According to a poll by road safety charity Brake and insurance company Direct Line showed that as many as 49% of drivers admitted to not abiding by road safety rules. Of those who admitted to breaking the rules, half said they did it through lack of attention whilst others did intentionally as they thought they could get away with it or didn’t agree with the laws.
60% of women said they never broke regulations whilst only 42% of men said they always followed the rules. The poll also revealed that drivers are more confident in the safety of their own driving than they were 10 years ago. On the other hand, young drivers are more likely to rate their driving as safe. Drivers also seem to judge each other more harshly than themselves.
When drivers were asked what unsafe behaviour they had witnessed most in the last year, distraction (such as mobile phones) was the biggest concern, followed by tailgating, speeding and risky overtaking.