Young Driver Safety - a public attitude survey

  • Published: RAC Foundation, June 2014
  • Authors: Marshall, B., Parish, A.
  • Date Added: 12 Jan 2018
  • Last Update: 12 Jan 2018
  • Format: pdf


The aim of the study was to learn attitudes to young driver safety, and in particular the introduction of a graduated driver licensing (GDL) scheme.


Study was based on a survey conducted on a representative sample of 2,010 British adults aged over 16, with fieldwork undertaken between 7 March and 10 March 2014. The survey was conducted online and involved respondents drawn from the Ipsos Access Panel. Data was weighted to be representative in terms of region, age, gender, working status, tenure, socioeconomic grade and car/van availability in household.

Key Findings:

  • Young drivers’ road safety was perceived as a problem by the British public and they were generally supporting the idea of Graduated Driver Licensing.

  • 83% thought that young drivers being involved in road accidents was a very big or fairly big problem.

  • 45% strongly agreed that action needs to be taken to help ensure that young drivers (aged 24 or under) are less likely to be involved in road accidents, with a further 39% tending to agree.

  • There was backing for the notion that politicians should give more attention to the issue of road safety: 71% of respondents were in agreement with this proposition and 30% strongly so.

  • Support for GDL ran to over two thirds (68%) of the population and was relatively high even among those who did not perceive road safety to be a problem.

  • A relatively low share of those aged under 24 were convinced of such a scheme - 41% supported it and almost a third of them (32%) opposed GDL.

  • The introduction of the night-time curfews (prohibiting driving between midnight and 5 a.m. without the company of passengers aged 25 or over) was supported by 61% of Britons and restricting the number of passengers aged 15- to 19- years old to only one person (unless there is at least one passenger aged 25 or more) was backed by 66%.