It’s a worrying thought as a parent, but over 40% of accidents where someone is killed or seriously injured in the Staffordshire area involve young drivers between the age of 16 and 25. It’s even more worrying considering that only 10% of the people who live here fall into that age group.
New drivers are particularly at risk. 1 in 3 male drivers aged between 17 and 20 crash in the first two years after passing their test and 1 in 5 drivers crash within their first year of driving. What’s more, young drivers are twice as likely to die in a road crash when carrying passengers of their own age.
So, as a parent, what can you do to make sure your child stays safe on the road?
- Don’t be afraid to talk to them. Reminding them to drive safely and watch their speed may seem old-fashioned, but it could save their lives!
- If they’re using your car, make sure it’s in good condition and is regularly serviced.
- Don’t put them at risk – if you know they’re driving, don’t call them on their mobile phone unless its an emergency, even if it is hands free!
- Just because they’ve passed their driving test, doesn’t mean they’re expert drivers. Considering investing in additional Pass Plus lessons as a present. They’re subsidised by Staffordshire County Council – call 01785 276611 for more details.
- Set a good example – if they see you speeding or driving badly, it could influence their behaviour too.
For more information on driving safely, visit the rest of this website.