60% of motorists experience increased stress levels and heightened irritability when faced with a vehicle driving slower than the rest of the traffic, according to a survey carried out by Confused.com.
The survey also revealed that, in reaction to slow drivers, 45% of motorists risk overtaking. Additionally, Confused.com says that research from the DfT showed that 143 accidents a year are caused by slow drivers.
According to Confused.com, half of British motorists support the idea to introduce ‘slow speed cameras’ to the UK’s roads. As well as this, 37% of those surveyed backed the idea to impose a minimum speed limit on all of the UK’s roads, 26% saw the introduction of a slow lane as a solution to slow drivers, and 15% backed an approach to introduce dedicated times for slow drivers to be allowed on the road.
Gareth Kloet, head of car insurance at Confused.com, says: “Slow drivers need to be taken as seriously as motorists caught speeding. Findings confirm they are a constant source of anxiety on UK roads and responsible for a large amount of accidents each year.
“We support the introduction of a programme of measures to eliminate this hazard as our research has highlighted that excessively slow driving is a real problem.
“The Government introduced speed cameras, and now even a super speed camera, so should also consider the same rigour to combat slow driving as it could make a difference and help reduce motorists putting themselves or others at risk.”
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