Keeping new drivers safe behind the wheel

A campaign to help keep new and learner drivers safe on the roads has launched in Newcastle.

The scheme is aimed at reducing the numbers of collisions involving young drivers and their passengers by making sure they have the right guidance and practical advice.

Thousands of free information guides will be made available at practical driving test centres across the city and further support materials will be available at theory test centres.

The guides, entitled ‘Getting your licence and keeping it – everything you need to know’, have been developed by Good Egg Drivers and are designed to be a helpful source of information and positive advice for people who have just passed their test.

An average of 168 people aged 17 to 24 are killed or seriously injured on UK roads each month and we are one of six councils to be working with Good Egg Drivers to offer the guides to new drivers.

The Good Egg new drivers’ guides were developed in collaboration with academics and some of the UK’s pre-eminent experts in road safety. They provide clear warnings on the dangers posed by passenger distractions, mobile phones, alcohol, drugs and speeding.

The easy-to-read guides also contain practical advice on matters such as avoiding huge insurance premiums, what to do in advance of your test – and even buying your first car.

The website offers accessible tips for new drivers on important information such as choosing the best instructor, passing the tests, insurance, the responsibilities of getting behind the wheel and how to keep that hard-earned licence.