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Thursday 23 January 2020

Watch out: We're switching off at the wheel

Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

MOTORISTS are being warned to wake up behind the wheel as a new survey shows a significant number were involved in near accidents.

In other words, they didn't check what was going on around them.

The poll, by the prestigious Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM), found 58pc of drivers were what they called 'cut up' by another road user who didn't look properly.

And that's just in the last six months. Nearly half (40pc) took place in 50kmh zones.

IAM said 58pc of drivers are most likely to blame others for not concentrating.

These incidents usually evoke two responses: shock and apology.

Failure to look is a contributory factor in 29pc of serious collisions and 36pc of small accidents, according to IAM research. The research found:

• 83pc of drivers said such incidents would decrease if drivers improved their awareness of motorcyclists.

• 52pc of drivers have had a near collision with a cyclist.

• and 59pc suggested there should be better law enforcement for cyclists.

The better-driving organisation said there were too many such incidents. "All road users need to be more aware of who they are sharing the road with, and the risks they present."

It added that motorists should drive defensively, and leave room so that if something unexpected happens, you have time to deal with it.

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