Posts Tagged ‘Road Safety’

Two people are seriously hurt when their car aquaplanes

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Two people were seriously hurt yesterday due to the stormy weather when their car aquaplaned.
Please tell us if you have ever experienced this phenomenon.

Is Telematics the saviour of young drivers?

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Is the little black box under the bonnet really the saviour of young drivers or is it a way that the insurance industry can attract the already cautious young driver in order to reduce their exposure to the more risky or reckless teenage driver?

What’s on Brits motorists ‘minds today?

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Nowadays 30 million car drivers are found in the UK and, with these huge numbers, it is really worth asking what British motorists really care about.

RAC has been creating yearly motoring reports for 25 years, underlining the main concerns and ever changing interests related to the driving experience. Some of the main aspects covered in the report are: fuel and insurance prices, young drivers, road safety but also going green when buying a new car.

When it comes to road safety, it is reported that two thirds of motorists think road rage has lately worsened instead of getting better and that other drivers ‘courtesy is less common as well. On the other hand, the majority of drivers also think that cars are much safer today.

Over half of drivers believe that the cost of motoring is the most significant change in the past 25 years and most of them feel they are much more dependent on their cars than they were in the past.

84% of motorists stated that the conditions of their roads have worsened and half of them are, on the other side, unhappy with the amount of motoring taxes they pay.

The costs of driving are obviously one of the main concerns as insurance seems to affect individuals’ budgets significantly, especially when it comes to young drivers.

A section of the report is also specifically focused on future motoring predictions; as an example, the predicted amount of petrol cars that will have to use unleaded petrol in the future will get to 85%. It also seems that half of the full amount of cars currently circulating will be banned from city centres as they have introduced pedestrian-only areas.

In general terms, a green trend can be noticed when it comes to choosing a new car with 8 drivers out of 10 taking this point into consideration.
Overall, the report gives an interesting overview of the driving scenario with interesting graphs illustrating the most significant trends.

Do drivers have an automatic impulse to overtake?

Sunday, 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.

Sunday, 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

Why you should not text while driving

Thursday, 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.