New drivers

The facts

Passing the driving test opens up a whole new world of freedom and independence.

But new drivers should remember that they are ‘on probation’ for the first 2 years. If they get 6 penalty points in this time, they lose their licence and can only get it back if they pass a re-test.

Statistics show that drivers are most at risk of having an accident in the first 2 years or so after they pass their test. One in five newly qualified drivers has a crash of some description within a year.

More young drivers killed

Around 16 per cent more drivers aged 16-19 are killed now compared with 15 years ago.

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