Road safety: young and novice drivers

Various factors are likely to contribute to the reduction in fatalities and serious injuries amongst young drivers. It reflects a broader reduction in fatalities and serious injuries for drivers of all age groups—a 24% decline between 2005 and 2019. The safety of road vehicles continues to improve (although this does not necessarily make roads safer for vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians), and traffic management safety measures are increasingly targeted at dangerous “hot-spots” in the road network. Improvements in technology, such as the dramatic growth in the use of telematic technology by insurance companies to monitor driver behaviour (and which are increasingly popular amongst younger drivers), can help to incentivise safer driving. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has also introduced a number of changes to the driver learning and training process in recent years to make it more rigorous, such as training on motorways, the “independent driving section” of the practical test and improvements to the theory test. However, there are also fewer young drivers today than in the past. In 1994, 48% of 17 to 20 year olds, and 75% of 21 to 29 year olds, held a driving licence. By 2014 this had reduced to 29% and 63% respectively. This reduction occurred despite the proportion of young people in Great Britain’s population remaining consistent over the same time period. It is important for the Government to understand whether the reduction in the number of young drivers killed or seriously injured reflects a real improvement in safety, rather than a reduction in the number of young drivers or the number of miles they drive. Despite these positive developments in road safety in recent years, young car drivers are still over-represented in the statistics for involvement in fatal and serious road traffic crashes.

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  • Accession Number: 01769115
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Limited
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 6 2021 10:00AM