UPS Road Code
Road deaths are the single biggest killer of young people today.
One in four 18-24 year olds (23%) crash within two years of passing their driving test.
Due to the likelihood of risky behaviours of young drivers, passengers are immediately more at risk when in the car with a young driver. Many young passengers don’t have the confidence to ‘speak up’ in a car, both with their peers and adults. 91% of young people aged 17-25 admitted they have felt uncomfortable or anxious in the passenger seat of a car. Shockingly, 41% of these people chose not to speak out and ask the driver to concentrate on the road.
UK Youth delivers the UK arm of Road Code, the UPS Foundation’s global innovative road hazard awareness programme. UPS volunteers deliver half-day workshops at youth clubs and projects around the country that combine workshops and experience ‘behind the wheel’ of a driving simulator. We focus the course on passenger safety, with an aim of increasing confidence around young people speaking up in potentially dangerous situations.
UK Youth’s Impact and Evaluation team found that 83% of young people gained knowledge that will make them better drivers and 88% of young people are now more aware of how to keep themselves and others safe in and around cars. Young people left the course saying “I’m going to get into the habit of putting my seatbelt on every time I get into a vehicle” and “I will be a more responsible passenger.”