Inadequate Driving Lessons 'Leading To Car Accidents'

Driving lessons are leaving young motorists underprepared and are leading to motor vehicle accidents, the Co-operative Insurance has warned.

A report by the organisation revealed that almost one-quarter (24%) of young drivers say they have been involved in a road accident they claim they would have been able to avoid if they had spent longer training, while 44% have been in a car crash during their first few years of driving.

Furthermore, 29% of respondents said they were still unable to drive by themselves after passing their test, with 14% describing themselves as ‘unprepared’. The same proportion said they cannot drive in the rain, and 21% argued that lessons do not prepare them for driving with passengers. Driving lessons may also fail to adequately prepare drivers to drive on motorways or in the night time, with 29% of respondents saying they were not ready to do so after passing. ‘Pass Plus’ lessons may teach people how to handle these situations.

A total of 62% of respondents said they think there should be a minimum learning period before people can take a test. James Hilton, The Co-operative Insurance’s Director of General Insurance, gave his backing to this proposal.

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