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Saturday 25 January 2020

Learner drivers tire more quickly at the wheel

LEARNER drivers are more likely to be tired when driving compared with more experienced motorists, new research reveals.

Driver fatigue is more pronounced in younger drivers who are often unable to learn from their mistakes without proper tuition, the Road Safety Authority's (RSA) annual conference has heard.

And it was told that changes to how novice drivers learn will result in improved road safety, with motorists taught to analyse their behaviour to reduce risk and become better drivers.

Keynote speaker, UK expert Ian Edwards, said most accidents were due to factors including speed, peer pressure and a lack of attention.

He said coaching novice drivers should focus on teaching how to improve behaviour.

"The aim of driver education should not be simply to give skills in relation to driving, but to becoming better learners. Driving is about building on your experience and problem-solving," he said.

Irish Independent

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