Research shows that the combination of youth and inexperience puts younger drivers at high risk. Their inexperience means they have less ability to spot hazards, and their youth means they are particularly likely to take risks. In this way, crash risk not only reduces over time with experience but also is higher for drivers who start driving at a younger age . Below are some of the specific characteristics of young drivers that put them at high risk of crashes. Young people quickly pick up the physical skills of driving and, as a result, feel they have mastered it and are often over-confident about their driving ability.
These latest alcohol-related accident figures reinforce that worry. Although drivers aged 60 years or older will include a persistent group of hardcore drink-drivers who have always done it, we are bitterly disappointed that our youngest drivers seem to be going backwards in appreciating the dangers. Previously, they were the ones who seemed to get the message.
Government figures show, on average, three teenagers aged 17 or 18 are killed or seriously injured in vehicle crashes in the UK every day. Brake's message to young drivers is to never drink or take drugs and drive - not even one drink or one joint. The RAC said the figures showed that the successful, if lengthy, campaign to persuade older drivers not to drink and drive was now being undermined by foolhardy behaviour among drivers new to the road.