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Rural roads pose greater danger for young drivers


Newly released figures show the risks of driving in the countryside are much higher than city driving.

The survey which was based on 700 drivers aged 17 to 25 shows that 2 in 5 17-to-24-year-olds are likely to drive faster in the countryside.  Government data shows that drivers aged 17 to 25 who drive in the countryside were 44% more likely to be involved in an injury-causing collision than those driving on urban roads.

Road Safety Analysis (RSA) Report

From 2007 to 2011, the RSA and the Michelin Tyre Company found young drivers on country roads were:


  • 63% more likely to have an accident in the dark
  • 41% were more likely to drive faster on rural roads
  • 52% more likely to be involved in a collision on a bend
  • 28% more likely to claim loss of control as a contributory factor in their accident
  • 40% would support the idea of mandatory motorway lessons
  • 39% would back mandatory lessons after dark
    14% would support a minimum learning period of one year
  • 9% would back a ban on night-time driving for the first 12 months

Which areas are statistically the riskiest for young drivers?

  • Lincolnshire
  • South Glamorgan
  • Surrey

What Do The Specialists Say? 

Carter & Carter’s serious injury lawyers act for innocent victims who have suffered life-changing injuries as a result of road accidents, giving them access to vital care and rehabilitation. They also act on behalf of the families of victims who have tragically died in such incidents.

David Healey, a specialist in road traffic collision injuries said:

“These new figures are quite startling.  Despite rural roads being much quieter than urban roads, the consequences of accidents are often much more serious due to the speeds involved.  Added to that, many rural roads are tree-lined which means there is simply nowhere to go if a driver gets themselves into difficulties.”