As well as issuing road safety policy statements and working with government and the media, the IAM RoadSmart Policy & Research Team undertake research into driver behaviour and a range of other road safety issues. Following are a sample of our recent published reports.
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.