14th April 2011
Car insurance policyholders told 'driver error causes many incidents'
Drivers who seek out car insurance online have been told that many of the major incidents that occur on UK roads could be avoided.
The IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) pointed this out to motorists after the release of its Licensed to Skill: Contributory Factors in Accidents study.
In its data, which was collected by police between 2005 and 2009, 65.3 per cent of all fatal accidents occurred because of "failing to look properly", "loss of control" and "poor turn or manoeuvre".
As a result, IAM chief executive Simon Best acknowledged: "What is obvious from the top three rankings is that many accidents could be prevented by drivers simply changing their behaviour, as well as gaining more experience."
Meanwhile, injudicious action, such as exceeding the speed limit or making an illegal turn, accounted for 31.4 per cent of incidents.
Another way for car insurance policyholders to avoid errors behind the wheel is to get their vehicle ready for the summer months, with IAM suggesting getting air conditioning systems checked and cleaning the motor of grit salt, for starters.
Posted by Penelope Fitzgerald
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