Young, inexperienced male drivers are the highest risk group on the roads yet 62 per cent believe they are more skilful that the average driver, according to the Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM).
The findings come as part of a new report from the IAM focusing on young people's attitudes to driver training, which was released today.
According to the research, male drivers aged 17 to 29 are also more than twice as likely to be injured or killed in a car accident than any young female drivers.
The research also found that just under a third of car occupant fatalities were drivers or passengers aged 17 to 24 years old.
IAM chief executive Simon Best, said: “Young male drivers suffer from a lethal combination of overconfidence and inexperience.
“There are many paying thousands of pounds a year in insurance and killing themselves."