Statistics published by the RAC reveal that within 6 months of passing their test, 20% of new drivers are involved in a road traffic accident.
As a result of this, the Department for Transport is preparing a Green Paper with proposals including changes to the current driving test, and extended new driver training.
The Department for Transport is reacting positively to a report stating that 20% of new drivers are involved in a road accident within 6 months of receiving their full licence. The figures, published on the RAC website, have caused concerns about the quality and effectiveness of the current driving test, and plans to introduce a more stringent test will be put forward in a couple of months.
Other new proposals to be discussed include:
- A minimum driving period for learner drivers so that they gain more experience before taking their test
- Extended driver training to include driving on the motorway
- Experience of driving after dark
- Learning how to drive safely on rural roads
A spokesperson from leading car accident settlements law firm: Accident Advice Helpline, suggests that although not all new drivers are young, it is young drivers that could be the main cause of concern. He commented,
“A combination of the new-found independence felt by young drivers when they first pass their test, and a lack of experience and awareness of road dangers could explain this alarming statistic. We welcome the introduction of a tougher driving test and additional training for new drivers – anything that might reduce the number of needless deaths and injuries is a positive step.”
Another suggestion that has been made is to introduce road safety into the school syllabus so that young people are exposed to the dangers of driving from an early age, and safety awareness becomes second nature once they start driving. Road safety group DriveSafe, would also like to see parents becoming more influential in their teenagers’ attitudes to driving and awareness of the road.
If some or all of these proposals are introduced, a huge advantage for young drivers could be a reduction in the cost of car insurance. This alone should encourage youngsters to welcome more stringent training with open arms.
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