10 things we learned from RAC’s Report on Motoring

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Published on 20 September 2016 by Robert Drane

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…



  • Increased concern over cyclists’ behaviour

    There has been an increase of those concerned of how cyclists are using roads (eg. riding without lights or jumping red lights).

    Cyclists red light


  • Fewer and more expensive parking opportunities

    74% of drivers say parking is more expensive than in 2014 and 63% believe there are fewer spaces to park.

    Motorcycle parking spaces


  • Concerns over local road conditions

    Half 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.

    Pot hole in a country road with puddle




  • Driving standards have declined

    41% of motorists believe driving standards are lower than they used to be.

    Bored driver with hand on head


  • More motorists admit to drug-driving

    6% have driven under influence of drugs vs 2% in 2014.

    Streaky road lights night




Read more: BMF & MAG joint statement on Cycle Lane Light Segregation



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