AA DriveTech reported on its latest road safety analysis, studying the risk profile of young working drivers, at Fleet Management Live.
David Richards (pictured), head of marketing at AA DriveTech, said the study looked at 40,000 recorded incidents on UK roads over the last five years, involving those driving for work aged under 30.
The young working car driver is 127% more likely than a normal working driver to be involved in an incident between 6-9am, while the young working van or professional vehicle driver sees their risk of an accident significantly increase from midnight to 9am.
The study also identified rural roads as more of a risk for young working drivers. Richards said: “There is something about rural roads, with more open spaces and opportunities to overtake that increases the danger for young drivers.”
Nervousness of young working drivers was a strong causation factor for these drivers – with accidents 161% more likely to be related to nervousness than a typical working driver.