The RAC Foundation has praised younger drivers for their "good effort" in improving their safety on the road, but also said they must try harder to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities caused by car accidents.
The RAC Foundation believes that high profile safety campaigns, encouraging positive attitudes towards road safety among those at the start of their driving careers, are the main factor behind any improvements.
The deputy director of the RAC Foundation said: "It is a pleasure to be able to commend young drivers for making such a huge improvement in road safety.
"However, the road safety community must continue working to ensure this is a sustained improvement and not a flash in the pan."
She added that work must be done to continue to develop positive driver attitudes, which can result in fewer accidents, reduced motor insurance premiums and lower rates of injury and death.
Specific areas which needed improvements were:
• Bad driving: Many accidents are caused by “failure to look properly.”
• Drink-driving: a continuing problem.
• Distractions: including problems caused by using mobile phones behind the wheel.
These problems can only be tackled by consistent, high-profile enforcement of the law by expert traffic police.