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Forget moving cars; drivers failing to even avoid parked vehicles

Almost 3,000 drivers a year crash into parked vehicles, with 24 drivers a week hitting parked cars on UK hard shoulders.

Around 24 vehicles hit a parked car in a hard shoulder on a major road eery week

Analysis by Green Flag of the 750,000 traffic incidents that occurred on UK roads on the three-year period in 2015-17 found that some 9,000 of these incidents involved a vehicle colliding with a stationary vehicle.

And of this figure, two-fifths (42% or around 3,780 incidents) occurred on a motorway or a main road hard shoulder. This means that every week, around 24 vehicles hit a parked car in a hard shoulder on a major road, which is an average of 3.5 every day. And almost a fifth (19%) of these incidents resulted in serious injury or death.

The research indicates the most dangerous drivers are in the capital – two fifths (41%) of road traffic collisions with a stationary vehicle occurred in London.

The analysis has been published as Green Flag warns of the higher risk of traffic incidents over the coming August bank holiday. With August Bank Holiday traffic set to wreak havoc on UK roads causing delays across the nation, research has shown that a high number of traffic incidents will occur.

Green Flag’s Damon Jowett commented: “It’s important for people to be aware of the danger of driving on motorways, which are a hotspot for traffic incidents and resulting fatalities. Many accidents can be prevented. If there is a vehicle stopped on the hard shoulder, drivers need to slow down and move their vehicle over to the next lane when safe to do so. This simple manoeuvre not only helps protect the drivers and passengers in the stationary vehicle, but it also safeguards our roadside workers as they assist them.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.