What Happens when Learner Drivers and New Drivers take to their Cars?
Learner drivers and new drivers have been in the news a lot recently. There has been an increase in the number of learners taking there test in year between April 2013 and March 2014 of 2.9%. This is being reported as good news as it indicates economic recovery ……. But is it good news? We take a look at the statistics surrounding learner drivers and new drivers for all our leasing customers.
The increase in learner drivers may continue further as in October the cost of a theory test will reduce from £31 to £25 making it just that little bit more affordable. Learning to drive is still a costly time though, on average £1,128 is spent on lessons as well as £62 on the practical test, when considering the average insurance cost for the 17-22 age group is £1,743 it’s a wonder anyone ever gets out on the road.
Learning is a tough time and new figures show 54,000 learners have penalty points on their provisional licence and the majority of those points (60%) are handed out for speeding. Once the test is taken new drivers are then out on their own, 17-19 year olds represent only 1 in 60 drivers on our roads yet in 1 out of 8 crashes a driver from this age group is involved.
Many other countries have a type of graduated licence that restricts the behaviour of new drivers, using their statistics it has been estimated a similar scheme here could reduce causalities by 4,500 per year. So what do people want to see? The RAC conducted a poll and found 66% of people believe new drivers should have a limit on the number of passengers they are allowed to carry. 61% believe it would be beneficial to stop new drivers using the roads in the early hours of the morning.
New drivers themselves seem to agree a graduated licence would be good as 41% said they would welcome the scheme compared to 32% who believe the scheme was unnecessary. Parents are in favour as 64% said they would ensure any new rules were followed by their children.
What is clear is that people want change to happen as 71% of people involved in the poll said they would like to see road safety become a higher priority for politicians.
Safety remains a top concern for most drivers, experiencing a crash is something every driver would like to avoid. Cars are now filled with technology and safety features to protect us while we drive. Here at Rivervale Leasing we had a look at the Euro NCAP test results revealing the safest cars of 2014 and made sure we have them all available for personal or business leasing!
Safest small family car Volvo V40
Safest small SUV Vauxhall Mokka
Safest executive car BMW 5 Series
Safest large family car BMW 3 Series
Safest small MPV Citroen C4 Picasso
Safest large MPV Hyundai Santa Fe
Safest Supermini Renault Clio
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4 July 2014
Written by Rivervale