IAM bid to cut young driver crashes

In a bid to help tackle the high proportion of accidents involving young drivers, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has outlined a new post-test driver training system.

The organisation said it will work with the Government to prevent the unnecessary and avoidable fatalities among young motorists, who accounted for 27% of car driver deaths in 2007.

Figures for the period show more than 2,000 young drivers will killed or seriously injured on the roads, while driver and rider error continue to be among the three top causes of major road accidents.

The IAM envisions an accredited training given by qualified instructors for young drivers after 12-18 months of their basic driving test.

It would include an on-road assessment to determine the level of driving skill and off-road practice sessions on handling wet surfaces and corners.

The IAM said young drivers who complete the training should be given incentives such as cheapercar insurance.

"The Government is right to prioritise saving young drivers' lives in its new ten-year road safety strategy," said IAM chief executive Simon Best.

"Having analysed systems of post-test training from other countries, we know that the best examples have reduced young male deaths by almost 30%," he added.

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