Increasing Young Driver Safety on New Zealand Roads

The most recent crash fatality statistics from the year ending 2018 shows that drivers aged 20-24 years of age had a significantly higher proportion of deaths than any other age group.

2018 Fatality Statistics

(28) Fatal crashes for 20-24 year olds.

            (25) of those were Male.

            (3) of those were Female.

Not only is it alarming the higher rate of fatality incidents this age group is seeing, but also the rate of crashes involving Males vs crashes involving Females. It is significantly disproportionate at almost a rate of (8) Male fatalities for every (1) Female.

2018 is not a one-off. This trend has been occurring for many years including the period between 2014-2016. For drivers aged 15-24 years who were involved in fatal accidents, 80% were Male.

There are no indicators into what is causing the higher proportion of Male vs Female statistics, whether it is driven by attitude or whether there are a higher proportion of younger Male drivers than Female. However, there are indicators into what is leading to crashes for the age group as a whole.

What is contributing to the higher fatality rate in youth drivers?

The data below shows the percentage that each factor was a leading contributor to fatal accidents on New Zealand roads, comparing the rate for drivers aged below and over 25:

                                                                       Older than 25              Younger than 25

  • Loss of control                                             20%                              40%
  • Too fast for the conditions                        18%                              38%
  • Alcohol                                                          18%                              38%
  • Inexperience                                                4%                                12%

(From the period of 2012-2016)

*Information sourced from Ministry of Transport

Young and inexperienced drivers get a great sense of freedom and power when they are able to drive their own vehicles by themselves. With the increased confidence also comes a sense of invincibility: “I won’t be in an accident, I’m a good driver”.

splitsecnd cannot directly contribute to reducing these statistics, but it can assist to change the behaviours of young drivers, leading to greater care being taken towards how they are driving.

What features of splitsecnd can help to change the behaviour of young drivers?

Boundary Alerts

This function allows parents or guardians to receive notifications if a driver has arrived at a destination safely. It can also be established so that if a driver goes outside a boundary line, an instant alert is sent.

Route History

Have a history log of where the vehicle has been driven and when. This can help to identify routes that may take longer, or you know are more congested. It also gives you the ability to see if a driver has driven to school as they have said they would, or whether they have flagged school for the day….

Live GPS Tracking

Get real-time information on where the vehicle is being driven and view the vehicle on a live map. Great peace of mind for concerned parents! This feature can also help to make drivers more aware that they are accountable for the way they are driving, knowing that their activity can be viewed.

For more information on splitsecnd for young drivers contact the team by phoning 03 929 1403 or email enquiries@splitsecnd.co.nz

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