Increase recorded in accidents caused by slow drivers
According to statistics recently released by the Department for Transport, Britain has seen a 31% increase in the number of casualties caused or contributed to by a motorist driving too slowly.
The relevant data shows that 175 people were injured in such accidents in 2017, not including two fatalities – almost a third more than the previous year. Edmund King, the AA’s president, has stated that “driving like a snail can be as dangerous as driving like a cheetah”.
The AA is attributing the casualty rise in part to an increase of elderly drivers in the UK who often drive more slowly when travelling unfamiliar routes. It has also highlighted the parts played by those driving behind slow drivers and the impatience, which causes them to take unnecessary risks.
While speeding is a relatively common driving offence in the UK, driving too slowly may be classed as careless driving which carries its own range of penalties. Such an offence would typically result in a £100 fine and three points on the driver’s licence, although if the case proceeded to court, the penalties may be far more severe, with a maximum fine of £5,000, nine points and a driving ban.
This is another example of how all motorists must remain alert to changing conditions and to the driving of those around them in order to stay safe – one factor which is addressed by our instructors here at Insight 2 Drive during their driving lessons in North Wales.