. Night time driving practice is also very important; young drivers need to practice negotiating the roads in the dark. Parents are advised to share any local driving knowledge such as intersections to avoid during peak traffic, known blind rises and anything else that might help their dependants become safer drivers.

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