Road safety trends

IAM RoadSmart, a charity dedicated to reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads, is involved in lobbying for improvements in road safety standards and leading the road safety debate with central government and within the motoring community. IAM RoadSmart is an advocate for lifelong personal development of driving and riding skills.

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“Eight years of flat lining road deaths is unacceptable. The huge gains in road safety made in the past now seem a distant memory. The government must show more leadership to really drive down road deaths in the future.”

Neil Greig, Director of Policy and Research, IAM RoadSmart

IAM RoadSmart Human Factors

IAM RoadSmart analyses multiple issues and viewpoints when considering ways to improve road safety, not least those of its 82,000 members. Human factors are one of these – how the driver (or rider) interacts with the journey, the vehicle and the external world – as highlighted by the 2020 government report on road casualties. “All accidents have a cause and that cause is often someone making a mistake or exhibiting dangerous or thoughtless road behaviour”.

The 2020 IAM RoadSmart Safety Culture Index, is a study of UK motorists’ attitudes towards driving. The report found that the main areas of concern amongst motorists were potholes, congestion and using a mobile phone whilst driving.


Distracted driving or riding occurs once attention is removed from activities required for safe driving or riding.

Drink driving

You could be imprisoned, banned and fined if you're found guilty of drink driving.


Read more about why exceeding the speed limit is dangerous for the drivers and riders as well as other road users.

Older drivers

The number of older drivers have been steadily increasing on UK roads, with over 4 million aged 70 or over.

Younger drivers

Improving the safety of younger driver, the view of IAM RoadSmart.

Driving for work

IAM RoadSmart has a dedicated Driving for work website.

Weather conditions

Read our latest tips here.

Drug driving

Taking drugs can impair reactions, alter judgement, and slow decision making, the penalty is the same as drink driving.


Motorcyclists account for disproportionately more casualties than would be expected given the distance they travel.

Road safety statistics

Read more information on road safety statistics for the UK.


IAM RoadSmart has a dedicated Drink Driving Rehabilitation website.

Licensed to Skill

Read our report analysing contributory factors for different road user groups.