33% of cars observed during an AA Streetwatchers survey did not indicate when turning.
AA Streetwatchers logged 40,000 vehicles at junctions and roundabouts across the country, and also found that 4.92% of drivers were not wearing seatbelts. 9.57% of cars ‘appeared to be going too fast’, 3.6% had faulty break lights, and 0.23% of drivers were using mobile phones.
Edmund King, the AA president, said: “AA Streetwatch observations show that 5% of drivers are still not wearing seatbelts despite this contributing to 30% of road deaths. Many of those un-belted were taxi and van drivers who should be aware that they are potentially more at risk due to their higher mileage.
“The survey does show that in many cases respondents perceived road safety infringements to be much worse than they actually were.
“If ‘localism’ is going to influence the use of road safety resources, local authorities better be sure that reality matches perception.”
Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “Once again a survey shows that the biggest problem on our roads is simple forgetfulness rather than blatant law breaking. By far the biggest problem observed is failure to indicate rather than wilful speeding, phone use of failing to wear a belt.
“These findings underline the need for a better basic driving test combined with more encouragement for post-test training that really addresses the human errors that cause most deaths and injuries on our road.
“For those who break the law, high-profile policing should remain the main solution alongside taking a life-long approach to being a better driver.”
For more information contact AA Public Affairs on 01256 493493.