School driving lessons ‘would cut accidents’

Safety concerns have prompted UK motorists to call for young people to be taught driving skills at school.

A new survey found 77% of motorists would like to see practical and theoretical driving skills added to the national curriculum.

Road traffic accidents are the biggest single killer of 15 to 24-year-olds, but drivers believe safety could be improved by raising awareness among young people from an early age.

And two-thirds (68%) of motorists told Auto Trader’s survey for the Owners’ Guide that they thought they would be safer drivers now if they had been better educated when they were younger.

Almost all (98%) of those questioned said they do not think the Government is doing enough to cut the number of road accidents in the UK.

Investment needed to repair potholes

Nearly half (46%) the 3,000 people polled said more investment was needed to repair pot holes and damaged roads, which can cause accidents resulting in personal injury compensation claims inquiries being made with Accident Advice Helpline (AAH).

A quarter said they’d like to see speed limits in residential areas cut to 20mph to cut road traffic accidents, while 60% want those committing multiple speeding offences to be required to drive vehicles with speed limiters. Thirty per cent, meanwhile, said drivers should face compulsory reassessment every 10 years.

Legislation ‘won’t improve safety’

Some 60% said they doubt that recent legislation giving police the power to issue on-the-spot £100 fines and three penalty points for careless driving will have any impact on road safety.

More than half (55%) of the drivers surveyed said they would be prepared to invest heavily in a vehicle that had enhanced safety features such as advanced accident avoidance systems.

And four-fifths (81%) of them stated they would be willing to spend up to £2,000 extra if it meant improving their safety.

Source: Auto Trader

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