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Young drivers: Why they're a risk

16 August 2013, 17:31

London, England - Inexperience (86%) and over-confidence (86%) are the main reasons why new drivers are the biggest insurance risk on the road.

A poll conducted by Britain’s Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) rates peer pressure (67%), immaturity (52%) and shortfalls in the learning process (45%) as important risk factors.

The poll found that 60% of respondents believed current driving tests were inadequate. When asked to rate how well new drivers were taught, using a scale of one to 10 (1 poor -10 ideal),  57% of respondents rated it as five or below. Asked what the minimum learning period should be, 30% said it should be at least a year.


Poll results showed support for restrictions such as stricter drink-drive limits for younger drivers with 49% in favour.

IAM chief executive, Simon Best, said: “Our survey has shown that 69% of drivers lack faith in the current system which marks a clear need to review the learning process.  It is clear that drivers want to see more restrictions on younger drivers but this will not solve the issue.”

In terms of passengers, 71% were in favour of restrictions during the few months of passing a driver's test.


Respondents were divided on the issues of a night curfew; 45% said that they didn't want any curfews enforced for young drivers.

Best said: “There needs to be a life-long learning approach to driving that starts at school and continues through experience and coaching into the higher-risk early days of solo driving.

"The more driving experience young people get the safer they will be in the long run.”

- Wheels24

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