What Makes Young Drivers Cause Accidents?

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There is no doubt that young drivers take a lot of risk on the road. However, this is being addressed by the government through various sporting bodies.

For example, the New South Wales government is working with sporting bodies with safety messages such as “Slow Down” and “Towards Zero”.

Another example is the partnership with the western Sydney Wanderers which target men aged 17 to 29 who are more likely to take risks on the road and die or get injured in a crash.

Driving Old Vehicles

It has been found that drivers in this age bracket usually drive old vehicles that do not have crash protection or crash avoidance safety technology.

To avoid these problems, parents can share their cars which are more likely to be newer models.

Temptation for Risky Behaviour

Young drivers are fun to drive in risky circumstances such as when they are tired, driving at night, driving under the influence of alcohol etc. Parents can install GOFAR on their children’s cars.

GOFAR helps monitor young drivers by altering their behaviour and recording it. Was your teen driving too fast into corners? GOFAR will know.

Simple Errors

After a teenager gets there first driving license, parents do not take keen interest to know how they behave when they are independently driving their cars.

For example, teams have been found not to wear seat belts when driving for short trips.

Lack of Public Transport

Young people will usually drive their vehicles if there is no public transport available. They can also drive carelessly depending on how they’re feeling emotionally.

Failed Regulatory System

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The young drivers have become a soft target for government bureaucrats who do not take enough time to create a system that prevents crashes and road injuries.

For example, a road crash might relate to the following factors that are beyond the young drivers:

  • Failed government policy, local government laws, acts and regulations
  • Insufficient Parental Monitoring
  • Poor driving instructors, luck of driving schools, and faulty vehicle manufacturing
  • Poorly marked road, Prolly beside road, old vehicle

The government departments in charge of safety driving should address all the above issues rather than concentrating on the bad driving habits of young drivers.

Poorly Targeted Safety Campaigns

Safety campaigns usually tell young people what not to do instead of telling them what they need to do to drive more skilfully.

Instead of criticising the young drivers, they should be trained on how to do the addressing more responsibly.

You cannot compare a driver who has been driving for more than 20 years with a driver who have just received his driving licence.

Inexperienced drivers will not know that they need to drive at less than 40 kilometres per hour in school zone or that they need to pack far away from the car in front. More training is needed.

Lack of Interest in Learning How to Drive

There is a significant drop in people going to driving schools to get their driving licence. For example in 2016 only four out of five 17 to 20 year olds had a licence. This is a decline of 1.7% from 2012.

The situation is worse in Britain where the have been a 20% drop in people under the age of 25 getting driving licence. In the U.S.A, a study showed 46% of 18 to 24 year olds would rather have internet access than own a car.

This decline in interest in driving can be explained by the skyrocketing insurance costs and other car maintenance costs.

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