New car insurance policyholders need more help

Car insurance policyholders who have just passed their driving test should be given more assistance when getting used to being behind the wheel by themselves, according to Simon Best, chief executive of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

While Mr Best praises the government’s decision to focus on saving younger drivers’ lives as part of its ten-year road safety strategy, the organisation feels that more should be done to ease new drivers onto the UK’s road network, such as having the option of getting training from qualified instructors for the first 12 to 18 months after getting their licence.

The IAM also supports off-road practices which cover situations such as speeding into corners and driving on wet surface. Mr Best said: “The first year as a car driver is important for building up the driving experience necessary to reduce the risk of crashes.”

Motorists are being urged to be aware of rear-end bumps after the Association of British Insurers recently found that this is the cause of one in four road accidents that occur each year.

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