Parents Call For Tougher Laws Over Young Drivers
Statistics have continued to show that young drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident than more experienced drivers.
And young drivers continue to pay for these statistics with higher premiums, despite a range of schemes such as black boxes and PassPlus schemes.
An interesting theory for potentially reducing insurance premiums for young drivers is if driving laws were toughened up for them.
This view was expressed by parents who took a survey through insurance website, GoCompare.com. Out of the 1,000 parents surveyed, 10% of them stated they had children who had made am insurance claim within 12 months of them getting behind the wheel. Furthermore, 62% of those parents surveyed would back legal changes to ensure young drivers were safer when driving.
The survey showed that parents would agree to the following:
- 62% believe that young drivers should be restricted in the power and speed of the cars they can drive in the first year following passing their test.
- 54% believe there should be a zero alcohol drink/drive limit for drivers under the age of 20.
- 34% believe that telematics or ‘black box’ style insurance policies should be mandatory for drivers under the age of 20.
- 29% believe the minimum driving age should be increased by at least one year to 18+.
Car insurance spokesman for GoCompare, Matt Oliver stated: “Tougher penalties for using a mobile phone and measures to restrict the choices of younger drivers – such as their choice of car, setting a zero alcohol drink/drive limit and having their driving constantly monitored with a telematics policy – may be unpopular amongst young drivers, but if they were to reduce the number of accidents involving that age group, it may lead lower car insurance premiums.”
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