A blog in the Telegraph suggests that improved road safety education could be the answer to reducing the number of young people killed in road crashes.
In the Telegraph blog, Ian Cowie, the paper’s personal finance director, says that insurers and motoring organisations are calling for road safety education to be part of the National Curriculum. He says: “Nobody wants to burden teenagers with more exams but, given the scale of the carnage among the young, improved education about road safety seems a sensible step.”
This, he continues, might not only save lives among the minority who crash, “but it should also cut insurance premiums for the majority who drive without mishap.”
The blog describes the Pass Plus scheme as ‘a bit of a flop’. Ian Crowder, of the AA, is quoted: “Pass Plus has become discredited because it is an informal series of six sessions but there is no test at the end of it.
“So, unfortunately, few insurers offer Pass Plus discounts and if they do, their premiums are often higher than others. Claims experience among young drivers is so poor that many no longer offer cover to young drivers and even fewer to young men.”
The call for a more structured approach to learning to drive is backed by Julie Townsend of Brake, who is quoted as saying: “We need decisive action by the Government to tackle young driver crashes, and we don’t believe the measures they recently announced go nearly far enough.
“We need a far more structured, staged approach to learning to drive, through a system of graduated driver licensing, so new drivers develop their skills and experience gradually over time.”
Click here to read the full Telegraph blog.