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Nearly one in four motorists would drive more patiently to boost road safety

The survey was carried out by funding and fleet management specialist Venson as the Brake Road Safety Week asks everyone to ‘drive less, live more’, and asked respondents what one thing they would do to help with road safety while driving. The top answer was ‘be more patient (24%), with ‘giving themselves more time for journeys’ coming second (20%).

Driving slower in bad weather conditions was the third highest answer (15%) in the Venson research. Sticking to the speed limit came in fourth (13%), followed by staying further back from other vehicles and paying more attention to other road users – each receiving 12% of motorists’ votes. Surprisingly, giving cyclists more room when overtaking only got 1% of the vote.

Meanwhile 75% in the Venson poll said they would, occasionally, leave their car at home to cut pollution, in line with this year’s Road Safety Week call to drivers to consider how they use the roads and to walk, cycle or use public transport instead of just jumping in the car.

Samantha Roff, managing director for Venson Automotive Solutions, commented, “Brake Road Safety Week offers motorists and other road users a time to reflect on the small changes they can make to boost safety for everyone. It’s clear that people are willing to make some changes to help make the roads safer and cut pollution. Sometimes it’s the little things we do that make the biggest difference.”

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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.