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Driving Statistics that will shock you!


 There are more drivers than ever on our roads, which means there are many statistics that can be gathered about how they travel and how safe they are

If there’s one person who knows a thing or two about driving statistics, it’s Andrea Easton, Head of Finance and Operations at Walker Movements, who specialise in Used Trucks globally. Here, they share insight into the world of driving that many of us, thankfully, never experience – but nevertheless, worth learning about.


Statistics about cars

In the United Kingdom, we boast 262,00 miles of paved road networks, and in 2018 traffic reached 328.1 billion vehicle miles. Of this, 99.9 billion vehicle miles (bvm) were completed on rural ‘A’ roads, and 69 bvm on motorways. We have a mixed form of traffic on our roads, but cars are by far the most popular method of transport, covering 255 bvm – five times more than the next most commonly used mode.

We now have 38.3 million licensed vehicles with 35% of registered keepers being female, and only in March 2020 did we see the first tiny decline in this number since the quarterly records began in 1994, however, this is attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic rather than any long-term shift. There were 122,635 road traffic accidents in 2018, with 1,671 deaths.

We are a society which is reliant on our cars, and in 2018, 61% of all journeys in England were made by car. However, we don’t always stick to the speed limit, which is why speeding was a contributory factor in more than 12% of fatal accidents that year. It is believed that 10% of cars exceed the motorway speed limit by 10mph or more, whilst 5.1% do the same in 30mph zones.


HGV Statistics

Did you know that more than 300,000 HGV drivers work within the UK at the moment? They help to keep the country moving, by pounding the roads day and night. By clocking up so many road miles at unsociable hours, they are actually at huge risk, and in 2019 there were 16,918 road accidents all involving HGVs and vans. Tragically, 3,640 of these turned out to be serious or even fatal.

The Department of Transport (DfT) also estimates that there are 24 collisions with parked vehicles every single week on main roads or motorways, and a fifth of these result in death or serious injury. The roll-out of smart motorways have mean that the number of major incidents is increasing, and one particular road has seen six times more collisions per year.

Not being on the move does not mean that our lorry drivers are safe. As they carry huge amounts of expensive goods and enjoy massive fuel tanks, HGVs are often a target for thieves, especially when parked up at night. That means that there are hundreds and hundreds of incidents of theft and hijacking which take place each month. This might include being held at knifepoint, run off the road or being removed from the vehicle.


Motorbike figures

It is reported that over 19,000 motorcyclists were injured in road accidents in 2016, resulting in a total of 319 deaths. However, this does demonstrate a 3% decrease in casualties at that point. Whilst motorbikes are seen as a dangerous way to travel, there has actually been a 35% decline in accidents since 2008. Many of these accidents are attributed to a failure to negotiate bends in the road correctly or poor road conditions related to upkeep or weather.

Of all motorbike accidents, 92% of victim are male and Sunday tends to be the day that the most fatal crashes occur. The A82 in Scotland, the A57 in the North West and the A194 in the North East are statistically considered to be the most dangerous roads in the UK for bikers.

We are a nation that loves our own methods of transport, so it is interesting to see what modes are preferred and how they are driven.

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