Peer pressure biggest cause of youth accidents on British roads

Peer pressure is one of the main factors in road accidents involving young drivers in the UK, a new study has revealed.

Online PR News – 14-June-2010 – – Peer pressure is one of the main factors in road accidents involving young drivers in the UK, a new study has revealed.

The study, led by a leading insurance company, found that one in three 17 to 21 year olds admitted to driving differently when their friends were in the car with them.

More than twenty percent said they paid less attention to the road when driving with friends as passengers. Fifteen percent admitted to illegal manoeuvres, and a quarter even said they’d taken their hands off the wheel. Seatbelts are also disregarded, with eleven percent of males and six percent of females not wearing them while driving with friends.

However, ninety seven percent said they followed the laws of the road to the letter if their parents or grandparents are in the car and forty four percent said they drove more slowly.

The study also showed that young females are less confident about driving than males. As many as thirty nine percent of young women are not confident of driving on motorways, while twenty nine percent were weary of driving with no-one else in the car.

According to statistics from the Department for Transport, young-driver accidents are declining more slowly than in other groups of motorists.

Motoring expert Nigel Bartram said of the figures: “Young drivers and passengers alike need to take personal responsibility for their own actions. This means wearing a seatbelt at all times regardless of who is in the car, driving with fewer passengers and not conforming to peer pressure while behind the wheel.”

David Mason, Marketing and Business Development manager at Paul Rooney solicitors says: “A lot of younger drivers are involved in accidents as they tend to be on the road more at night with friends which means driving in darker conditions, compared with the majority of older drivers who travel during the day. Add several passengers to your vehicle at an evening, then perhaps a bit of rain and its bound to add further risk to a journey, no matter what your age.

"Being a sensible driver by not conforming to peer pressure, ensures you the best chance of not having an accident, not suffering from a painful personal injury and not losing your no claims bonus!

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