Over 50 percent of young drivers think their school, college or university has a key influence in how they learn about road safety, according to new research released this week.

One in six young motorists in the UK agree that their place of learning was the most influential source of road safety information compared to other influences, like driving instructors or parents.

The research of 1000 young drivers aged 17 to 24, showed that forty percent of young motorists admit they are unsafe on the road, and two-thirds of parents agree they are at risk. Only a fifth of parents believe their child’s school, college or university had taught them about the issue.

The research was conducted as part of Continental Tyres’ Vision Zero, campaign striving for zero road fatalities.

With road accidents the biggest killer of young people, the findings revealed that 800,000 young motorists admit they don’t know enough to keep them safe on the road.


Mark Griffiths, a safety expert at Continental Tyres, said:

“There appears to be a clear need for schools, colleges and universities to be supported with national standards and material to support young driver education, enabling them to further help keep youngsters – and all road users – safe.

Each year, around 3,000 people die or are seriously injured as a result of a road accident involving a young driver. The research shows that although universities, colleges and schools play a big part in teaching young people about road safety, a large number of this group feel as though they’ve not had enough education.”


The research coincides with TyreSafe’s official Tyre Safety Month 2016 and found that 50 percent of young motorists would not know where to start with basics like checking their tyres.


Less than half of young road users know what the legal tyre tread limit is and one in five have no idea what solution, such as a spare tyre, they have available in an event of a puncture.

Parents are also in need of road safety education. When asked about a tyre’s legal tread depth limit, parents of young drivers were 30 percent less likely than their motorist children to know the correct answer – only three in ten parents knew it is 1.6mm.