Slow drivers cause the most frustration

So true. Slow drivers do cause the most frustration. I wish a politician would have the balls to do something about slow drivers rather than always focus on speed.

Everyone is aware of the anti-social nature of speeding, but it seems Britain’s drivers are also united in deploring those who drive too slowly and are demanding “slow-speed cameras” to crack down on dawdlers.

A new poll reveals that UK motorists reckon slow drivers are the biggest frustration on the road, with almost half of those interviewed admitting to attempts at unsafe overtaking in order to get past slow-moving traffic.

The survey, on behalf of Confused.com, shows that 60 per cent of motorists experience an increase in stress levels and a heightened irritability when they encounter a vehicle driving more slowly than the rest of the traffic. About half of the 2,000 respondents support the idea of introducing slow-speed cameras and penalising the dawdlers with a fine.

About 143 accidents a year are directly caused by slow drivers, according to figures for 2009 from the Department for Transport. According to the survey, nearly a third of motorists have had an incident or “near miss” attributable to a slow driver.

“Slow drivers need to be taken as seriously as motorists caught speeding. Findings confirm they are a constant source of anxiety and responsible for a large amount of accidents each year,” said Gareth Kloet, head of car insurance at Confused.com. “The government introduced speed cameras and now even a super-speed camera, so should also consider the same rigour to combat slow driving.”

I’d go further and look at restrictions on people towing caravans, trailers and boats during holiday peak times. I’d make then travel in the middle of the night.

 


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