Give young drivers life-saving skills

The institute of Advanced Motorists will continue to work with the government to introduce a new system of post-test driver training to reduce the rate of serious road accidents involving young people.

In 2009 young car drivers accounted for 27 per cent of all car driver fatalities and 2,026 young car drivers were killed or seriously injured. With driver and rider error behind the top three causes of fatal and serious crashes, the message is clear say IAM – young drivers need more experience and training.

“The government is right to prioritise saving young drivers’ lives in its new ten-year road safety strategy,” said IAM chief executive Simon Best.

“Having analysed systems of post-test training from other countries, we know that the best examples have reduced young male deaths by almost 30 per cent,” he added.

The IAM wants to see accredited training offered to young drivers in the first 12 to 18 months after passing the basic driving test.

This would include:

1. Training by qualified instructors.
2. An initial on-road assessment to gain knowledge of their experience and to highlight any deficiencies.
3. Off-road practice in handling in the wet, speed into corners and the impact of speed on stopping distances.
4. Benefits such as cheaper insurance for young drivers who complete the training.

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