Recently I have been studying inexperienced drivers and these are my findings. I have found that although young drivers are only 10-15% of the licensed driver population in Australia, however, they represent one quarter of the Australian road death toll!
Injury is the single biggest killer of Australian youth and 45% of injury deaths nationwide are because of road crashes. Quite a large percentage of crash victims have either been texting or using their mobile phones, and this may be true for many others who have not owned up due to fear of retribution.
Would new drivers be so confident and reckless if they knew that, of all the thousands of young people being hospitalized in Australia, three quarters are road crash victims? Or that a 17 year old with a probationary license is 4 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than someone over 26?
Please, I ask all young drivers to be careful whilst driving, it affects more than just you.
Hi my name is Dylan, I am 14 years old and was born at Modbury hospital in Adelaide. I lived in the Adelaide hills for about 8 years before we left to travel around Australia. We were traveling for 8 months. We never got all the way round, mainly going up and down the east coast. We liked it so much that we decided to stay. I now live in northern NSW. I have 4 brothers and one sister. My Mum and I breed little lop eared rabbits. I have been homeschooling since I was 5 and am currently finishing year 9.
Admin: Thank you Dylan. This is an important message and I am glad to see young people like yourself concerned enough to give it a voice! Well Done! I think you’ve shared some very necessary points that young people everywhere should take note of. I’m on a probationary license myself (I got it late, don’t judge me :P), and like to think that I am a safe driver, but that doesn’t account for the other drivers on the road. Everyone needs to be a lot safer as a whole, I think.