A survey conducted on behalf of the IAM indicates that young drivers are overconfident when it comes to assessing their driving ability.
In the survey of 1,000 young drivers, 71% of respondents said they consider themselves to be “better than the average driver”.
However, the IAM points to official figures which show that while just 8% of drivers are aged under 25 years, they account for 22% of drivers involved in serious injury and fatal crashes. The IAM also says that, on average, young drivers’ annual mileage is about half that of their older counterparts.
The IAM survey also indicates that young male drivers (75%) exude more confidence than their female counterparts (68%).
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “Our whole system of learning to drive must be overhauled to provide safe exposure to a wider range of traffic situations, but also the chance to discuss attitudes and risks.
“New drivers feel invulnerable and it is the job of Government, training providers, insurers, charities and parents and carers to ensure they have the best training to reduce risk to themselves and others.”