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Speeding, not smartphones, tops UK drivers’ accident risk poll

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Speeding is seen as the biggest cause of accidents in the UK, beating mobile phone use in a recent survey of 10,000 British drivers.


Speeding outranked smartphones to top the poll of accident causes in the UK.

Conducted by dealership group Citygate, the research saw 41% of respondents name speeding as the most dangerous habit. This was weighted towards women, at 48% of the overall responses, compared to 39% of men, showing different attitudes between the genders.

Mobile phone use came a close second, with 40% citing this as a cause of accidents, while 30% also said in-car distractions such as navigation and audio systems or other passengers were problematic.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs was listed by 29%, while 21% blamed other road users and 10% said mechanical problems with cars were a leading cause.

Melissa Thorpe, Marketing Manager at Citygate said: “These results are revealing and insightful when it comes to understanding just how little the UK knows about road traffic accidents. In an age where we seem unable to live without our smartphones, we would have expected to see mobile phone use coming out as the top answer.”

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.