Probationary period

You’ve passed your test, you’ve got your wheels, you’re ready to hit the road… Well, take it easy because for the first two years after you pass your driving test, you only need six points to lose your shiny, new licence (normally it’s 12 points). And if you lose your licence, you’ll have to reapply […]

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Top 10 tips for staying in the speed limit

“I think it’s down to showing off and not being experienced enough to make the right decision. I think you need to give yourself enough time and space so if you need to change your mind you still can. Keep to speed limits and be safe not showing off,” says Arsenal and England star Theo […]

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What to do if you’re in a collision

If you’re involved in a car crash, hopefully you’re safe. Stay calm and do these things: You must stop and report the crash. If you drive away from an accident you could be fined £5,000, imprisoned for six months and get up to 11 penalty points. If any car involved does drive off, note down […]

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Drug driving

Everyone knows that drink and driving don’t mix. But doing drugs before getting behind the wheel can be just as dangerous. One in five of those who die on roads have taken illegal drugs. Cannabis will make you drive more calmly; good idea, right? Wrong. Cannabis slows down your reaction times, it can also be […]

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New drivers – incidents

You’ve passed your test so you’re safe to be on the road. But that doesn’t make the roads a safe place for you. The first few months after your driving test are when you’re most likely to be involved in a collision. “I have been in a few accidents, when I was younger, when we […]

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Top 10 crash reasons

“I never get aggressive when driving: there’s no point. I value my life,” says TV star Ross Kemp. 1. Failed to look properly 35% 2. Failed to judge other person’s path or speed 19% 3. Careless, reckless or in a hurry 17% 4. Loss of control 15% 5. Poor turn or manoeuvre 14% 6. Slippery road (weather) 10% 7. Driving too fast for […]

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