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Common Causes of Traffic Accidents in the UK and Tips to Avoid Them

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If you drive for work, you are at more risk of having an vehicle accident than people who are driving for personal reasons, according to the Royal Society for Prevention of Accident's Safer Driving for Work Handbook.

What Causes Accidents?

Drivers who go too fast or don't pay attention are leading causes of road accidents. According to Statista, the top factors leading to road accidents in Great Britain in 2020 were due to drivers or riders...

  • not paying attention (39%),

  • failing to judge another person's speed or path (21%),

  • being careless, wreckeless, or in a hurry (17%),

  • turning or maneuvering poorly (12%),

  • and losing control (11%).

Also among the top ten factors are traveling too fast for conditions (6%), exceeding speed limits (6%), and sudden braking (5%).

Tip 1: Pay Attention

Distracted driving is on the rise due to the use of digital devices. It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while you are driving, even if you're stopped at a light or in traffic. Other types of multitasking that distract drivers include eating and drinking, talking with passengers, or operating navigation or audio systems while driving. It's also important to be alert and avoid driving while tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

A person looks at his phone while driving

Tip 2: Slow Down

Speed limits are a maximum, not a target. Pedestrians, cyclists, heavy traffic, sharp turns, and bad weather are good reasons to go below the speed limit. Make sure to give the vehicles in front of you plenty of room. Brake, a road safety charity, has helpful information to calculate safe stopping distances depending on speed, vehicle type, and road conditions. Remember, heavier vehicles take more time to slow down. The faster you go, the longer it takes to stop, and the greater your risk of collision!

If these simple tips seem like common sense to you, you may benefit from our Proactive Awareness Driver Training (P.A.D.) for more experienced drivers, aimed at fleet operators. We are based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and offer convenient online learning from qualified professionals.

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