Are You A ‘Careful & Competent’ Driver?

Some 91 per cent of motorists claim to be “careful and competent” drivers, but over half have broken 20mph and 30mph speed limits

New research has revealed 91 per cent of motorists say they are “careful and competent” drivers, yet 52 per cent say they have broken 20mph speed limits and 57 per cent said they had sped in 30mph zones. A further 58 per cent told researchers they had rushed through a traffic light as it turned from amber to red.

Recent figures from the Department for Transport suggests speeding rates may be even higher than that, though, with 86 per cent of observed cars speeding in 20mph zones.

But while the majority of motorists admitted to breaking speed limits and cutting it fine at lights, opinions related to drink driving are more in-step with legislation. Some 94 per cent of those who described themselves as “careful and competent” drivers said they had never broken the drink-drive limit. Meanwhile, 84 per cent haven’t used a handheld mobile phone while driving, though four per cent admitted they did this more than once a day.

The research comes from a survey commissioned by Cycling UK and carried out by YouGov, which also found the vast majority of respondents calling for tougher penalties for motorists who injure others.

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