Research by dash cam manufacturer Nextbase has found that nearly a third (29 percent) of young drivers are either being wrongly found guilty in car-to-car motoring incidents, or are prematurely pleading guilty when they’re not.
Nextbase suggests the stress of a crash situation might be behind this – and that more experienced drivers are taking advantage of it.
Younger drivers can feel vulnerable, says the firm, and lead to panicked admissions of fault, even if they are not actually to blame. Those who have more experience can exploit this and secure an unfair admission of guilt from the younger motorist.
This is where dash cams can come in very handy for younger drivers. They offer conclusive proof, one way or the other, of who is at fault. If it is the younger driver, the experience is beneficial and justice is done. If it’s the more experienced driver, they can be held accountable and again teach both a valuable lesson.
Dash cam car insurance
Car insurance for younger drivers is notoriously expensive. The average fully comprehensive car insurance policy for an under-24 comes in at a heady £1,116.
In response, Nextbase has partnered with a car insurer to create a deal that could ease the blow. Called MyFirstUK insurance, the scheme is offering 30 percent off premiums when a Nextbase 312GW dash cam has been fitted in the vehicle.
“With research showing that a large proportion of young drivers are getting blamed for accidents that may have not been their fault, a dash cam can act as a witness to help prove innocence,” said Richard Browning, director of Nextbase.
“Research shows that the older you get, the worse your reactions are. However, younger drivers are still getting penalised with sky-high car insurance costs.
“By unveiling this offer with MyFirst, we hope to give the younger generation a solution to keep safe on the roads and save money at the same time.”