Simon MacMichael November 21 2016
Drivers who speed or use smartphones are considered the biggest danger on Britain’s roads says a new survey – although there are big differences in how each is viewed, depending on the age of the person responding. The survey also finds most motorists admitting to having broken the speed limit, and a significant percentage saying they have let themselves be distracted while driving.
The survey, commissioned by the charity Brake, insurer Aviva and opticians Specsavers to coincide with the start today of National Road Safety Week, found that younger drivers were far less likely than older ones to consider distraction as the biggest threat to road safety, instead tending to highlight speeding.
Motorists aged 45 and over, by contrast, were more likely to pick distraction as the number one danger, and less likely to choose speeding.
In the survey of 1,000 people, drink/drug driving was seen as the third biggest danger across all age bands, other than the 18-24s who put it second ahead of distraction.
Failure to wear a seatbelt, impaired and uncorrected vision, and vehicle emissions were all chosen as the biggest danger by a handful of each age group – although younger people were particularly concerned about the latter.