Top 10 causes of incidents on UK roads

By 7th July 2021No Comments

Let’s look into the top causes of road traffic incidents in the UK. These are contributory factors – one, two or any number of them may be involved with any given incident. Here’s the list, along with the number of incidents attributed to each by the Department for Transport in 2018.

1. Driver or Rider failed to look properly

2. Driver/Rider failed to judge other person’s path or speed

3. Driver/Rider careless, reckless or in a hurry

4. Poor turn or manoeuvre

5. Loss of control

6. Pedestrian failed to look properly

7. Slippery road (due to weather)

8. Travelling too fast for conditions

9. Exceeding speed limit

10. Sudden braking











As we examine the list, one thing becomes clear: human error is the cause of the vast majority of incidents on UK roads. Even incidents which aren’t clearly caused by driver error are things that we should be able to take into account in our driving – excellent drivers, with well developed hazard perception and anticipation, are better equipped to avoid the hazards posed by other road users.

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Charlie Reynolds

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