Young drivers 'crash most' after tests

New research has revealed that young drivers are most likely to crash in the first few weeks after passing their test.

The study, which was carried out for the Young Drivers At Risk report, took into account the experiences of 14,000 people who have had an accident on the roads and it found that 23% of 18 to 24 year-olds crashed within six months of passing their test.

A third of 18 to 24 year-olds have been involved in a road accident and the report, which was launched by former Formula One world champion Nigel Mansell on behalf of the Make Roads Safe campaign, aims to raise awareness of the issues they face.

"This is a vitally important issue which doesn't get enough attention. Too many of our young people are still being killed or injured on the roads. These are preventable tragedies," said Mansell.

Some 26% of those who have had an accident whilst driving crashed in the two years after getting their full licence and most people's first accident tended to occur during the day, with just 13% happening at night.

The report highlights the importance of car insurance for young drivers but also suggests they should be allowed to drive off-road more before they turn 17, with 73% of UK drivers saying they think this would make young drivers safer.

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