Seven out of ten UK motorists have confessed that their own poor driving adds to incidents of road rage, according to new research by Continental tyres.
With more than 500 accidents every day resulting in an injury or fatality, according to Department of Transport figures for the year ending March 2015, driver error remains the greatest cause of collisions on our roads.
Yet the Continental tyres study reveals that over 25 million motorists apply double-standards and get sufficiently wound up by the slack habits of others, resulting in them reacting angrily and even driving more aggressively. In fact the responses of 2,000 drivers identified that three quarters of motorists see poor driving skills as a major safety concern – and their greatest irritation when behind the wheel.
The research was commissioned to address how road safety can be improved and accidents reduced as part of Continental Tyres’ long term commitment to ‘Vision Zero’, with the aim of reducing accidents through its innovative tyre technologies and automotive systems.
Mark Griffiths, Safety spokesman for Continental tyres, warned: “Driving is a complex task that requires attention and concentration – when we fail to do that it creates problems for ourselves and other road users.
“That ranges from a heated exchange with other road users to something more serious – so it is vital we make safety our primary consideration for the duration of every journey.”
The study also reports that we see bad driving habits on one in every four journeys, the worst being using a mobile, driving too close (tailgating), dangerous overtaking and failing to signal.
However, despite recognising the risks, 39 per cent of motorists admit to having broken the speed limit in the last month. Nearly one in ten also own up to using their mobile when in charge of a vehicle.
Griffiths added: “Adopting a double-standard and disapproving of the faults of others whilst ignoring our own failings is a clear concern.
“We and other automotive businesses have engineers delivering new technologies to improve road safety. Importantly though it cannot replace the need for motorists to be attentive so they enjoy their driving experience and improve safety for themselves and those they share the roads with.”
A top safety priority for all motorists must also be ensuring their tyres are always safe and legal to protect themselves, their passengers and other road users.
Denna Bowman, Head Office