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Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM)Report:
- Young Drivers – where & when they are unsafe; analysis of road crashes in GB August 2008.
- Findings: Drivers under 25 are involved in a disproportionately large number of road crashes. The youngest drivers (17-19) are even more at risk. The riskiest time for all new drivers is the first year after passing the driving test.
Young driver crashes:
The most likely circumstances:
- Older cars.
- 3 or more casualties in the car.
- Crashes at night and at weekends.
- Driving on wet roads in fine weather, or in rain, fog or mist.
- Minor roads in rural areas with a 60mph speed limit.
- On bends.
- Skidding and in some cases overturning.
- Leaving the road, and in many cases hitting a roadside object or entering a ditch.
The most common factors:
- Inexperience, poor judgement in more difficult conditions.
- Inadequate car control (single vehicle accidents, skidding, overturning, leaving the road).
- Lifestyle factors (social driving, peer pressure, alcohol).
- Economic factors (most likely to have cheaper, older cars offering less protection).
The results of this study indicates that improvements can be brought through measures aimed at young drivers:
- Including road safety education at the core of the school curriculum.
- More training and accompanied practice in using rural roads and driving in a wider range of conditions.
- More training on how to anticipate and avoid dangers.
- Insurance companies reducing premiums for young drivers so they can afford better cars.
- Guiding parents on helping their children to become safer drivers.
- Greater emphasis on training and improvement post-passing the driving test.
Doing more than the standard test
The harsh reality is…
Every year more than 550 young people lose their lives on UK roads. More than 2,000 are injured every month and in 2010 young drivers were involved in over 45,000 crashes.
The Teenage Brain
The frontal lobe of the brain (the part responsible for anticipating danger, emotion, impulse, eye movement and assessing risk etc.) doesn’t fully develop until a young person is around the age of 25.
When you know this, it is easy to understand why so many young drivers come unstuck. Add to this the fact that 19 out of 20 crashes are contributed to by poor attitude and behaviour, rather than lack of vehicle handling skills and the picture is clearer still.
The current driving test focuses too narrowly on vehicle control and in turn, many newly qualified drivers can be overconfident and overestimate their ability.
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Learning to drive isn’t what it used to be – cars are now more powerful and there are more of them on the road. Add into the mix the common misconception the sooner you pass your test the better and crazy insurance premiums for young drivers and we are left with drivers (post passing the test) who are hugely under-prepared, inexperienced and totally disillusioned about being able to buy a good car let alone insuring it.
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Never forget, driving is probably the riskiest thing a teenager will do. 1 in 5 will have a crash in their first 12 months of driving and 130 young people are killed or seriously injured every month out on UK roads.
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