Firstly, we had better briefly explain the term “graduated licensing” to you as many people are probably not aware of what it means.
It refers to someone that has just passed their test being restricted in their driving activities for a period of around 12 months. For instance, a newly qualified driver may not be allowed to drive their car during the hours of midnight to 5 am unless they need their car to commute to work.
A survey was recently carried out by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the RAC Foundation that is a motoring research charity. This revealed that 68% of adults were in agreement of graduated licensing being brought in for those people that have only just qualified to drive their cars and who are no more than 24 years of age.
Interestingly, a high percentage (41%) of young motorists were in favour of graduated licensing.
It is a known fact that the younger inexperienced motorist is more likely to be involved in a car accident than say a 50 year old with many years driving experience. This is one of the reasons why car insurance can be so expensive for young drivers to a point where sometimes car insurance premiums can cost more per month than the monthly repayments on a car loan.
There is obviously more chance of someone being involved in an accident during the early hours presumably because they are more likely to be tired and not paying as much attention whilst at the wheel.
So, what are your thoughts on graduated licensing? Do you have a son or daughter that has just passed their test and looking to buy their first car? How would you feel if they were restricted in driving their car for the first 12 months after passing their driving test?
Let’s ne hones, twelve months would quickly pass at the end of which period they would hopefully have improved their driving capability to a point where they could make greater use of their vehicle.
Let us have your thoughts.