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The report discovered that while young drivers learn quickly how to avoid single vehicle loss of control related collisions, it takes them a lot longer to learn how to deal with vulnerable road users, be safe on the motorway and safely complete low speed manoeuvres.
The report, entitled ‘Young Novice Driver Collision Types’ made several recommendations of ways to improve new driver training, with particular reference to hazard perception around vulnerable road users and other vehicles.
The report highlights the importance for young drivers to gain plenty of experience within a wide variety of traffic situations. For example, in their first year on the road, experts suggest an average 17-year-old driver can expect their risk of being involved in a crash to be reduced by 36% as a result of driving experience. This is 30% higher than the 6% drop due to the ageing and maturity of a driver.
The report identifies which aspects of driving are learned the quickest and which take more time, and it concludes that the skills that young drivers struggle to take in and the ones which could bring the largest benefits to road safety.
Below are a list of the factors which led to a higher rate of crashes amongst younger people:
Some additional findings from the report concluded that:
Sarah Sillars, IAM RoadSmart Chief Executive Officer, said: “It is really useful to learn more about how young drivers are gaining the experience they need to have a safe driving career.
“However, analysing the results, it is vital that government, road safety bodies and the driver instruction industry work together to generate new strategies to target those skills that are not being learned at the fastest rate.
“It also shows that in the formative years of driving, there is clearly a need for post-test training to continue, to build experience that can reduce the number of needless tragedies on our roads.”