Typical causes of an accident for young drivers
There is a lot you can do as a driver to improve the safety of yourself and others on the road. This is shown by some exciting facts from cap:
- Don't drive faster than your guardian angel can fly
Excessive speed is the second most frequent cause of accidents among young drivers, right after skidding and single-vehicle accidents. Speed is doubly fatal: it increases both the severity of potential accidents and the chance of one occurring in the first place. "Too fast" doesn't just apply to those who go above the speed limit. Too fast also means those on the road who are driving faster than road conditions, the weather and traffic allow. By the way: in the case of skidding and single-vehicle accidents, speed is also a key factor.
- Drinking and driving should never go together
Driving with alcohol in your system is strictly forbidden for new drivers – since 2014 this rule applies throughout the three-year probationary period. Nevertheless, alcohol is the fourth most frequent cause of accidents among young drivers: even in small quantities, alcohol impairs your driving skills. Your reactions are slower, your concentration and vision are worse and you are more tired. In addition, alcohol increases your risk tolerance. All these factors are deadly behind the wheel.
- Tired on the road – this can quickly become dangerous
Tiredness contributes to around one in ten traffic accidents. That's because those who are driving while tired measure their speed poorly, have bad concentration and have reaction times similar to those under the influence of alcohol. For this reason, driving while over tired is forbidden by law. Of particular concern are "microsleeps": nodding off for a second or two behind the wheel – enough time for the driver to completely lose control of their vehicle. According to cap, the only truly effective measure against tiredness is a 15-minute power nap. Drinking two cups of coffee directly before the nap will give you additional energy.
Third party liability is mandatory
Partial casco and comprehensive cover for more protection
Which additional cover could I benefit from?
Generally, comprehensive insurance is beneficial for newer cars, while single vehicle accidental damage insurance offers good protection that everyone needs. Lastly, you need to consider whether you want to give your car comprehensive cover, in order to insure yourself against the financial consequences of a collision – above all, if your vehicle is totaled in the accident. Statutory liability insurance must always be included.
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Tip: also cover yourself against gross negligence
And in the event of a crash?
If there has been a crash: stop and turn on your hazard lights. Secure the sight of the accident with a warning triangle and administer first aid, if necessary. Inform the police by dialing 117.
In addition: take a deep breath – the world hasn't come to an end, it's probably just a fender bender and there is always a solution for that. Stay calm and objective, even if the other party involved in the crash suddenly becomes angry, because a conflict is not going to help you in this situation.
Document the accident and contact your insurer
Photograph all property damage to the vehicles involved. There should always be a European accident report form in your glove compartment, which those involved in the accident should fill out together. Your insurer will provide you with this document. Tip from the TCS: fill out your details in advance, this will save you time and stress during an accident. Aside from this, you must also report any damages to your insurer. At Zurich, this is possible on 0800 80 80 80 or online at zurich.ch/en/services/notification-claim. By the way: we at Zurich are happy to organize the repair of your car via our Zurich Help Point network and will advise you about the best way of getting your car repaired. While your car is being repaired, we will make sure you can stay mobile, e.g., by providing a complimentary replacement vehicle or a voucher for use on public transport.
Here you can read about what Zurich Help Point has to offer you.
Premium-saving tips for young drivers
Zurich offers various benefits to young drivers under 25:
- After 3 years with no claims, you will get 10 % of your premium back.
- Your premiums will reduce year on year up until your 25th birthday.
- You will receive a 15 % discount, if your parents already hold at least 2 policies with Zurich.
- You will likewise receive a combination discount, if you take out Contents or Life Insurance with Zurich.