A new report calls for more support for schools and more parental involvement to help address the issue of crashes and casualties caused by young drivers.
The report by the Nottinghamshire Road Safety Partnership is based on an online survey looking at the behaviour of young drivers and their passengers.
The survey was designed to capture local and up to date self-reports, in order to inform the development of upcoming initiatives to target this high risk group.
More than 200 post-16 students from 11 colleges across the city and county completed the survey. Responses were encouraged by a prize draw to win an iPad Air worth £400.
70% of respondents said they have no parental restrictions placed on their driving at all.
Passengers were more willing to admit experiencing risky behaviour when in a car driven by another young person, than drivers themselves.
Over a third of respondents who were passengers reported feeling uneasy, with 23% feeling worried, when being driven by a young driver. More than 20% were unsure whether they would be able to speak up if they felt scared by a friend’s driving.
63% of male respondents and more than 50% of all respondents said they were more skillful at driving than their peers. And 86% of male and 63% of female respondents said they knew exactly what risks they could take when overtaking.
When asked about the causes of young driver crashes, one of the most common responses was over confidence. When asked what they thought would help to prevent crashes, the two main responses related to improved education and driver training (potentially through schools) and increased enforcement and restrictions on young drivers.
The survey report concludes that the Nottinghamshire Road Safety Partnership should aim to supply the education in schools that young drivers are asking for, and that parental restrictions of young drivers should be encouraged.
For more information and/or a copy of the report contact Neil Snow.