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AUTO NEWS – Drivers keep away from utilizing open laborious shoulder on good motorways

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Drivers keep away from utilizing open laborious shoulder on good motorways


UK drivers are avoiding utilizing the open laborious shoulder on all lane operating good motorways, new analysis has revealed.

In an evaluation of two,003 UK drivers by Kwik Match, 56 per cent of respondents (equal to 23.1 million folks nationwide) mentioned they keep away from driving on the laborious shoulder of an all lane operating good motorway when it’s open.

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Whereas 29 per cent of these mentioned their purpose for this was uncertainty over whether or not or not they had been allowed to drive on the laborious shoulder, security was the primary concern for a lot of different respondents.

Some 25 per cent mentioned they keep away from driving on the laborious shoulder in case there’s a stationary car someplace forward, whereas 24 per cent cited a fear they’ve that good motorways as a rule aren’t protected and so they due to this fact really feel extra comfy treating them as they might a standard motorway.

As well as, 15 per cent mentioned they don’t like driving too near the verge, whereas one other 15 per cent had been involved about particles on the laborious shoulder inflicting injury to their automobile or puncturing a tyre. Moreover, 14 per cent mentioned they wished to keep away from a scenario the place they couldn’t change lanes shortly in an emergency.

On the subject of uncertainty, 20 per cent of drivers surveyed mentioned they didn’t know when the laborious shoulder was in use as a operating lane, whereas 13 per cent believed you couldn’t drive on the laborious shoulder at any time. Solely 42 per cent of respondents had been capable of appropriately state that one can solely drive on the laborious shoulder when directed to take action by the overhead indicators.

A mere 29 per cent of respondents had been conscious {that a} velocity restrict signal above a lane meant that lane was open. Moreover, 45 per cent of respondents thought an indication with flashing yellow lights and an arrow pointing down and left meant a lane was open, when it truly means there’s an obstruction forward and drivers ought to transfer into the lane on their left.

Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Match, commented: “These findings mirror the considerations and uncertainty that many drivers have when driving on good motorways. It’s clear that if many drivers are avoiding utilizing the laborious shoulder when it’s open, then the additional capability which good motorways are designed to supply just isn’t being utilised correctly and we are going to find yourself being in a worse place than with the unique highway structure.

“It is important that there’s a nationwide info marketing campaign to make sure that drivers totally perceive once they can and can’t use the laborious shoulder if good motorways are to be accepted by drivers and supply a strategy to ease congestion – one thing we want desperately.”

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AUTO NEWS – Drivers keep away from utilizing open laborious shoulder on good motorways
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