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Study claims young drivers are 'more likely to crash'

By Impeyecho  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

Young drivers 'most inexperienced'

Young drivers 'most inexperienced'

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Young drivers in the South West are putting lives at risk, according to a study.

Seventy per cent of young drivers in the South West think they are better than the average driver, according to survey by Vision Critical and road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

Yet they are 2.5 times more likely to be involved in a serious crash.

Other findings show that 75 per cent of young male drivers and 68 per cent of young female drivers think they are better than the average driver.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “A year ago, the government committed itself to producing a green paper to tackle the safety of young drivers which has yet to be published.

“Our whole system of learning to drive must be overhauled to provide safe exposure to a wider range of traffic situations, but also the chance to discuss attitudes and risks.

“New drivers feel invulnerable and it is the job of government, training providers, insurers, charities and parents and carers to ensure they have the best training to reduce risk to themselves and others.”

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  • tishwash  |  April 27 2014, 9:36PM

    Again they're looking at the number of issues reported but not averaging it out over the number of people in those categories ? For example 100 deaths. 20 young drivers - 10 of those were causes of the accidents so 50%. old drivers - 80 - 80% were their causes. It's a bit messy if they don't actually work out stats properly, you can change stats to meet any needs.

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  • RoadWombat  |  April 25 2014, 11:25PM

    "Where's the evidence?" Google is your friend: https://http://tinyurl.com/kdl6fcb

  • tishwash  |  April 25 2014, 6:16PM

    Where's the evidence?

  • dcfc79  |  April 25 2014, 1:15PM

    This is nothing new, driving overpowerd cars dont help either, they increase the egos of the young drivers and make them think they know what they are doing.

  • IsitJimKerr  |  April 25 2014, 10:11AM

    Brilliant, something we have all known for decades is now official, thanks to charities funded by us. "New drivers feel invulnerable and it is the job of government, training providers, insurers, charities and parents and carers to ensure they have the best training to reduce risk to themselves and others".................................errrr, no. They need to be aware themselves. It's not the responsibility for Governments, parents, rellies, teachers, the bloke next door et al to make them aware and get training. How about just take it easy for the first five years. There are so many methods of communicating these days, that they all MUST already know, it' that they choose to ignore it. I don't know what the solution is, but I'm fed up with paying excessive insurance premiums because of idiot young drivers, mostly showing off to their mates, and ending up killing them!

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  • MentalBeaver  |  April 25 2014, 9:18AM

    Especially when they drive overpowered vehicles they can't control.

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  • Apothegm_  |  April 24 2014, 8:36PM

    Shhh! TiG got an article out of it!

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  • Justica  |  April 24 2014, 7:47PM

    I though we, along with insurance companies, knew this years ago. Did it really need a new study to tell us this now ?

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