Increase skills and build confidence with the six hour Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) approved Pass Plus course covering dual carriageway and motorway driving, town driving, rural roads, night driving and all weather driving (the all weather driving is usually a theory session). There is no test at the end of the Pass Plus course, which may only be provided by a registered DVSA Approved Driving Instructor, such as Shamrock Driving School, but the Driving Instructor will assess your performance. On completion you will receive a DVSA Pass Plus Certificate and you will be eligible for a discount on your car insurance from participating insurance companies; you may save more than the course cost!

Shamrock Driving School take Pass Plus pupils on the M4 and M5 plus you will drive on single track rural roads and through the city of Bath!

Be patient and recognise your own and others' limitations.

Never drink or take drugs and drive.

Ensure there is a valid insurance policy on any car that you drive, you are a named driver on that insurance policy and the insurance company is aware that you are a full licence holder. The days of cheaper insurance premiums for women ended on 21st December 2012 as the result of a European Court of Justice ruling which means insurers cannot charge men and women different premiums because it constitutes discrimination and the younger you are, the bigger the impact

"Fronting", whereby a young person who has a car in their own name but insures it with their parent as the main driver and themselves as a named driver to save money, is illegal and the insurance company may well reject any claim leaving you liable for potentially thousands of pound of bills. It is legal to add an older person as a named driver to an insurance policy where the young driver is named as the main driver and this can reduce the premium amount. Also, check Multicar insurance policies if and while you're living at home with Parents.

iKube car insurance for young drivers offers discounts for young drivers who don't drive between 11pm and 5am. iKube also give discounts for Pass Plus. A blackbox called an i-kube is fitted to your car and if you drive between 11pm and 5am ("red hours") you will still be fully insured but an additional insurance premium will be charged. In the second year data that the iKube box has recorded over the first year of your insurance is used to provide you with an individual renewal premium. Your renewal premium will be based on things such as average speeds on different types of road, types of roads travelled on, actual annual mileage and how often if at all you've driven during the iKube red hours. Phone iKube on 0844 3460259 to learn more.

Co-operative young driver insurance offer a pay how you drive policy where they fit a 'smartbox' into 17-25-year-olds' cars to monitor acceleration, braking, cornering and time of driving and charge you for insurance every 90 days. There is an online dashboard where you can track your driving style daily and discover useful tips to help you improve your driving to reduce the cost of your car insurance.

Marmalade, Insure the Box, Ingenie, Carrot, Autosaint, Hastings Smartmiles, Bell from Admiral, Direct Line and Tesco Bank Car Insurance also offer similar policies and AA Drivesafe have reported premium savings of up to £850 compared with standard inexperienced driver policies. Specific young driver brokers such as Adrian Flux, Endsleigh and Swinton's Young Driver Insurance are worth checking out.

2013 Moneysupermarket research looking at 17 million insurance quotes found that young drivers stand to save an average £201 (12%) on a standard insurance premium.

Other options include taking out a limited mileage policy if you're only going to be driving a few thousand miles a year or only add under 25s to insurance policies on a temporary basis from one day to a few months (e.g. if only visiting or at home from university, etc.) Short Term Car Insurance Under 25 offer tailored policies for young drivers plus Only Young Drivers, the AA and eCar Insurance also offer good short-term options.

Make sure you read the insurance policy terms and conditions to ensure it meets your needs!

Remember you will be able to drive on your own and there won't always be someone with you to provide advice together with accurate and timely directions! You will need to plan your own routes and pay close attention to road signs and markings (it may be worth investing in a Satnav if your sense of direction isn't good!). Begin with shorter journeys, known places and routes maybe with a trusted relative or friend. Shamrock Driving School recommend that you don't drive on the day you pass your practical driving test as you may well feel elated and have a false sense of invincibility on the roads!

Every car is different, especially older cars which won't handle and perform the same as a modern driving school car, for example they don't always have Power Assisted Steering or Anti-Lock Braking (ABS). So, you may need to steer harder and when performing an emergency stop brake firmly but progressively to avoid skidding.

Drive at a safe speed for the road & weather conditions and ensure you have the correct speed & gear before entering a bend so you remain in full control.

The biggest single cause of adolescent deaths is their friends, or themselves, in car crashes. Adolescents feel a need to impress their peers. This obsession with what friends think of them has an adverse effect their own decision making abilities. There is a strong link between peer pressure and showing off since both involve the need to impress, which has roots in feelings of low or threatened self-esteem. So someone who is a show-off is likely to be more easily pressured into doing something reckless. And the people who apply this type of pressure will instinctively recognise such a person as a soft target. Research confirms that crash risk increases with the number of peer passengers in the car, and also that the effect is stronger when the driver and passengers are male. Frequently, these passengers have not yet learned to drive, so know even less about what they are doing.

Females are far less attracted to reckless activity and are not impressed if it is forced on them. So male displays of scary driving are more likely to meet with scorn. Another advantage females have is their reaction to stress, which is to reduce risk.

Peer pressure is anchored in a subconscious belief, which is invoked by deep needs and anxieties "I must do what my peers want and expect, because I need to be liked and accepted (I fear rejection and loneliness), I want to impress and earn respect and status (I fear ridicule and humiliation)". The deceit is that trying hard to impress and be liked rarely achieves the intended effect. In reality, it is transparent and more likely to look weak, shallow and even desperate.

When it creates reckless driving, peer pressure is even less successful. The wild driving that earns glory for action heroes in the movies and games is a carefully manufactured fantasy. In the real world, groups rarely respect recklessness or look for it in their leaders. Groups have a survival instinct, just as individuals have. So the person who can be coaxed into reckless acts is more likely to be seen as a jester, the clown who is good for a laugh and is "used" for entertainment.

A key factor behind why people apply peer pressure is their own feelings of self-doubt and insecurity. Adolescents are especially vulnerable to peer pressure since they have a compelling urge to become independent, test their personal abilities and limits, push boundaries and experiment. One of the main problems is that peer pressure can get a bit wild at this stage and adolescents have a lack of experience in dealing with tricky situations involving other people.

When you are driving try not to impress, be responsible and stay in control, see through the media and realise action heroes who earn admiration for reckless driving are only characters in a carefully scripted fantasy and not role models, imagine what a friendly and constructive trainer in the car with you would suggest you do, learn to say "no" and ensure that you stand up to peer pressure yourself and don't pass the responsibility to someone else, choose friends wisely, avoid or walk away from situations where you could be at serious risk from peer pressure, notice how people who are successful in avoiding negative peer pressure operate, talk to someone with whom you have mutual respect, get a reputation for being steady assertive and unsteerable, be true to yourself, trust your instincts, realise that liking yourself doesn't depend on whether others like you which will also often result in gaining respect and friends, don't "dish out" negative peer pressure and support others in resisting negative peer pressure.

Stay safe and responsible and don't succumb to negative peer pressure!

Remember if you get six or more Penalty Points on your Licence within two years of passing your practical driving test, your Licence will be automatically revoked so you'll need to drive as a learner driver, take driving lessons and pass your Theory and Practical Driving Tests again.


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