The unfortunate reality is that over 20% of all newly qualified drivers are involved in an accident within the first year of driving. In general, this is usually due to a lack of experience but can also sometimes be due to overconfidence, risk-taking or perhaps a bit of complacency (not consistently applying the disciplines that they were taught as a learner). Although inexperience rather than age is the biggest factor, it is useful to note that nearly 9% of all fatal/serious accidents involve a driver under 19 (yet only 1.5% of all drivers are under 19 years old).
In an effort to help reduce the chances of “my” learners getting involved in an accident in the year after they pass their test, I now offer a FREE post test consultation to my former learners. This session involves an in-car discussion about driving experiences since passing the driving test followed by a short “driving health check” and additional support/advice. I would plan to make contact with a former learner and offer this service within 3-6 months of passing a test but will delay the session if there has been no driving at that point.