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October 13, 2009

Young drivers submit to peer pressure

by Richard Kilner

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Young drivers submit to peer pressure

People aged 17-21 are being killed in car accidents due to peer pressure, inadequate training and not wearing seatbelts, according to research commissioned by Aviva.

The research reveals that one in three young drivers alter the way they drive when there is more than one friend in the car, with one in five paying less attention to the road and one in four taking their hands off the wheel.

Surprisingly, 9% of those surveyed said they would not have awarded themselves a licence when they successfully passed their driving test.

One in four young drivers had no extra training beyond paid lessons, and one in five only practised with their instructor on the driving test route.

Aviva motoring expert Nigel Bartram has called on young drivers and their passengers to take more personal responsibility, wear seatbelts and thus improve their safety and reduce the chances of being involved in an accident and suffering personal injury.

Earlier in the year the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) revealed that a quarter of a million young drivers were getting behind the wheel with no insurance at all, a problem exacerbated by the unnecessary behaviour revealed by Aviva’s latest research.

 

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