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Motorists becoming safer but less taking to roads

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A recent survey has found that motorists are becoming safer behind the wheel of their vehicles.

The survey, conducted by Sainsbury’s Car Insurance, found that fewer drivers are taking risks whilst driving, and less drivers are succumbing to road rage when compared with last year’s findings.

The results also found that there has been a reduction in the amount of drivers who are prepared to get behind the wheel of their vehicle when tired, with 10% less doing it compared to 2010.

More and more motorists are also becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of using a mobile phone when driving, and the amount of those that do use a phone whilst driving has dropped by almost 50% compared to last year’s figures.  6% say they have used their phone while driving, but at the same time the number of drivers who have texted whilst sitting in the driver’s seat has fallen from 6% to 4% this year.

Previous research has shown that driver reaction times are on average 50% slower when using a mobile phone whilst driving, so it is hoped that the results from this survey mean that there will be fewer accidents on UK roads.

Driver safety overall has improved this year when compared to last, with more and more people choosing to wear a seat belt, and only 2% admitting to getting irate whilst driving.

However further research has shown that less people are taking to the roads due to the rising costs in motoring. Statistics have revealed that 1.3 million drivers are taking less journeys, or selling their cars in a bid to beat the rising costs.

Motorists have made a number of changes to their driving habits in the last twelve months in the bid to combat the cost of driving. Some changes include stopping filling up their tanks fully, which 26% admit to doing, and instead they are purchasing specific values of fuel for example £20 or £50 a visit. Some 45% of motorists (16.5 million people) are now driving less and 7% have started to car share. A further 10% (3.53 million people) have downgraded their car for one that's cheaper to run.    

By Ben Malkin

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