IAM poll reveals high levels of SMIDSY incidents
58% of drivers claims to have been ‘cut-up’ by another driver in the past six months, according to a recent IAM poll.
Responses to the poll reveal that 40% of these near misses have taken place in 30mph zones, with 58% of respondents blaming other drivers for not concentrating.
Failure to look is a contributory factor in 29% of serious collisions and 36% of slight collisions, according to the IAM. 83% of those who participated in the poll said that these incidents – knows as SMIDSY (sorry mate I didn’t see you) – would decrease if drivers’ awareness of motorcycles was improved.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “SMIDSY moments are happening far too often, and very few people are prepared to take responsibility for their part in them. It’s always someone else’s fault. All road users need to be more aware of who they are sharing the road with, and the risks they present.
“Other road users’ intentions can often be guessed by their body language and position on the road, so drive defensively, and leave room so that if somebody does do something unexpected, you have time to deal with it.”
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