Car insurance customers called on to improve driving standards

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Car insurance customers should continually improve their driving skills as increasingly demanding conditions are seen on the roads, it has been suggested.

On June 1st this year, it will be the 75th anniversary of the introduction of the driving test in the UK.

"There are more cars on the road than ever before, and the driving environment is becoming more complicated. Our driving tests, however, have changed little over the years, and an improvement in driving standards is needed to fill the gap," said Peter Rodger, chief examiner of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

The IAM, a charity committed to raising driving and riding standards on the road, wants a rural road element to be incorporated into the driving test that motor insurance customers take. In the UK, 71 per cent of road deaths occur on rural roads.

Mr Rodger said that although cars were becoming easier to drive and had improved features, including brakes and suspension, traffic has increased on the roads.

This means that car insurance policyholders need to be "far more understanding of what's going on outside the car".

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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