Brake is calling for a ‘total overhaul’ of the learning to drive system, including compulsory lessons on rural roads.
In a press release issued today (24 August), the road safety charity described the combination of rural roads and novice drivers as ‘lethal’.
Brake points to statistics which show that of the 120 young drivers killed in 2015 (the latest available figures), 80% of those crashes took place in rural locations.
Brake is also calling for a minimum learning period and restrictions for newly-qualified drivers – including a zero drink-drive limit – as part of a graduated licensing system.
Brake says this approach will ‘allow new drivers to build up more skills and experience over a longer period of time’, saving as many as 400 lives a year.
Jason Wakeford, Brake’s director of campaigns, said: “High speeds, sharp bends, narrow lanes, risky overtaking and the presence of vulnerable road users like cyclists, make rural roads the most dangerous by far.
“The combination of rural roads and novice drivers is lethal – a staggering 80% of all young car driver fatalities occur in rural locations.
"Brake is calling for a total overhaul of the learning to drive system to help cut fatalities and injuries.
“A graduated licensing system, including a minimum learning period, mandatory training on rural roads and restrictions for newly-qualified drivers – such as a zero drink-drive limit – will allow new drivers to build up more skills and experience over a longer period of time.
"This approach has dramatically reduced road casualties in countries including Australia and New Zealand and could save some 400 lives a year if implemented in the UK.”
Category: Young drivers.