Road Rage on the Rise.

A new survey from You Gov on behalf of Admiral insurers says that road rage is growing worse with nearly half Britain’s drivers saying they had ­experienced the red mist.

More than one in three admitted it had made them drive more aggressively, a survey reveals today.

Nearly one in ten (9%) of drivers have been threatened with physical violence during road rage incidents and 8% say they have even followed another driver after a dispute.

Drivers say offensive gestures, full-blown arguments and even threats of physical violence are commonplace on the roads and more than half of them say the road rage problem is getting worse.

The main causes of road rage are being cut up by other drivers (67%), other road users not indicating (65%), general rudeness (61%) and driving too slowly (43%) is seen as more annoying than driving too fast (30%).

The YouGov survey of more than 3,000 drivers  also found that more than half (56%) of motorists think other road users are generally less courteous than 5 years ago.

James Carnduff, of Admiral, said: “It’s bad enough letting yourself be annoyed by other road users, but following them or even worse, reverting to violence is ridiculous.

“You have to ask yourself is it worth getting that upset at other road users? Will getting angry achieve anything other than raising your blood pressure and negatively impacting your driving?”

And Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said: “Safe driving requires concentration, observation and anticipation as well as a responsible attitude to other road users.

“This is often easier said than done, as our driving can be affected by our mood, our reaction to the behaviour of other people and frustration caused by traffic delays.

“Unfortunately, this can result in some drivers getting angry and stressed and taking this out on other people by tailgating, exceeding speed limits, undertaking, and generally driving aggressively.

“This sort of driving increases the chances of the angry driver causing an accident, which in the worst cases, can mean people losing their lives.”

The survey also found that those who experience road rage is evenly split between men and women, but men are more likely to drive aggressively, have arguments, follow drivers and make offensive gestures.

Precious Passengers

Road safety charity The Institute of Advanced Motorists  are offering weekly motoring tips from a guest advanced driver, this week Amanda Smith advised on driving whilst pregnant.

Amanda provided the following information for expectant Mums:-

  • Protect your baby and belt up. Your seat belt is the only thing stopping you from flying forward and hitting your abdomen on the steering wheel.
  • Wear the lap strap below your bump, as low as possible, from hip-bone to hip-bone.
  • Keep the diagonal strap between your breasts, moving the strap around the side of your bump.
  • Incorrect use can harm the baby in the case of a collision, so always make sure the seatbelt is worn above and below the bump, not over the middle.
  • Adjust the fit of your belt to be as snug and comfortable as possible.
  • You can move the seat back, as long as you adjust your mirrors accordingly and can reach the brake, accelerator and clutch.

Amanda Smith said: “There is much advice available on whether or not it is safe to drive while you’re pregnant. As long as you feel well and are comfortable, you can continue to drive up until labour.”

Driving red tape to be abolished

Drivers are to be released from reams of red tape currently required by government, Transport Secretary Justine Greening announced today.
As a result of the Road Transport Red Tape Challenge – the government wide process to get rid of unnecessary, burdensome and overcomplicated regulation – the Department for Transport is:
• Scrapping the regulation requiring motorists to hold a paper counterpart to their driving licence by 2015 – saving drivers up to £8m.
• Improving the regulation surrounding the notification process for vehicles that are not in use on the road (Statutory Off Road Notification or SORN). Once drivers have notified the DVLA that their vehicle is SORN, they will no longer have the burden of annual SORN renewal.
• Only issuing hard-copies of V5C vehicle registration certificates for fleet operators when needed, with the potential to be rolled out to private motorists.
• Introducing a limited exemption from drivers’ hours rules so that those who also drive as Territorial Army reservists in their own time can continue to do so.
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Research reveals 1 in 10 drivers surf the web whilst driving.

Road safety charity Brake and Direct Line are warning of the danger of mobile phone addiction, as newly published research reveals the shocking extent of driver distraction from texting, emailing and social networking.

The survey revealed that nearly three in 10 drivers (28%) texts at the wheel and one in 13 (8%) do this at least once a week. One in 11 drivers (9%) surfs the web, emails, uses apps or social networking sites when driving.

Texting has been found to make drivers 23 times more likely to cause a crash, potentially killing or maiming innocent road users . Using a phone to email or surf the web also causes serious distractions. Read more of this post

2010 National Travel Survey published..

 The 2010 National Travel Survey (NTS) is the latest in an established series of household surveys of personal travel in Great Britain. The NTS has been running continuously since 1988, following previous ad hoc surveys. The survey is primarily designed to track long term development of trends in travel, although short term changes can also be detected.

NTS data is collected via two main sources – interviews with people in their homes, and a diary that they keep for a week to record their travel. The NTS covers travel by all age groups, including children. In 2010, diary data was collected from 8,100 households, covering over 19,000 individuals. Read more of this post

Tesco driving safety?

Tesco Dotcom has won RoSPA’s Managing Occupational Road Risk (MORR) Trophy for the third consecutive year.

It was presented with the award in recognition of its effective and cohesive MORR programme, which is supported by historical performance data.

The MORR Trophy is presented annually as part of RoSPA’s Occupational Health and Safety Awards, which are sponsored by NEBOSH (the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health). Read more of this post

Speeding vehicles over 20mph – a big problem for children.

Research released this week has proven that children cannot accurately judge the speed of vehicles above 20 mph.  Scientists aimed to discover why children are overrepresented as road casualties.  Research found that vehicles traveling faster loom less than slower vehicles. This creates a dangerous illusion in which faster vehicles may be perceived as not approaching. 20 mph limits can help protect children from making risky crossing choices.

Vision scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London measured children’s detection of cars approaching in a road crossing scenario.  At speeds faster than 20 mph, primary age children (6-11 years) may not be able to tell that a car is coming.  This strongly supports the implementation and enforcement of 20 mph speeds near child pedestrians. Public Health body NICE guidance also wants 20 mph limits near children.

View the full report at at http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/03/04/0956797611400917

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