We all share the road, so we are all responsible for driving safely. Being a safe driver means being alert, always driving to the conditions of the road environment and being ready to take action at any time.
Tips for younger drivers
Younger drivers are over represented in road trauma statistics. In their first year of driving, young drivers are nearly four times more likely to be involved in a fatal or serious injury crash compared to more experienced drivers.
You can reduce the risks by being well prepared by the time you get your licence. You must get at least 120 hours of driving practice on the road as a learner driver, in all types of conditions, before you apply for your licence.
Other tips include:
Never drive if you have been drinking or taking drugs (it is illegal for learner and probationary drivers to have any alcohol in their system).
Ensure all your passengers are wearing seatbelts at all times.
Never exceed the speed limit.
Never engage in deliberate risk-taking behaviour.
Practice slowing down for hazards well before you reach them, so you are always in control of your vehicle.
Try not to drive at night at first, unless you have an experienced driver with you.
Don’t drive if you’ve been awake for 18 hours or more.