Misplaced confidence in young drivers

Misplaced confidence in young drivers

Despite being two-and-a-half times more likely to be involved in a serious crash, the majority of young motorists believe they are better than the average driver.

This is according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) which carried out research along with Vision Critical.

The survey found that an boisterous 75% of young male drivers think they posses better-than-average driving skills, while the figure stands at 68% among young female motorists.

Northern Ireland is home to the most confident young drivers, with 87% considering themselves better than average - despite the fact that age group is involved in over a quarter (26%) of crashes.

In Wales, young drivers appear the least confident, with just over half (56%) considering themselves to be superior.

IAM chief executive Simon Best called for an overhaul in the system of teaching young people to drive, to give them experience of more situations and risks. He said it is the job of government, training providers, insurers, charities and parents and carers to make sure they are prepared for the road.

Official figures show that while only 8% of drivers are under 25, they account for 22% of drivers involved in serious injuries and fatal crashes. Young people also drive about half the distance of their seniors.

Copyright Press Association 2014