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Still from a video of a speedong car that is involved in a crash moments later

When it comes to Personal Leasing with Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, as long as you have a full UK driving licence, are able to afford the monthly rentals and have a good to excellent credit score, you can apply to lease a vehicle from the age of 18.

And at the lower end of the age limit, the road safety section of GEM Motoring Assist is concerned that young people across the UK aren't taking as much responsibility as they should for not only their own safety on the roads, but that of others.

Figures released by the RAC Foundation in 2013 show that one in five drivers will have a crash within six months of passing their driving test. This is put down to the driver's inexperience on the roads which not only means that they may not spot hazards that are developing ahead but also that, because of their age, they are also more inclined (and likely) to take risks.

This is why GEM chief executive David Williams is : "...challenging them [young drivers] first of all to get their attitude right, and to ensure they concentrate 100%, develop good observation and anticipate what hazards could be developing ahead of them. We would like as many young drivers as possible to reduce the risks they face and the risks they pose – to their passengers and to other road users as well."

This warning has come about following the publication of video footage showing two young men in a speeding car, moments before they both died in a crash. The video, filmed from inside a Renault Clio, shows driver Kyle Careford and his friend Michael Owen speeding along rural roads in Sussex, culminating in a crash into a church wall in the village of Rotherfield, where both die instantly.

The video, which can be seen below, was released with the full co-operation of the boys' parents in the hope that the anguish that they have had to go through can be spared other parents. 


David Williams, commenting on the undoubted bravery of the families, says: “It is heart-breaking to watch this video and to see two young lives ended instantly. We commend the courage of the young men’s families for supporting the release of the video, which we hope will challenge anyone who thinks it’s alright to drive fast because they think it’s fun and there are no consequences."

Tips to improve safety and reduce risk for young drivers (and other drivers too!):

  • Make sure you know all the rules of the road and keep to them
  • Make sure that your driving attitude puts safety first and don't take any risks.
  • Ensure you minimise distractions by (especially) switching off your mobile phone and turning music down so you can focus fully on safer driving.
  • Always wear a seatbelt.
  • Stay with speed limits on journeys, and always ensure you drive at a speed that allows you to stop – on your side of the road – in the event of any hazard.
  • Never drive if you’ve been drinking alcohol and/or taking drugs, and never get in a car driven by someone you suspect to have been drinking or taking drugs.