10 things we learned from RAC’s Report on Motoring
The RAC recently released its Report on Motoring – an annual document detailing the current opinions of road-users and the state of the road network.
The latest report looks at research and data produced from 2015. We’ve summarised it to what we think you need to know…
Mobile phones are a significant issue31% of drivers admit to being distracted by mobile phones. Click here to find out more.
Increased concern over cyclists’ behaviourThere has been an increase of those concerned of how cyclists are using roads (eg. riding without lights or jumping red lights).
Fewer and more expensive parking opportunities74% of drivers say parking is more expensive than in 2014 and 63% believe there are fewer spaces to park.
Concerns over local road conditionsHalf of motorists believe that roads in their areas have noticeably deteriorated in the last year. 20% say the condition of local roads is one of their biggest worries.
Potholes cost councils £22 millionCouncils have had to pay £22 million in compensation to cars damaged by potholes during 2014-2015. 81% of motorists don’t think enough money from taxes is put into maintaining local roads. Read more: Potholes redefined as 50% deeper in bid to save council £120,000 on repairs
More motorists break speed limits70% admit to breaking the 70mph limit regularly or occasionally. Read more: "Speeding stats: the riders that give motorcyclists a bad name"
Driving standards have declined41% of motorists believe driving standards are lower than they used to be.
More motorists admit to drug-driving6% have driven under influence of drugs vs 2% in 2014.
Drivers aren’t convinced about driverless vehiclesRoughly three quarters of motorists do not think driverless vehicles will improve the safety of roads. Read more: How will driverless cars affect motorcyclists?
There is less concern about uninsured and untaxed driversFewer road users are concerned about uninsured and untaxed drivers (despite vehicle tax discs being no more). Read more: Government loses £80m as number of untaxed vehicles on roads doubles
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