Hastings Direct news: young drivers

Young drivers are a key theme in this week's news. One survey showed that they're the biggest culprits of speeding, plus driving lessons for children under 10 have been announced. Elsewhere, motorists are faced with an increase in fuel prices, while the top 10 best and worst drivers by profession are revealed!

Young drivers are biggest speeding offenders

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OnePoll commissioned research has revealed the British driving group most likely to speed.

In the survey, more than two thirds (67%) of 18 to 24 year olds admitted frequently breaking speed limits. Of the total 1,000 people surveyed, almost a quarter (23%) of respondents cited regularly speeding.

While young drivers were found to speed regularly, the age group guilty of most frequently texting when driving were those aged between 25 and 34. This dangerous driving habit was cited by nearly a fifth (19%) of drivers in this age range.

According to government statistics, a mobile phone was a contributing factor in 21 fatal accidents and 84 serious accidents that took place in 2014.

Driving lessons designed for children under 10

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Plans to bring in driving lessons for children between five and 10 have been announced. It is hoped the lessons will encourage safe driving habits among the next generation of drivers in the UK.

Young Driver Motor Cars, part of the Young Driver organisation, will host the lessons on specific sites on private land.

The lessons will take place in the Electric Trainer 1 (ET1) car and will have a top speed of 10mph.

Petrol and diesel prices increase

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According to the RAC's latest fuel report, the price of petrol, which increased for the first time since July 2015, could continue to rise.

The price of petrol has raised 3.4p per litre, with average petrol pump prices increasing to £1.05. And the RAC predict this could rise between 2p and 4p per litre in the next two weeks.

The latest increase means it will now cost an additional £1.84 when filling up a car with a 55-litre tank.

Diesel prices have also risen by an average of 3.7p per litre. Filling up a 55-litre tank with diesel will now cost an extra £2.

Figures reveal the top 10 best and worst motorists by profession

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New figures reported in the Telegraph have revealed the best and worst drivers by profession based on the number of accident claims made. And those who believe the stereotypes of the 'white van man' may be in for a surprise!

The top 10 worst drivers by profession are:

  1. Accountants
  2. Solicitors
  3. Doctors
  4. Financial advisers
  5. Letting agents
  6. Airline cabin crew
  7. Bank managers
  8. IT managers
  9. Pharmacists
  10. Train drivers

And the best are:

  1. Roofers
  2. Farm workers
  3. Builders
  4. Lorry drivers
  5. Cleaners
  6. Carpet fitters
  7. Factory workers
  8. Mechanics
  9. Butchers
  10. Painter and decorators

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