The first two years are the most dangerous for new drivers

“Driving is now seen as a bigger threat to teenagers than gun and knife crime” AA Charitable Trust, 2018 

The statistics about young drivers are shocking but many parents of teenagers are unaware of the real risks posed to their child when driving.  Sadly, many young drivers are killed or seriously injured on UK roads because of driving behaviour such as not wearing a seatbelt, driving at inappropriate speed or being distracted by friends in the car.  Very few are ‘accidents’ or due to mechanical failure. 

However, as a parent or guardian there are lots of practical things that you can do to help your child stay safer when they’re driving and when a passenger.

One of the most important things you can do is choose the right driving instructor.  ADIs (Approved Driving Instructors) have different specialisms, skills and interests, so pick someone who cares about road safety, who comes recommended and who will be a good fit with your young driver. Choosing an Honest Truth Approved Driving Instructor means that they have agreed to talk about road safety and safer driving behaviours with their students. (Click here to find an Instructor.)