Two-thirds of UK drivers admit potentially dangerous driving - Car Rental News
Two-thirds of UK drivers admit potentially dangerous driving
Car Rental News - 12/08/2010
A new study finds an alarming level of dangerous behaviour on British roads.
A recent survey of UK drivers has found a worryingly-high level of potentially dangerous driving. Sixty-four per cent of drivers in the survey admitted to having driven in a potentially dangerous manner at some point in the last month.
The research, conducted by Sainsbury’s Car Insurance, found the most common form of potentially dangerous activity among drivers was eating and drinking, with 38 per cent saying they had done so in the past month. Twenty-eight per cent of those surveyed said they had driven while tired. Driving while wearing flip-flops or no shoes rose from last year’s 14 per cent, to 18 per cent this year. Sixteen per cent of drivers admitted to driving excessive speed at some point in the last month.
Mobile phone use was another big problem. The fact that it is illegal to use a non hands-free phone while driving failed to deter 11 per cent of those surveyed, while six per cent admitted to having sent SMS text messages at some point while driving in the last month. Driving after alcohol was another worrying area, with 11 per cent saying they had driven the morning after drinking heavily. Six per cent of drivers admitted to driving after consuming an alcoholic drink.