Study on young drivers at work

The safety of young drivers at work is the focus of a major study by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The research is aimed at helping drivers aged 17-24 who are on the road as part of their job and the group hopes to get a better understanding of the safety issues involved.

Young drivers and work-related driving are two of today's biggest road safety challenges, according to RoSPA.

Figures show that young motorists are more at risk of being killed or injured on the roads than more experienced drivers. It is also estimated that one in three crashes involves a vehicle being driven for work.

RoSPA's project will involve employers being asked to compare the driving styles of young and more experienced drivers, including how they assess risks, route planning, fuel-efficiency and awareness of the danger of fatigue.

The views of young drivers will be sought in focus groups taking place during the project, which is being funded by the Department for Transport.

Duncan Vernon, RoSPA's road safety manager for England, said: "A range of factors put young drivers at particular risk, including their lack of experience, their weakness in identifying potential hazards and some attitudes, such as over-confidence."

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