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Speed Control With Temporary Provisional Insurance
I’m sure everyone, at some point in their life, has been guilty of speeding.
Your Driving Instructor has probably given you hell on more than one occasion about reducing your speed. Yet I can guarantee even they, after a long days work, have probably sped down a dual carriageway or two driving home. Whatever the reason, you should refrain from speeding. Speeding laws not only protect yourself but others too.
If you are fed up of being told to slow down by your instructor, want to impress them on your next lesson, take out Temporary Provisional Insurance to practice controlling your speed.
Now I know this news story might be an extreme example but a few months ago a 19 year old Young Driver killed a man after he bragged about reaching 146mph in his Audi A6. Though it may seem unfair to stereotype Young Drivers as dangerous, they are statistically the biggest road risk. The likeliness for a newly passed driver to be involved in a road accident is significantly higher than any other road user; their most common offence? Speeding.
Speeding Causes Accidents!
In 2013, according to Gov, there were over 23 thousand road accidents in the UK. Over 170 of these accidents resulted in deaths. True, these figures have been decreasing year on year but they are still way too high. According to data by Northumbria police, a reduction of just 1 mph in your speed could reduce your likeliness of having an accident by 5%. So, keep that in mind next time you’re Driving Instructor complains about you doing 32 mph in a built up residential area.
Learner Drivers and Bad Influences
Society hasn’t helped of course, there is a lot of media influence these days encouraging Young Drivers to be fast and furious on the road, such as, well, the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise. This is an iconic car film franchise that appeals to Young Drivers and voyeurises speedy, reckless driving.
According to Research, conducted by P.A. Husband in 2010, Young Drivers have a tendency for risk taking behavior and aggressive driving. Therefore, seeing these images only helps to promote speedy, reckless road behavior among Young Drivers. But what’s the point of being fast and slick on the road if you’re going to end up in an accident?
The Government is cracking down on the issue. According to Gov, if you receive 6 penalty points on your Driving Licence, within the first two years of passing your Driving Test, your licence will be revoked. Considering a speeding offence can get a Young Driver anywhere between 3 – 6 points on their Driving Licence, those who have just passed may find themselves loosing their licence after just one offence.
How Can Temporary Provisional Insurance Reduce Accidents?
Although the speed limit may seem like a nuisance, it is there for a reason. In some ways, a propensity for Young Drivers to Speed may be down to bad conditioning. Perhaps it’s the fact that people who are Learning to Drive can simply have a few lessons, take their test and after little to no practice potentially pass.
Therefore, we think it’s vital to spend more than a few hours Learning to Drive before taking your test. Take your time and do more than just learn to drive, learn to appreciate the road and the power of the machine your controlling. With Temporary Provisional Insurance you can gain the same amount of knowledge and experience you’d get from lessons at the fraction of the cost.
Additionally, with Driving Lessons you have the Driving Instructor in the car. They will unconsciously act as a reminder to keep your speed down. Provisional Insurance allows for a driving experience far similar to the driving done after you pass, as your accompanying driver will not be a DSA approved instructor but rather a friend / family member. Whether you can remember to obey the speed limit under these conditions will hint to whether you’ll be able to do so after passing. If not, you need to work on this part of your driving until you have conquered your urge to speed.
Remember, you are responsible for the actions you take on the road. You should take whatever measures necessary to be a safe driver.