year 3,600 people are killed on Britain's roads. Improved hazard
perception skills are expected to play an important part in achieving
the Government's challenging casualty reduction targets.
drivers (17-21) make up only 7% of all licence holders yet they
are involved in up to one in seven accidents involving injury. The
accident liability of new drivers drops sharply over the first 12
months or so after passing the test and continues to fall as more
experience is gained.
drivers have quicker reactions than older drivers. However, the
more experienced driver scans the road better and recognises the
clues that show a hazardous situation is developing much earlier
and therefore starts to take action before the danger occurs. This
is one of the reasons why accident involvement generally reduces
as experience is gained.
New drivers take much longer (up to two seconds longer) to recognise
hazardous situations than more experienced drivers.