Driver errors 'more fatal than speeding'

A new report has suggested that speeding on the motorway may be less dangerous than not concentrating on the road.

Research from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has revealed that driver error could be 13 times more likely to contribute to a crash than breaking the speed limit.

The figures indicated that a failure to look properly was the blaming factor in one-third of crashes, compared to only 5.2 per cent for motorists travelling too fast.

Driving too fast for the particular conditions on the road was also found to be more dangerous than breaking the speed limit.
IAM chief executive Simon Best said that continuously improving one's skills behind the wheel would go a long way to reduce casualties.

"Accidents could easily be reduced by improving driver skills and lives could be saved - especially those of young drivers," he added.

Recent research by Santander showed that men are twice as likely to be distracted by kissing or reading a newspaper than women while at the wheel.

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