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    Hi All,

    Since you passed your test, have you had any accidents? As an instructor I am aware that some of my ex-pupils have had accidents since passing, much to my consternation. I know that I am not responsible but I am interested in whether this is a common occurrence amongst newly qualified drivers. I know that insurance companies would have us believe that new drivers are at a much higher risk but would like to know whether this is borne out by experience.

    So if you have had an accident within a year of passing your test, I would really appreciate if you could give some details here, or pass them to me by PM. I'm particularly interested in the nature of the accident e.g., minor bump, rear-end shunt, side impact, head-on etc., whether it was your fault, the time of day and whether you were on your own. Also, how long since you passed your test.

    Please note: I am not doing this for any official purpose - I'm just interested.

    Ta muchly


    Are you counting motorcycle accidents? I only ask because I don't actually drive. I've had lessons with my Mum who's an instructor with BSM but I've never got round to taking my test (theory and practical).

    So anyway, if you are interested in motorcycle accidents, I will quite happily put my hands up and say yes to one. Day after picking up my 125cc, I dumped it into some marshland because I simply misread the road. It went round to the left sooner than I was expecting. Tried braking but that meant I had to sit up otherwise I definitely would have gone down.

    In hindsight, I don't actually regret it because it taught me a few things; not to ride fast in areas I don't know, concentrate on the road rather than the sheep and cattle in the field next to me and lastly, never to ride faster than my guardian angel can fly. Luckily he was on the ball.

    The one accident I have been involved in was in a carpark about a week after passing my test, and genuinely wasn't my fault. I reversed out of a space and a car pulled very quickly out of one behind me as I was about 3/4 of the way out and hit the side of my car. Sorry, it's quite difficult to explain and I don't really know what he was up to to this day, but my dad and I have a bit of a theory that he was in the habit of doing things like this as a bit of a scam - I have never seen a more battered van, it literally had dents and scrapes on every panel. We just bunged him £100 and made him sign to say he wouldn't get insurance involved as, although there was no new damage evident on his car (and none on mine, although he was trying to claim I had caused damage to his van) and it genuinely wasn't my fault, the last thing I wanted at 17 was to have the insurance company investigating.
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