Have you ever wondered where the most dangerous roads for young drivers are in Oxford?

We all know that insurance premiums for young drivers are sky high and that is due to the rate of accidents they are involved in. 

Michelle Harrington, road safety manager at RoSPA, said:

“Drivers aged 17 to 24 make up just seven per cent of UK licence holders, yet are involved in around one in four of all crashes that result in someone being killed or seriously injured.

“This is largely due to inexperience, so it’s vital that young people’s learning experiences on the road are as extensive and involved as possible.” 

Oxford Mail:

In five years there have been 439 accidents across Oxford involving young drivers.

This number includes crashes that have happened inside of the ring road, including the city centre, Summertown and Iffley up to Cowley and Headington. 

Crash Map is an interactive tool which allows you to see exactly where ‘fatal’, ‘serious’ or ‘slight’ accidents have happened in your area.

The data for the site is sourced from police and government databases up to 2019.

Oxford Mail:

The worst area for accidents involving young drivers is the High Street in the city centre, with seven 'serious' accidents and countless 'slight' accidents.

One of the main blackspots included The Plain which is notoriously bad for crashes.

The Iffley Road junction joining the plain in the key blackspot with 27 crashes in this one spot. 

Oxford Mail:

Summertown had 15 accidents in the last five years with the majority happening on Banbury Road, the A4165.

The majority of accidents in Hinksey happened near the Tesco Express with three occurring at the shop's turning to join Abingdon road.

Director of campaigns for the national road safety charity, Brake, Joshua Harris said: 

"Young people are disproportionately at risk on the roads and action must be taken to put an end to this tragic situation. 

“We need to make our licensing system more robust so that when a driver passes their test, they have all the necessary tools and knowledge to drive safely on all roads and in all conditions.”

Mr Harris added that a graduated driving license system which would have a mandatory learning period and post-test training is essential to ensure all new drivers have the necessary tools and knowledge to drive safely on our roads.

Botley Road also had its fair share of accidents with 24 being recorded between 2014 and 2019.

The major accident blackspot here is by Oxford Railway Station - two 'serious' accidents were recorded in 2016.

Another hotspot for accidents involving young drivers is Cowley Road with 20 accidents occurring from The Plain to Magdalen Road. 

To find out how many crashes there have been on your road, go to Crash Maps.