A 33% drop in fatalities since 2008 for drivers in the 16-19 year old bracket is one of the key findings in a new report published by the IAM.
The report, ‘Younger and older road users’, also reveals that fatalities for drivers in their 70s and aged 80 and above have fallen by 25%, and 22% respectively.
The report also identifies the greatest risks faced by young and elderly road users.
Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “While these reductions are really positive, we must continue to support these drivers, who are among the most vulnerable on our roads. The fatality rate continues to be highest for 16-19-year olds, followed by the over 80s, but for very different reasons.
“The greatest risk to the oldest age group is as a pedestrian. In comparison, younger people are much more at risk as a driver or as a passenger in a car driven by a young driver.
“The greatest risk to pedestrians is car drivers under 30 who are involved in more than a third of pedestrian fatalities.”
The IAM says that during their teens and twenties, the risk of young drivers being killed halves every five years as they gain more driving experience.
Mr Greig continued: “This lends weight to the IAM’s call for post-test training to be made compulsory in a form similar to that of the system in countries like Austria, where reductions of up to 30% in young male driver fatalities has been achieved.”
Between 20 and 50 years of age, the rate of deaths declines for all road users except for motorcyclists.
Mr Gregg added: “Young male drivers continue to be the most high-risk group, and are more than twice as likely to be involved in a fatal or serious injury crash as young female drivers.
“A renewed focus on young drivers, which provides them with opportunities to gain further experience in a controlled and safe environment, is of utmost importance.”
For more information contact the IAM press office on 020 8996 9777.