Mandatory lessons cut risk of driver accidents
LEARNER drivers taking compulsory lessons are up to 16pc less likely to crash, compared with novices under the old system.
Mandatory lessons are linked to a significant drop in fatal crashes among young learners, according to research from the Road Safety Authority.
A total of 243,000 Irish drivers are on learner permits. From today, any new permit holders must take a minimum of 12 one-hour lessons with an accredited driving instructor.
A Canadian study examined 45,822 drivers who took lessons, compared with a similar number who had not undergone a structured training programme. It found that compulsory training was directly linked to a reduction in crash rates.