IAM RoadSmart makes a valuable contribution to the road risk debate. We produce a range of policy and research documents on topics key to the conversation, such as drink-driving, speed cameras, motorway speed limits, motorcycling and mature drivers.
We inform and influence to ensure road safety remains a policy and investment priority. Those who listen to our views include government and key decision makers.
IAM RoadSmart often gives evidence to governmental bodies, including the Transport Select Committee. Our staff also provide expert input and analysis on key committees at Highways England, Road Safety Scotland, Transport Focus and PACTS (Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety). We also contribute to the international road safety debate as members of the Mobility division of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).
IAM RoadSmart riders seem to be more aware of the limitations of other road users and, as such, are more likely to agree with statements about anticipating the actions of others. They are less likely to agree with statements about alcohol consumption and riding (i.e. that it is safe to drink and ride). The differences in these particular attitudes were statistically significant. There are also differences in reported behaviour – IAM RoadSmart riders report being less hostile to other road users, not speeding in limits under 40mph and not approaching bends too quickly. However, they are more likely to admit to exceeding higher speed limits and undertaking on the inside. However, the differences in those behaviours were not statistically significant. There were also some notable differences in general behaviour – IAM RoadSmart members are more likely to be involved in their local community and have strong views on roads policing.
This study concludes that, compared to demographically similar motorcyclists, IAM RoadSmart members do demonstrate more positive attitudes in relation to collision risk and report fewer collisions, once mileage is accounted for. They also appear to be more confident in their skills when it comes to speed selection.
You can download a full copy of the report below.