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The figures spell it out, road accidents are one of the main causes of death in 15 to 29 year-olds. But why is it that young people worldwide top the fatality rates on the roads?
- Their age itself is a factor to bear in mind. Young people, in many cases, are looking for thrills without assessing the risks. That means they take things to the limit.
- Inexperience also plays an important part. Novice drivers need to pay more attention to their driving, which can lead greater levels of mental overload and distraction. Furthermore, in a dangerous situation, they find it more difficult to control the vehicle and take the right decisions.
- Their greater level of social activity also has a bearing on accident figures.
In fact, according to the study entitled Young People and Road Safety that we carried out in 2017, 9 out of every 10 young people have, at one time or another, got into a car without putting on their seat belt, 62% of those surveyed admitted to having traveled in a car in which the driver had been drinking alcohol and 68% have sometimes not worn a helmet when on a motorcycle.
However, in spite of the road accident figures and greater exposure to danger inherent to age, the reality is positive. In the last decade, the number of fatal road incidents involving young people has significantly reduced thanks to road safety campaigns, lower mobility rates and a greater awareness of risk.
If you are one of those 88% of young people highly concerned about road accidents, we will help you to identify the risks you face when it comes to driving; to not underestimate the dangers of driving under the effects of drugs and alcohol; and saying NO in any situation that does not seem safe to you.
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