Young drivers 'underestimating risk'They don't realise the dangers of the roads

28 June 2007

Many young people have little idea how dangerous the roads are for inexperienced drivers, it was revealed today.

As many as 32 per cent of young people wrongly thought that one in 40 drivers who die on UK roads are under 25, a survey from transport company FedEx and road safety charity Brake found.

Also, 5 per cent of the 6,340 people polled thought that only one in 400 fatalities involved young people when in fact 25 per cent of drivers who die are under 25 years old.

The survey also revealed that 22 per cent of 15-25 year-olds have been in a crash as a passenger with a young driver - 8 per cent more than once. In addition, 18 per cent of the drivers questioned admitted they had crashed while behind the wheel.

Speeding

Jools Townsend, head of education at Brake, said: 'We are deeply concerned that so many young people simply don't realise that driving presents such a significant risk to their lives. Many take driving for granted and find it hard to contemplate the horrific consequences of speeding, drink-driving or not belting up.

'On the other hand, the government is all too aware of the disproportionate number of young people dying on the road. Brake is calling for decisive action. Compulsory road safety education in schools, an overhaul of the learning-to-drive system and year-round hard-hitting advertising aimed at young people would make a real difference, but it needs to start now.'

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