Warning over dangerous young driver actions

Nearly a third of young drivers indulge in reckless practices, including uninsured driving, according to a new survey published today (November 16th).

The study – jointly commissioned by Co-operative Insurance and road safety charity Brake – found that 30 per cent of motorists aged under 25 admitted to unsafe practices.

Among these, 35 per cent would break speed limits regularly, including racing against their friends, while 25 per cent confessed to driving without insurance, a valid MOT or even a licence.

Responding to the figures, deputy chief executive of Brake Cathy Keeler said youngsters should take driving “seriously”.

She added that this involves “making sure they’re fully insured and driving legally and never taking risks such as texting their friends while driving or overtaking on a blind bend”.

In September, the AA backed new rules aimed at penalising motorists without insurance even when the car was off the road, saying this could help lower the cost of premiums.

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