A new survey of 1,100 drivers by Carrot Car Insurance suggests that while virtually all respondents consider themselves to be safe, significant numbers admitted to behaviours which could be considered dangerous.
The survey of drivers of all ages, published to coincide with Road Safety Week, revealed that 25% of respondents had been involved in a road collision – with almost a quarter of them admitting it was their own fault.
While 99% of respondents consider themselves a “safe driver”, 53% admitted to driving one handed and a fifth admitted to showing a “blatant disregard” for speed limits.
16% admitted to seeing red at other road users’ negligence, leaving them “seething with road rage and distracted from safe driving”; 6% owned up to tailgating; and 52% said they would be unable to travel without their mobile phone – described as a “scary statistic” by Carrot Insurance.
Carrot Insurance says that drivers aged 22 – 25 years appear to be most reckless, with 29% admitting to “putting their foot down” and 14% confessing to texting or making calls on the move. Interestingly, of those in the 17 – 21 age group, just 7% admitted to speeding and only 2% were tempted to make calls when driving.
Ed Rochfort, Carrot Car Insurance, says: “Our primary customer base is aged between 17-21, and this age group gets a lot of stick for their behaviour on the road. But contrary to popular opinion it seems that newly qualified motorists tend to be much more cautious than other drivers. Unfortunately, results show it’s those with a few years’ driving experience who have a tendency to behave less well behind the wheel.
“We all need to drive responsibly, and in order to cut the number of road deaths involving young drivers, it’s vital we educate people about staying safe on the road and nip bad habits in the bud.
“At Carrot, we believe in educating drivers from early on and rewarding them for good driving but we must continue to emphasise the importance of safe and careful driving among drivers of all ages to prevent unnecessary crashes and fatalities, which is why we are championing National Road Safety Week.”