Bad drivers: Why not incentives?

2011-12-08 12:07

As many as 62% of young male novice drivers reckon they’re more skilful than the average experienced driver. Young females, however, have a different take on things...

The female proportion is only 32% but both figures are worrying in their arrogance.

The highest-risk group on the roads is considered to be male drivers aged 17 to 29. They are more than twice as likely to be killed or seriously injured than young females, the UK-based road safety agency IAM said, quoting statistics provided by its local department of transport on “Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain”.

The data, released in 2010, details those reported killed or seriously injured by gender, road-user type...  and age.


IAM chief executive Simon Best noted: “Young male drivers suffer from a lethal combination of over-confidence and inexperience. They don’t need restrictions on their driving; they need practice and they need to gain driving experience safely.”

However, a study by the safety agency found that drivers were more likely to take post-test training if there were financial incentives. Reduced insurance premiums, for example, would encourage most young drivers to consider further training.

Anti-crash courses, perhaps...

This training would need to be done early, the IAM warned. The less time that has elapsed since passing the driving test, and fewer attempts at the test, apparently make drivers more likely to be positive about further training.