Publications
  • Speed enforcement analysis 18 Nov 2017

    Analysis for the RAC Foundation and the Daily Mail has revealed large differences between the 43 police forces of England and Wales in the way they enforce speed limits and dispose of speeding cases.
  • Automated road traffic enforcement 25 Oct 2017

    Up to twelve million driving licence holders receive a penalty notice each year – the equivalent of one every 2.5 seconds. This means as many as a third (30%) of Britain’s 40 million
  • Motor Insurance Directive (Vnuk) - EU consultation response 20 Oct 2017

    Plans to extend the need for car insurance to owners of vehicles which only operate on private land risk increasing insurance premiums for all drivers, says the RAC Foundation. In 2014 the European
  • Tackling high-risk regional roads 12 Oct 2017

    Fifty of the UK’s highest-risk local authority A-roads are on track to becoming safer, thanks to the work of the Road Safety Foundation, supported by the RAC Foundation and the Department for
  • Using Behaviour Change Techniques: Guidance for the road safety community 26 Apr 2017

    Developing road safety interventions is an intensive and time-consuming activity and it is essential to develop interventions that work. This guide was commissioned to pull together advice in one
  • Young driver safety: behaviour change techniques 08 Mar 2017

    The vast majority of today’s road safety interventions, for young drivers and other age groups, are based on ideas of what might work rather than on the available theory or research evidence.
  • Young driver safety and insurance briefing 01 Mar 2017

    The RAC Foundation has appeared before the House of Commons Petitions Committee as part of its inquiry into the cost of car insurance for young people. The inquiry was triggered after more than
  • Driving offences - causing death or serious injury - MOJ consultation response 31 Jan 2017

    The RAC Foundation believes that there should be a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving. This is for two reasons – first to create an offence provision that fills the
  • Effectiveness of average speed cameras in Great Britain 30 Sep 2016

    The use of average speed cameras has been found, on average, to cut the number of crashes resulting in death or serious injury by more than a third. Research for the RAC Foundation by Road Safety
  • TRL drive safe review 15 Aug 2016

    With two-thirds (66%) of the UK population now owning a smartphone the time could have arrived for a drive-safe mode for mobiles.
  • Young driver collisions and casualties 20 Apr 2016

    Using MAST Online to interrogate the STATS19 database 38 scenarios were investigated to calculate the number of killed and seriously injured (KSI) casualties resulting from collisions where
  • Child road safety 29 Mar 2016

    Historical data shows that the monthly total of child road casualties rises to a peak in July when (based on a five-year average) 57% more children aged 15 are killed or hurt compared to December
  • Saving lives by lowering drink-drive limit 16 Dec 2015

    Around 25 lives could have been saved across Great Britain this year, if England and Wales had followed the example of Scotland and cut the drink-drive limit.

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    Road safety since 2010 - final report 21 Sep 2015

    New casualty reduction targets need to be introduced if the recent increase in people being hurt on the roads is not to be repeated.  On Thursday (24 September) the government will release
  • Eyes on the road 14 Sep 2015

    There is much talk of the connected car but what about the connected driver? Increasingly there is an increasing range of personal information being brought to the wheel and communication technology,
  • Road safety since 2010 - interim report 26 May 2015

    The progress made in cutting death and injury on the roads has varied dramatically across the UK over the past five years. While the general trend has been downwards this has masked big national and
  • RACF calls for young driver green paper in light of casualty stats 14 May 2015

    RAC Foundation renews call for young driver safety green paper as figures show extent of young driver and passenger casualties.
  • Views on graduated licensing - stakeholder attitudes 10 Jul 2014

    In June 2014 the RAC Foundation published Views on graduated licensing an Ipsos MORI survey of public attitudes towards young driver safety and graduated licensing.
  • Get me home - socialising, drinking and safer car travel 24 Jun 2014

    While the past decade has seen the number of people killed or seriously injured in a crash involving drunk-drivers fall by more than half (55%) intoxicated motorists, particularly the young, are
  • Young driver safety - a public attitude survey 02 Jul 2014

    A significant majority of the British public back measures to cut death and injury on the roads through limited restrictions on newly qualified young drivers.
  • Graduated driver licensing - mapping the cost of young driver accidents 27 May 2014

    For the first time the human cost of crashes involving young drivers has been plotted across 49 different areas of Britain highlighting significant regional variations.
  • Speed camera data 26 Nov 2013

    Analysis of data for 551 fixed speed cameras in 9 areas shows that on average the number of fatal and serious collisions in their vicinity fell by more than a fifth (22%) after their installation.
  • Young driver safety - solutions to an age-old problem 17 Jul 2013

    Placing conditions on the licences of young drivers could reduce fatal accidents amongst this group by more than a half.
  • Driving choices for the older motorist 26 Feb 2013

    Each year hundreds of thousands of drivers could be making the wrong decision about their ability to drive because they lack the tools or advice to adequately assess their skills behind the wheel.
  • Road safety: review of UK & European data 23 Jan 2013

    The recent bleak winter weather is likely to have reduced the number of people being killed and seriously injured on Britain’s roads.
  • Speed limits - a review of evidence 31 Aug 2012

    They have been with us since 1865 but there are still few things more contentious amongst drivers than speed limits with most people taking a strong view on them one way or the other.
  • Speed camera FOI data 10 Jul 2012

    Two years after the Government announced major cuts in road safety funding, figures suggest fixed speed cameras continue to be used in most areas of England.
  • Speed and safety (think piece) 21 Aug 2012

    The number of drivers breaking the 30 mph speed limit has dropped by a third in twelve years.
  • Road deaths - the figures behind the tragedies 11 May 2011

    Road accidents eclipse stabbings, shootings, suicide by hanging and substance abuse combined, as the biggest cause of death amongst the young other than illness.
  • Saving lives, saving money 04 Apr 2011

    Six thousand lives could be saved on Britain’s roads over the next ten years if just a fraction of the money currently spent on road maintenance was used more effectively.
  • Road safety - tackling the deficit 2 07 Mar 2011

    Britain should be braced for a possible increase in the number of road deaths because of cuts to the road safety budget and traffic growth caused by economic recovery.
  • Speed camera effectiveness 24 Nov 2010

    Eight hundred more people could be killed or seriously injured each year on Britain’s roads if all the fixed and mobile speed cameras operational before the road safety grant was cut in summer
  • Road safety - tackling the deficit 1 19 Oct 2010

    Road safety is at a crossroads. It has entered a policy vacuum and urgent action is now needed to ensure Great Britain continues to reduce road deaths and casualties beyond 2010 according to this
  • Education in road safety: are we getting it right? 08 Sep 2010

    If there is one thing most of us believe in, it is the benefits of education, not least when it comes to road safety.
  • Still safe at seventy 14 Apr 2010

    Despite the myths, the 3.7 million drivers born before World War II are amongst the safest people on our roads, and forcing them to take compulsory retests will limit their mobility, be hard to
  • Delays due to road accidents 05 Apr 2010

    Congestion is estimated to cost the nation £22 billion each year. A quarter of that congestion is associated with road accidents.
  • Transport safety: is the law an ass? 14 May 2009

    Why is there a seperate accident investigation branch for the marine, rail and aviation modes of transport but not for roads where far more people are killed each year?
  • Texting whilst driving 18 Sep 2008

    Texting behind the wheel impairs drivers' reaction times by over one-third (35 per cent) according to a study carried out at the Transport Research Laboratory on behalf of the RAC Foundation.
  • Weekly fuel fact sheet 20 Nov 2017

    Each week the RAC Foundation publishes its latest fuel fact sheet which sets out the latest pump prices, rates of fuel taxation and cost of crude oil. More detailed and interactive fuel charts are
  • Transport expenditure, taxes and subsidies in GB 07 Nov 2014

    Road users are now paying four times more money to the Chancellor in motoring taxation than is being spent by the government on the roads.
  • Road scheme audit 26 Jun 2013

    On the eve of the comprehensive spending review the latest RAC Foundation audit of English road building showed that progress has been made by government in improving capacity.
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  • Air quality and road transport 04 Jun 2014

    Ministers should consider introducing a new scrappage scheme aimed at taking the oldest and most polluting diesel cars off the road, argues the RAC Foundation.
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