However much UK motorists might believe they are good drivers it seems that many of us are in fact neglecting the safety side of being on the road. A recent poll by an industry body has revealed shocking new figures.
The survey claims that around three quarters of all drivers asked had not looked at the Highway Code since they passed their driving test and around a third did not use their seatbelts whilst driving. Many motorists also confessed to not checking their tyre pressures regularly.
Road safety partnership Roadsafe, which is sponsored by the motor industry and the government, said that the results showed a need for more drivers to take up advanced driving courses. A successful pilot project found that significant financial and environmental gains could be made by using advanced driving techniques without any noticeable impact on delivery times. As well as improving driving skills advanced driving tests can reduce car insurance premiums.
"There is no doubt that many motorists take safety too much for granted. By and large they drive safe cars on safe roads, but too few have done much to ensure that they are really safe drivers, many having had no training since their driving test," said a Roadsafe director.
"Most at risk are those driving on company business. We must all start to take on-going training as seriously as other transport sectors do."