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New Statistics Place Causeway Coast’s Young Drivers in Top Ten Thanks to Safe Driving Skills

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Sam McElroy, Evanna Kieran and Tracey Doherty from Autoline Insurance Group are pictured with CAFRE Loughry Campus students Amy Semple, Rebecca Crummey, Bethany Boyd and Hannah Jordan
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New and compelling statistics released from Autoline’s young driver app ChilliDrive, have revealed that young drivers are often the safest on Northern Ireland roads.

Portstewart and Portrush were two of the top ten geographical areas for young drivers’ safety, as app users from the towns earned high total scores for their driving abilities. Newcastle in County Down earned first place, with young drivers from Castlederg, Belfast and Hillsborough also reaching the top ten.

The data showed that young drivers, aged 17-24, are recording increasingly high scores relating to their safety and proficiency while driving.

Combatting the stereotype of reckless young drivers, the statistics have shown that ChilliDrive drivers who have recently passed their driving test scored the highest marks across the board. This included individual scores for their speed, cornering, braking and acceleration, earning them pole position within the rankings.

Overall, the average score of female drivers was higher than that of their male counterparts, yet with only one point between them, the myths of either gender being extensively better can be dispelled.

Challenging another stereotype was the revelation that young drivers scored their highest marks for driving safely within speed limits. This demonstrates how safe driving is a direct outcome of young people’s driving habits when consistently monitored through the app.
With young people aged 16 – 24 making up 19% of the fatalities on our roads (Nov, 2018) in 2018, Autoline is continually championing messages of safe driving to younger audiences, encouraging a focus on careful driving habits during Road Safety Week and beyond.
The Autoline ‘Respect the Road’ programme highlights the devasting reality of the pain and damage that road accidents can bring. This week the programme will reach a significant milestone, educating over 50,000 young people in the primary causes of car accidents over the past five years.

Suzanne Curtis, Marketing Manager, Autoline Insurance Group said, “Millennials and Generation Z are often berated for their supposed lack of driving ability. We are delighted to see from the insights derived from the ChilliDrive App that the opposite is true, with young drivers leading the charge for safe driving on our roads.
“At Autoline, we place great importance on educating young people on the dangerous impact that careless driving can have. Our ‘Respect the Road’ programme incorporates a powerful presentation with a dramatic in-car simulator experience to bring the reality of a road accident to life. Reaching 50,000 students so far has been a massive achievement that we are deeply proud of. As a company we are passionate about this road safety initiative and will continue to strive to reach out to as many young people as possible with the overall aim of positively impacting safety on roads across NI.”

ChilliDrive, Autoline’s young driver insurance product offers an upfront savings to young drivers on their car insurance. ChilliDrive is a reduced premium car insurance policy that uses telematics technology to measure and score drivers’ journeys and contribute to improving their driving standards.

For further information about how your school can participate in the ‘Respect The Road’ programme please contact Evanna Kieran at Autoline Insurance Group on 028 3025 9011 or visit www.chillidrive.com.

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