The most common time of year to have a birthday is late September and early October, so it’s also the time of year when the highest number of nearly-turned 17 year olds - fresh from their birthday celebrations and eager to learn the ways of the roads - get behind the wheel of the family car for the first time.
For some lucky teenagers, it’s also the first time they’ll own their own car.
Buying your first car – or a car for the new driver in your family - isn’t easy. With so many models out there and lots of different factors to bear in mind, it can be hard to know where to start.
Chances are, you don’t want to pay masses (especially if you’re a student) but try and stretch your budget to a relatively recent car that comes packed with modern safety features. They could make all the difference if you get in to a sticky situation.
A small city car will inevitably be the most economical choice. Keep the engine size down and you’ll get more bang for your buck at the petrol pump too, plus your insurance premiums will be lower (average annual costs come in at around £1,400 for young people, according to financial advice website, www.moneysaver.com).
Consider having a black box installed in the car. It monitors your driving and reflects its findings in the premiums. Drive sensibly and your premiums will come down; drive badly and you’ll see an increase.
Whatever car and insurance policy you decide upon, the statistics show that new drivers are most at risk of accidents – so once you’ve chosen, drive cautiously.
Westover has a few tips for new drivers: