Confused.com Reveals Slow Drivers Are The Biggest Frustration For UK Drivers
Released on: July 20, 2011, 10:03 am
Confused.com has released new research which reveals that
dawdling drivers are the top cause of irritation for UK drivers. The
survey by the car insurance experts shows that over half (60%) of
motorists experience an increase in stress levels and a heightened
irritability when faced with a vehicle driving slower than the rest of
In reaction to these slow drivers, almost half (45%) of motorists risk overtaking,
thus increasing the chances of an accident. Research from the Department for
Transport also reveals that 143 accidents a year are caused directly by slow drivers
or "Sunday drivers" as they are known.
With little to prevent drivers from travelling too slowly, half of British motorists
are supporting the idea to introduce the first ever 'slow speed camera' to the
roads of the UK. The slow speed camera will specifically catch slow motorists,
penalising them with a fine for driving slower than the minimum designated speed
limit. This has come as a reaction to the fact that although minimum speed limits
are enforced on some UK motorways, there are few preventative measures that are used
Gareth Kloet, Head of Car Insurance at Confused.com said: "Slow drivers need to be
taken as seriously as motorists caught speeding. Findings confirm they are a
constant source of anxiety on UK roads and responsible for a large amount of
accidents each year."
Kloet continued: "We support the introduction of a programme of measures to
eliminate this hazard as our research has highlighted that excessively slow driving
is a real problem – the government introduced speed cameras and now even a super
speed camera so should also consider the same rigour to combat slow driving as it
could make a difference and help reduce motorists putting themselves or others at
The Confused.com car insurance survey's additional
findings also uncovered other solutions for limiting slow drivers. Suggestions
included imposing a minimum speed limit on ALL British roads (37%) the introduction
of a slow lane (26%), dedicated times for slow drivers to be on the road (15%) and
even a warning badge system to be displayed by offending motorists (5%).
Peter Rodger, Chief Examiner from The Institute of Advanced of Motorists (IAM)
supports the need for change on Britain’s roads. He said: "All forms of
inconsiderate driving need to be tackled. Drivers who are unnecessarily excessively
slow lead others to make rash moves."
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Notes to Editors:
*Research conducted by One Poll for Confused.com with a survey base of 2000
respondents (UK) who are car owners
**‘Reported Road Casualties Great Britain’ study 2009, Published by the Department
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developed a series of intelligent web-based solutions that evaluate a number of risk
factors to help customers with their decision-making, subsequently finding them
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