Motorists take more risks early in year
Research by GreenRoad shows motorists are at their most reckless in the early months of the year, with a desire to get home from work said to be the main factor.
GreenRoad made the findings after giving each of the 813 drivers canvassed a safety score. Motorists were marked on braking, acceleration, corner handling, lane handling and speeding. Safer drivers recorded lower scores.
The study found that motorists take greater risks from January to April. Driver performance improves gradually throughout the rest of the year before ending with the safest month in December.
Last year, harsh braking was a widespread problem among British motorists, with 48% admitting to leaving it late before applying the brakes. Over one in three revealed they are careless when taking corners.
Harsh braking was more common in 2012 than the previous year, though the rise has been attributed in some small part to high volumes of traffic because of high-profile events like the Olympics.
Safety scores were found to remain at a steady level during a normal working day before spiking late at night. The typical safety score increases sharply at 11pm before dropping significantly through the night.
published: 21/02/2013 17:00:00