A study has found that the overwhelming cause of motor accidents is basic human error.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists carried out the study, examining 5 years of police accident data between 2004 and 2009 to do so.

Basic mistakes such as ‘failing to look properly’, ‘loss of control’ and ‘poor turn or manoeuvre’ accounted for 65.3% of fatal, 61.8% of serious, and 68.6% of slight accidents. More reckless action such as driving over the speed limit, allowing an insufficient braking distance or making an illegal turn ranked second, accounting for approximately 31.4% of accidents. Behaviour and inexperience came in in third place, being a factor in 28% of accidents. Alcohol was a relatively minor factor, accounting for only 10% of fatal accidents.

The report resulted in the IAM calling for drivers to participate in ongoing training throughout their driving career, comparing the amount of training that professional drivers (such as HGV drivers) have to undertake to the relative lack of ongoing training that casual drivers undertake.

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