Parents of youngsters aged 16-25 are more worried about them being in a car crash than anything else – above becoming drug addicts or being unable to find a job.

A poll by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) found that 62% of parents were worried about their kids being involved in a car accident.

Less than a third, however, were worried about them taking illegal drugs or taking up smoking.

Head of motor at ABI, James Dalton:

“Parents are right to be concerned for their children’s safety on the roads since car crashes are the single biggest cause of accidental deaths among 15 to 24-year-olds.”

The ABI is calling for a one-year minimum learning period for new drivers – along with a limit to the number of passengers they can carry for six months after passing their test.

Dalton added:

“The survey findings highlight the need for Government to introduce reforms to reduce the traffic loss of young lives. The Government Green Paper that was promised to look at tackling the problem has repeatedly been delayed.”

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