Young drivers, especially men, tend to be over confident and are more likely to drive in risky ways like driving too fast, too close to the vehicle in front and overtaking dangerously. Young drivers consistently rate their own performance as above average and are more likely to regard ‘good’ driving as the ability to master the controls of the car at higher speeds.

Young drivers can often have excellent vehicle control skills and fast reactions, but they are poor at identifying potential hazards and assessing risk. They will tend to overestimate their ability to avoid any hazards. Peer pressure plays a factor in accidents. Young drivers (especially male drivers) who carry passengers are more likely to be involved in an accident.

New drivers face tougher legislation than other drivers. They are allowed fewer penalty points before losing their licence. If a driver acquires six or more penalty points, within two years of passing their first test, their licence is revoked.