The condition of local roads has overtaken the use of handheld mobile phones to become the greatest concern of UK motorists, according to the 2018 RAC Report on Motoring.
The 30th edition of the RAC’s annual report, based on a survey of more than 1,800 UK motorists, reveals drivers’ attitudes and concerns and paints a picture of how and why car owners’ views are evolving over time.
The report asks drivers to name the four motoring-related issues that concern them most from a list of the 20 most commonly raised.
In a reversal from 2017, the condition and maintenance of local roads was named the biggest concern (42%), followed by drivers using handheld phones (38%).
Also in the top 10 are: aggressive behaviour of other drivers (28%), drink driving (27%), people driving without insurance (25%), traffic congestion (24%) and drug driving (20%).
Compared to 2017, the percentage of motorists who named the condition of local roads as an issue of concern rose by 9% – up from 33% in 2017.
While the number naming mobile phone usage among their top concerns fell by 2% (down from 40% in 2017), the percentage of drivers admitting to using a handheld device while at the wheel has not fallen in the last year.
25% admitted to making or receiving calls while driving (compared to 24% in 2017) while 16% confessed to either sending a text, email or posting on social media – up from 13%.
The percentage of drivers admitting to drink-driving has risen to its highest level in recent years – up from 8% to 12%.
This year there has been an increase in drivers who believe they will not be caught if they break most motoring laws – up to 28% from 24% in 2017 – while 68% think there are not enough dedicated roads police officers to enforce existing laws (up from 62% in 2017).