Bus driv­ers are seen as the safest peo­ple on our roads

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BUS driv­ers are seen as the safest peo­ple on the road – with cy­clists and van driv­ers the worst, a new study found.

Car own­ers and pedes­tri­ans named bus driv­ers the most con­sid­er­ate, safest and least an­noy­ing be­hind the wheel. But they said van and bike users are the most in­fu­ri­at­ing.

Seven out of ten car driv­ers say that the most an­noy­ing habit of other road users is not sig­nalling. They’re joined by three out of five pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists.

Mo­bile phone use was an­other pet peeve with 74% of lorry driv­ers, 60% of car driv­ers, 55% of pedes­tri­ans and 50% of cy­clists all call­ing out peo­ple who are more con­cerned with check­ing their phone than com­mu­ni­cat­ing with their fel­low road users.

Mark Grif­fiths, safety ex­pert at Con­ti­nen­tal Tyres, said: “It is clear that poor com­mu­ni­ca­tion is at the root of much of the an­i­mos­ity we see on the road. Fail­ing to sig­nal and using mo­bile phones while on the road makes jour­neys more dif­fi­cult for every­one and breeds con­tempt when we should all be work­ing to­gether for a safer road net­work.”

How­ever, all of the groups sur­veyed be­lieve that things need to change.

Seven out of ten cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans think that peo­ple would be more con­sci­en­tious and safety aware if they tried other modes of road use.

Three out of five car driv­ers, pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists and nearly 8 out of 10 lorry driv­ers also be­lieve that train­ing for road users should in­clude more on aware­ness and con­sid­er­a­tion for other types of road users.

Mark Grif­fiths con­tin­ued: “It’s in­cred­i­bly pos­i­tive that, de­spite the ev­ery­day an­noy­ances peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence, there is a de­sire to un­der­stand how others use the road.

“As iden­ti­fied in the sur­vey, better train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion is be­ing cried out for by road users and this is some­thing we are ad­dress­ing in our Vi­sion Zero Ini­tia­tive to elim­i­nate col­li­sions and fa­tal­i­ties.

“At Con­ti­nen­tal we de­velop tech­nol­ogy which has the safety of all road users in mind. Whether that is tyres across all ve­hi­cles, from bi­cy­cles to HGVs, or in­tel­li­gent brak­ing tech­nol­ogy such as AEB. We even work with adi­das to pro­vide ex­tra grip on their run­ning shoes. So we re­ally are with road users ev­ery step of the way.”

“Sim­ply by shar­ing the same space, road users are un­avoid­ably con­nected – just as mo­torists and cy­clists are linked by the one thing that con­nects them to the road – their tyres.

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