You may have passed your test, but that is just the beginning of your driver education. You have only been deemed safe to acquire further knowledge while driving solo.
Once you have passed your test, it is more than likely that you will pick up habits and change the way you drive. Hopefully you will become safer but statistics prove that in certain groups of people, this is not the case.
Unfortunately the number of young new drivers involved in accidents is disproportionately high with the rest of the population:
- In 2006 alone, 145 new drivers aged 17-19yrs old were killed compared with statistics from between 1994-1998 in which 125 new drivers were killed.
- 17-19yr olds represent 2% of the driving population and yet account for 12% of killed and seriously injured people and 14% of all deaths on Britain's roads.
- 50% of drivers passing their L test in 2006/07 were aged 17-19yrs old whereas 25% were over 25. (statistics from RSIS Database).
- One in five of all new drivers reported a collision within six months of passing their test and seven in ten reported a 'near' miss in the same period. (reference Wells et al, 2008).
- Based on 2006 data, an estimated 300 inexperienced, new drivers and passengers were killed on Britain's roads, representing one in five of all road deaths. (reference DSA 2008b)
You should consider your driving as being under constant development (none of us ever stop learning)! There are many different options open to all drivers after passing their test, whether it be days, weeks or many years later.
It is never too late to learn new skills or refresh old ones.
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