Drivers ‘fail to read the road’

New research released by Kwik Fit has revealed that the average British driver does not know what 21 per cent of road signs and markings mean.

Two-in-five of these drivers have had problems on the road as a result of their lack of Highway Code knowledge. These problems include breaking the speed limit (16 per cent), braking suddenly (15 per cent) and having to slow down, causing traffic to build up (9 per cent).

One of the more alarming discoveries was that only one-in-ten drivers recognised the central white line markings, which indicate a hazard ahead, while the vast majority (66 per cent) believed that this line meant normal road conditions.

Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit, commented: “The findings show that although many of us think we are good drivers, we are ready to accept that we don’t know the meanings of all road signs.

“Our research showed that some surprising results, and indicated that there are some clear instructions and safety warnings which drivers are not picking up on when out on the road.

“While people can’t be expected to voluntarily retake their test, it would be a good idea for even those of us who have been driving a long time to make sure we really do know the correct meaning of road signs and markings.”

The findings were a result of a 2,000-person survey carried out by the UK’s largest automotive servicing and repair company last month.

A vast number of those surveyed agreed with Griggs that the driving theory and hazard perception tests should be retaken at some point in a motorist’s driving life, with 53 per cent thinking it should be repeated at least once every twenty years.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

August 11, 2016

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