UK Male Drivers Tend to Risk More on Rural Roads

Brake and Direct Line conducted a test on 1,000 UK drivers that revealed men have more chances to cause and accident on rural roads that women.
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Most drivers are mistaken by thinking rural roads are safer, due to their quietness and lack of traffic. The reality is that these roads are more hazardous, from having blind corners, tight bends, narrow space and all kind of users, making the overtake on single carriageways a very dangerous maneuver.

Blind overtaking and speeding are the most common causes that lead to 1,197 brutal deaths per year on rural roads. Almost one in four men (24%) and one in six women (18%) admitted to overtaking when they couldn’t be certain that nothing was coming from the counter lane. More than 54% of all drivers have witnessed an overtaking near-miss in the past year 44% broke the 60 mph (96 km/h) rural speed limit.

To avoid accidents, Brake is advising drivers to maintain the speed limit and to overtake other vehicles only when needed, such as slow tractors. Also they are suggested to be aware of other road users like cyclists, horse riders or joggers and slow down when passing them while also leaving them plenty of space.
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