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Fatalities from UK road accidents have halved since 2000 but there’s no reason to be complacent. We’ve gathered some shocking statistics from around the web that we hope will encourage safer behaviour when out on the roads.

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Leave the chat for later

  • You are 4 times more likely to crash when using a mobile while driving
  • Get caught using a mobile phone while driving and you'll get 3 penalty points on your licence and a fine of £100 (however, this can be as much as £1,000 if it goes to court)
  • You can use hands-free phones whilst you’re driving, but if the police think you’re distracted and not in control of your vehicle you could still get stopped and penalised
  • Your reaction times when using a phone while driving are 50% slower
  • You are 23 times more likely to crash when text messaging

Time to wake up!

  • 20% of road accidents are sleep related
  • 300 people are killed in the UK each year as a result of drivers falling asleep at the wheel
  • 40% of sleep related accidents involve commercial vehicles
  • Men under 30 hold the highest risk of falling asleep at the wheel. As you might expect, peak times for sleep related accidents are in the early hours and after lunch

Just the none

  • A sobering statistic; even with alcohol levels as low as 50mg to 80mg (within the legal limit) you are 6 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash.
  • The Institute of Advanced Motorists calculates that a drink drive conviction could cost you between £20,000 and £50,000 for fines, solicitor fees, increase in car insurance and loss of your job.

Better late than never

  • 350 people are killed each year in crashes involving someone exceeding the speed limit
  • 175 people were killed and 1,351 seriously injured in overtaking accidents in 2007
  • Pedestrians are 4 times more likely to die if hit at 40mph than at 30mph
  • Accidents on rural roads are 4 times more likely to be fatal compared to urban roads
  • 3.5 million people in Britain drive with eyesight below the legal minimum standard. According to the Highway Code, 66 feet (roughly 5 car lengths) is the minimum distance you should be able to read a car number plate clearly