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Bad driving behaviour figures remain constant

The latest round of ‘driver behaviour’ statistics have been released, and they suggest that not much has changed from last year.

The research, carried out by Sainsbury’s Car Insurance, found that 6% of drivers are still owning up to driving after having an alcoholic drink – exactly the same figure as last year.

Texting & Driving

Too many still think it is OK

Also unchanged, this time at 18%, is the number of people who confess to driving when feeling tired, while those who admit to using hand-held phones at the wheel (5%) is just 1% lower than a year ago.

Encouragingly, the number of people admitting to exceeding the speed limit by at least 10mph had fallen from 19 per cent in 2011 to 17 per cent in 2012 but, privately, the authorities would have been hoping for a bigger fall.

Those driving while wearing inappropriate footwear, such as flip-flops, remained constant at 12 per cent, while there was little change to numbers admitting to driving without a seat-belt (3%) and women applying make-up whilst driving (3%).

All things considered, eating and drinking at the wheel appeared the most common bad driving habit, with 27 per cent admitting to it.

Sainsbury’s Car Insurance head, Ben Tyte, said: “It’s encouraging to see that driver behaviour on our roads remains, on the whole, at a consistent level and is improving in some areas.

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