It’s a well-worn cliche that young drivers are the most dangerous — and that young male drivers are the most likely of all to cause an accident. Despite this, they are also have the highest driving test pass rate (53.5%), with male drivers aged 16-19 enjoying a 53.5% driving test pass rate. (Young women in the same age group pass 47% of the time).
Passing a test doesn’t make you safe
The statistics show that as drivers get older, their test pass rate falls — but so does their risk of being in an accident. This reverses after age 60, when the risk of being in an accident starts to increase again for both men and women.
The reality is that young drivers of both sexes are the most likely to cause an accident, with 23% of drivers under 20 involved in an accident within one year of passing their driving test. That’s why they pay the most for their car insurance.
Given that young drivers have the highest driving test pass rates, this may seem like a contradiction — but it isn’t. Passing a test is completely different to unsupervised independent driving. While young people tend to learn quickly, they don’t have the experience or mature judgement that is a common attribute of the safest drivers.
Your Dad probably does know best
Tesco Bank has put together a fascinating infographic that shows just who is to blame for the carnage on our roads — and highlights who the safest drivers are (hint: they are middle aged and drive boring cars).
The figures from Tesco also put to rest the myth that driving too slowly is as dangerous as driving too fast; 6,000 accidents were caused by drivers who were speeding in 2010, but just 143 were caused by drivers who were going too slowly.
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