Driving ‘should be taught at school to save lives’

According to Young Driver, four hundred lives could be saved each year if driving was taught at schools. Read more about this below.

Adding driving to the school curriculum could save 400 lives every year on the UK’s roads, according to a driving lesson provider.

A petition has been launched to support the proposal by Young Driver and is being backed by major motoring organisations including the Association of British Insurers, the RAC, Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and the Driving Instructor’s Association.

The petition does not want to lower the legal age of driving from 17 but instead wants school children to be taught about driving from a younger age.

The scheme’s supporters say providing lessons in the classroom and practical driving courses would help save the lives of this most vulnerable group of drivers.

Another benefit of the scheme would be to cut the number of deaths of young people travelling in cars driven by other young people aged 17 to 24. A quarter of all road deaths in the UK involve drivers or passengers aged 15 to 19.

Kim Stanton from Young Driver explained: “Driving a vehicle is potentially one of the most dangerous and responsible things a person can do. Learning to drive should be done over a long period of time, and from a young age, when pupils are more receptive to safety messages.

“Evidence-based research shows that road safety messages are better absorbed by children in their early teens rather than at driving age. By having this take place at school it can be made inclusive for all. We urge people to sign this petition so we can get this issue in front of the people with the power to change things.”

Mark Lewis, director of standards for the IAM, added: “The high number of accidents and the sad loss of life as a result of unprepared young drivers urgently needs to be tackled. Quite obviously the driving education that youngsters are currently receiving is inadequate.

“At the IAM we can help prepare people for more advanced driving situations once they have passed their test, but there needs to be more done at an earlier stage. Learning such an important skill shouldn’t potentially be done and dusted in a few short months.

“That’s why I strongly believe people should sign this petition and get the subject debated in the House of Commons.”