‘Motorists need to develop skills’

The latest road accident data published the Department for Transport (DFT) suggests that drivers in the UK need to develop better skills, it has been claimed.

According to the DFT, a driver failing to look properly was found to be an influencing factor is 35 per cent of all road accidents, with driver error or reaction deemed to be a common factor in many crashes.

Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said that even when the accident was not the fault of the driver, better skills may have helped them to avoid crashing.

"For most drivers, the only formal training they take is that needed to pass their test. But in the following years they may well develop bad habits without even realising their weaknesses," he remarked.

Additional training can be of benefit to most people and can ensure they are safer on the road, he added.

In related news, the DFT has announced the Highway Cod has been revised to include practical advice for new motorists.

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