IAM RoadSmart’s fourth annual Safety Culture Survey examines the attitudes and concerns of UK drivers, and has found once again that their biggest worries revolve around the many uses that people have developed for smartphones when they should be driving. Drivers checking social media is the biggest single perceived threat that road users feel, slightly higher than those who text and email, and closely followed by drink and drug drivers.
There has been a change in the headline issue that drivers think has got worse in the last three years. For the first time congestion has topped the poll. This is a reflection on the upturn in economic activity but also shows that the recent increases in new road investment must be sustained. A new question on potholes also found that the vast majority of drivers experienced road surface problems in the last year.