It has long been documented that young drivers on our roads are far more likely to be involved in an accident. They account for 12% of serious and fatal accidents on our roads, but only make up 1.5% of road users.
There have been many suggestions on how to improve safety for young drivers and what can be done to reduce these frightening statistics. We have looked at some of the options below and how these could benefit young drivers and keep them safer whilst they are behind the wheel.
Graduated Driving Licenses (GDL)
Introducing Graduated Driving Licenses (GDL) to new drivers could reduce accidents on our roads by implementing restrictions, as well as increasing people’s experience on the roads before they are left unsupervised with little experience of how to react in different situations.
Some of the things suggested for a GDL include:
- Not carrying passengers under the age of 25 years old unless supervised.
- Not driving between the hours of 11pm and 6am unless supervised or driving directly from work or college/school.
- Zero tolerance to alcohol.
- Automatic driving disqualification for any offences.
- 10 hours further professional tuition after passing your test to include night time driving and motorways.
Addressing problem areas in young drivers (such as driving at night and peer pressure from friends) could see a decrease in accidents and result in safer young drivers on our roads, which would put them in good stead for their future driving abilities too.
Telematics or black box technology is technology that is placed in your car to monitor how you drive. It is a small box, about the size of a smartphone and can monitor when and where the car is being driven and how it is being driven. There are four areas which are typically monitored; speed, braking, acceleration and cornering.
More and more insurance companies are offering this technology as an alternative to high insurance premiums for young drivers. Drivers who drive correctly and in a safe manner are rewarded with lower premiums and discounts on their insurance.
Changing the current driving test
Many new drivers do not feel confident that they have the ability to adequately drive on our roads, despite the fact that they have passed their test and have a full driving license. This may be because of the way they have been taught. Many young drivers report that they feel like they’ve been prepared to pass a test, rather than to actually cope with different situations and drive independently.
Changing the current driving test to make it more extensive and stringent may combat this issue. Having learner drivers illustrate how they can drive in different situations (e.g. at night and on different types of roads) will fully show their abilities and enable examiners to make an assessment of their skills. Also, introducing a minimum period of learning, such as two years, would ensure that young drivers have an adequate amount of experience on our roads and in different situations.
Clearly, any measures to help reduce accidents involving young drivers on our roads can only be a benefit. Whether it is one, or a combination of the suggestions from road safety campaigners, helping younger drivers obtain more skills and experience will help improve safety overall.
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, we can help advise you on claiming compensation. At Freeclaim Solicitors we have a dedicated team with experience in road traffic accidents. Call us free today on 0800 612 7340 to start your claim.