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Are Young Male Drivers Deluded?

Sixty-two per-cent of young male novice drivers think they are more skilful than the average driver.

By Stephen Turvil
Jan 09, 2012
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Sixty-two per-cent of young male novice drivers think they are “more skilful than the average driver”, according to a report by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). Only thirty-two per-cent of young females believe they are experts, which suggests a more realistic view. Furthermore, young novice drivers are the highest “risk group” on our roads. Males aged between seventeen and twenty-nine are, in fact - according to the Department for Transport - more than twice as likely to be killed or seriously injured as young women.

IAM Chief Executive, Simon Best, 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.” He continued: “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.”

The IAM's report echoes my own personal experience. At the age of seventeen I was surrounded by other kids and their knackered Ford Fiestas. Within a very short time several of these 'associates' piloted their cars into ditches, lamp posts, and hedges. I lost count of the number of crashes, near misses, and insane manoeuvres. Most of the culprits were 'men' trying to prove their skills behind the wheel. Talk about learning the hard way.

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By Stephen Turvil
Jan 09, 2012