Dealing With Distractions

After passing my driving test my instructor turned and said to me: “Now is the time you learn to drive.”

I didn’t really understand what he meant at the time, but three weeks later I was involved in a minor collision on a roundabout and realised that although I had passed my test, I still had a lot to learn.

You should never be complacent about driving: The second you sit behind the wheel of a car you are in danger and the only way to improve, is to drive regularly, be aware of everything that is on the road and make sure you do not drive distracted. Mobile phones should be out of sight, out of mind; talking with passengers down to a minimum and music played at a decibel that won’t affect your concentration.

For many parents, seeing their child throwing away those L-plates and pulling off the drive for the first-time, is one of the scariest moments of their lives. We all know that statistically young drivers are much more likely, than older, more experienced motorists, to be involved in an accident.

Companies such as offer peace of mind however. They specialise in providing car insurance for drivers, aged between 17 and 24 and install a black box in the car to monitor how the person is driving style – assessing their speed, acceleration, braking and cornering. They then looks at trends in the person’s driving and give them a score out of 100, every 10 days or so, then every three months, they will review the price of the insurance based on the person’s driving score. The higher the score, the less you pay.

One young driver who has taken advantage of this, is Tyger Drew-Honey, star of the BBC sitcom, Outnumbered. He recently passed his driving test and bought his first car! Take a look at the video below which shows how Tyger deals with distractions while driving..