The road knowledge of UK motorists is so poor that half can’t even identify a roundabout sign, according to a new study by the RAC.
The road knowledge of UK motorists is so poor that half can’t even identify a roundabout sign, according to a new study.
The research, by road safety campaigners IAM RoadSmart, shows that a staggering two thirds of motorists are also unaware that they should be leaving a two-second gap from the vehicle in front.
The study found that nearly six in 10 (57%) drivers can’t identify the “dual carriageway ends” sign, while only a third are aware that green cats eyes on a motorway signal a slip road.
Worryingly for road safety campaigners, over half (53%) of motorists also confuse the two-second rule with a recommendation for leaving two car lengths.
At 60mph, a gap of two car lengths equates to roughly one third of a second, giving drivers nowhere near enough time to react to the road ahead and avoid a collision.
Figures recently released by Highways England found that tailgating is the cause of one in eight (12%) of all collisions on the road, resulting in 100 people killed or injured every year.