Road safety campaigners issue calls for drivers on rural lanes to slow down this summer and stop using the roads as “their personal race track”
Drivers are using country roads as “their personal race track” – and 80 per cent of motorists believe that traffic is travelling too fast on such roads to be safe. That’s according to road safety charity Brake, which has released the results of a survey of 1,000 motorists about their use of country lanes.
In addition, 19 per cent of respondents owned up to having broken the speed limit once in the past year, while five per cent said that they had overtaken another vehicle when it was not safe to do so. 15 per cent, meanwhile, said that they had driven too quickly over crests in the road, or around corners.
When asked the reasons for their speed, one of the main reasons drivers gave was that they felt there were fewer speed cameras around, and so there was less chance of being caught and prosecuted.
Another was that there was less traffic on country roads, meaning drivers said they felt safer.
However, Brake says that motorists are far more likely to come across vulnerable road users, such as cyclists or pedestrians walking on areas of the road without pavement, on a country road.
Julie Townsend, the charity’s deputy chief executive, said:
“We hear constantly from people in rural areas whose communities are blighted by fast traffic. It’s a big issue over the summer when many people want to enjoy our beautiful countryside on foot, bike or horseback, and shouldn’t have to contend with drivers treating the roads as their personal race track.”