Drivers need to improve road perception to avoid accidents

Drivers need to improve road perception to avoid accidents 5th August 2015

Hazard perception has long been one of the biggest parts of the UK driving test, but according to a study by one of the UK's leading road safety organisations, drivers across the nation need to have a better understanding of dangers on the road and predicting danger to avoid accidents. 

According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists, there are a number of reasons cited by officials when they are investigating what caused an accident on the road, but there were two factors which were markedly more prominent than any others. 

Despite the fact there are 77 different factors that can be adjudged to be the contributor to an accident, IAM said that 'failure to look properly and failure to judge another person's path or speed' account for seven per cent of all accidents, giving it clear first place in the list. 

In second place was 'failure to look properly and carelessness and recklessness', which played a large part in five per cent of all accidents that take place on British roads. 

The IAM said that these two making up more than a tenth of all accidents between them shows just how important it is that Brits are fully clued up when it comes to paying attention to the road and making sure they can judge how other people are driving and how they need to change what they are doing as a result to stay safe. 

Sarah Sillars, IAM chief executive officer, said: “These figures show conclusively that simple human errors continue to cause the majority of accidents. Drivers cannot blame something or someone else for a collision happening, it is down to every one of us to make a difference. 

“We feel that many people eventually get complacent behind the wheel and inattention creeps in. Combine this with fatigue and distractions, inside and outside the vehicle and the message is clear that drivers must apply their full attention to driving – you simply cannot do two things at once if one of them is driving."

The organisation recently also lamented the fact that there are an increasing number of distractions in cars for Brits to pay attention to rather than the road, including things such as phones and tablets, and even catch up TV devices. 

Posted by Danielle Barge