Life saving skills may cut car insurance

Friday, 20 May 2011

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Ministers have been urged to introduce new post-test training for drivers to reduce the accident rate on Britain's roads, which in turn could reduce car insurance claims.

Accredited training should be offered to young drivers within the first 12 to 18 months of passing their test, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

IAM chief executive Simon Best noted that prioritising young driver is definitely the right course of action for improving road safety over the long term.

He added: "The first year as a car driver is important for building up the driving experience necessary to reduce the risk of crashes.

"Post-test training with in-depth coaching on driving techniques, and extra hours behind the wheel - with an experienced instructor - will prevent accidents."

Another possible long-term advantage would be the potential for cheaper car insurance for younger drivers that complete the training, which would include off-road practice to improve control over vehicles in wet and unfavourable conditions.

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