Third of young drivers don't know what to do after a crash
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A third of young drivers aren’t prepared to deal with a crash situation, according to new research. 17 to 24 year olds feel that their driving lessons leave them inadequately prepared to deal with any scale of crash situation suggests insurer Ingenie. This unpreparedness means that many young drivers fail to acquire the other involved parties details, often admit liability when they may not necessarily have been to blame and delay reporting incidents, sometimes for over a week, leaving some young drivers unfairly penalised. The new research found that only 14% of those that had been involved in a crash, felt prepared they knew how to deal with the situation. 71% said that they forgot the basic steps of how to deal with a crash, leaving their vehicle’s engine running and only 23% successfully remembering to put on their hazard warning lights. Almost three quarters, 74%, of those involved in a crash, failed to acquire the other involved party’s contact details, 82% did not acquire witness information, which is crucial for insurance claims and 71% forgot to note the registration numbers of other vehicles involved. 10% of young drivers forgot to give their own details before leaving the crash scene, due to being too shaken or upset by the incident and an additional 6% of young drivers panicked and just drove off.
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