THE BIGGEST issue worrying drivers has been revealed in a report by a leading road safety charity.
Produced by IAM RoadSmart, the seventh version of the annual report examines the opinions, attitudes and behaviors of motorists across the UK.
Potholes were named as the biggest problem, with 90% of drivers saying they had been affected in the past year.
A further 32% changed their route to avoid pesky potholes, while 16% went so far as to report the problem to an appropriate authority.
Respondents were also asked to name the issues they considered the greatest threat to their personal safety.
Leading the rankings, at 92%, drivers use their phones while driving, especially when texting or emailing.
The phones continued to elicit a strong reaction from drivers, with 91% saying they were worried about other motorists checking social media while on the road.
Driving after drinking alcohol or using illegal drugs and speeding in residential areas were the other most common responses, with 90% and 88% respectively.
However, participants disagreed much more about the safety of driverless vehicles, with only 59% worried about the risks associated with autonomous driving.
The report is a crucial tool for the charity, allowing their lobbying and campaigning plans to be shaped by the opinions of motorists.
Local and central governments also benefit from this idea, as it paints a picture of the issues that concern drivers in particular areas.
Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research at IAM RoadSmart, said: “The topics of mobility and road safety are constantly evolving, and our Driving Safety Culture report highlights the key issues UK motorists face when driving. they hit the road.
“Armed with this information, we can now tailor our lobbying and campaigning efforts, and represent drivers’ views to those who make the laws and hold the purse strings.
“What is clear is that there is a long way to go to convince UK drivers that efforts to deal with the backlog of potholes are having an impact.”
Of the 18 behaviors tested, talking only on a hands-free mobile and driving 10 miles per hour over the speed limit were deemed acceptable by respondents.
The most recent figures, released for the year 2020, revealed that Scotland’s road fatality rate of 26 per million was the eighth lowest of the 42 countries surveyed, according to Traffic Scotland.
However, the Department for Transport estimates that the 35% drop from the previous year was likely linked to the 23% drop in traffic levels due to the pandemic.