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Driver Survey Reveals Biggest Problems on UK Roads

By Stephen Turvil | November 19, 2018

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Motorists list traffic congestion, mobile phone use, and aggressive driving as the biggest problems on UK roads

Driver Survey Reveals Biggest Problems on UK Roads

Survey reveals motorists’ biggest concerns

Motorists’ biggest concern is congestion and the vast majority claim it is a ‘bigger problem’ than 3 years ago in the United Kingdom, IAM RoadSmart’s Safety Culture Survey 2018 says. 76% of survey respondents say congestion is now worse whereas only 22% believe it is ‘about the same’. 2% argue it is a ‘smaller problem’.

Drivers that text and talk via a mobile are the second biggest worry on the road. 73% of survey respondents believe it is a ‘bigger problem’ than 3 years ago compared to 22% that say it is ‘about the same’. Only 5% suggest it is a ‘smaller problem’. UK drivers have concerns about other issues, too. See the table below.

 Bigger problem
 
About the same
 
Smaller problem
 
Aggressive driving
 
68%30%2%
Drug driving
 
62%32%6%
Aggressive cycling
 
57%36%7%
Speeding
 
55%40%5%
Drink driving
 
31%
 
50%
 
19%
 

Gender variation

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The survey also reveals that men and women perceive some such issues differently. Note drink driving, for instance. 37% of women say it is a ‘bigger problem’ in 2018 than 2015. Only 25% of men concur. In contrast, 60% of male respondents conclude that aggressive cycling is more of a problem compared to 54% of females.
 

The table immediately below reveals further, gender specific, variations plus the problems where there is a broader consensus.

 Bigger problem (men)
 
Bigger problem (women
 
Traffic congestion
 
75%76%
Phone distraction
 
72%73%
Aggressive driving
 
67%69%
Drug driving
 
61%63%
Aggressive cycling
 
60%54%
Speeding
 
53%58%
Drink driving
 
25%
 
37%
 

Age variation

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How people perceive problems varies by age, too. For example, 69% of respondents aged 50 to 69 say drug driving is now a ‘bigger problem’. Only 54% of those aged 17 to 34 agree. In contrast, 46% of the younger group say drink driving is a ‘bigger problem’ compared to 25% of the older group. The table reveals more results.

 

Bigger problem 
 

(17-34)

Bigger problem 
 

(35-49)

Bigger problem
 

 (50-69)

Traffic congestion
 
73%72%79%
Phone distraction
 
74%70%74%
Aggressive driving
 
64%67%72%
Drug driving
 
54%57%69%
Aggressive cycling
 
51%53%63%
Speeding
 
58%53%56%
Drink driving
 
46%
 
31%
 
25%
 

 

Regional variation

Perception also varies by geographical region. 61% of survey respondents in the north conclude that speeding is a ‘bigger problem’ in 2018 than 2015, for example. However, only 49% in Wales and the south west agree. Note drug driving, too. 68% of motorists in the north say it is now a ‘bigger problem’ compared to 56% in London and the south east. The table below reveals further results. 

 north London & south east
 
Wales & south west 
 
Scotland & Northern Ireland
 
Traffic congestion
 
80%72%79%69%
Phone distraction
 
74%70%73%73%
Aggressive driving
 
73%67%61%61%
Drug driving
 
68%56%61%56%
Aggressive cycling
 
58%61%53%53%
Speeding
 
61%52%49%51%
Drink driving
 
35%
 
29%
 
27%
 
27%
 

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