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Dangerous Overtaking Forces Thousands Of Drivers to Swerve

Dangerous overtaking forces thousand of motorists to brake and swerve to avoid a collision, road safety claims.

Risks Of Dangerous Overtaking Highlighted By Road Safety Charity

Drivers that overtook dangerously forced 14% of their fellow motorists to swerve, pull over, or brake to avoid a collision in the last year, a road safety charity has claimed. Brake – whose conclusion comes courtesy of a joint survey with insurance specialist Direct Line - emphasised that passing on country lanes is particularly risky as the speed limit is high and numerous corners make it hard to confirm there is no oncoming traffic. And it seems that men were more likely to pass without being certain the road was clear. 21% admitted responsibility compared to 15% of women. The survey also showed that 80% of drivers “felt endangered” by a overtake either of their own, their driver or another vehicle.

Dangerous Overtaking Helps Make County Roads Most Hazardous

Dangerous overtaking contributes to making country roads the most hazardous on the network. They witness 52% of fatalities. Car occupants and motorcyclists are twice as likely to be killed than in an urban areas, and cyclists three times. On this basis, the road safety charity is calling for the government to reduce the speed limit from 60 mph, to 50 mph. Brake argues a lower limit should be backed by more speed cameras, investment in policing, and more education to emphasise the risk of overtaking on rural roads.

Dangerous Overtaking A Huge Risk

Julie Townsend, Brake Deputy Chief Executive, said: “Overtaking on single carriageway country roads is a huge risk, and one that ultimately just isn’t worth it. Why risk it and rush? You could cause a devastating, high speed, head on crash that ends lives and ruins others. In spite of this, a significant minority are still taking the risk and performing this aggressive and selfish manoeuvre.”

Shed added: “We’re urging all drivers to avoid overtaking on country roads unless absolutely essential and 100% safe – that doesn’t include if you’re feeling impatient because someone in front is driving a few mph slower than you want to. In those situations, cool-headed and responsible drivers hang back and relax. We’re also urging drivers to stay well within speed limits, and slow right down for villages, bends, brows and bad weather, to protect themselves and others.”

Rob Miles, Director of Motor at Direct Line, added: “People die on rural roads in the UK every day and many of these fatal crashes could be prevented. Our own data suggests that young drivers and their passengers are even more likely to be killed on this type of road. Drivers should remember that patience is a virtue when it comes to deciding to overtake another vehicle, as it could be a life saver.”