With World Mental Health day on 10 October putting the spotlight on mental wellbeing, telematics insurer drive like a girl, offers some timely tips for motorists suffering with mental health conditions to keep themselves and other road users safe.
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. According to the NHS, in the UK, one in four adults and one in 10 children experience mental illness, and many more know and care for people who face mental health issues.
Kelly Wilkins, Head of Customer Service, at drive like a girl commented: “Mental health isn’t something to be embarrassed about and it is just as important as physical health when it comes to driving. If a person has a mental health condition, it is imperative they speak to their doctor as there are some conditions which need to be declared to the DVLA and their insurance provider, particularly if it affects their ability to drive.”
“There will always be days which are worse than others and having a mental illness doesn’t mean you can’t drive safely. But you might need to take extra care on the road to stay focused and make sure you don’t become too unwell to drive”.
“Motorists may not want to inform their insurance provider of a condition because they are nervous their premium may increase, but if it’s already declared to the DVLA before getting a licence, the chances are it won’t have an impact. Furthermore, not declaring it may affect any claim they make or could result in your insurance being invalid”, added Kelly Wilkins.
drive like a girl uses individual driver data to determine the risk profile of each policyholder through a black box installed in the vehicle. It shares driving data with each customer through a personalised online portal, empowering them to manage their driving habits in order to reduce their insurance risk profile – and possibly their premiums. drive like a girl policies offer a fixed mileage of 7,000 miles of cover and Reward Points can be earned for driving safely.