A UK school for under-age drivers has launched a petition asking the government to add driver training to the national school curriculum. Young Driver says the appalling accident statistics among teenage road users and those who have just passed their driving tests make classroom driving tuition a necessity.
The statistics quoted by Young Driver show that one in every five drivers who passes their test as a teenager is involved in a crash of some kind within six months. The figures also disclose the fact that 400 people die on the UK’s roads as a result of accidents in which younger motorists are involved.
A final alarming revelation is that road accidents are responsible for a quarter of the deaths of UK nationals in the 15 to 19 age group. This compares with just 0.25 as the national average, although this might be alleviated by the fact that as people get older death from natural causes plays a significant role.
Young Driver says the petition is not aimed at letting under-17s loose on British roads, but would like to see a mixture of classroom theory and practical driving skills taught in schools. Young Driver is not a lone voice in its campaign and the RAC and the Institute of Advanced Motorists are among respected bodies supporting the move.
Young Driver operates more than 20 centres in England plus ones in Glasgow and Cardiff. They provide driver training for 11 to 17 year olds which mimic genuine driving lessons, but on specially constructed off-road courses.