Drink-driving skyrockets around festive period – latest police data shows there were 5,869 positive or refused breath tests in December vs 4,446 in February.
A CarTakeBack.com and YouGov survey revealed that almost 1 in 5 (17 per cent) think it’s sometimes acceptable to drive after drinking – as long as they feel unaffected. With 40 million driving licenses in Great Britain, this is nearly 7 million drivers.
Changes to the driving test will help save lives and improve road safety, said transport minister Andrew Jones. Learner drivers will need to pass a modern test that will include new manoeuvres and a longer independent driving section to make sure drivers have the skills, knowledge and confidence to drive on their own. The changes will also include a section where drivers use satellite navigation to find their way.
Seventy-four per cent of drivers think insurers should provide cover for damage caused by hackers accessing control systems in driverless cars, according to a survey by road safety charity IAM RoadSmart.
Almost 1,200 people responded to the survey which sought opinions on what driverless cars will mean for them as the UK heads towards autonomous vehicles becoming mainstream. The results of this survey have been used to guide IAM RoadSmart’s response to the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles’ consultation, Pathway to Driverless Cars.
IAM RoadSmart members expect car prices to rise following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. The road safety charity conducted a poll of over 1,000 members and visitors to its website between 27 June and 12 July, asking their views of how the decision by UK voters to leave the EU would affect them as drivers.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) won a European award today (20 October) for its efforts in improving road safety at work through its own staff driving guidelines and safeguards. The accolade has come from the Brussels-based European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), a leading non-profit organisation dedicated to reducing the numbers of deaths and injuries in transport in Europe.
Home and garden retailer Homebase (part of Home Retail Group) is among the first businesses to sign up to ‘Project Pictogram’, a national road safety initiative aimed at raising awareness about the four main causes of road traffic collisions and fatalities.
Want to get lucky? Then brush up on your driving technique and manners. After questioning 50 men and women aged between 20 and 30 years, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has determined that bad drivers are 50 per cent less attractive than drivers with good skills. Although the small sample group size means the results must be treated carefully, drivers would be well-advised to avoid the top ‘turn off’ behaviours.
According to a white paper issued by the Institute of Advanced Motorists’ (IAM) Drive and Survive division, drivers who cover high mileages are the category of road user most likely to think speed cameras have ‘little or no influence’ in reducing road casualty numbers in the UK. The paper, titled Speed Cameras – The Views of High Mileage Drivers, also found 28 per cent of high-mileage drivers have a negative view of speed cameras – ten per cent more than other drivers. More than half the high-mileage drivers surveyed for the paper also viewed speed cameras as little more than a ‘money making tool’ – more than another category of road user.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has reacted with disappointment to the big increase in fatalities on Scotland’s roads as announced this morning by Transport Scotland, stating it made the Scottish government’s mid-term review of its Road Safety Plan all the more urgent.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is urging the new government to increase its efforts in promoting road safety by giving targeted enforcement a higher priority. With the yet-to-be-revealed figures for 2014 shaping up to show an increase in deaths and injuries on UK roads, the IAM believe the new government must make road traffic policing a core priority function for police forces and commissioners in England and Wales.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has discovered that more than 40 per cent of all motorway and major A road lane closures in England in 2014 were caused by vehicle breakdowns – and 122 unsupervised children caused them to be shut too. The information came from a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from the IAM, the biggest independent road safety charity in the UK, which asked for the number of incidences of lane closures on roads managed by Highways England’s in 2014.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has appointed Lesley Upham as its commercial director. The appointment is a new position, and is the first to be made by the IAM’s chief executive officer Sarah Sillars, who joined the charity in March. The new position is effective from July 2015. Upham comes from Thatcham Research where she currently holds the position of commercial director, a post she has held since 2008.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has warned that car manufacturers are building high-tech distractions into their new vehicles and have made interiors so comfortable they are being turned into living rooms. The warning came from IAM chief executive officer Sarah Sillars, who said efforts to reduce distraction factors for motorists are being undone by the relentless pace of technology and eagerness of car makers to pack more gadgets onto dashboards.