Motor insurance holders 'need to be educated about dangers of overtaking'

Saturday, 05 February 2011

Motor insurance policyholders need to be taught about the dangers of overtaking on rural roads, one road safety organisation has suggested.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) believes imposing a blanket speed limit reduction on country lanes will not make overtaking less dangerous; instead, it is pushing for drivers to receive more training.

A recent survey by Brake revealed that around 47 per cent of car insurance holders have overtaken another car at speeds of 60mph on a rural road, with 23 per cent admitting to doing this once a month.

IAM thinks post-test training "is the real answer to this problem".

Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: "Most crashes are not caused by breaking the speed limit but by the driver's poor decision-making."

"A blanket speed reduction to 50mph will not stop the 'looked but failed to see', 'misjudgement of bends', 'emerged from junction into path of vehicle' and the many of [the] other human errors that the police record as the real reason for a crash," he added.

Posted by Rebecca Mellor 

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