More than 1 in 4 drivers have had a crash by the time they are 21, according to an extensive survey by the AA.
For road safety charity Brake the issue is a combination of youth and inexperience, with young drivers less likely to spot hazards but more likely to take risks.
Both organisations are supporters of our Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) programme, which has in the 11 years since first being launched, offered hands-on training to novice drivers across the world.
In Europe, this year alone we are investing in DSFL a further €2.9 million, bringing the total to date to nearly €10 million, to train 7,000 more 18- to 24-year-olds across 13 countries – including the U.K.
Training focusses on hazard recognition, vehicle handling, plus speed and space management. The programme also highlights the risks posed by social media distractions such as texting and taking selfies at the wheel, as well as the dangers of drinking and driving, or driving after taking drugs.
“Too many young adults are dying in car crashes caused by a combination of inexperience and poor decision making,” said Jim Graham, manager, Ford DSFL. “Newly qualified drivers still have so much to learn about safety on the road. We strongly urge young drivers to take advantage of Ford DSFL training. It’s fun, free, informative, and because we constantly re-evaluate what we teach, it’s always relevant.”
YouTube stars from across Europe have now experienced DSFL for themselves. Watch Tim Burton of Shmee150, Paul Wallace of Supercars of London and Sam of Seen Through Glass experience Ford DSFL for the first time.