Beware the 23-year-old driver, insurance firm saysNew research reveals 'most dangerous' drivers

06 April 2009

Young drivers are more risky, Virgin Money said

Young drivers are more risky, Virgin Money said

Twenty-three year olds are the most dangerous drivers on UK roads, according to new research.

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Virgin Money found that a massive 5% of claims submitted to its car insurance arm came from 23-year-old drivers, and that under-25s accounted for some 26% of claims.

The insurer also revealed that under-30s were responsible for almost half of the 14,000 claims it analysed. 

‘Risky’ young drivers

According to Virgin Money, young drivers tend to be more risky because they are less experienced. However, a new government plan would see older drivers having to pass fitness tests before being allowed to continue driving.

Virgin Money spokesman Grant Bather said: ‘The government focus on older drivers and ensuring they are fit to drive is of course sensible but it is clear that they are not necessarily the greatest risk.

'Of course there are safe drivers who are 23, just as there are careless drivers of any and every age. Drivers should make sure that they treat the roads with respect and have insurance should they have an accident, or become involved in a traffic incident.'


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