90% of young drivers think motorway driving should form part of the driving test, and 91% believe that mobile phones are the main distraction for young drivers, according to a survey carried out by the National Accident Helpline.
In the survey of 1,000 young people aged 17-24yrs, almost 85% of respondents said that the “P” plate (signifying a ‘probationary’ driver) should be mandatory for newly-qualified drivers – and 36% even said that the legal driving age should be raised.
On the subject of driver distraction, 66% of respondents believed that listening to loud music was a major distraction to young drivers, while 53% identified chatting to other passengers as diverting focus away from the road. And more than half of respondents said they had been in a vehicle when the driver used their mobile phone to send a text message.
70% of respondents also believed that drivers should be re-tested annually over a certain age, with 71% suggesting that age should be 70yrs.
When ranking the most important features when buying a car, respondents highlighted fuel economy as their primary concern, followed by safety features, the car’s style and appearance, environmental impact and sound system.