A Member of the Commission for Global Road Safety, Mansell noted:
“While road deaths among the young remain a serious problem here in the UK, in many parts of the world they have become nothing less than a crisis out of control. Someone is being killed or maimed every six seconds. It is an epidemic that is set to double within the next few years unless we take action. This is a vitally important issue which doesn’t get enough attention. Too many of our young people are still being killed or injured on the roads. These are preventable tragedies.”
Mansell’s comments follow a report that suggests 23% of drivers aged between 18 and 24 have had a crash. Additionally, the report suggested that 87 per cent of those crashes happen in day light, 85 per cent in normal weather conditions and 63 per cent while drivers were alone in their car – all factors which point to driver error over the external environment.
The report on Young Drivers was compiled by the AA and the Make Roads Safer Campaign. Edmund King, director of the AA, said:
“Road safety education must be a life skill that starts at the age of three but is continually refreshed throughout life. It needs to begin many years before someone is old enough to apply for their provisional licence. If teenagers have had interesting and practical road safety education they are less likely to take dangerous risks when they get behind the wheel alone.”
Simon Best, Chief Executive at The Institute of Advanced Motorists added:
“A focus on road safety in the national curriculum is currently non-existent. This needs to change. Driver training for under 17 year olds can be a fun way of introducing young people to safe driving. Young male drivers especially suffer from a deadly combination of overconfidence and inexperience. Post-test training is without doubt the best way to address this.”