Britain’s Badly Behaved Commuters: a Third Don’t Feel Guilty about Dangerous
Driving, find Allianz Your Cover
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
• 5% admit they have jumped a red light – 38% have seen other commuters do
• 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%).
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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.
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
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
Allianz and Road Safety
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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.
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