Road Safety Advice for Young Drivers, Passengers & Pre-Drivers

The Road Safety Framework for Wales indicates that :

  • Young drivers are disproportionately at risk of being killed or seriously injured on the roads and are the most at-risk age group.  
  • Evidence suggests that young people are more likely to be involved in a collision during the first six months after they pass their test due to a lack of experience.
  • Young drivers are more inclined to drive inappropriately because of a lack of experience, when their peers are in the vehicle and/or at night time.
  • Young passengers should be able to distinguish between good and bad driving amongst their peers and make educated choices about who they travel with.

As young drivers and their passengers are over-represented in the casualty statistics we encourage young drivers to take particular care after their test as they are still gaining experience and continuing to develop their driving skills.

Passengers too can help themselves and their friends who are drivers by not contributing to driver distraction and avoiding lifts from drivers who exhibit unsafe driving practices.

We encourage drivers to further develop their skills and defensive driving techniques by undertaking post-test courses covering assessment and/or training. For drivers who have recently passed their test we strongly recommend the Pass Plus Cymru (PPC) course, which is heavily subsidized by Welsh Government.

We run the multi-agency Mega Drive pre-driver training event annually in Torfaen which is targeted at the 16-17 year olds.

Last Modified: 21/01/2019
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