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Trevor Collett | Dec, 05 2014 | 7 Comments

A survey by Western Australia’s RAC has revealed young drivers accept that certain behaviours are risky while driving, but choose to engage in them anyway.

The 2014 ‘free2go’ driver survey revealed a long list of risky activities from young drivers, along with an equally-long list of poor behaviours from their parents.

Young drivers are quite confident of their abilities behind the wheel, with 85 percent rating their driving as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’, while only two percent thought they were worse than their peers.

Around 74 percent thought their driving was ‘better’ or ‘much better’ than their peers, but 65 percent believed 16-25 year-olds were responsible for the most road collisions.

Social media was in the spotlight, with 16 percent admitting to checking it while driving and 19 percent saying they took photos from behind the wheel.

RAC’s Will Golsby said the annual survey provided an insight into the driving behaviour and attitudes of young drivers.

“The results highlight a disconnect between young drivers’ understanding of road safety and their own behaviour,” Mr Golsby said.

“Last year, one person died on WA roads nearly every two days. Distractions and inattention continue to be a problem for young drivers, with 62 percent admitting to being distracted when having a conversation with a passenger – a similar result to last year.”

The parents of young drivers might be poor role models, if the survey results are anything to go by, with 42 percent of respondents saying their parents use a mobile phone while driving.

A further 25 percent have seen their parents drive after drinking alcohol, nine percent have seen them run a red light, and 73 percent have seen their parents exceed the speed limit.

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