Poll reveals shocking lack of knowledge on UK roads

14w ago


The UK’s largest independent road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart conducted a survey and found that many drivers had a massive lack of understanding on the road that varied from poor sign knowledge, to generally not knowing the rules. These drivers are putting other road users in danger. Over 1000 people took part in this survey, here's the rather worrying results:

1. Roundabouts

UK Roundabout sign - www.rac.co.uk

More than 50% of people admitted that they couldn't recognise the roundabout sign. I mean, the sign is fairly self-explanatory, what else would it mean?

2. The two-second rule on a high-speed road

The consequence of not using the two-second rule - www.autoexpress.co.uk

More than two-thirds of drivers admitted that they had no understanding of the two-second rule. A huge 68% of people surveyed had no idea what the safe following distance was when when driving in dry weather.

53% of people thought that this rule meant that you must maintain a gap of two car lengths. This, worryingly would give you less than a third of a second to react if you're driving at 60 mph. That explains those annoying tailgaters.

3. Hazard lights must be used in an emergency

It's a big button that's hard to miss - www.flickr.com

Use your hazard lights when arriving at the scene of a crash or obstruction. Over half of drivers surveyed had no idea that they had to use their hazard lights to warn drivers of an inbound hazard.

Also known as 'idiot lights', most drivers use their hazard lights to pull over in an awkward place whilst they drop off or pick someone up.

4. Dual carriageway ends

43% of people did not know what this road sign means

Drivers ages between 17 and 39 were the biggest offenders in this case. 43% of them failed to recognise this sign which warns road users of the end of a dual carriageway. This could explain when some drivers change into the remaining lane at the last possible second causing near-miss crashes.

5. Circular road signs give orders

A 50 mph road sign on a glorious British country lane

Over half of the survey participants did not know what a circle shaped road sign meant. Circular road signs give orders, which are obviously quite important on the road. Drivers aged 70+ were the lowest scorers in this section.

6. Know your reflective studs

Drivers fail to remember what the coloured studs mean

A massive two-thirds of those questioned were unable to identify the colours of the reflective studs found on a motorway and its slip road. The slip road is green, with the outside of lane the motorway being red, the inside lanes are white, and the central reservation is amber.

What the top brass at IAM RoadSmart said:

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, said: “This is truly shocking. The outcome of the survey brings to light some frightening statistics which demonstrates the need to constantly re-fresh on-road knowledge.”

Neil said: “With many young drivers showing high levels of traffic sign ignorance these results reinforce IAM RoadSmart’s view that road safety education should be taught as part of the National Curriculum in schools to prepare teenagers for their future driving career.

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Comments (64)
  • In other news, people breathe oxygen to live?!

    More on that after the commercial break

    2 months ago
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  • The signal #1 is mistaken... oh, excuse me, I forgot that in UK you drive in the wrong side of the road. xD

    3 months ago
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