Confused.com Launches Interactive Road Safety Map
Released on: November 22, 2011, 4:08 am
Confused.com has launched an informative mapping tool that
reveals the dangers of road rage. The interactive road safety map
reveals the country's most dangerous roads and junctions.
Cyclist and motorist rage is in the spotlight this Road Safety Week and, according
to Confused.com, both cyclists and car owners have strong feelings about how to
Both cyclists and motorists are turning to social media to report incidents of road
related anger with Confused.com identifying 2,674 tweets mentioning both 'road
rage' and 'cyclist' during the first nine months of this year. In response to
this emerging danger, Confused.com created the interactive map so that both cyclists
and drivers can pinpoint rage blackspots.
In addition to the cycle safety map, a survey of 1,000
motorists and 1,000 cyclists carried out by Confused.com identified what sends
cyclists into a 'two-wheel tantrum' and turns car drivers 'cyclo-pathic.' Along
with the survey and the map, people can learn more about 'cycle rage' by watching
a cycle issues video about the subject.
The survey found that 72 per cent of drivers have experienced one or more incidents
involving a cyclist during the last two years. A quarter of these drivers were keen
to see cyclists pay road tax and 14 per cent of drivers wanted to see cyclists
displaying number plates on their bikes. Getting cyclists to pass a version of the
driving test was a popular idea among 44 per cent of annoyed motorists, while 43 per
cent said that they would like to see cyclists take out a form of insurance.
Catching those who cycle through red lights was a top solution among 59 per cent of
car drivers. Almost one third of motorists said that cycling on the pavement (which
the Highway Code states is illegal) should be stopped.
Meanwhile, almost a quarter of the cyclists said they've been beeped at or sworn at
by a motorist and more than one in eight had been knocked off their bike by a
motorist. Additionally, 65 per cent of cyclists told Confused.com that they feel
less safe than they did a year ago and 34 per cent say they've been a victim of
Cyclists have some suggestions about ways to improve their journeys. Some
suggestions include legalising cycling on pavements (28 per cent), introducing more
bike lanes (58 per cent) and increasing the availability of hire bikes (25 per
Gareth Kloet, Head of Car Insurance at
Confused.com, said: "Rage on the roads is a big problem for both motorists and
cyclists and our research shows that both groups have much to complain about. Whilst
both parties can point at differing solutions to help improve road safety, we urge
all road users to exercise respect and courtesy as the roads are for everyone and
tolerance could save people's lives."
Malcolm Shepherd, Chief Executive of Sustrans, the UK charity encouraging people to
travel by foot, bike or public transport said: "People need to be more considerate
and aware of all other users when making their journeys."
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Confused.com is one of the UK's biggest and most popular price comparison services.
Launched in 2002, it generates over one million quotes per month. It has expanded
its range of comparison products over the last couple of years to include home
insurance, travel insurance, pet insurance, van insurance, motorbike insurance,
breakdown cover and energy, as well as financial services products including credit
cards, loans, mortgages and life insurance.Confused.com is owned by the Admiral
Group plc. Admiral listed on the London Stock Exchange in September 2004.
Confused.com is regulated by the FSA.
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