Do drivers have an automatic impulse to overtake?

February 19th, 2012

When driving do you have an urge to overtake the vehicle in front of you?

RoadDriver would like to explore how many drivers have an overwhelming need to be in front of the vehicle they are following, regardless of road conditions and the speed of travel.

Do you feel an urge to always be in the lead? If so please tell us about it.

A bus driver who used his bus as a weapon is caught on camera.

February 19th, 2012

Video shows a Road Rage bus driver using his bus as a weapon to knock over a cyclist he had an altercation with.

Around 8.30am on April 5 last year, Gavin Hill got into an argument with keen cyclist Phillip Mead after cutting in front of him onto St James Barton roundabout in Bristol.

When the bus stopped Mr Mead parked his bike against the front of the bus, and tugged at one of its windscreen wipers, he then got back on his bike and cycled off chased by Mr Frome who then deliberately swerved his bus to knock him off his bicycle.

Driver Gavin Hill, 29, of Frome, had previously pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and causing grievous bodily harm. Sentencing Hill to 17 months in jail, Judge Mark Horton said his action was not an accident, it was an assault, deliberate dangerous driving.

The following video shows what can happen when a perfectly normal driver loses all control. Mr Hill’s normal passive character completely evaporated when he entered a heightened state of anger commonly referred to as the red mist effect.

Check out RoadDriver’s Tips and Advice on how to avoid Aggressive Drivers

Social Networking versus Safe Driving

February 3rd, 2012

Sadly Mercedes Benz have seen fit to install an in-car system where you can update your Facebook page while driving. This system is called MBrace2. It is being fitted in the S class Mercedes in the US this year and in all Mercedes in the US and Europe next year. RoadDriver is appalled that yet again a reputable car manufacturer believes it appropriate to install another driver distracting device.

RoadDriver and many other road safety organisations believe that this type of driver distraction should be banned. Please support our stand on this issue.

Read what RoadSafety GB and others have said on this issue.

Road Rage Murder

February 3rd, 2012

A man appeared in court before the Recorder of Liverpool, Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, via video link from Walton jail, charged over the fatal stabbing of a motorist in broad daylight on the 27th of January 2012.

Steven Branscombe faced a further charge that he had been in possession of an offensive weapon in a public place, a black handled kitchen knife. A bail application was not made and he was further remanded in custody to await a preliminary hearing on February 20.

Steven Branscombe, 42, of Boswell Street, Birkenhead, is accused of murdering Marc Clarke a father of four, also aged 42. The victim was taken to hospital following the incident in Bebington, Wirral, on Friday but later died. A post-mortem examination showed Mr Clarke, of Bebington, died from multiple stab wounds.

According to local reports, two vehicles had been involved in an accident in Teehey Lane shortly before an altercation at the scene just after 3pm. The incident took place in a built-up area and police believe several witnesses may have captured the circumstances on their mobile phones.

Check out RoadDriver’s Tips and Advice on how to avoid Aggressive Drivers

If you hit a tree without wearing a seat belt…

February 2nd, 2012

Warning! very graphic article

This blog post explains what happens in an accident if you hit a tree at 55 miles per hour without wearing a seat belt.

This article was written by American Paramedics concerned about the futile waste of life due to car accidents. RoadDriver has decided to publish this article as a warning to those who do not wear seatbelts and for those who drive irresponsibly.

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Why you should not text while driving

February 2nd, 2012

Latest figures show only 27,000 drivers were prosecuted for using hand-held mobile phones while driving yet the government calculates that of the 10million drivers using UK roads daily; One percent are using mobile phones, in other words 100.000 drivers are breaking the law and putting their life and other road users at risk.

The vast majority of the motoring public complies with the law and is aware of the significant road safety risks of trying to drive and use a mobile phone at the same time. However, Police forces say that there are still a significant number of persistent offenders who use their mobile phones when behind the wheel despite the risk of causing a collision and the implications of getting points on their driving license.

It is illegal to hold a hand-held device to speak, send or receive electronic communication while driving; this includes text and picture messaging.  The law still applies when waiting at traffic lights or stuck in traffic jams.  In other words, if you are behind the wheel of a car with the engine on, in a public highway this legislation applies to you.

The following video illustrates what can happen if you text whilst driving.

The video clearly shows that drivers need to apply all their powers of concentration to the task of driving, RoadDriver would discourage the use of any communication while behind the wheel.

If you’re involved in an accident while on the phone (hands free or not) the police may consider charging you with driving without due care and attention, careless or dangerous driving. The penalties on conviction for such offences include heavy fines, endorsement, disqualification and in serious cases such as in this video, a lengthy prison sentence.