Scotland has the safest roads in the UK in terms of casualties from traffic collisions.
With a population of 5.3 million people, some 9,427 casualties were recorded in 2017 by the Department for Transport. This means the likelihood of being a casualty in Scotland is just 1 in 562. In contrast, the figure for London is about one in 270, the highest figure for any part of the UK except Northern Ireland (one in 197). The national average figure was one in 388.
Despite this, according to a recent survey, most people think they are safe drivers. Across the UK, 63% said the considered themselves to be “very safe”, while 35% said “quite safe” and only 2% said “quite unsafe”.
Drivers in the South West of England appear to consider themselves the safest drivers – 73% said they were “very safe”, ahead of the West Midlands (66%) then the South East, East Anglia, East Midlands and East Anglia (all 65%). The figure for Scotland was 62%.
Select Car Leasing, which conducted the survey, combined the two sets of data to gives measure different UK regions’ perception of driving safety, compared to the actual crash statistics. The results were fascinating and provided a clear understanding of who is deluded and who is very clear about the hazards they face on the roads every day.
Motorists in the South East of England and London had a high opinion of their driving but were the most deluded of all – they were more likely to believe they are safe, but much more liable to be in a crash. Northern Ireland was not in denial – drivers were quite aware they are not as safe drivers and the casualty statistics support this! In contrast, people from Scotland, the East Midlands or North-East England were much less likely to have a casualty and were aware of the fact.
The survey also asked motorists about their driving habits and found that many people are failing to abide by some of the most basic driving laws. Londoners were the worst offenders.
The correlation between awareness of laws and the reality of an accident on the road was also laid bare in London. In the area where there is the highest chance of a casualty, knowledge was overall poorer. Less than half of London’s drivers knew about any one of the five laws covered by the study, consistently below the average for the rest of the UK.
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