When I was learning to drive at 18 I was scared stiff on the roads and they were by no means as busy as they are now, you hear so many reports of dangerous drivers, people who intentional damage for claims ‘cash for crash’ and too many ‘shouldn’t have happened’ accidents that it frightens you with not just your own capabilities behind the wheels but how everyone else is behind theirs too.
Now that our 18 year old is learning to drive, his provisional is on its way here, I have to admit I am terrified at how quickly it has come to the time for him to get out there on the roads. He is sensible and headstrong, learns fast and is practical so I am sure he will be OK but as I mentioned above, its not him I’m going to be worried about – its others!
There are some steps we can take to make sure that if anything does happen we are as covered as we can possibly be, one of those steps includes fitting an in vehicle camera to track the journey and obviously record any incidents. With a handy guide to vehicle cameras or dash cams available this is definitely something we will look at installing when our son gets his own car. We already have a reverse dash cam fitted on our car so i know that they can come in handy for practical issues too – reverse parking etc. The cost of insurance for youngsters who have just passed their tests is extortionate too so it is good to know that some insurance companies have been offering a reduction in policy costs for those who have vehicle cameras fitted. (Swiftcover are offering discounts of between 10% – 12.5% for drivers using vehicle accident cameras, which would save them an average of £54 per policy).
With Go Pro and cyclists helmet cam recordings hitting the headlines lately this just goes to show how invaluable first hand footage can be if you are witness or part of an accident. Anything that makes the roads safer has to be a good thing and with an average of 5 fatalities and 61 seriously injured PER DAY in the UK in 2015 this can only be a good thing. The more people know they are being recorded the more the chance of them being more responsible.
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