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Written by Peter Carter

April 19, 2016

So the day has arrived, your child/niece/nephew/little brother or sister has finally passed their driving test and received their license, and you’re still wondering where all the time has gone!

It’s important to make sure your newly-licensed driver is well aware of the risks on the road, as young drivers are especially vulnerable behind the wheel due to inexperience and age. In fact, teen drivers have the highest fatal crash risk of any age group, and reports have found that the first 6 months after P-Plates is the most deadly for Queensland teens.

Here are some facts when it comes to younger drivers:

  • Drivers aged 17-25 represent 25% of all Australian road deaths but are only 10-15% of the licensed population.
  • 17 yr-olds who have their P1 license are four times more likely to be in a fatal accident than drivers over 26
  • Speeding is the number one cause of death on the road for young people
  • 45% of injury and death to young people in Australia are due to road crashes

The major crash risk factors for young drivers are:

  • Speeding
  • Drink driving
  • Carrying passengers
  • No seat belt
  • Fatigue
  • Overconfidence & risk-taking
  • Distraction
  • Night driving

Make sure to sit down with your young driver and talk about the risks on the road. There are also plenty of programs offered by insurers that are aimed at young drivers. They’re engaging and informative – and most of the time free! A great resource for parents of P-Plate drivers is this written agreement to adhere to a number of driving and vehicle safety rules, or risk losing driving privileges.

If you have any questions or need advice please call us on 07 3210 3437.

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