Road Safety Tips for New Drivers

Gaining your learner’s permit at the tender age of 16 is a rite of passage for many Victorian youths. Largely due to inexperience and a series of unique safety issues faced by young and new drivers, they’re overrepresented in road accident and injury and fatality statistics.

Why young drivers are dangerous

Additional factors new and young drivers are more likely to be exposed to can also be dangerous and contributing factors in accidents such as; late night driving with multiple passengers, driving whilst under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Using mobile phones whilst driving. As well as younger drivers are more likely to drive older models of car equipped with less safety features than newer, more expensive models. Driving whilst fatigued is also a common reason for accidents among new and young drivers.

Due to supervised driving, often with parents, learner drivers are statistically less likely to be in a crash than other drivers. Once a learner driver earns their P plates and their freedom, their risk of crashing increases substantially. P Plated youths are up to seven times more likely to be injured or killed driving. Showing off and feeling invincible can also be a high risk factor for young drivers as well as speeding, tailgating.

Road Safety Tips for young drivers

Practice makes perfect

Learner drivers must log a minimum of 120 hours of driving practice before they can apply for their P plates. Any additional driving practice above this is an investment in the safety of yourself, your passengers and others on the road.

Gain experience in all conditions

Learner drivers need to practice in a range of weather and traffic conditions, rain hail and shine – both in the day and at night. Driving on open country roads as well as busy city freeways also broadens this exposure to varied road conditions.

Get comfortable driving at night

Learner drivers must log at least 20 hours of night time driving. When L plate drivers move to their probationary licence they’re at a much greater risk of being in a crash at night.

Why are these tips important?

Gaining experience in all conditions helps to improve driving skills and reduce risks when a driver gets their probationary licence.

Young drivers and the law

Having an in-depth understanding the road rules will assist in protecting you from accidents caused by yourself, or other drivers.

Motor Vehicle Accidents – Understanding the Claims Process

How can a lawyer help with the claim process?

If you’re a youth who’s been injured in a road accident, you should consult with a vehicle accident lawyer, as you may be eligible for compensation. Even if the accident was your fault. Arnold Thomas & Becker road accident Lawyers are here to help you navigate through the legal process. We are experts in road accident law. And no age limits in bringing a claim forward apply.

Talk to one of our motor vehicle accident lawyers in Melbourne, regional Victoria or Tasmania to discuss your rights and compensation eligibility.

Depending on your circumstances your injury claim could include fees covering;

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of wages
  • Medical and like expenses
  • Lump Sum Impairment Benefit; and
  • Lump Sum Common Law Claims for Damages
  • Household Support Services for all costs to cover maintaining your household whilst you recover
  • Travel costs to towards travelling to and from necessary medical appointments


Why you should you hire a compensation lawyer?

If you have been injured in a road accident in a car, on a motorbike or bicycle, or on public transport as a driver, passenger or pedestrian you may be entitled to compensation. Even if the accident you’re your fault. Arnold Thomas & Becker TAC lawyers are experienced in gaining maximum financial compensation for clients who have suffered an injury in a road accident. We are empathetic and work with clients of all ages, from children to the elderly.

Is it legal to flash your headlights in Australia?

No. Section 219 of the Australian Road Rules (2006) also prohibits you from flashing your lights to dazzle other road users.

Although laws may vary from state to state you could face an on the spot fine in Victoria of three penalty points and around $450.

Why is insurance so high for young drivers?

Whilst the TAC will likely indemnify Victorians who are injured in a motor vehicle accident through your compensation claim, any damage to cars or private property involved in the accident will be the responsibility of the driver at fault. So, what is the best car insurance company for young drivers? Insurance companies will differ in products and pricing from state to state. Many insurers offer bespoke insurance for younger drivers. Why is insurance higher for younger drivers? In many cases premiums may be higher due to the increased risk factors that are associated with younger drivers. Insurance premiums will be determined by age, gender, area lived in and the type of car driven.