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New report shows that UK drivers blame everyone else for bad driving

According to a new report from road safety charity, Brake, and the Direct Line insurance company, most UK drivers fear for their own safety when behind the wheel, yet believe it is other drivers who pose the danger. While more than two-thirds (69%) of drivers consciously worry about being killed when driving, only 1% believe they perform worse than average when it comes to driving safely. Conversely, 98% think they are safer than, or as safe as, the average driver. The 800 drivers questioned made it clear that it’s the risks other drivers take, which makes them worry for their lives when on the road. Only 1% of drivers believe that the roads are full of safe drivers.

The survey also found that 35% think there are more dangerous drivers than safe drivers on the road. Drivers back their own abilities behind the wheel, with 31% saying they feel safer when driving a car compared to other modes of transport, while only 5% said being a passenger in a car that somebody else was driving, made them feel the safest. Of those questioned, 31% said they feel least safe traveling as a passenger in a car, compared to any other mode of transport, while only 7% said they felt least safe while driving. The research suggests that many drivers overestimate their driving ability, whilst blaming other drivers’ risky driving for crashes on the roads. A previous report published last year by Brake and Direct Line shows that, in reality, a high proportion of drivers continue to regularly take risks such as speeding, drink driving or driving tired, with 90% of them admitting speeding, 35% saying they got behind the wheel after drinking alcohol and 74% confessing to driving when tired.

Commenting on the results of the survey, Andy Goldby, director of motor underwriting at Direct Line, said, “The vast majority of drivers seem to worry about how other people are driving, instead of evaluating their own driving skills. In previous research we have discovered that large numbers of drivers admit to speeding, drink driving and driving whilst tired, demonstrating that many drivers either don’t see these as important, or need to seriously re-examine their attitude to safe driving. In almost all collisions at least one of the drivers made a mistake, so the 98% that think they are safer than, or as safe as the average driver, need to think about this question again.”


 

March 10, 2011

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