As thousands of Brits travelled to explore new corners of the UK this summer, research shows a worrying correlation between driving on unfamiliar roads and motoring offences.
A survey of 2,007 British motorists, carried out by motoring solicitor specialists, Kenway Miller, has exposed the nation’s poor road knowledge, with the rise in staycations meaning 67% of people are driving on unfamiliar roads this summer.
Whilst travelling on unknown roads, a shocking 54% of motorists admit to not always reading road signs properly or taking notice of speed limits, while 47% revealed they are unsure what a number road signs actually mean.
An increase in the reliance on Satnavs has meant that 86% of people no longer check the route they will be driving before setting off and 78% admit to blindly following their GPS without checking directions to make sure they’re going the right way.
As 67% of drivers use a mapping app on their phones to navigate while driving, results show that 41% of these people do not use a phone holder to safely keep their phone in place.
When it comes to minor accidents, such as scrapes and bumps, a fifth of respondents (21%) believe that they are more likely to scratch their car in an unknown area, whilst 15% of drivers thought they would be more likely to crash into another vehicle or stationary object such as a lamppost.
As motorists venture to new towns, they believe they are most likely to receive a ticket or fine for driving in a bus lane (38%), speeding (31%) or parking in the wrong place (29%).