Young drivers find the roads scary



LENA Thomason and Lauren Collins are among many of their peers who were licensed this year and agree young drivers need more safety measures.

The freedom opened up to licensed drivers comes with risks that both P-plate drivers were already wary of.

Both the P-plate drivers have either been in minor accidents or had friends in accidents this year.

'It's exciting but scary,' Lena said.

Lauren recently hit a roundabout and a traffic sign after she aquaplaned in wet weather.

Fortunately she was travelling at 30kmh and escaped injury but she wished she had the opportunity to complete a safe driving course.

Both girls said one of the options that should be looked at when discussing measures for young drivers is increased training for wet weather hazards.

Lena said the age for licensing drivers could also be considered.

'I don't think 17 is a good year to get your licence,' Lena said.

'Seventeen is young and you're going to do stupid thing

'You're always trying to impress friends, boys especially are.'

Both girls were receptive to proposals such as limiting passengers or introducing further theoretical and practical driving education.

However they ruled out suggestions such as curfews, saying it would be too restrictive and ineffective.



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