A third of motor insurance holders 'take unnecessary risks at the wheel'

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Around one in three motor insurance policyholders take unnecessary risks behind the wheel due to boredom, a new study has found.

Researchers from Newcastle University found car insurance policyholders who did not find roads taxing enough tended to speed or overtake more to raise their levels of excitement.

The study of 1,563 motorists aims to highlight to road planners that making roads safer could actually increase the number of accidents, as drivers seek thrills.

"Contrary to what you might expect when driving, hazards can actually increase our attention to the road so this may well be the way forward for planners," said lead researcher Dr Joan Harvey.

"We may need to start considering some radical schemes such as putting bends back into roads or introducing the concept of shared space as it would force motorists to think about their driving and pedestrians to think about cars."

Recently, the Institute of Advanced Motorists called for motorists to make one of their new year's resolutions improving their driving skills.

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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