Britain’s Badly Behaved Commuters: a Third Don’t Feel Guilty about Dangerous Driving, find Allianz Your Cover Business Wire GUILDFORD, England -- March 28, 2013 UK commuters are behaving badly behind the wheel, with 65% admitting to their own bad driving behaviours over the last year, dispelling the patient and polite British persona. Rushed and stressed commuters don’t feel guilty about driving dangerously or being distracted on the road as they race to get to the office on time, according to new research from car insurance provider Allianz Your Cover (www.yourcoverinsurance.co.uk). In fact a fifth (21%) blame their poor habits on other commuters. The top five bad commuter behaviours are: 1. Speeding (30%) 2. Careless driving (14%) 3. Travelling too fast for the conditions (14%) 4. Tailgating (13%) 5. Not looking when changing lanes (13%) Commuters may however have been twisting the truth about their bad habits, as although nearly a third (30%) admitted to speeding, more than half (55%) have seen other drivers exceed the speed limit. And the bad habit bluffing doesn’t stop there: • 5% admit they have jumped a red light – 38% have seen other commuters do this • 4% have applied make-up – 22% have seen other commuters do this • 2% say they failed to stop at a give way sign – 22% have seen other commuters do this More than half of British commuters (52%) are in too much of a hurry to drive safely and are blaming their bad driving on a lack of concentration (30%) and being tired (27%). The commuting environment impacts the workplace as almost half of drivers (43%) believe that their commute affects their mood and can negatively impact their work. Natalie Woods, of Allianz Your Cover Insurance said: “Our research found that British commuters feel they drive carelessly during their journeys due to rushing and tiredness. This is supported by police road accident statistics which show that 46%* of accidents can be attributed to careless driving. We urge drivers to take a careful and considerate approach to their driving in order to reduce accident rates and improve the experience of all their fellow commuters and drivers. One in ten (13%) have witnessed an accident on their way to work – not the kind of start to the day anybody would want.” Despite witnessing the bad habits of their fellow commuters, one in four (27%) hope that a driver would stop to help them if they were in need, a lot less (15%) have actually pulled over to help. The main reason for continuing their commute instead of helping a fellow commuter is to avoid being put in danger (43%). With safety being top priority breakdown services can help out those in need enabling other drivers to continue their journey. Other reasons given for not stopping to help fellow commuters are not knowing how to help (27%), followed by being in a rush (27%). - Ends - About Your Cover Your Cover is a new breed of insurance product, offering cover that customers select to precisely match their own lifestyle and circumstances. Using an easy to use ‘Quote and Buy’ website, Your Cover makes it simple to design, obtain a quote and manage your insurance online. The result of two years' research involving thousands of insurance buyers, Your Cover is a product from Allianz Insurance plc, which is a part of the global Allianz Group. www.YourCoverInsurance.co.uk About the research The research was commissioned by Allianz Your Cover and undertaken by One Poll amongst 1,000 regular commuters during February 2013. *Figures taken from Department for Transport: Reported Road Causalities in Great Britain: 2011 Annual Report Page 10, 15 & 16 About Allianz Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, one of the leading integrated financial services providers worldwide and the largest property and casualty insurer in the world. With approximately 142,000 employees worldwide, the Allianz Group serves approximately 78 million customers in more than 70 countries. The mission of Allianz Insurance is to be the outstanding competitor in our chosen markets by delivering products and services that out clients recommend, being a great company to work for and achieving the best combination of profit and growth. Allianz and Road Safety As the world’s leading car insurer with approximately 50 million motorists insured globally, Allianz feels a clear responsibility to communicate key safety messages to a worldwide audience. Allianz is the only insurer worldwide to have its own road safety research institute, the Allianz Center for Technology (AZT) that has been dedicated to improving vehicle safety already since 1971. The center now conducts more than 90 crash tests per year to improve passenger protection, traffic safety for cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Contact: Consolidated PR Helen Braddock / Sophie Church Tel: 0207-781-2375 / 0207781-2386 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Britain’s Badly Behaved Commuters: a Third Don’t Feel Guilty about Dangerous Driving, find Allianz Your Cover
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