What’s a roundabout? – shocking ignorance of UK drivers exposed

What’s a roundabout? – shocking ignorance of UK drivers exposed
What’s a roundabout? – shocking ignorance of UK drivers exposed

A staggering half of British drivers have admitted that their road knowledge is so poor they can’t identify simple road signs.

Road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has revealed that a full 50 per cent of people it questioned couldn’t correctly identify the sign for a roundabout.

And more than two thirds said they didn’t understand the two-second rule set out to help motorists keep a safe distance.

Read more: Quiz: How well do you know your road signs

In a poll of more than 1,000 drivers, the UK’s largest road safety charity found that 68 per cent were unaware of the recommended two-second gap for dry-weather driving, with 53 per cent confusing it for two car lengths. At 60mph this results in a gap of less than a third of a second – nowhere near enough to avoid a collision.

The survey of drivers’ knowledge also found that 57 per cent didn’t recognise the “dual carriageway ends” sign and only a third knew that the cats eyes between a motorway and its slip road are green.

57 per cent of drivers couldn’t correctly identify the dual carriageway ends sign

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, said: “This is truly shocking. The outcome of the survey brings to light some frightening statistics which demonstrates the need to constantly refresh on-road knowledge.

“With many young drivers showing high levels of traffic sign ignorance these results reinforce IAM RoadSmart’s view that road safety education should be taught as part of the National Curriculum in schools to prepare teenagers for their future driving career.

“Many drivers don’t look at the Highway Code regularly after they’ve passed their test, but no-one’s memory is perfect and it’s crucial to read and understand the most recent version of the Highway Code for the safety of all road users.”

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