Years of repeating the message about the dangers of drink-driving seems to have had an effect on young motorists, as they are more conscious of going behind the wheel after a night out than their older counterparts, whether they rent a car in London or are driving their own vehicle. 

According to the AA / Yonder survey, 79 per cent of those aged between 18 and 25 years old would reconsider whether to drive the morning after a heavy night, in comparison with 54 per cent of older drivers.

The study also revealed 32 per cent of 18 to 25-year-olds would tell inexperienced drivers to never drink-drive as their top piece of advice, which was a greater proportion than any other age category. 

Director of the AA Charitable Trust Edmund King said: “The fact not drinking and driving topped the list of advice experienced drivers would give to new drivers shows that for many drivers it’s really top of mind.”

He added that those who are tempted to drink and drive should “take notice”, adding there are many other options, such as organising a lift or booking a taxi, so it is not worth taking the chance. 

Do not drink and drive was the top piece of advice for 28 per cent of motorists, followed by drive to the conditions (16 per cent), and respect other road users (14 per cent). 

This comes after the government revealed the number of prosecutions and convictions for motoring offences rose by 22 per cent in 2021.

Driving under the influence and associated offences accounted for just over one-tenth of the prosecutions.

 

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