Poll: driving standards in the UK

  • Road safety charity claims a quarter of drivers crash
  • Survey found 98% of drivers claim they encounter negligence
  • Vote in our poll - what you think is the worst habit on the road?

A leading road safety charity claims that more than a quarter of drivers have had an accident on the way to work.

The claims follow a survey carried out by the Institute of Advanced Motorists, which also found that nearly a third of drivers admit to having a near-miss in the past 12 months.

A significant 98% of drivers claim they’ve been exposed to ‘negligent road users’ on their daily commute, while 40% claim they’re exposed to such drivers on a regular basis.

On the other side of the coin, 45% of drivers claim they’ve made a mistake while driving which has made the worry about their safety in the past year.

It’s no surprise then that the same number, 45%, would like more training support so they can improve their driving.

IAM head of training Simon Elstow said: “Driving to work is a risky business and a bad journey can affect people’s mood at work. It’s in the employer’s best interest to help their staff enjoy a stress-free commute, whether that’s through guidance materials, optional training, company policies, or ride to work schemes.

“Company driving policy needs to make it clear that while employees should plan their journey to be on time, if they are going to be late they shouldn’t rush or use a handheld mobile on the move. Traffic is unpredictable, and drivers shouldn’t feel forced to drive dangerously for fear of punishment.”

With all of these stats in mind, it got us thinking – what do you think is the biggest problem regarding driving standards in the UK?

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