Servicing Stop asked motorists what their top safety concern was when driving their car and overwhelmingly 70% said that distracted drivers were foremost their biggest worry. This was followed by more than half of motorists who selected impaired drivers or drivers under the influence as their top concern.
Car jackers and hackers also appeared on the list which together amounted to another 23% of all motorists – It seems we are our own enemy on the road with drivers more scared of people than problems with their vehicles.
Figures released by the Department of Transport last year showed a significant 3% increase in the number of road traffic accidents during the period of June 2015 and June 2016 – The findings revealed that out of the 24,620 deaths and serious injuries on British roads alone, 68% were as a result of driver error.
Now a year on and motorists are terrified of being met with a distracted driver on the road at the risk of meeting the same fate.
Servicing Stop asked another group of more than 1,000 motorists to admit what they do on the roads that could be considered as dangerous driving – the results are terrifying enough to give anyone cause for concern.
Almost half of motorists admit to speeding, another quarter are using their phones to text, make calls or use apps at the wheel and even more shocking are the findings that one in six motorists admit to drink-driving, 20% fail to stop at a red light and almost half of motorists eat at the wheel.
The survey highlights a growing trend in worsening driver behaviour with driver distraction, use of mobile phones and injudicious driving common causes of death or serious injury.
Oliver Richmond, CEO and founder 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 has not helped either.
“Today, motorists face over-crowded roads and motorways, extensive road works and difficult driving conditions. It’s more important than ever that drivers remain alert and concentrate on the road.”
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