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Young people and road safety

Less than one in 12 licence holders is under 25, yet one in five fatal and serious injury crashes involve a driver this age. Often the victims are young people themselves: road crashes are the biggest killer of young people in the UK and worldwide.

At the same time, young people can make a huge difference to road safety. They often make passionate, effective campaigners who understand the devastation road crashes cause to young lives. They can help prevent casualties, and make their communities safer and greener, by speaking out for road safety and sustainable transport, and making and encouraging responsible decisions within their peer group.

If you teach or work with young people, you can help them understand the issues around road safety and sustainable travel, make safe and sustainable choices, and speak out for responsible road use. Attend our low-cost, one-day training course on engaging young people through interactive workshops. Use our resources including posters, interactive tools and videos. If you attend a course you will receive a pack with hard copy resources including posters, leaflets and a DVD.

The training and resources are ideal for youth leaders, secondary schools and colleges, emergency services professionals and driving instructors. Teachers can also make use of our guide to teaching road safety and sign up to our termly educator bulletin.

If you’re a young person wanting to make a difference, stand up for safe and sustainable travel by:

  • getting the info you need from our resources and fact and advice pages for young people.
  • making the Brake Pledge to show your support for safe and sustainable streets.
  • using the Pledge to lead a campaign to raise awareness in your school, college or community.
  • staying in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter.
  • registering to be part of Road Safety Week in November.
  • fundraising for us in your school, college or community.