A report by the Fundación Línea Directa, the details of which have been released this week by the DGT traffic department, reveals that 14% of all drivers on Spanish roads admit to not securing their children in the car, and 5 million motorists themselves still don´t wear a seatbelt.
The findings of the report have been taken from a survey of 1,200 interviews with drivers across the Spanish geography, who were asked about irresponsible behaviour on the roads. The top three offending actions were revealed to be speeding, not stopping every two hours on long journeys and using a mobile phone while driving.
In fact, nearly 15 million road users in Spain confess to driving over the speed limit, a factor that was present in 22% of fatal accidents last year. Furthermore, although tiredness and fatigue are related to 30% of accidents, 44% of drivers admit not stopping every two hours to rest on long trips. Regarding the mobile phone use, some 7 million drivers admit to using their mobile phone whilst driving.
In addition, nearly 5 million drivers state that they don´t wear a seatbelt on short journeys, and 14% carry children in the vehicles without mandatory security measures, despite the startling figure that 20% of children who died on the roads in 2013 was not using child restraints.
The correct distance from the car in front is not maintained by 5 million drivers, 21% of the respondents claiming to drive too close. In 2013, driving too close to the car in front was a factor in 2,135 collisions, an increase of 8% over the previous year. Rear and multiple collisions caused more than 150 deaths on Spanish road last year.
Over 6.5 million drivers expressed a lack of training and lack of knowledge of the basic rules of the roads, such as 35% not knowing about parking restrictions and almost 14% not knowing who has priority when exiting a roundabout. In terms of emergency responses, almost half of the drivers do not know how to deal with a skid of the front of the vehicle, and 27% would not know how to react to aquaplaning.
Of course we have to bear in mind that these statistics could well be slightly misleading, on account on their reliance to the drivers actually admitting they are at fault.
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