Mike Stevens | Dec 2, 2009

DRIVERS YOUNG AND OLD have taken aim at each other over which age group is the greater hazard on the road, according to research by insurer AAMI.

A recent AAMI survey has seen both groups identify the other as being the most hazardous, an outcome the insurer says highlights the different behaviours and attitudes behind the wheel.

“With young drivers - by their own admission - more prone to speeding than others, they are likely to view slower vehicles, often driven by older drivers, as potential road hazards," AAMI spokesperson Yves Noldus said.

"Correspondingly, older drivers identify the aggressive driving style of some of the younger road users, particularly P-platers, as a major risk.”

The responses showed that neither age group considers itself a major hazard on the road. Younger drivers rank themselves as 'better than average', and drivers over 55 consider themselves the least hazardous.

Seven out of 10 drivers under 25 (69 percent) identified older drivers as hazardous on the road, while nearly six out of 10 drivers (56 percent) identify young drivers in the same regard.

Further, drivers over 55 identify P-platers and young drivers in general as the two most hazardous groups on the road.

The AAMI study found that drivers under 25 are more critical of L-platers than those over 55, with 32 percent describing L-platers as hazardous.

“Somewhere between handing in their Ls and getting their Ps, young drivers seem to turn from villain to hero in their own minds, but from inconvenience to hazard in the minds of more experienced drivers,” Mr Noldus said.

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