Young Drivers Need More Lessons

20 August 2013, 10:37 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

Over half of young drivers in the North East say they have had an accident while driving.

However 33% feel this this could have been avoided if they had taken more time to learn to drive before passing their test.

Seven in ten think that people should have to learn to drive for a certain period of time before taking their driving test. 

Last year 410 people were killed in accidents involving young drivers in the UK, including 150 young drivers.

This comes from new research by The Co-operative Insurance.  

Les Ellerby's a driving instructor at the Experienced Driving School in the North East.

He's told Capital:

"The guideline that we use is we try and work on a minimum of two hours per year of the individual's life.

Some people learn within that time comfortably but some people take a little longer than that.

People are just a little bit too keen to learn very very quickly and obtain their license - basically they learn to pass the test and don't take enough time to build the skills needed to drive."