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Speeding And New Drivers

By Clare Westwood

When you pass your driving test you certainly get a lot more freedom. Having the option o driving places when you would normally have had to wait for public transport or a lift can seem invaluable.

As a new driver it is important to remember that you are on probation for the next two years and if you clock up six penalty points during this period you will lose your license and only be able to get it back of you take a retest and start from scratch.

Lots of new drivers clock up points due to committing speeding offences, with points generally being accumulated in three’s it is easy to see how so many people lose their licences through speeding in the first two years.

There are other reasons not to speed as well though; drivers are most at risk of having an accident within the first two years of passing their tests which means sticking to the limit is even more important. Statistics show that one in five drivers have a crash or driving related incident during the first year of driving.

Figures also show that sixteen per cent more people aged between 16-19 are killed on the roads now than they were fifteen years ago.

It is also worth considering that the penalty points on your licence will greatly affect your insurance premium. For young drivers especially this is significant. Insurance rates are high for young drivers anyway, adding on unnecessary penalty points can mean the difference between being able to afford to insure your car and being unable to get insurance or afford the heightened cost.

Speeding is a very serious offence and by speeding you risk the lives of others as well as yourself. Always consider the conditions you are driving in and the hazards around you. Just because a road has a speed limit of thirty for example, it does not mean that you need to reach thirty miles per hour, driving below this in order to be safe is sensible.

speeding offences are extremely serious whether you are a newly qualified driver or an experienced driver. A speeding solicitor will be able to help with any advice surrounding motoring offences.

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Westwood, Clare "Speeding And New Drivers." Speeding And New Drivers. 2 Jul. 2010. 12 Sep 2015 <>.

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