Are You A Safe Driver?

Driving is an essential part of our everyday lives; our lifeline that gets us to wherever we need to go. This can range  from popping into uni to a day trip to a theme park. But, we ask: are we safe drivers? According to a recent survey, 78% of us think we are, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true.

This is why Aviva conducted some research, with expert help from YouGov. Their aim was to find out exactly what distracts us whilst we’re driving, the effects of road rage and the effects of stress and anxiety in the car. We’ve split the findings into a four part series to see whether a) we see ourselves as safe drivers and b) what we can do to become a better driver. 

We’ve summarised some of the most interesting finds for you here;

  • Almost half (46%) of people think Driver Error is the most common cause of accidents on the road, second is poor behaviour/inexperience (28%) and third is Impairment/distraction (25%).
  • 37% of people think most of the accidents that occur happen close to home.
  • Half of the people who were surveyed said they were most awake between 9am-1pm
  • 17% said they think that lorry/van drivers are responsible for causing the most road accidents.
  • 73% think that 17-24 year olds are most likely to be in a road accident.
  • The people surveyed think that men (54%) are more likely to be in a road accident than women (3%); 39% said it makes no difference what gender you are.
  • 18-24 year olds are more likely to smoke while driving (10%).
  • 14% of people said they NEVER disobey the speed limit or ignore driving laws.
  • People are most likely to ignore driving laws and speed limits when they are running late (31%).
  • 15% of people occasionally use phones while driving
  • 60% say they occasionally eat while driving
  • 54% claim to occasionally struggle to stay awake while driving.
  • 15% feel they are frequently angry with other road users and 7% frequently disregard the speed limit.
  • The older people get, the safer they think their driving is: 61% of 18-24 years old thought they were safe drivers compared to 90% of 75+ years.
  • 72% of people said they get angry or that they have sworn at another road user.
  • Over half (54%) disregard the speed limit in residential areas.
  • A Fifth of road users have occasionally nearly hit a cyclist on the road.
  • Over a third (35%) of road users have reversed into something they hadn’t previously seen and failed to spot crossing pedestrians when turning into a side road.
  • 25-44 year olds are most affected by their emotions when driving (86%)
  • 18-24 year olds are more likely to be most awake between 8pm-6am than any other age group.

The first article will feature on the 15th July and will continue every other day until the 21st. Will you be reading? Do you think that you are a safe driver? Let us know in the comments or on our twitter page – twitter.com/Student_Wire

 

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Brittany Guymer

Editor of the Student Wire | Studying PR and Journalism at Leeds Beckett | Lover of good music and all things quirky | Easily bribed with mini eggs

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