Wednesday 25th September 2013
Be Wiser Insurance
Over half (57%) of British motorists believe that the legal age of driving should be increased, according to a recent Be Wiser Insurance poll.
 
The association between youth and dangerous driving is a long standing one - with peer pressure and over-confidence being cited as the biggest contributing factor by respondents.
 
Mark Bower-Dyke, chairman of Be Wiser Insurance, comments:
 
"We all know experience is what is at the heart of safe driving. Learning good road etiquette and letting it become second nature to you is what separates experienced drivers from those just learning. It feels unfair however to tar all young people with the same brush."
 
Some suggested that increasing the amount of time for of supervised driving by extending the earliest time to take a test would be beneficial to the safety of young drivers.
 
Mark Bower-Dyke comments:
 
"An extended period of supervised driving is fine for those who have the opportunity to do so, but for those who don't have the chance it's just a way to keep them off the road, and in some cases, trapped in their local area."
 
41% of respondents believe that the current legal age for driving is fine.
 
Mark Bower-Dyke comments:
 
"Keeping young people off the road isn't the answer - it's only a case of shifting the statistics around. New drivers are the most likely to have accidents, whatever their age."
 
Only 2% wished to lower the age.
 
Mark Bower-Dyke concludes:
 
"We need better education for young drivers rather than excluding all young drivers from the road. It's also worth having quality car insurance so in the case of an accident you can take out the financial sting!"

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