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Young people 'too embarrassed' to comment on bad driving

Young people 'too embarrassed' to comment on bad driving

Young people 'too embarrassed' to comment on bad driving

More than 9 in 10 young people aged 17-25 say they’ve felt uncomfortable in the passenger seat of a car – but 41% would rather keep quiet than ask the driver to slow down or concentrate on the road.

The research by Goodyear Tyres’ Young Driver programme found that 78% of 17 to 19-year-olds have been in a car when the driver has been distracted, and half of young people have been a passenger when a friend has answered the phone while driving.

Despite these worrying stats, many young people are worried about appearing ‘geeky’ by speaking out – especially if the driver is older than them.

PR & corporate communications manager at Goodyear Tyres UK, Kate Rock, said: “No one should be made to feel uncomfortable whilst a passenger in any vehicle, whether the driver is older or younger. Peer pressure is a strong influence on young people today, but by not approaching the subject of poor driving, it is putting themselves, the driver and other road users at risk.”

The survey of 1,000 17-25s found that 41% of young passengers have seen friends send a text while behind the wheel, and women are less likely to comment on poor driving than men.

Rock added: “It’s vital to speak up if you see a driver is distracted, so that we, as a nation, begin to view safe driving as the celebrated way to drive – for all ages – and work to reduce road crash statistics.”

Previous research by Goodyear Tyres has found that 41% of young drivers have had a crash or near miss in the past 12 months, with nearly a quarter of these a direct result of being distracted at the wheel.

23% of young drivers also admit their driving skills are worse when they have a friend in the car, with a third saying they concentrate less.

This car can be driven by a five-year-old

This car can be driven by a five-year-old

This car can be driven by a five-year-old

A new car designed for under-10s is set to make its debut at this week’s Gadget Show Live at Birmingham’s NEC.

Developed over nine months in association with Young Driver, provider of driving lessons for under-17s, the two-seat car has a top speed of 10mph and features twin electric motors, disc brakes and independent suspension.

It also uses an innovative system to detect obstacles and stops the car to prevent collisions, as well as a remote-control system which can be used to stop the car if necessary.

Visitors to the show will be able to see prototype models of the car, with youngsters invited to test drive it and provide feedback.

Young Driver director, Kim Stanton, said: “This is not a toy, it is very definitely a small car. We’ve had children involved throughout its development, working with the designers and engineers to ensure that it provides a realistic driving experience.

“The Gadget Show will allow us to get a wider cross section of ages and sizes behind the wheel, trying out our final pre-production models. All young test drivers at the Gadget Show will be able to tell everyone they were one of the very first people to give the car a try, and that they had a hand in its development.”

The final version of the car will be officially launched in May, with children aged between five and 10 able to drive it at Young Driver venues across the UK.

The company uses Skoda Citigos fitted with dual controls to offer driving lessons for 10-17s on the firm’s private roads designed to mimic realistic road systems.

It comes following the news that the number of underaged drivers caught on UK roads is increasing – with young boys most likely to break the law to get behind the wheel.

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RAC research reveals that more than half of new young drivers don’t put aside enough money for car insurance

Young driver in her first carNew research from the RAC has shown that 56% of new drivers underestimate the cost of their first year’s car insurance.

More than half of new young drivers thought £750 would be enough for their first year’s cover. But the average cost of insurance for under-25s is £810, and that sum rises to £972 for newly qualified drivers aged 18 to 20.

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Both of these premiums are more than double the UK’s overall average annual premium, which is £367.

The research also highlighted that almost two thirds (62%) of the 500 young drivers questioned believe paying insurance premiums is the biggest obstacle to owning and running a car.

Unsurprisingly, the survey, carried out to coincide with the launch of RAC Black Box Car Insurance, showed that just over half (51%) of new drivers relied on help from their parents to cover the cost of the first year’s cover.

RAC Insurance director Mark Godfrey said: “The cost of car insurance for young and new drivers is unquestionably high due to the high cost of claims.

“But it doesn’t have to be that way with a ‘black box’ policy, which allows new drivers to prove how safe they are.

“The beauty of telematics is that it is fairer for young drivers as, rather than simply rating them in line with every other young driver, they can be judged on their own driving ability and potentially earn cheaper insurance premiums and renewals as a result.”

Fiat 500 available for £239 a month - with insurance included

£239 a month Fiat 500 deal for teens – insurance included

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Fiat is targeting young drivers with a new finance package which includes servicing and insurance for three years.

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‘Tank of Mum and Dad’ costs parents £258 a year

‘Tank of Mum and Dad’ costs parents £258 a year

‘Tank of Mum and Dad’ costs parents £258 a year

Motoring costs are one of the most expensive factors in bringing up a child, new research has found, with the cost of chipping in to your son or daughter’s fuel bills once they’ve passed their test amounting to over £3,000 on average.

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