But no Happy Valentine’s amongst other UK road users
If any road user is set to get a Valentine’s card this year, it’s bus drivers. According to a new study released today (13thFebruary), they are uniformly considered the safest on the road by motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
However, as people gear up for Valentine’s Day, the fraught state of relationships among many road users of the UK has been revealed.
Van drivers are ranked among the least-loved. Car drivers and pedestrians named them as the least considerate on the road while cyclists consider them to be both the least safe and most annoying.
They are also the second least safe in the opinion of car drivers and pedestrians.
Cyclists are also short of love, being named the least safe and most annoying by car drivers and pedestrians.
Communication is the corner stone of all good relationships, but this research shows that many UK road users are falling short.
Seven out of ten car drivers say that the most annoying habit of other road users is not signalling. They’re joined by three out of five pedestrians and cyclists.
Mobile phone use was another pet peeve with 74% of lorry drivers, 60% of car drivers, 55% of pedestrians and 50% of cyclists all calling out people who are more concerned with checking their phone than communicating with their fellow road users.
Mark Griffiths, safety expert at Continental Tyres, said: “It is clear that poor communication is at the root of much of the animosity we see on the road. Failing to signal and using mobile phones while on the road makes journeys more difficult for everyone and breeds contempt when we should all be working together for a safer road network.”
However, all of the groups surveyed believe that things need to change.
Seven out of ten cyclists and pedestrians think that people would be more conscientious and safety aware if they tried other modes of road use.
Three out of five car drivers, pedestrians and cyclists and nearly 8 out of 10 lorry drivers also believe that training for road users should include more on awareness and consideration for other types of road users.
Mark Griffiths continued: “It’s incredibly positive that, despite the everyday annoyances people experience, there is a desire to understand how others use the road.
“As identified in the survey, better training and education is being cried out for by road users and this is something we are addressing in our Vision Zero strategy to eliminate collisions and fatalities.
“At Continental we develop technology which has the safety of all road users in mind. Whether that is tyres across all vehicles, from bicycles to HGVs, or intelligent braking technology such as AEB. We even work with adidas to provide extra grip on their running shoes. So we really are with road users every step of the way.”
“Simply by sharing the same space, road users are unavoidably connected – just as motorists and cyclists are linked by the one thing that connects them to the road – their tyres.