I'm a young person

  • Did you know?

    Did you know?

    You must display L-plates which can be seen clearly from, in front and behind the car.

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    Did you know?

    In the first year of driving, one in five drivers are involved in a crash. Every day in Britain, two people under 25 die in road accidents.

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    40 per cent of people killed or seriously injured on Staffordshire’s roads are aged between 17-25 years of age.

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Alarmingly, 40% of people who are killed or seriously injured in a car on Staffordshire's roads are aged between 16 and 25. What brings this sad statistic home is the fact that this age range only represents 10% of people who live here.

Are you learning to drive?

Looking for hints and tips to help pass your test? Click here for some hints and tips from DriveIQ and here for advice from Honest Truth.

Crash Magnets

Young male drivers are far more likely to have a crash than females and girls are more likely to be injured or killed as a passenger in a car driven by a young male, than they are to be killed or injured for any other reason.

No one ever sets off on a journey planning to have a crash; however, young male drivers are often called 'crash magnets' because they are willing to take risks, risks that if they or their passengers knew the consequences of, they might think again!

So why are young drivers crashing then? Here are some common reasons:

  • Speeding and/or inappropriate speed
  • Drinking & driving
  • Drugs & driving
  • Not wearing seatbelts (especially rear seated passengers)
  • Peer pressure (being encouraged to drive inappropriately by your friends)
  • Over confidence combined with lack of experience

I'll Be Des

If you plan to have a few drinks while out, plan how you are going to get home without driving or make sure you have a designated driver who doesn't drink or take drugs.

This summer, some local venues will be taking part in a special scheme as part of the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, where they will be offering FREE or reduced price soft drinks to designated drivers. To get details of premises taking part in the scheme near you, plus any terms and conditions, please visit www.staffssaferroads.co.uk/i'll-be-des