Logo
Young Driver Focus | National Conference | Knowledge Centre Twitter RSS
direcorycalendarvacanciesadviceshopContact
Road Safety News - In association with Keltic Clothing
Thursday 15th October 2009

Peer pressure putting unprepared young drivers at risk

Peer pressure, not wearing seatbelts and poor training are all major factors in the numbers of young drivers killed on the nation’s roads, according to new research by insurer Aviva.

The research looked at young motorists’ behaviour and attitudes to better understand why they drive the way they do.

A third of 17-21-year-olds admitted to driving differently when they have more than one friend in the car.

The results reveal that young drivers are dangerously influenced by peer pressure when driving with friends in the car, with 21% paying less attention to the road, 24% taking their hands off the wheel and 15% performing illegal driving manoeuvres.

Nigel Bartram, Aviva spokesperson, said: “In order to reduce the statistics young drivers and passengers alike need to take personal responsibility for their own actions – this means wearing a seatbelt at all times regardless of who is in the car, driving with fewer passengers and not conforming to peer pressure whilst behind the wheel."

The report also suggests that some young drivers are unprepared for driving, with one in 10 admitting that they wouldn’t have awarded themselves a licence when they passed their test.

According to the young drivers questioned, 27% only had paid driving lessons with no practice time. The results also indicate that some driving schools may be priming students to merely pass their test, with 19% having only practiced on the driving test route with their instructor.

Click here to read the full Aviva news release.
 

Comments:

Report a reader comment
Click here to report a comment you consider to be offensive or inappropriate.


There are currently no comments about this news item.


What's your view - comment on this story:

I confirm that I have read and agree to abide by the house rules relating to comments posted on this website.
Your comment:
Your name and location:
Your email:
Captcha [What is this?]


Road Safety Academy
What's New?
Thursday 13th March 2014 -

Road Safety Practitioner Foundation Course dates added

Tuesday 11th March 2014 -

 THINK! Rural roads campaign briefing added to members' area

Wednesday 29th January 2014 -

2013 Road Safety GB AGM Documents added to the Member's area

Monday 6th January 2014 -

School Crossing Patrol Survival Guide updated version uploaded to the Members' area

Tuesday 10th December 2013 -

THINK! campaign strategy 2014/15 (Powerpoint presentation) added to members' area

Friday 6th December 2013 -

RSGB & Academy branding - logos etc available for download from members' area...

Contacts

Click here to submit a new story.

Click here to register for our weekly news update service.