Young drivers admit to being unsafe behind the wheel

Young drivers admit to being unsafe behind the wheel
Nearly half of young drivers have admitted that they are unsafe on the road, with many of their parents agreeing.

A worrying proportion of drivers aged between 17 and 24 – 40% – believe they are not safe when behind the wheel.

In addition, 47% say they have not been taught enough about road safety, while 50% confess they would not know how to carry out basic safety checks, such as on their tyres.

The poll of more than 1,000 young motorists was carried out by Continental Tyres.

It also saw 1,000 parents of young drivers questioned, with more than two-thirds agreeing their children were at risk while in the car.

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Schools, colleges and universities played a large role in teaching 52% of young drivers about road safety, according to survey responses.

However, only 20% of parents believed their child’s place of learning had taught them about the issue.

Continental said that around nine people die or are seriously injured from a road accident that involves a young driver every day in the UK.

“It is vital for 17 to 24-year-olds to receive adequate road safety information as they learn to drive, setting them up for a lifetime of safe motoring,” Continental’s safety expert Mark Griffiths said.

The figures come following the launch of Tyre Safety Month at the start of October.

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The campaign aims to draw attention to the need to carry out regular tyre checks and replace tyres when they become illegal or dangerous.

According to figures, potentially more than 10 million illegal and dangerous tyres could be on the road in 2016.

Continental has also launched its ambitious Vision Zero campaign to see zero fatalities, zero injuries and zero accidents.

In separate research, from Swansea University’s Centre for Innovative Ageing, males aged between 17 and 21 were found to be three to four times more likely to crash than men or women in the 70s or over.

It is thought that as drivers age, their ability behind the wheel is hampered by health problems and slower reaction times.

But according to the study older drivers often counteract these factors by showing more care when in their vehicle.

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