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Young drivers most likely to take risks

Drivers between 17 and 20 at highest risk of injury

Young drivers take more risks than older drivers in a recent survey.

Recent ABI results find that drivers aged 17-20 are 10 times more likely to have a serious or fatal accident than more experienced drivers. Results from a 2007 Green Flag survey point out some of the reasons why.

One in three young drivers (33%) admits overtaking when they can’t see what’s coming, compared to one in ten older drivers

One in 11 young drivers admits driving on illegal drugs, compared to 3% of older drivers.

Half of young drivers (50%) admit using a hand-held phone while driving, compared to three in ten older drivers (35%)

Some of these poor habits surely contributed to the #749 young drivers#, motorcyclists and passengers who were killed in 2006 on GB roads.

Road Casualties Great Britain 2006 (DfT 2007)

With the risks taken by younger drivers much greater, is it not time for our young drivers to get better training after they pass their test and on an ongoing basis?

Source of statistics; Green Flag survey of 4640 drivers

More Information Association of British Insurers UK and European Breakdown Cover Department for Transport

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