Young or new drivers and the accident rate

  HondaMan 11:55 19 Jul 2019

There has been a lot of discussion recently about the number of young or newly qualified drivers being involved in accidents. There have been many suggestions on how to reduce this, not letting them drive at night for one such stupid example. As a starting point I would suggest that limiting the vehicle which they can drive would be one way. Not by engine size, number of cylinders or even quoted horsepower, but by insurance group rating. I say not by engine size because Ford, to take one make, now produce a 3-cylinder engine of 1 ltr with almost 200 b.h.p. Similarly a large number of cylinders does not necessarily equate to high horsepower. Insurance group ratings, IMHO is a good base-line from which to start and from which other restrictions can be considered and imposed if found to be necessary.

Any views?

  john bunyan 07:01 21 Jul 2019

I took my test in 1956; have driven almost every vehicle here and on continent. However on the basis that “You’re never too old to learn” I am on my 5th (out of about 10 or 12) sessions of an IAM Roadsmart course hopefully leading to their test. Many small lessons learnt.I strongly recommend it to old and indeed new drivers. Tests are by Police Instructors. All volunteers so cost is £149 for a year - ie less than £15 a “lesson” (in own car). (Institute of Advanced Motorists)

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