Nowadays, road collisions remain one of the highest external causes of death for young people. Thus, young drivers and riders aged 15-25 are more likely to be killed on Europe’s roads than their older counterparts.
The lack of experience of young people on the road leads to its incapacity in anticipating and reacting to hazards. Furthermore, young people tend to drive smaller and older vehicles as they are cheaper and more practical.
To oppose this condition, a variety of countermeasures have been adopted across Europe and further afield, in order to reduce the collision risk of young people.
In this context, the YEARS Project (a three-year project run by the European Transport Safety Council and the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety in the UK) realizes a policy report about this topic: “Reducing casualties involving young drivers and riders in Europe”.
This report is mainly focused on the following four areas:
- General safety measures: Countries with higher general road safety standards also have safer young road users. Better enforcement of speed and drink-drive limits and of seat belt wearing particularly helps protect young people.
- Training and education: Introduce hazard perception training, expand formal training to cover driving and riding style as well as skills and encourage more accompanied driving to help gain experience.
- Licensing systems and testing: Adopt graduated licensing systems that encourage young people to gain more experience while limiting certain high-risk activities such as driving at night and with passengers. Ensure testing allows examiners to ascertain a safe driving style by including aspects such as independent driving. Lower the BAC limit for all young drivers including novice drivers.
- Safer vehicles and telematics: Encourage young people to use safer vehicles and utilise assistive technologies. Further explore the link between telematics-based insurance and safe driving.
For more information and to read the entire Report, visit the ETSC website.