Rural Young Drivers Research 2013

Road Safety Analysis have published results from a comprehensive piece of primary research that looks into the risks posed to rural young drivers.  Building on the success of the [2012 analysis] produced for the BBC's Countryfile programme, the new study analyses the problems faced by young drivers with the conclusion that young rural drivers nearly twice (44%) as likely to be involved in a collision compared to young urban drivers.
89%

More likely to hold a full driving licence than urban young people

58%

More likely to be involved in a collision on rural roads than urban young drivers

68%

More likely to be involved in a collision on 60mph roads than urban young drivers

63%

More likely to be involved in a collision in the dark than urban young drivers

The research found that many of the attributes of young driver collisions are far more over-represented amongst rural young drivers than urban young drivers. Rural young drivers are more likely than urban young drivers to be involved in collisions involving:

  • Rural roads
    Rural young drivers are 58% more likely to be involved in a collision on rural roads than urban young drivers (and 1% more likely than rural adults)
  • 60mph roads
    Rural young drivers are 68% more likely to be involved in a collision on 60mph roads than urban young drivers (and 11% more than rural adults)
  • No other vehicles
    Rural young drivers are 28% more likely to be involved in a single vehicle collision than urban young drivers (and 45% more than rural adults)
  • Providing positive breath tests
    Rural young drivers are 16% more likely to provide a positive breath test in a collision than urban young drivers (and 46% more than rural adults)
  • Bends
    Rural young drivers are 52% more likely to be involved in a collision on a bend than urban young drivers (and 42% more than rural adults)
  • Darkness
    Rural young drivers are 63% more likely to be involved in a collision in the dark than urban young drivers (and 45% more than rural adults)
  • Loss of control being the top contributory factor
    Rural young drivers are 28% more likely to have ‘Loss of Control’ as a contributory factor than urban young drivers (and 34% more than rural adults)
  • Wet road surfaces
    Rural young drivers are 16% more likely to be involved in a collision on a wet road surface than urban young drivers (and 13% more than rural adults)
  • Earlier driving licensure
    Rural young people are 89% more likely to hold a full driving licence than urban young people.

  • The final point regarding licensure is an entirely new analysis only made possible thanks to the sharing of information by the DVLA (driver licences number by age by Lower Super Output Area).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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