Friday 21 July 2017

The county with the worst drivers in Ireland has been revealed

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Kathy Armstrong

Almost half of people here ranked Dubliners as the worst drivers in Ireland, according to a new survey.

Trailing in second place were Donegal motorists, with 19.25 per cent of people naming them the Ireland's dodgiest drivers, Cork came third, 5.34pc.

The results of the survey of more than 7,000 was released by AA Ireland.

AA Consumer Affairs Director Conor Faughnan said: "While this was perhaps a less serious question than others we regularly ask motorists, it is an opportunity to highlight the increasingly common issue on Irish roads of rudeness and poor driver behaviour.

"Every day we come across cases of dangerous overtaking, drivers failing to acknowledge the right of way and motorists ignoring the many rules of the road.

"Because we do it so often, we tend to underappreciate how dangerous driving is.

"These kinds of behaviour not only put the offending motorist at greater risk of being involved in an incident, but can also increase the risk to other drivers and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians."

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AA director of consumer affairs Conor Faughnan. Photo: Damien Eagers
AA director of consumer affairs Conor Faughnan. Photo: Damien Eagers

Meanwhile the survey indicates people think rural drivers are better, just 0.26pc of those surveyed said people from Sligo and Leitrim were the worst behind the wheel.

Over 20pc of people also described themselves as at least occasional cyclists.

Of these, almost one-quarter were involved in a fall or collision because of a  motorist's actions.

In total 187 people lost their lives on our roads in 2016, that figures stands at 45 people so far this year.

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