65% of UK commuters have admitted to ‘bad driving behaviours’ over the past year, according to research by car insurance provider Allianz Your Cover.
The research, based on interviews with 1,000 commuters, suggests that they do not feel guilty about driving dangerously or being distracted on the road, and 21% blame their poor driving habits on others.
According to the research, the top five bad behaviours commuters admitted to were: speeding (30%); careless driving (14%); travelling too fast for the conditions (14%); tailgating (13%); not looking when changing lanes (13%).
Additionally, 38% of respondents claimed they have seen other commuters jump a red light; 22% said they have seen other commuters apply make-up; and 22% also claimed to have seen other commuters failing to stop at a ‘give way’ sign.
52% of respondents said they are in too much of a hurry to drive safely; 30% blamed their bad driving on a lack of concentration; and 27% admitted driving while tired.
Natalie Woods, Allianz Your Cover Insurance, said: “Our research found that British commuters feel they drive carelessly during their journeys due to rushing and tiredness. This is supported by police road accident statistics which show that 46% of accidents can be attributed to careless driving.
“We urge drivers to take a careful and considerate approach to their driving in order to reduce accident rates and improve the experience of all their fellow commuters and drivers. 13% have witnessed an accident on their way to work – not the kind of start to the day anybody would want.”
Commenting on the finding, Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “Nothing will spoil your day more than a crash and rushing your journey to work not only puts you at danger but also other road users.
“There’s simply no excuse for it. Don’t take your daily journey for granted, always concentrate on your driving, plan ahead and leave enough time so you aren’t hurrying to work or that next appointment – you’ll feel more relaxed and you’re much more likely to arrive on time too.”