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Are UK Drivers Safe?

With an increasing number of cars on UK roads, driving can be testing. It’s estimated that five people die every day on UK roads, so just how safe are UK drivers?

Speeding

Around 16% of car drivers go over the speed limit every day when driving; so who is the speediest of them all? Drivers aged between 25-34 speed daily more than any other age group.
 
The need for speed has racked up a huge cost too: more than £45 million in speeding fines have been issued over the past 4 years. This unfortunately has not been a deterrent, as speeding accounted for 23% of fatal crashes in 2015.
 
To stay safe, it is better to drive under speed limits. Slow down to at least 20mph when driving by schools and busy residential areas.

Car Maintenance

How often do you check that your car’s essentials are in top working condition? Basic car maintenance checks such as checking your tyres, oil and lights should be done every week. Driving around in a badly maintained vehicle can cause an accident and shockingly 81% of men and 91% of women don’t perform these checks.

Road Accidents

In 2015, 1,864 people were killed, 22,855 people were injured, and there were 195,926 casualties on UK roads. Even though we may do our best to remain safe when on the road, accidents do happen.
 
Around 51% of car fatalities happen on country roads, and this is down to people taking risks with high speeds on dark country lanes where unseen hazards may suddenly appear. Take caution when travelling along unfamiliar rural roads.
 
The place in the UK that saw an increase in road deaths was Wales. It’s vital that seatbelts are worn at all times in case of a car accident. Not only are you putting your life at risk by not wearing one, but you face an on-the-spot fine of £100 and if prosecuted, a fine of £500.

Driver Safety

The million dollar question: how safe do UK drivers see themselves? 90% of people aged between 45 and 54 think of themselves as safe drivers. 10% of 45-54 year olds have been involved in a road accident in the past year versus 23% of 18-24 year olds.
 
Indicating is a way of safely showing your intentions when driving. Are you a good indicator? 84% of women always use their indicators versus 77% of men who always use their indicators.
 
Overall, 8% of drivers are unsure of whether they’re a safe driver or not and 14% of drivers don’t think they’re safe drivers. Despite this, the UK remains one of the safest places to drive in the world.

Motor Trade Insurance

Keep yourself and your motor trade business safe on the road by taking out the correct motor trade road risks insurance! Got a question you’d like to ask us? Get in touch with us today!
 

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