app scores with young drivers...

12th July 2017

Cambridge United footballers lent some team support to Shaun Whiter, survivor of a hit and run accident that resulted in him having both legs amputated, when he joined forces with Cambridgeshire’s emergency services to help Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite launch Drive iQ. Cambridgeshire school pupils can use the free app, which involves virtual hazard assessment on the county’s roads.

Drive iQ is based on the fact that the frontal lobe of the brain, where risk assessment is processed, is not fully developed until a person is about 25, hence why young people’s car insurance is so expensive. Research has revealed that the driver’s attitude and behaviour - not his or her vehicle handling skills - are a factor in 19 out of 20 crashes.

Shaun had stopped his car to go to the assistance of a fellow footballer after his car had broken down. Moments later their two vehicles were struck by a third car.