Third of young drivers not at fault, finds Nextbase

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Almost a third of 18- to 25-year-olds involved in a car accident were either wrongly blamed or struggled to prove they weren’t at fault, according to dash cam maker Nextbase.

Nextbase’s research came as the dash cam maker partnered with MyFirstUK insurance to offer up to 30% off premiums to young drivers when a Nextbase 312GW dash cam has been fitted in their vehicle.

According to Nextbase, young drivers facing increased premiums, with policies capable of going well above £1,000, are looking at alternatives to telematics technology to both prove their innocence and make their insurance cheaper.

Its research revealed that 85% of those with a black box would happily opt for an alternative to save money.

What’s more, when a dash cam is fitted in vehicles alongside a black box, Nextbase’s findings showed that 67% improve their driving over a three-month period, compared to when just a black box was installed.

Richard Browning, director at Nextbase, commented: “With research showing that a large proportion of young drivers are getting blamed for accidents that may have not been their fault, a dash cam can act as a witness to help prove innocence.”

“Research shows that the older you get, the worse your reactions are, however younger drivers are still getting penalised with sky high car insurance costs. By unveiling this offer with MyFirst, we hope to give the younger generation a solution to keep safe on the roads and save money at the same time.”

James Noble, managing director of MyFirstUK, added: “As we specialise in car insurance for young drivers, we are really proud to be in partnership with Nextbase to provide such a unique deal. Our focus is to offer quality car insurance for young drivers at an affordable price, as we believe it’s important to give this age group a chance to grab a great deal, but also feel confident on the roads—which the dash cams can help to do.”

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