UK road safety should be considered on all routes

Sunday, 29 May 2011

As good as it feels to receive a drivers licence after a daunting car test, there are always fears attached to heading out behind the wheel of a vehicle, no matter what type of road car insurance policyholders are tackling.

Controlling motorway mayhem

One of the main routes to bring apprehension out in motorists is when they turn onto a motorway for the first time.

In fact, a survey conducted by GEM Motoring Assist in March has revealed that when it comes to listing the most serious offence which limits UK road safety, 85 per cent have pinpointed tailgating as the most dangerous behaviour.

Driving while on a mobile phone and changing lanes without any prior signal are other nuisances and should best be avoided.

David Williams, chief executive of GEM Motoring Assist, also pointed out: "Many people are unaware the Highway Code states that drivers must take a 15 minute break for every two hours of continuous driving. Taking a good amount of breaks whilst driving is one of the most important parts of a journey."

Even with these issues, those with car insurance policies may be pleased to hear that the UK's motorways are among the safest routes in Europe, according to research by the European Road Assessment Programme.

It found that the number of deaths per billion vehicle-km sits at 2.0, making it a lower stat than France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Germany. This is even more noteworthy due to the fact that the average daily vehicle flow on motorways in the UK is higher than any other EU state.

Think twice about taking risks on country roads

Country roads provide another example of where danger could lurk if not driven on correctly and safely.

This was highlighted in research by Brake in February, which has shown that 47 per cent of drivers have resorted to speeding over 60mph in order to overtake on single carriageway country roads in the past year.

More shocking is the fact that the study also found that one in eight motorists have chosen to carry out this dangerous technique even when they did not know if traffic was heading down the opposite side of the road.

To aid car insurance policyholders in their attempts to stay out of harm's way when behind the wheel on country roads, Safer Motoring has urged drivers to be on the lookout for unexpected or difficult road surface conditions, watch for vehicles on side junctions and adjust a car's speed whenever it is necessary to do so.

Contending with control on city centre routes

When it comes to visiting a busy city centre while behind the wheel, one of the main points to remember when keeping to a UK road safety strategy is that it is not just moving vehicles that drivers need to be aware of.

Safer Motoring has pointed out that it is common to see a host of pedestrians walking on side paths or attempting to cross a street. Watch out for children too, as some could be one second away from stepping out from between some parked cars.

Animals, cyclists and motorcyclists are also in abundance in many cities, so it could be wise to reduce the figure on a speedometer, just so that a little more time can be given should a situation occur in front.

All in all, by taking more care when putting their feet to the pedals, UK motorists will be able to feel more at ease when taking to the road in their car, be it on a packed motorway, a winding country lane or within a busy city centre.

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