Who are the safest drivers in Britain?
How safe are you on the road? Fasten your seatbelt for these road safety facts on everything from driving test pass rates to speeding and more.
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Every year, more than 1.5 million people take their practical driving test. Young men have the highest pass rate. Of all candidates of practical driving tests, older women tend to fail most. The exact pass rates are as follows:
- 53.3% of men aged 16 to 19 and 47% of women in that age group
- 44.5% of men aged 20 to 29 and 41.7% of women in that age group
- 43.1% of men aged 30 to 39 and 39.2% of women in that age group
- 39.2% of men aged 40 to 59 and 28.8% of women in that age group
- 41.3% of men aged 60 to 69 and 27% of women in that age group
- 19.3% of men aged 70 or older and 17.5% of women in that age group passed their practical driving test
This shows that for every age category, men were more likely to pass their test than women.
23% of drivers under 20 are involved in at least one car crash during the first year of passing their driving test. The safest drivers are those aged between 30 and 60.
There are 122 British drivers aged 100 years or older. The oldest holder of a British driving licence is a 106 year old woman.
70% of all accidents on UK roads are caused by simple mistakes. The biggest errors are not looking properly, misjudging someone else’s speed, poor turns and overlooking a junction.
17 and 18 year-olds are twice as risky as someone in their thirties, three times as risky as someone in their forties and six times as risky as someone aged 50 or over.
50% of all crashes occur on just 10% of the entire road network. The 10 most dangerous roads in the country are all rural A-roads. The top 10 most dangerous roads in the UK are:
- A537 between Macclesfield and Buxton
- A5012 between A515 (Pikehall) and A6 (Matlock)
- A621 between A619 (Baslow) and Totley
- A625 between A623 (Calver) and Sheffield
- A54 between Congleton and Buxton
- A581 between A59 (Rufford) and A49 (Chorley)
- A5005 between A6 (Whaley Bridge) and Buxton
- A675 between M65 J3 (Blackburn) and Preston
- A61 between Barnsley and Wakefield
- A285 between A27 (Chichester) and A272 (Petworth)
The legal limit for drivers is 35 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitre of breath. At this point, your reactions are slowed by 12.5%.
In 2010, 3332 drivers failed a breathalyzer test in Britain. Most tests were failed in the South-East, where 629 offenders were caught.
6000 accidents were caused by drivers exceeding the speed limit in 2010, and 10,000 accidents were caused by people driving too fast for the conditions. However, there were also accidents directly caused by people driving too slowly - 143 to be precise!
11% of male drivers aged 17-24 have been caught speeding on camera. Only 4% of female drivers in that age category were flashed.
Speeding drivers usually drive hatchbacks, sports cars and older cars. Cars that are least likely to be used for speeding are small family cars, saloons and 4 wheel drives.
- http://assets.dft.gov.uk/foi/dsa-ia0084911/dsa-ia0084911c.pdf (May 2011)
- http://www.iam.org.uk/images/stories/downloads/Policy_and_Research/younger-and-older-2011.pdf (January 2011)
- http://www.roadsafetyfoundation.org/media/11356/eurorap_2009_results.pdf (June 2009)
- http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/the-characteristics-of-speed-related-collisions/rsrr117.pdf (September 2010)
- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/insurance/7202668/Teenagers-twice-as-likely-to-have-road-accident-than-others.html (Feb 2010)
- http://www.dft.gov.uk/statistics/tables/ras51020/ (October 2011)
- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/8649662/Slow-drivers-cause-the-most-frustration.html (July 2010)