Donít use a Mobile Phone whilst Driving

One cause of accidents is the use of the mobile phone whilst driving.  This is against the law in the UK and if youíre caught you will get an automatic fixed penalty notice - this means a fine of £100 and 3 points on your licence.  (Remember, for 2 years following their test new drivers will get disqualified once they have 6 points - having passed the test once, do you really want to go through it all again?).  You could even have to go to court  depending on the circumstances, which could result in a maximum fine of £1,000 and disqualification.  Using a mobile phone is illegal even if you are stopped at traffic lights or in a queue of traffic. 

Dialling a number, reading a text or replying to a text are all extremely dangerous activities whilst driving.  Using a mobile phone has been the cause of many extremely serious accidents.  So switch your phone off when you get into the car, or ignore it until you are parked.  Whatever you may think, no one has the skills to work a mobile phone and keep driving safely. 

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Driving Safely

Driving as a New Driver

When you first pass your test and get out on the road unaccompanied you feel on top of the world. 
Other Distractions to Avoid

Other factors which can cause distraction while driving include driver fatique, looking at the scenery (or looking at passengers) and rubber necking whilst passing an accident.  Eating, drinking, changing a music channel or selecting a CD can all cause a driver to take their eyes of the road.  In that split second when you are not looking where you are going someone may step out onto a pedestrian crossing, or a car may brake in front of you.

However good you think your driving skills are, itís a world wide phenomena that new drivers think they are safer drivers than they are.  Be aware of the risks and:

1.  Never use a mobile phone when driving
2.  If driving long distances have a break every two hours
3.  If you are carrying passengers do not turn round to talk to them and donít
    get involved in heated discussions which may take your attention off the road.
4.  Minimise the time you take to change the radio channel or do anything else which means your eyes arenít looking ahead of you.

Itís not Worth the Risk

Youíve worked hard to get your driving licence - make sure you keep it.  And remember, the statistics show that as a teenage driver you are most at risk of having a serious accident. When driving a car make sure your full attention is on the road ahead - whatever that text message youíve just received - itís not worth losing your life over. 
Although you probably accept that getting your full licence was only the first step to becoming an experienced driver, you will probably feel more confident with your driving skills than perhaps you should.  A few instances of dealing with drivers or pedestrians who do the unexpected will show you that good and quick reactions are vital to staying safe on the road.

Hazard perception was part of the test you passed - driving safely means keeping your wits about you at all times and expecting the unexpected.  And this means not allowing yourself to be distracted while driving by taking your eyes off the road for more than a split second.  Your car moves further than you think whilst you are selecting a new track on your ipod!