1. Road crashes are one of the leading causes of injury, disability and death among young people.
2. Young drivers are over-represented in road crashes compared to other age groups.
3. Speeding is the major cause of road crashes.
4. Other high-risk behaviours that significantly contribute to road crashes include:
- Drink driving
- Driver fatigue
- Not using seatbelts
- Playing with the radio
Other factors associated with young driver road crashes:
Driver inexperience: Often young drivers don’t realise that it takes time and lots of practice to develop safe driving skills.
Developing brain: Part of the brain responsible for self control and for recognising and managing hazards no not fully mature until after the teenage years, so young drivers are more mlikely to experiment and take dangerous risks.
Overconfidence and risk taking: Young drivers can be over confident about their driving ability and may under estimate dangers that are present on the road.
Having friends as passengers: Young people may get distracted by passengers or may feel pressured to take risks, such as speeding while their friends are in the car with them.
These are some facts regarding young drivers, this is to inform young people about safe driving.