Driving too slowly could be as dangerous as doing it too fast – as well as annoying. For that reason half of British motorists support the introduction of “slow speed cameras,” a research has found.
The truth is that there is not much at the moment to prevent drivers from travelling too slowly. There are minimum speed limits on some UK motorways, but there are few preventive measures that are used widely.
The use of slow speed cameras will specifically catch slow motorists, penalising them with a fine for driving slower than the minimum designated speed limit.
The study carried out by car insurance adviser Confused.com found that slow drivers are the biggest frustration on the road for UK motorists, with nearly half of them admitting attempt unsafe overtaking to pass slow moving vehicles, thus increasing the chances of an accident.
It seems a bit drastic to jeopardise your safety and others' for overtake a “Sunday driver” - as they are known - but the survey also shows that over half (60%) of motorists experience an increase in stress levels and a heightened irritability when faced with a vehicle driving slower than the rest of the traffic.
“Slow drivers need to be taken as seriously as motorists caught speeding. Findings confirm they are a constant source of anxiety on UK roads and responsible for a large amount of accidents each year,” said Gareth Kloet, Head of Car Insurance at Confused.com.
“The government introduced speed cameras and now even a super speed camera so should also consider the same rigour to combat slow driving as it could make a difference and help reduce motorists putting themselves or others at risk,” he added.
Slow speed cameras are not the only proposed measure to tackle slow drivers. Those participating in the poll also suggested imposing a minimum speed limit on all British roads (37%), the introduction of a slow lane (26%), dedicated times for slow drivers to be on the road (15%), and even a warning badge system to be displayed by offending motorists (5%).
With the Department for Transport revealing that 143 accidents a year are caused directly by slow drivers, maybe it is time to consider this threat seriously and do something about it.
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5 August 2011, 10:29PM
I drive slowly sometimes because the roads are appaling still, unlike the company car mob in their leased Audis etc who dont have to worry about insurance and tyres/shocks im afraid I do, and after shelling out silly amounts of money for springs and stuff the last few years on my (not very old 2006) vauxhall im afraid they can lump it and sit behing me and be patient or by all means overtake if they want without complaining.
Emma, Slade Green
8 August 2011, 12:32PM
I was driving home from my cousins last week at around 12.30 am and am unfamiliar with the country lanes where she has recently moved to. Therefore I was driving more slowly than usual and in my mirror I noticed a police car behind, this made me even more nervous and so I began driving even slower. I was then flashed and pulled over by the officer and told that I was driving to slowly! Obviously I was not used to the roads, can we ever win!
8 August 2011, 11:03PM
agricultural vehicles? caravans? milk floats? cyclists? horse riders? Anybody going slower than 5 mph faster than the speed limit?
29 November 2011, 01:55PM
Slow drivers need to be taken as seriously as motorists caught speeding. I have found myself stuck behind vehicles that poodle along at ridiculously slow speeds and stop so far away from junctions it is unbelievable. I totally agree that these drivers should be penalised as they can cause accidents to.
Simon Greenwood, Whitstable
26 April 2012, 04:52PM
Old people should be penalised as far as I am concerned, they should not be on the road after a certain age. The times I have been stuck behind someone old, their reactions are slower and decision making awful, they are a danger to other motorists, more consideration needs to be given to safety where they are concerned. They endanger lives.
1 July 2012, 05:26PM
I was once on the A13 heading towards Southend doing 70 MPH in the middle lane and I saw a car in the distance. Thinking I was going a little bit too fast, I gently started applying the brakes, but caught up with the car in no time at all. I think the driver must of been doing 40-50 MPH and it felt like my brakes were not working.
That was a couple of years ago, but I still come across these types of drivers today and sometimes have to break hard because a lot of traffic on the outside lane at the time.
It is really frustrating.
3 August 2012, 03:10PM
First take off all speeders and tailgaters, and those overtaking at all sides, and next all that drive without light in fog, mist, dusk, dawn, rain, spray, night.
And suddenly the motorway is empty enough so that slow drivers are happy to use the left lane, without feeling crushed by the lorry sitting on their boot.
Harry, Behind You
10 January 2013, 12:58AM
I only ask two things of other motorists, to keep their stupidity to a minimum and stay a respectful distance from me. That includes front, back and sides. Driving slowly I can accept on a windy lane in the dark. Doing 40 in a 60 on strait road in the middle of the day is totally unacceptable to me.
And to the first moron that wants to drive slow to save his tyres GET OFF THE ROAD! Use the bus, you don't have to worry about tyres or shocks or slightly moist conditions if you get someone else to do all that bothersome driving for you.
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