A recent survey, by an online warranty firm, asked 500 motorists in Britain about what they thought was the most dangerous driving offence. Surprisingly, the dangers of speeding was only recognised by a small percentage.
The results of the survey were covered in a news report by Sun Motors:
“Only 5% of those questioned thought that driving too fast was the biggest risk on the roads.
Worryingly, despite this relatively low score, speeding causes the highest number of fatalities on UK roads per year at 400, according to research by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
Driving under the influence — which leads to 280 deaths per year — was considered the most dangerous offence by 67% of respondents.
The next highest was ignoring traffic lights and road signage with 10%, followed by using mobile devices (9%), driving too fast (5%), driving too slow (4%), smoking/eating whilst driving (2%) and dangerous under/overtaking (2%).
Today, the UK has one of the best road safety records in Europe. Despite massive increases in traffic over the last few decades, the number of people killed on our roads has fallen from around 5,500 per year in the mid-1980s to 1,754 in 2012. However, this still means that around five people die on Britain’s roads every day.”
Despite our roads being safer than ever – it seems that not everyone is aware of the potential dangers of speeding.