Monday 28th February 2011
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Making drivers take regular training courses could help to cut the number of accidents on the UK's roads, according to a road safety expert.

Figures compiled by the Department for Transport showed that more than 3,100 people are killed in motoring accidents every year and further more than 28,500 are seriously injured. These figures suggest that Britain’s motorists could do with some refresher training and not just rely on the skills they picked up when they first passed their test.

They also revealed that failing to look properly was a contributory factor in more than a third of road smashes and that around two thirds of the most frequently reported contributory factors involved driver or rider error or reaction. In addition, around a third of fatal accidents involved someone losing control of a vehicle.

The head of road safety for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said that part of the reason for the high number of crashes caused by poor driving is that the only formal training most motorists take is before their test.

"More training can benefit everyone, helping people to enjoy their driving more while making them safer on the road," he said.

Anyone involved in an accident or found guilty of a motoring offence as a result of a crash is liable to see their car insurance premium rise.

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