Young P-plate drivers have typically been ruled as the most dangerous drivers on our roads but new statistics have revealed that this is no longer the case.
For the first time, middle-aged men have been labelled the deadliest drivers on NSW roads after the group of drivers aged between 40 and 49 were found to make up the biggest group involved in fatal crashes.
These results come after 105 drivers in their 40s were involved in accidents that killed at least one person in the past year, overtaking the amount that 17-25 year-old drivers were involved in.
Researchers found that most middle-aged men drive safely when they are with their families however, they are more likely to take risks when driving alone.
Mature drivers in other age groups also added to the mass of car crash fatalities in the past year with 79 drivers aged 30-39 and 73 aged 50-59 adding to the carnage.
In comparison, young drivers were involved in 94 fatal incidents in the part year but the number of young drivers killed on the roads dropped by a massive 50 per cent since a graduated licensing scheme was launched in 2000.
The most shocking discovery from the statistics though was that on NSW roads there is a death or serious injury every 41 minutes.
Speed has been found to still be the biggest cause of fatal accidents and it was found that up to 167 lives could have been saved if drivers simply slowed down on the roads.
75 people also died in 2017 due to fatigue and almost 90 per cent of these accidents occurred on country roads.
The executive director of Centre for Road Safety, Bernard Carlon, told the Daily Telegraph that people of all ages were taking dangerous risks on the road.
“Mature men say they don’t tend to take risks when they have the family in the car but when they’re on their own they think it’s ok,” he said.
The statistics also revealed that male deaths in car crashes outnumbered female deaths massively with the toll for men sitting at 274 compared to 118 for women.
Mr Carlon continued to say that most people killed in car crashed were the drivers and most occurred in country areas.
“A lot of our fatal crashed (92) were people running off the road on a curve and hitting a wall or tree…or even more tragically run across the side of the road and ended up in a head-on crash,” he said.
“There is a misconception about the speeds at which fatal crashes happen, 121 happened in 100km/h zones…but 119 were in 60km/h speed zones and under.”