Accident Advice Helpline announces research by road safety charity shows male drivers more likely to drive dangerously on rural roads
Some startling results have been returned from a survey carried out by road safety charity Brake, and Direct Line Insurance. They showed that male drivers were far more likely than females to drive dangerously on rural UK roads.
Key results of the survey included:
- 1 in 4 male drivers questioned said that they had risked a head-on collision by overtaking on a blind bend in the past year, as opposed to 1 in 6 women.
- More than 4 in 10 men admitted to driving on rural roads at speeds in excess of 60mph, compared with 1 in 4 women.
- The latest statistics on the Brake website show that in 2011, 6 out of 10 road deaths in the UK occurred on rural roads and that 3 in 4 fatalities were male.
So what measures can be taken to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on rural roads?
Brake is campaigning to lower the speed limits on these roads and introduce more ‘average’ speed cameras to act as a deterrent. They also believe that a policy of road safety awareness in schools would help young people understand the dangers of driving erratically, or at speed.