Road safety knowledge is something we all learn when we pass our driving test. Yet research carried out by the RAC for their Annual Report on Motoring suggests most drivers lose touch with road safety knowledge once they start driving independently.
Of course, those who drive coaches, buses and HGVs for a living need to undergo training to demonstrate competence, but for most motorists, there is no further assessment or training needed once they have passed their driving test. Continued professional development is now the norm in many workplaces, and the RAC thinks it is perhaps time to put this into practice when it comes to driving.
Undertaking research using 1,526 motorists, the RAC discovered only 16% of motorists could remember the Highway Code’s quoted stopping distance when travelling at 70mph – 24 car lengths. 50% of those questioned answered 10 car lengths or less. The RAC’s report also highlighted ignorance about mobile phone laws too – 12% of people didn’t realise it was illegal to text whilst driving, and a worrying 21% thought checking social media was okay.
Technical Director for the RAC, David Bizley, commented, “More than one million drivers have been convicted of using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving since 2003, when it was made explicitly illegal. This prompts the question as to whether motorists are deliberately flouting the law or whether they are just unaware of exactly what is, and what isn’t legal.”
Could your road traffic accident have been avoided?
Road traffic accidents are an inevitable part of life – they can and do happen, no matter how careful a driver you are. Sometimes however, it’s clear than an accident could have been avoided. Failing to drive carefully and increase stopping distances in wet weather, ignoring road signs or using your mobile phone when driving could all lead to an accident. If you have been injured in a car accident either as a pedestrian, cyclist or as the driver or passenger in a vehicle, and someone else is to blame, you could claim compensation. There is usually a three year time limit in place to claim.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
For confidential, no-obligation advice relating to your individual situation, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500. We can normally tell you straight away whether you have a viable claim, and it’s easy to find out how much you could claim by taking the 30-second test on our website. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, and because we’re endorsed by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen, you know you can trust us to get you the compensation you deserve. So whether you are suffering whiplash after a car accident or have been more seriously injured, call our freephone helpline today.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown