Third of young drivers admit to ‘regularly’ speeding
More than a third (36%) of 18-24 year old drivers have admitted to regularly speeding in a new survey.
In the survey, conducted by used car dealers The Car People, the percentage of young drivers admitting to the offence was considerably higher than those aged 25 years and over (22%).
The survey, which sampled 2000 UK drivers, also found that males are more likely to speed than women, with a quarter of men confessing to breaking the law on a regular basis.
In terms of mobile phones, 14% of 18-24 year olds admitted to ‘putting themselves in danger’ by talking on the phone while driving. This compared to 4% of those above that age bracket, while only 1.5% of those aged over 55 years admitted the offence.
Government figures show that during 2014, 2,088 young drivers and passengers aged between 17 and 24 years were killed or seriously injured (KSI). Drivers aged between 17 and 19 years make up just 1.5% of UK licence holders, but are involved in 9% of fatal crashes.
Despite being the ‘biggest risk takers’ on the road, the survey found the 18-24 age group to be the most ‘car proud’.
Other results from the survey include: 18% of women admit to never checking their brakes; and more than a third of respondents believe BMW drivers are the most dangerous.