As more technology, including speed control and telecoms systems, is integrated into the highway there is a clear move towards a systems based approach used in other modes such as rail.
A report fo
Given the renewed focus on Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) – for example, in February 2018 the Prime Minister promised in the House of Commons to ask the Department for Transport to revisit the subject - the RAC Foundation has used the latest available road safety data to update previous estimates, published in 2014, of the potential casualty and collision reductions GDL might bring.
A fresh approach to crash investigation is needed to help bring down death and injury on Britain's roads.
Currently the police analyse what has happened after an accident with the aim of making a c
Young drivers are significantly and consistently over-represented in crashes despite a variety of pre- and post-test initiatives.
A new paper - written for the RAC Foundation by Professor Teresa S
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
With two-thirds (66%) of the UK population now owning a smartphone the time could have arrived for a drive-safe mode for mobiles.
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
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 whic
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.
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 detail
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,
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
RAC Foundation renews call for young driver safety green paper as figures show extent of young driver and passenger casualties.
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.
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.
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
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.
Driving safely for life: a guide on keeping safe and driving for as long as possible
Placing conditions on the licences of young drivers could reduce fatal accidents amongst this group by more than a half.
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.
The recent bleak winter weather is likely to have reduced the number of people being killed and seriously injured on Britain’s roads.
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.
The number of drivers breaking the 30 mph speed limit has dropped by a third in twelve years.
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.
Road accidents eclipse stabbings, shootings, suicide by hanging and substance abuse combined, as the biggest cause of death amongst the young other than illness.
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.
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.
Today’s older people are driving further and more often than previous cohorts. Maintaining mobility in later life helps to delay the physical and mental decline associated with ageing, and is crucial for maintaining access to services, social connectivity, and fulfilling the various routines of daily life.
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 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
If there is one thing most of us believe in, it is the benefits of education, not least when it comes to road safety.
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
Congestion is estimated to cost the nation £22 billion each year. A quarter of that congestion is associated with road accidents.
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 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.