Accidents will happen ...

Learning safe is no accidentHopefully, you will never be involved in an accident, either as a learner driver or after you have passed your driving test. The best way to avoid accidents is to adopt a safe driving attitude and follow the advice of your instructor or the DriverActive course.

However, if you are you have a legal duty to stop - even if it is only a minor bump.

The only exception to this rule is if you hit a wild animal, but the laws on cruelty to animals state that you should not cause unnecessary suffering and so it could probably be argued that you have a moral, if not legal, duty to stop in these circumstances.

If you have an accident involving injury you must inform the police. It is always a good idea to get the details of witnesses, this will help in with insurance claims or in the event of a police investigation. Ask your driving instructor for more information.

Be prepared

There are several things that you can do to reduce further risk and save lives if you are at the scene of an accident. Visit the accident procedure page at SmartDriving to find out what to do if the worst happens (use your web browser's back arrow to return to this page). As a driver, you owe it to yourself, and others, to be as knowledgeable as possible about these actions for coping with accidents.

You will find much more information about avoiding risk in the DriverActive Online course.

This information is not only essential for safety during your driving lessons - it is absolutely essential for safe driving after you pass the driving test.