Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Red Cross Issues Advice For Young Drivers At The Scene Of An Accident

The British Red Cross has recently released first-aid advice for young drivers, following a recent announcement by the Government that they are considering a number of measures to improve road safety, including the introduction of curfews and increasing the age they can get a licence to 18.

The Red Cross have suggested that whilst the proposals put forward by the Government could help to prevent accidents, young drivers are still advised to undertake first-aid training should a road accident occur.

The Red Cross have also released some sound advice for young drivers to follow if they find encounter an accident on the road, these include:

  1. If you come across an accident and are in a car, park-up somewhere safe and switch the engine off. Stay calm and assess the situation - looking out for dangers such as leaking fuel, broken glass and traffic.

  2. If more than one person is injured then it's advisable to check on the quiet one first as they may be unconscious and require immediate attention. It is also recommended that you do not move any casualties as you could exacerbate or cause further injuries.

  3. If an injured person is bleeding then it's recommended to put pressure on the wound with a clean cloth if available - i.e. a torn shirt, rag, towel, etc. Keep pressure on the wound until help arrives.

  4. Call 999 or ask someone else to do it.

All sound pieces of advice for any young driver in this kind of situation, however, there are a few more common sense tips that iKube have come up with, including:

  1. Make sure you've alerted others to the accident - by using the hazard lights and forward facing lights in your car. In addition it makes sense to place a warning triangle on the road if you have one.

  2. Whether you or someone else calls the emergency services you should make sure that you give them enough information about the accident, including:

  3.  - Your telephone number
     - The location of the accident - a map reference, landmarks or Sat-Nav co-ordinates will do
     - Describe what has happened - e.g. a van has rear-ended a car and caused the car to vear off-road

The most important message we at iKube can give you as a young driver is: Stay safe on the road and don't put yourself in dangerous situations if you can avoid them. Source: http://blogs.redcross.org.uk/first-aid/2013/10/first-aid-tips-for-young-drivers/

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Telematics - How A Little Black Box Promotes Road Safety

Today I asked myself this question - "what is the real purpose behind car insurance?"

Whilst on the surface that might seem like a bit of a daft question to ask the introduction of black box telematics technology has practically changed its original meaning to something... even more meaningful.

Let me put this into perspective:

For many years the primary purpose of car insurance was to insure against loss due to a traffic accident or theft.

This is still the basic premise behind this, however, a telematics or "black box" car insurance policy not only offers the essential cover but it can also make you a safer driver.

By harnessing this kind of technology insurance providers such as iKube not only offers 17 - 25 year old full licensed drivers and learner drivers discounted cover but it also promotes safer driving.

By giving young drivers the toolkit to monitor their own driving through the use of an online dashboard and the use of TomTom's tracking software iKube are essentially saying to policyholders - "you have control over your premium".

By keeping an eye on driving habits whilst out on the road or by using these tools young drivers can improve their driving on a day-by-day basis.

I will leave you with this thought - no one ever stops learning from their driving. Every day we get out on the road we're learning new things - whether it's about how we drive or how other people drive.

By offering this technology - telematics insurance providers are making safe driving a priority and policyholders are reaping the rewards at renewal - as long as they consistently demonstrate good, safe driving.