RACQ research shows P platers overconfident on our roads

With thousands of teenagers flocking to the Gold Coast for Schoolies the RACQ has warned young drivers to be careful on our roads.

Research shows 97.5 per cent of drivers aged between 16 to 24 rated their driving ability as better than, or equal to, other young drivers.

Of that, 65.4 per cent rated their ability superior to their mates while 32 per cent rated their ability as equal.


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RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said the overconfidence is a recipe for disaster.

“One of the most alarming things to come out of this research is young drivers are not particularly self-aware, which could have catastrophic consequences on our roads,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Every year young drivers, aged between 16–24 years, are the most over-represented group in the Queensland road toll, inexperience and overconfidence are major contributors to that statistic.”