The IAM is calling for post test training for younger drivers in response to figures revealed in one of its own reports that young drivers are 15% more likely to crash than older drivers.
Licensed to skill, contributory factors in accidents, reveals that for drivers aged under 20 years, ‘driver and rider error or reaction factors’ account for 50% of crashes. This falls to 42% of drivers and riders in their 20s and 33% for those aged between 40 and 60.
Factors associated with a more aggressive driving style are also more prevalent in younger driver crashes. These include ‘loss of control’ (a factor in 14.5% of crashes), ‘travelling too fast for the conditions’ (10.5%), ‘exceeding the speed limit’ (6%) and ‘sudden braking’ (5%).
The IAM is calling for post-test training for young drivers in the first 12 to 18 months after passing their driving test. A similar scheme in Austria has cut the death rate for young male drivers by 30%.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “17 to 25-year-olds are only 15% of the driving population and yet they have 30% of all accidents and account for 40% of insurance claims. It’s clear that handing a driving licence over without offering further help is putting far too many young people at unacceptable risk.
“The Government, the motoring industry, and insurance companies need to work together to ensure that young people continue to improve their driving, particularly after passing their test.
“Post-test training that gives extra hours behind the wheel, including coaching on the critical risks such as rural roads, night time driving, weather and the effect of passengers, will save lives.”
For more information contact the IAM Press Office on 020 8996 9777.