L for Later

Young drivers are involved in a huge proportion of road crashes, due to a combination of inexperience and a tendency of many to take risks.
Less than one in 12 licence holders is under 25, yet one in five fatal and serious injury crashes involve a driver this age. Often the victims are young people themselves: road crashes are the biggest killer of young people in the UK and worldwide.

Get the facts on young driver crashes.

What needs to be done?

To help young people be safer as drivers and passengers, we need a better driver training and testing system and compulsory road safety education. That's why we call for graduated driver licensing (GDL), a system that allows new drivers to develop skills and experience gradually while less exposed to danger.
There are a number of variations on graduated driver licensing, but Brake calls for a system that includes a 12-month learner period, an initial test, and then a two-year novice period when you can drive independently but with restrictions – such as a late-night driving curfew. It's used in other countries and it's predicted it would prevent 400 deaths and serious injuries a year in the UK. We also call for better access to affordable public transport for young people, so fewer need to start driving in their teens.

As well as calling for government action, Brake works proactively with schools, colleges and emergency services to educate young people about staying safe on the road.
We commissioned research, supported by Allianz, on why young people chose to drive. (2016) 

What can I do?

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Campaign news

Charity welcomes tougher penalties for mobile phone use behind the wheel 1/3/2017
Brake welcomes police crackdown on drivers using mobiles, 23/01/2017
It's never clever to use a smartphone while driving, 29/07/2016
Just one shot could ruin your tournament, 09/06/2016
9,000 preventable injuries in last two years as government stalls on young driver crashes, 25/03/2015
Highland MSP wins national road safety award for campaign to save young lives, 10/03/2015
Government failure to ensure young driver safety costing lives and money, 12/02/2015
Brake echoes police calls, warning young people of dangers of drink and drug driving, 21/01/2015
Students from Conisborough College win national road safety competition, 16/07/2014
Young people encouraged to enter road safety ad competition to stop young driver crashes, 07/02/2014
Local MP wins national road safety award for campaign to tackle young driver crashes, 17/12/2013
Charity challenges young people to get creative to help prevent road deaths and injuries, 01/11/2013
Government-commissioned report calls for test overhaul to tackle young driver crashes, 10/10/2013
Cheshire Fire Service Cadets win national road safety award, 18/07/2013
Drivers young and old back plans for minimum learner period to tackle crashes, 22/05/2013
Norwich students win national road safety award, 17/01/2013
Bereaved dad recognised for dedication to saving young lives on roads, 17/01/2013
Brake's deputy CEO delivers speech on young drivers to party conferences, 01/10/2012
Brake response: graduated driver licensing announcement in Northern Ireland, 29/05/2012
Government must act now to tackle horrifying levels of drug driving among young people, 04/01/2012
Appeal to young people: zero tolerance on drink driving over festive period, 15/12/2011
Motorway lessons for learner drivers – Brake reaction, 08/12/2011
Bereaved young people call for action on young driver crashes in Road Safety Week, 22/11/2011
Parents want restrictions on young drivers' licences to curb deadly risk taking, 05/10/2011
Northern Ireland announces drink drive limit reduction for young drivers, 26/09/2011
MSP leads debate on graduated driver licensing to save young lives, 07/09/2011
Brake responds to consultation on graduated driver licensing, 19/07/2011
Brake reveals statistics on young driver risk at its international congress, 01/07/2011
Confused.com promotes Brake's campaign on young driver crashes, 24/05/2011
Brake's campaigns director delivers speech on young drivers in Parliament, 11/05/2011
Campaign on young driver crashes launched at start of UN Decade of Action for Road Safety,11/05/2011
Brake calls for action on young driver crashes following casualty statistics bulletin, 03/02/2011
Parliamentarian wins Brake award for his campaign on graduated driver licensing, 06/01/2011
Brake response to the Driving Standards Agency's consultation on Learning to Drive, 08/10/2008
Government response to Transport Select Committee's report on novice drivers, 17/10/2007
Transport Select Committee report on its inquiry into novice drivers, 01/07/2007
Westminster Hall debate on the Transport Select Committee's report on novice drivers, 07/02/2007
Brake's response to the Transport Select Committee inquiry into novice drivers, 01/12/2006
Brake calls for action on young driver safety in National Road Safety Week, 06/11/2006
Report by the Association of British Insurers on 'Four Ways to Save Young Drivers' Lives', 01/09/2006