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Most motorists guilty of double standards

More than 70% of Brits admit their own poor driving adds to road rage, according to new research.

The study by Continental Tyres reveals that  many motorists have double-standards and get wound up by the bad habits of others which makes them angry and drive more aggressively.

The responses of 2,000 drivers identified that three quarters of us see poor driving skills as a major safety concern – and our greatest irritation when behind the wheel.

Department for Transport figures report more than 500 accident every day result in an injury or fatality (figures to year ended March 2015).

“Driving is a complex task that requires attention and concentration – when we fail to do that it creates problems for ourselves and other road users,” said Mark Griffiths of Continental Tyres.

“That ranges from a heated exchange with other road users to something more serious – so it is vital we make safety our primary consideration for the duration of every journey.”

The study also reports that we see bad driving habits on one in every four journeys, the worst being using a mobile, driving too close (tailgating), dangerous overtaking and failing to signal.

Despite recognising the risks, 39% of motorists admit to having broken the speed limit in the last month. Nearly one in 10 also own up to using their mobile when in charge of a vehicle.

“Adopting a double-standard and disapproving of the faults of others whilst ignoring our own failings is a clear concern,” added Mark.

“We and other automotive businesses have engineers delivering new technologies to improve road safety.

“Importantly though, it cannot replace the need for motorists to be attentive so they enjoy their driving experience and improve safety for themselves and those they share the roads with.”

Contintental Tyres also asked motorists about the benefits of driverless cars of the future.

Top 10 autonomous benefits

  1. Road safety
  2. More efficient / reduced journey times
  3. Less concentration required
  4. Reduced insurance costs (through fewer accidents)
  5. Opportunity to use mobile
  6. Increased mobility for non-drivers
  7. Opportunity to eat in the car
  8. Opportunity to read in the car
  9. More productive use of time
  10. Opportunity to use tablet/laptop

The research was commissioned to address how road safety can be improved and accidents reduced as part of Continental Tyres’ long term commitment to ‘Vision Zero’, with the aim of reducing accidents through its tyre technologies and automotive systems.

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About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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