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Changes to tests ‘would benefit young drivers’

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has published a range of recommendations which the body feels would benefit young drivers.

Following the publication of research by the organisation showing that 30 per cent of young drivers aged between 18 and 25 admit to having broken the law within the first few years of taking to the roads, the IAM believes more support is needed for this group to provide them with the necessary skills to be safe and experienced road users.

Overall, 68 per cent of respondents to the IAM’s poll stated that despite having successfully passed their test, they still need to learn more in order to be a safer driver.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “This survey shows that younger drivers simply don’t feel adequately prepared for independent driving. The current learning system is failing the next generation of motorists and there needs to be serious review.”

As such, the IAM recommends a range of new initiatives be considered by the government to promote safer driving for newly qualified motorists.

These include the introduction of a minimum 12-month learning period for new drivers and a new post-test assessment to ensure young drivers have continued to understand the basics of motoring beyond their tuition.

Meanwhile, the government is also being encouraged to introduce mandatory road safety assessments and tuition within the national curriculum to help to train the next generation of road users – as starting early is the best method for instilling the essentials of road safety.

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