Drivers unaware of speed limit for lorries
A lack of awareness among drivers of the speed limit for lorries on single carriageway roads is increasing the risk of road rage and accidents, according to AA DriveTech
The findings are from the AA/Populus online poll of 23,700 adults conducted in January 2014, in which eight out of 10 (81%) respondents did not know that the limit for lorries on these roads is 40mph.
Knowledge of the correct speed limit for lorries on single carriageway roads was highest among Scottish drivers (40%) and lowest among those in Northern Ireland (14%).
Men had a slightly better than average knowledge of the correct speed limit than women (21% compared to 15%).
AA DriveTech says that a lack of knowledge of speed limits for other vehicles can cause “problems and frustrations” on the road.
Jim Kirkwood, managing director of AA DriveTech, said: “Many drivers say they feel intimidated by lorries. But, this research highlights how a lack of understanding of the laws surrounding lorries, and how best to drive around them, could be contributing to this.
“Drivers who find themselves frustrated because they are stuck behind a lorry they perceive to be going slowly need to remember that there are different speed limits for different vehicles.
“Professional lorry drivers have been required by law to hold a special licence for 80 years; highlighting the specialist skills needed to drive large vehicles safely and legally.
“As an industry we need to ensure that we continue to uphold the highest standards and the upcoming Driver CPC* deadline should ensure all drivers and fleets get their training in order.”
Click here to read the full AA DriveTech news release.