Many young drivers are distracted
A study from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has indicated that more than half of young motorists admit to not paying full attention to the road while carrying other people.
The poll also showed 45% of young drivers are preoccupied by the views and a similar number by the radio. In addition, around a quarter of youngsters think it is acceptable to speed after dark or while in the countryside.
James Dalton, the ABI's head of motor, said: "Many young drivers who are not yet experienced behind the wheel find it hard to concentrate when driving, let alone during the bad weather we are experiencing throughout the UK."
He added that the winter season is one of the most distracting, as drivers have to contend with hazardous weather, often with other passengers in the vehicle.
He gave safety tips to young drivers, advising them to pick journeys that do not involve badly lit, narrow country roads, where there is a greater risk of having a collision.
He added passengers should only be carried at night when necessary. With most young drivers preoccupied by passengers, night time driving could increase the risk of accidents even further.
Music should be switched off, he said, especially if there is already a risk of distraction from passengers, poor weather or night time conditions.
He also added that phones should not be used, with over 30% of young motorists distracted by their mobiles, even though use of handsets while driving is against the law.
published: 17/01/2013 14:00:01