New research confirms that young drivers are at high risk of being involved in a serious motor accident. According to statistics from the Association of British Insurers (ABI), each day Britain’s roads see eighteen-year-olds cause 50 collisions a day, nearly three times as many as drivers in their fifties. Young drivers are particularly at risk in the early hours of the morning, a young male driver is five times more likely to have an accident than his father.

Peer Pressure

Young people, men particularly, like to show off when driving with a crowd which means that they are generally less safe when they have friends/passengers in the car, this is also known as ‘Egging them on’ and peer pressure this significantly adding serious and dangerous problems, causing drivers to take risks they wouldn’t normally take. A common factor surrounding young drivers and peer pressure is wearing NO seatbelt as this is seen as being ‘cool’ even though wearing a seatbelt cuts the chance of being killed in a crash by a half. Alcohol and drug taking also increases the percentage of young drivers taking risks due to the effects of these substances this contributing to the majority of accidents especially late at night.

How to avoid peer pressure for young drivers

  • Build self-esteem
  • Know and respect your personal limits
  • Surround yourself with people with whom you share similar values
  • Remind yourself about the possible negative consequences
  • Practice standing your ground.
  • Base your decision-making on your own individual personality

The facts

  • 79 teenage drivers were killed on the roads in 2009, another 770 were seriously injured and 9500 slightly injured.
  • One in five drivers has an accident in the first year of driving.
  • Nearly 12,000 teenage passengers were casualties in road accidents in 2009. 109 were killed.
  • Many of these would have been in cars driven by teenage drivers.
  • Teenage females of driving age are 33% more likely to be killed or seriously injured while travelling as passengers than as drivers. Males of the same age are 50% more likely to be killed as drivers than passengers.
  • Young drink drivers are hugely more at risk than those who are older. A third of drink-drive accidents involve a driver under 25.
  • Looking at accidents per 100 million kilometres, the national average is 4, but 17 to 19 year olds are involved in 25. Those 20 to 24 years old are involved in 17 accidents per 100 million kilometres and those 25 to 29 years old are involved in 7.

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