Learners

The Engage scheme is currently available in 7 areas of the country.  Whilst some of the areas have chosen to call their scheme by a different name all those listed on the left are based on, and linked to, the Engage scheme.  If your area isn't listed please check back regularly as more organisations are planning to introduce it in the near future.

The menu on the left will take you to more information about the scheme in your area and help you to find your nearest participating instructor. 

To find your nearest instructor click here

 

Tips:

Plan your journey

Plan your journey's considering these points below: 

• Leave plenty of time to get to your destination, allowing for hold-ups.
• Avoid travelling at peak times – this helps with fuel efficiency
• When travelling a long distance plan breaks to reduce the chance of you becomming tired
• If it is a work-related journey Can you car-share with colleagues?  This reduces travel costs, helps the environment and cuts down on parking spaces.

 

Fitness to drive

We all check our vehicles regularly to ensure they are safe to use on the road, but do we check ourselves? Do we make sure that we are fit to drive?  Here are a few things we need to consider before driving:

• Do you feel tired?
• Have you been drinking alcohol?
• Are you taking any medication that could affect your driving?
• Do you need to wear spectacles for driving?
• Are you unwell?

If you have any concerns then do not drive.

 

Vehicle maintenance

Regular vehicle maintenance checks are essential for both safety and to ensure you comply with road traffic laws. Below are the basic regular visual checks you need to do. You don’t need to be a mechanic.

• P – Petrol / Fuel – Ensure you have enough fuel
• O – Oil – Check the engine oil level
• W – Water – Check the engine coolant and screen wash levels
• D – Damage – Check for body damage that could compromise safety
• E – Electrics – Check electrics, including all lights
• R – Rubber – Ensure tyres and windscreen wipers are legal 
• S – Security – if you are carrying any loads, ensure they are secure

Please remember responsibility for the roadworthiness of the vehicle you are driving lies with you, even if it’s not your vehicle.

 

Weather conditions

Different weather conditions can affect driving in different ways.  The seasons will generally influence the weather conditions we have to deal with:

• Spring - There can still be issues with early morning frost.  It is also a time when the sun is still low in the sky in the mornings.
• Summer - During drier summer months dust and debris builds up on road surfaces.  When it rains the road surfaces become extremely slippery.
• Autumn - This time of year is when the nights start closing in as the clocks go forward.  It is also the time when leaves fall off trees.  They can cause the roads to become slippery.
• Winter - There are more obvious issues to deal with when driving in winter, such as: rain, snow and ice, which compromises traction between tyres and the road surface.  Ensure that your tyres are in good condition with plenty of tread.  Also ensure your vehicle is well maintained to cope with the stresses of winter driving.

 

Vehicle modifications

A car modification is a change or addition to a vehicle which will enhance it in some way and is not part of the manufacturer’s original factory specification.

Some common examples of car modifications are:

• Sound systems
• Suspension
• Personal number plates
• Alloy wheels
• Spoilers
• Tinted windows

Generally, most of the performance and aesthetic modifications will increase the cost of your car insurance premium.  Other changes such as those made to improve safety, eg. parking sensors, won’t affect premiums and could help you avoid accidents which, over time, can reduce your premiums.

When you apply for car insurance, companies will assess a number of things about your vehicle.  The three main areas of assessment are: Risk of accident, Risk of theft and Value of your vehicle.

You must always inform your insurers of any modifications made to your vehicle, even if you purchased the car with these changes.  Failure to do so may result in your policy not paying out.