Car insurance: Brits warned over careless driving

Wednesday, 02 August 2006

Brits have been warned about the hazards of dangerous driving after a survey from a national insurance provider showed that many of us do not adhere to basic driving rules.

The study found that whilst offences such as drink driving were largely stuck to other offences such as eating whilst driving, keeping two chevrons away from the next driver and taking a break every two hours were far less strictly adhered to.

Careless driving can result in accidents and high car insurance claims that could be avoided if drivers paid more attention.

Experts admit that many accidents, road rage incidents and subsequent insurance claims could be avoided if motorists simply stick to the rules of the road, such as staying two chevrons away from the car in front and not using a mobile when driving.

People also admitted to making other careless mistakes, with 24 per cent saying they often forgot to lock their car and 23 per cent saying that they often ran out of petrol. Mistakes such as these can not only increase an insurance policy but could also invalidate it.

Age was found to be a key factor in determining the level of careless driving with those under 24 more likely to talk on a mobile phone and suffer from road rage than those over 50.

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