The Danger

There are Statistics  that show that in the 1st 2 years of passing their driving test newly qualified drivers are more likely to have an accident than at any other time. In the 1st year of driving, 1 driver in 5 has a car accident. This is simply due to a lack of driving experience, The Pass Plus scheme can help reduce this risk!

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Road deaths in Great Britain fell to less than 3,000 in 2007, an achievement that makes our roads among the safest in the world. But this success in reducing deaths and injuries is completely overshadowed by 1 fact –  younger drivers are not getting safer. The preparation of young people to drive safely on their own, and with passengers after their test is of the highest priority. Fundamental to this is the need to help them acquire the right skills and balancing that with the right attitudes for safe driving.

Age, Experience and Gender

Three significant factors dictate how people drive, and their likelihood of being in a crash:

  • Age: under 25 drivers have a significantly higher risk; the risk is at its largest for drivers under 20 – the most inexperienced
  • Experience: the peak risk is just after passing the driving test – it gradually declines over time.
  • Gender: young male’s are up to 2x as likely to be in a crash compared to young females.

Typical Road Crash?

There is no such thing as a typical road crash, but there are situations in which the younger driver have a greater percentage of crashes than older drivers, including:

  • Older cars with Lower Euro/NCAP crash protection.
  • When there are 3 or more passengers in the car.
  • Friday or Saturday nights.
  • On more rural classed as C or unclassified roads.
  • Crashes involving no other road-user, single vehicle incidents.
  • Running off line (the road) and hitting a stationary roadside object.
  • Skidding and maybe even overturning.