Young drivers need incentives for extra training says report

A high proportion of young drivers are involved in road deaths and injuriesSixty-two per cent of young male novice drivers think they are more skilful than the average driver, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists latest report.

Young, novice drivers are the highest risk group according to government statistics and male drivers between 17-29 are more than twice as likely to be killed or seriously injured as young female drivers.

Thirty per cent of car occupant fatalities are drivers aged 17-24, or passengers of a driver aged 17-24, yet this age group makes up only eight per cent of all driving licence holders.

The report also highlights the fact that young drivers are much more likely to take post-test training if there are proper financial incentives – reduced insurance premiums would encourage three-quarters of young novice drivers to consider further training.

IAM chief executive Simon Best, speaking at the IAM’s annual lunch, said: “Young male drivers suffer from a lethal combination of overconfidence and inexperience. They don’t need curfews and other restrictions on their driving; they need to practice and gain driving experience safely.

“There are many paying thousands of pounds a year in insurance and killing themselves. The solution to this problem is to link driver training and insurance discounts.”

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