New young drivers feel unsafe on roads

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Four in 10 new, young drivers admit they are unsafe on the road and two thirds of parents agree they are at risk, according to a new report by Continental’s Vision Zero.

With a revised driving test planned and the theory test now 20 years old, 47% of drivers aged 17 to 24 think they are not being taught enough about road safety.
 
Road accidents are the biggest killer of young people and new research reveals 800,000 young motorists think that they have an inadequate level of road safety knowledge.
 
Some 1,000 motorists aged 17 to 24 and 1,000 parents of young drivers were surveyed, and it was revealed that 50% of young motorists would not know where to start with basics like checking their tyres.
 
Less than half of young road users know what the legal tyre tread limit is and one in five have no idea what solution, such as a spare tyre, they have available in the event of a puncture.
 
Mark Griffiths, safety expert at Continental Tyres, said: “Every day in the UK, around nine people die or are seriously injured from a road accident that involves a young car driver. It is vital for 17 to 24 year olds to receive adequate road safety information as they learn to drive, setting them up for a lifetime of safe motoring.”
 
Some 52% of young drivers say that their school, college or university played a big part in teaching them about road safety. Though just a fifth of parents of young motorists believe that their child's place of learning had taught them about the issue.
 
Parents are also in need of road safety education. When asked about a tyre’s legal tread depth limit, parents were 30% less likely than their children to know the correct answer - only three in 10 parents knew it is 1.6mm.
 
One in five young motorists do not know how to open their car bonnet and a third have no idea how to top up their screen wash.
 
The young drivers agreed the top solutions for improving road safety is better education (70%), harsher penalties (38%) and making routine safety checks a feature of the driving test (36%).

October marks Tyre Safety Month, check out our handy guide on how you can use a 20p piece to check your tyre tread

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