It's time that the minimum driving age is raised to 25.
I'm not so sure.
It's not just a 'young' driver thing but more the feeling of power and invincibility that comes with passing your test and thinking you can drive.
The fact is, and I really believe this, you only learn to drive once you have passed your test. You're simply taught to drive at slow speeds, and look in your mirrors a few times. When you're learning and having your test, people are wary of you due to the L plates.
I'd suggest doing away with L plates was a better idea, you would learn to deal with the idiots on the road, and those doing the higher speeds.
25 is stupid, you can have sex, fight for your country, drink, smoke, buy a house, get a loan etc etc - but you can't pilot a car on the roads? Doesn't seem right to me.
I believe it's possible to pass your test on the Wirral without going over 40mph! Since they put a limit on the Moreton to Bidston bypass, where can you drive over 40mph? You can't use the motorway... until you pass.
I learned at an early age that I'm not invincible. Those that know me, will know I was involved in an accident which cost someone their life, 4 days after I passed my test, back in 2004. In fact, I passed my test 8 years ago today, and in 4 days it will be 8 years since that accident in which my friend died. It was simply inexperience that caused it, I was well within the speed limit and witness accounts described my driving as good up until the point of an accident.
I'd suggest being shown pictures of a young lad lying in the road, pretty much unrecognisable due to horrendous head and facial injuries would teach these youngsters to take care.
I still drive over the speed limit at times, and I still do things that I instantly regret whilst behind the wheel, in the heat of the moment.
I've vented enough, we need to introduce a stricter test, perhaps some car control courses - no 17 year old knows how to control a car when it gets out of shape, as all they've done is drive around at 30mph under the close supervision of an instructor with dual controls.
Raising the age won't take away inexperience.