Significant changes to The Highway Code were introduced recently, compelling UK drivers to reconsider how careful they are behind the wheel. But, while individuals can take their own steps to ensure they drive safely, it takes careful driving from everybody in the area to guarantee safety.
In fact, Wales is home to the safest drivers in the UK, according to new research by Quotezone.co.uk. The experts analysed road and car accident statistics from across the country and created a ‘safe driver index score’ out of 100 to determine which districts in the UK have the safest drivers.
With a safe driver score of 86.13/100,motorists from Cardiff and Vale of Glamorganare the safest drivers in the country. The Welsh capital sees an average of 85 road casualties per one million people-the 10th lowest rate of road casualties of all 168 regions analysed, and 68.5%fewer casualties than those in London (270 per million). Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan also have only an average of 0.63 casualties per road accident, 5.9% lower than the Scottish capital Edinburgh with 0.67, which placed at 35th.
Swansea gains a safe driver score of 80.28/100, placing it in second. The average road casualties per accident in the city is 0.68, the same as Buckinghamshire and Leeds. However, Swansea has an average of 98 road casualties per one million people, 13.3% more than Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan (85).
Swindon ranks third in the overall results and is the region in England with the safest drivers. With a safe driver score of 79.38/100, accidents in Swindon resulted in an average of 0.67 casualties, equal to the accidents in Bath (0.67), Swindon’s neighbouring city and fourth place overall. When it comes to the number of vehicles in accidents, the town has the 17th lowest amount, at 180 per hundred thousand vehicles – 34.5% fewer than those in Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan (275).
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Camden and City of London is home to some of the most dangerous drivers in the UK with a safe driver score of 38.93/100, placing 137th out of 168 regions.
While the City of London’s average casualties per accident (0.61) are the ninth-lowest in the country, the reputation of drivers in the capital is undermined by the area having the 14th highest number of road casualties per one million people (270). Even more significant, 1 in 40 vehicles in London is likely to experience a crash, making Camden the fourth-worst region for car crashes in the UK.
The three areas that experienced more car accidents than Camden are also London boroughs; Westminster (3,308 per 100,000), Tower Hamlets (3,081 per 100,000) and Lambeth (2,652 per 100,000).