Over half of commuters in too much of a hurry to drive safely, finds new research
The data, released today (28th March) from car insurance provider Allianz Your Cover, showed that drivers also blame their bad driving on a lack of concentration (30%) and being tired (27%). The commuting environment impacts the workplace as almost half of drivers (43%) believe that their commute affects their mood and can negatively impact their work.
The data also showed that drivers admitted to the following offences:
- Speeding (30%) – and more than half (55%) have seen other drivers exceed the speed limit
- Careless driving (14%)
- Travelling too fast for the conditions (14%)
- Tailgating (13%)
- Not looking when changing lanes (13%)
- Jumping a red light (5%) – 38% have seen other commuters do this
- Applying make-up (4%) – 22% have seen other commuters do this
- Failing to stop at a give way sign (2%) – 22% have seen other commuters do this
Natalie Woods of Allianz Your Cover Insurance said: ‘Our research found that British commuters feel they drive carelessly during their journeys due to rushing and tiredness. This is supported by police road accident statistics which show that 46% of accidents can be attributed to careless driving.
‘We urge drivers to take a careful and considerate approach to their driving in order to reduce accident rates and improve the experience of all their fellow commuters and drivers. One in ten (13%) have witnessed an accident on their way to work – not the kind of start to the day anybody would want.’