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Title: Young Drivers at Risk

Organisation: The AA Charitable Trust & Make Roads Safe Campaign
Date uploaded: 30th July 2012
Date published/launched: July 2012

This report highlights that 40% of drivers have experienced a crash by 23 years of age and examines the reasons why these crashes occur, and the steps that can be taken to avoid them.

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This report highlights that 40% of drivers have experienced a crash by 23 years of age and examines the reasons why these crashes occur, and the steps that can be taken to avoid them.

Key findings of the report centre on a survey of motorists on the AA/Populus panel who have been involved in car crashes, and shows new drivers are most at risk on the roads in the first six months or so after passing their test. Nearly 40% of these drivers had crashed by the time they were 23 years old. The results also showed a quarter (26%) had crashed within two years of gaining their licence.

Analysis of these drivers’ first crashes shows:

• 23% of 18 -24 year olds had crashed within six months of passing their test

• One third of 18-24 year olds have been involved in an accident when driving

• 28% had crashed by the time they were 21 years of age

• First crashes are most likely to happen in the day time – only 13% happen at night

• Most people have their first accident without passengers in the car (63%)

• Bad weather was a factor in 15% of first accidents

• 47% had their first crash on a single carriageway or in a rural area

• 5% of drivers had their first crash on a motorbike.

The report highlights the dangers new and young drivers face on the roads, both at home and abroad, and shows ways their safety can be improved.

For more information contact:
Gavin Hill-Smith
T: 01256 49 59 69
<: 07917 590280

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