Britain’s worst driving habits revealed 0

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The poor standards of driver behaviour in the UK have been laid bare by the findings of a new survey which found many British drivers are frequently exhibiting dangerous and often illegal behaviour behind the wheel.

The survey, commissioned by online car service provider Servicing Stop, reveals some worrying trends, indicating that driving standards and behaviour have fallen to worryingly low levels, with many drivers regularly exhibiting examples of driving behaviour often blamed as causes of fatal accidents on UK roads. Amongst the examples of inappropriate driver behaviour featured in the survey were speeding, drink driving, and mobile phone usage behind the wheel.

Data from the survey showed that a quarter (25%) of UK motorists text, make handheld calls or use apps while driving. More alarming was the large number admitting to driving whilst under the influence of alcohol – 18% owned up to drink driving. (*Source: Survey by research company, CINT – 1073 motorists, December 2016).

Other bad practise highlighted by the research were: speeding in residential areas – 37% admitted to this; 22% said they have failed to stop at a red light; Seatbelts were unpopular with some respondents – 17% saying they don’t always belt up.

Almost half of those participating in the survey admitted to eating behind the wheel (48%) and a further 17% said they occasionally drove without due care and attention.

The information revealed by the survey supports figures recently released by the Department of Transport*, showing a significant increase in the amount of people either killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents between the years ending June 2015 and 2016.

According to the data, 24,620 people were either killed or seriously injured on the roads in 2016 – a 3% rise from the previous year. (*Source: Quarterly provisional estimates year, 3 November 2016).

The figures also revealed that 68% of the accidents were attributed to driver error, with failing to look properly, driver distraction, and injudicious driving (such as not adapting your speed and driving style to compensate for weather or road conditions) the main contributors.

Oliver Richmond, Joint-CEO of Servicing Stop said: “The figures make for alarming reading and clearly show a trend in declining road safety. There are many factors driving this, such as the distance people travel; the mix of transport modes used; the behaviour of drivers, riders and pedestrians; and the mix of groups of people using the roads. However, driver behaviour remains a major factor in road traffic accidents.

“A growing number of UK drivers are displaying dangerous habits, putting the lives of themselves and other road users at risk, despite several recent Government road safety campaigns. Clearly, the message is not getting through. The falling numbers of road traffic police officers have not helped either. Recent stats show the number of specialist road policing officers in England and Wales fell from 7,104 to 4,356 between 2005 and 2014, according to The Transport Select Committee.

“Today, motorists face over-crowded roads and motorways, extensive road works and difficult driving conditions. It’s more important than ever drivers remain alert and concentrate on the road. The good news is mobile phone usage appears to be dropping, as figures earlier this year showed that a third of motorists were texting, calling and using apps.”

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