By Denna Bowman
A lack of Highway Code knowledge is putting lives at risk and compromising road safety in the UK, according to a survey by Goodyear tyres.
The leading tyres manufacturer surveyed 5,000 motorists and discovered that a large percentage were unable to answer a number of basic general knowledge and picture questions drawn from the Highway Code.
It revealed that 54% of drivers did not know to stop when a traffic light shone its red and amber lights together, while 48% were unaware that the typical stopping distance for a car driving at 50mph is 53 metres or 13 car lengths and nearly a fifth thought they could get away with 36 metres.
When asked what the no-overtaking road sign meant, a worrying 23% got it wrong and over 75% assumed that the 30mph minimum speed sign actually indicated the maximum speed allowed.
However, while the results showed many drivers were out of touch with the road rules, 95%
are under the illusion that their understanding of The Highway Code is either adequate or good and over 40% don’t believe that drivers should be re-tested.
Eddy Geerdink, marketing director for Goodyear, explained: “Understanding the rules of The Highway Code can significantly reduce road accidents.
“Our survey shows that a number of drivers would fail their driving test based on this knowledge and at worst it could put the lives of fellow drivers at risk if they wrongly interpreted them in real motoring situations.”
Goodyear announces the survey results as it welcomes back the Goodyear Blimp to the skies of Europe.
The campaign, entitled “The Goodyear Safety Tour”, will visit 20 European countries to highlight the work of the tyre firm in improving road safety.
Eddy added: “At Goodyear, we firmly believe that safety is a shared responsibility. Through this commitment we look forward to sharing the results of this survey with the UK population
by using the Goodyear Blimp to underline the importance of road safety.”