Young drivers should be required to share their vehicles’ dashcam footage and other information with their parents in a bid to reduce crash rates and keep them safer behind the wheel.
This is according to a new report from the RAC Foundation, which saw expert Dr Bruce Simons-Morton explain that in-car cameras and black box technology can allow adults to have a permanent presence within a vehicle even after new drivers have passed their test.
A moderating influence
In ‘Keeping Young Drivers Safe During Early Licensure’, Dr Simons-Morton suggested that if young people believe what they get up to behind the wheel could be seen by their parents, they are more likely to moderate their behaviour to avoid losing their new-found freedom.
The RAC Foundation also pointed towards evidence that shows without accompaniment by a parent or other adult, young drivers tend to engage in riskier activities such as texting, making calls and allowing themselves to be pressured by their passengers.
Currently, new drivers can opt to display green ‘P’ plates on their cars and to take part in Pass Plus lessons, but neither of these are compulsory.
Meanwhile, 25 per cent of people killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads between 2013 and 2015 were in collisions that involved a 17 to 24-year-old, even though this demographic holds only seven per cent of the UK’s driving licences.
Director of the RAC Foundation Steve Gooding said: “Every parent of a young driver wants their child to drive safely without having to be in the car themselves, but virtual supervision can have a big impact.”
Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Young drivers may be horrified at the thought of mum and dad watching them as they drive, but anything that can reduce needless loss of life in road accidents by moderating risky behaviour is surely worth this adolescent disapproval.”