Driverguard, Britain’s leading insurer against the cost of alternative transport in the event of disqualification from driving, today reveals that middle-aged drivers currently hold the most penalty points on their driving licences.
Of the 1.5 million drivers aged 17 to 19, only one percent have points on their licence and, on average, each driver has only 0.04 points per licence. The teenage ‘boy racer’ group comes second only to those over 90 in terms of safety, since fewer than 0.03% of drivers in their nineties have any points on their licences.
In contrast, drivers between the ages of 35 and 44 are the most unsafe, with nearly one in ten holding at least one point on their licence. The new ‘boy racers’ are the middle-aged: a demographic including Tim Henman, 40, Michael Buble, 39, and James Blunt, 40. Of all drivers between the ages of 28 and 47, almost 8% have points on their licences.
Driverguard said, “This research shows that it’s not necessarily young drivers who are accumulating points, but middle-aged people.
“This doesn’t mean they’re necessarily worse drivers, but are more likely to use their car. They have children that need lifts, are running a household, and rushing to complete their chores at the weekend. They are the demographic that rely on ease and independence of car transportation more than any other.
“Driverguard research shows the cost of losing your licence is, on average, over £4,000. Driverguard ensures that, in the event of somebody losing their licence, they can have access to alternative transportation to avoid as much disruption as possible to their everyday lives.”
Driverguard offers insurance for alternative transport arrangements for those who are concerned about losing their driving licence. Driverguard does not insure individuals who receive penalty points for drink or drug related offences, dangerous/ reckless driving convictions or driving a vehicle uninsured.