Young Drivers: The Road to Safety

  • Published: OECD Transport Research Centre, 2006
  • Authors: OECD Transport Research Centre
  • Date Added: 09 Apr 2012
  • Last Update: 12 Jan 2018
  • Format: pdf


This report puts forward policy-oriented, research-based recommendations for implementing countermeasures to address young driver risk. It also provides a general overview of the problem, and the factors behind it.


This report is the result of two years of work by a group of expert researchers in the field of traffic safety from many organisations for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) countries. Working group members came from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. An earlier draft of this report was reviewed by international experts in the field of young driver risk.

Key Findings:

  • Why do young drivers have such high crash rates?

  • The response can be summarised under three general headings: experience, age and gender.

  • The universal problem of young, novice drivers is inexperience.

  • As most people learn to drive while they are young, inexperience explains much of the high levels of young driver risk.

  • Furthermore, a minority of young drivers fails to manage a complex range of additional risk factors – many of which are related to age and gender – and is thus involved in a further disproportionate number of fatal crashes.