L for Later

Campaigning for young driver safety

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.

L for Later is a campaign to end the tragedy of young driver death and injury on our roads by learning from international best practice and urging the Government to be bold in its ambition.

What are we calling for?

Through our L for Later campaign, Brake is calling for:

  • The introduction of graduated driver licensing (GDL)
  • Compulsory road safety education
  • Better access to affordable public transport for young people

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 being less exposed to danger.

Brake calls for a GDL system that includes a 12-month learner period, an initial test, and then a novice period when new drivers can drive independently but with restrictions – such as a late-night driving curfew. This system has been proven to work in countries around the world and it's predicted it would prevent 400 deaths and serious injuries a year in the UK.

To support the mobility of young people, Brake also calls for better access to affordable public transport, so fewer need to start driving in their teens.

Key facts:

  • 10–20% of new drivers have a crash within the first six months of passing their test.
  • In Britain, drivers under 25 make up only 7% of licence holders but represent nearly 20% of drivers killed or seriously injured in a crash.
  • Drivers under 25 are 3 times more likely to be in a reported personal injury accident and 3 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured per mile driven.
  • In 2016 almost 15% of road crashes were caused by drivers aged between 17-24 years old.

Take action

Learn more

Young driver crashes
Click here to read the facts about young drivers and why they are at risk on our roads.
 
Why do young people choose to drive?
Read our research report, supported by Allianz, on young people’s attitude to driving.
 
Explore the research
Brake’s campaigns are evidence-led and seek to learn and build on existing research.
 

Campaign news

Darlington MP wins award for efforts to improve young driver safety, 31/07/2018
Brake comments on research that shows driving is seen as increasing threat for young people, 23/07/2018
Brake comments on learner drivers being permitted on motorways, 04/06/2018
Brake comments on NI Graduated Driver Licensing consultation outcome, 10/05/2018
Brake comments on news that the Government will look into introducing GDL in the UK, 08/02/2018
Brake response to Northern Ireland Graduated Driver Licensing consultation, 17/01/2018
Brake comments as new driving test comes into effect, 04/12/2017
Brake calls for compulsory rural driving lessons for learners, 23/08/2017
Brake comments as learner drivers set to have motorway lessons from 2018, 13/08/2017
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