- Drivers 17 to 25 hold 16% of licences
- More drivers 15-24 die in a road crash than any other age group
- Drivers 17-20 are three times more likely than drivers over 21 and over to be involved in a serious crash
- Far more males than females die in road crashes.
Mobile phone use
The ‘Don’t Drive Blind, Get Your Hand Off It’ and ‘Get Your Hand Off It’ campaigns were used to raise driver awareness of the risks of using mobile phones while driving.
According to Transport for NSW, while the warning message applies to all drivers, the campaigns were aimed at younger drivers from 17 to 39.
Young people tend to underestimate the dangers of talking on the phone while driving and, in fact, any dangers inside the car. Young drivers also have a greater risk of crashing when they have two or more friends in the car, especially male passengers.
Dangers inside the car
- Talking on the phone while driving – 25% of young people (compared to 40% of drivers of other ages)
- Speeding – 22% (29% of other drivers)
- Distracting passengers – 14% (17% of other drivers)
- Drug driving – 26% (28% of other drivers)
- Texting while driving – 44% (47%).
NSW has a very comprehensive licensing program, designed to limit the chances of young drivers being involved in a serious crash.
Young drivers are subject to a number of licence conditions. These special conditions include speed, the type of vehicle and mobile phone use as well as restrictions on passenger numbers.
For example, P1 licensed drivers under 25 cannot carry more than one passenger under 21 between 11pm and 5am.
Young drivers can also do a Safer Drivers Course.
Safer Drivers Course
- A 3 hour group discussion with other L-platers to learn how to manage risks on the road
- A 2 hour in-vehicle coaching session with a coach and another learner to learn practical, safe driving.
You don’t have to do both of these sessions in one day, but it is better to complete both sessions within one month.
- Young drivers are covered by the green slip of the vehicle they are driving, provided the vehicle registration is up to date
- If any kind of distracted driving causes a collision, the price of the green slip may go up
- Young drivers may not be included in the comprehensive insurance of the vehicle they are driving
- If they are covered by comprehensive insurance, a higher age-based excess may apply
- Check for other comprehensive insurance terms and restrictions that may apply to younger drivers.
How to get your premium down
- Geographic region
- Type and age of vehicle
- Vehicle performance
- Age of vehicle owner and driver
- Driving history (offences, demerit points, years licensed)
- Claims history (insurance level and no claim bonus, at-fault claims).