The Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety has unveiled a study confirming the risks young drivers and their passengers take when their parents are not in the car.
The study of 14-21 year olds shows they behave very differently when they are with their friends, causing intense levels of distraction.
Linda Sanderson, communications manager, says: “Compared with driving alone, the risk of a fatal collision for young drivers is 39% higher with one passenger, 85% higher with two, and 182% higher with three or more. We are appealing to parents to examine how their children may be behaving when they are not there and do something about it before it is too late.”
The Partnership will hold a programme of workshops for parents in sixth form colleges across Lancashire. The sessions will highlight the hidden behaviour of their children, the warning signs to look out for, and offer advice on how they can step in to keep them safe.
For further information contact Amanda Anderson on 0845 458 9786.