Motorists who drive too slowly without considering other road users may be contributing to collisions and casualties, an Irish road safety officer (RSO) has claimed.
According to Noel Gibbons, Mayo CC’s RSO, motorists can experience increased stress levels and heightened irritability when faced with a vehicle driving more slowly than other traffic.
Noel Gibbons said: “Slow drivers may unknowingly contribute to other motorists making sometimes fatal overtaking manoeuvres. This can be prevented by regularly checking your mirrors and being aware of what is behind your vehicle.”
Mr Gibbons emphasises that it is speeding motorists who cause deaths, but highlights the affect that slow moving vehicles can have on other road users.
He added: “What they should endeavour to do is drive at the speed appropriate to the conditions; if they’re not comfortable in doing that, we’re not asking them to speed up, we’re asking them to give way to following vehicles.
“They must be aware of the tail of vehicles behind them and by ignoring that, they’re actually driving without due care and attention. The premise is simple, reduce the need to overtake, and there will be less overtaking collisions.”
For more information contact Noel Gibbons on 0877870055.