Young, new motorists are unprepared for the UK’s roads and feel helpless to prevent road traffic accidents, alarming new research suggests.
The study found that, far from living up to the stereotypical ‘boy-racer’ image, drivers aged 18-30 lack road confidence.
Nearly one in four young drivers (24%) said an accident they had been involved in could have been prevented, had they spent more time in learning to drive.
Several young motorists feel driving lessons are failing to prepare them for life on the road, according to the Co-operative Insurance’s survey of 2,000 drivers aged 18-30.
More than six in 10 want a minimum learning period introduced.
Top eight young driver fears
After passing their test, the survey showed:
- 29% were unprepared to drive alone
- 29% thought they were not ready for night driving
- 21% avoided motorways
- 21% considered driving lessons did not prepare them to drive with passengers
- 19% avoided city centres
- 14% considered themselves to be ‘unprepared’ to drive at all
- 14% kept away from driving in the rain
- 8% avoided right turns
Minister prioritises young driver safety
James Hillon, director of general insurance at Co-operative Insurance, said public debate is ongoing as to how travel safety can be improved and insurance premiums cut for young drivers.
But young drivers’ views are rarely heard, he added.
Mr Hilton said: “Far from being the stereotypical image of the ‘boy-racer’, this study shows that many are not confident to face everyday situations on Britain’s roads in the early years, despite months of lessons.”
Roads Minister Stephen Hammond said a Government priority is improving young drivers’ safety.