Young Ulster motorists most confident in UK, says survey

New drivers feel 'invulnerable', survey finds
New drivers feel 'invulnerable', survey finds

The UK’s most confident young drivers are in Northern Ireland where 87 per cent think they are better than average – yet young drivers here make up 26 per cent of those involved in crashes.

The information comes from a survey which found that, overall, 71 per cent of young UK drivers think they are better than the average driver – yet they are 2.5 times more likely to be involved in a serious crash.

The survey was carried out by Vision Critical and road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “A year ago the government committed itself to producing a green paper to tackle the safety of young drivers which has yet to be published.

“Our whole system of learning to drive must be overhauled to provide safe exposure to a wider range of traffic situations, but also the chance to discuss attitudes and risks.

“New drivers feel invulnerable and it is the job of government, training providers, insurers, charities and parents and carers to ensure they have the best training to reduce risk to themselves and others.”

Contrary to the confidence of younger drivers, official figures show that while eight per cent of drivers are under 25, they account for 22 per cent of drivers involved in serious and fatal crashes.

However, they also drive about half the distance of older drivers.

Nearly a quarter of all car drivers who died in 2012 were young drivers, figures show.