Hairdressers? This is one for you ….
It probably won’t come as any surprise to hairdressers and beauticians that news out this week has identified Self-Grooming in the car mirror as one of the most common causes of accidents.
We are a nation obsessed with image, which is all very well in the salon but, apparently, it’s causing havoc on the roads.
We have all seen motorists applying make-up or brushing their hair while stuck in traffic, but to do so while the vehicle is moving is clearly a bad idea. According to an article in The Guardian, in the US self-grooming behind the wheel is a big enough problem for the road-safety group Decide to Drive to issue advice on how to avoid it. In the UK, there’s no specific offence of self-grooming while in control of a motorised vehicle, but it is covered by laws against careless driving.
So just what are the laws that concern you as a learner driver and how do you know if you’re following the rules? Here’s our Learner Driver check list:1) You MUST have a provisional license before you start learning to drive in GB and NI, you can’t start to learn without it.
2) Make sure you are supervised at all times in a car by an ADI qualified/trainee driving instructor or by a friend/family member who meets certain criteria (over 21, qualified in vehicle type and driving for 3 years). To check your driving instructor is up to spec, ask to see their badge. It will be green DVSA badge if they’re a qualified driving instructor or a pink badge if they’re still a trainee.
Younger drivers can benefit from lower raises as telematics and intelligent driving black boxes help to reward those in the under 25 age bracket who can prove they drive safely. The rise for this age group is 9.3% as of February, much lower than that of their older peers.
So what can we all expect from the 2016 budget and our insurance renewals, considering that the average increase across the board was 13%?