According to research, motorists, including van drivers are putting themselves, other motorists and even pedestrians lives at risk by failing to signal at junctions and driving over mini-roundabouts instead of around them.
Calderdale County Council have appealed to motorists in the region to take extra care as evidence collected by both their own Road Safety team and volunteers from a road safety committee clearly show that the concerns raised are justified.
The two groups monitored 4,000 vehicle manoeuvres at six separate junctions throughout Calderdale. The results reveal that almost half of all drivers failed to signal, and 60% of drivers are not following the correct Highway Code procedure at mini-roundabouts. The junctions at Church Street and Thornhill Road came out on top as the two worst in Calderdale in terms of drivers who seem to have got into bad habits. Results found 36% of drivers failed to signal and 63% failed to go round the roundabout. The council feel that it is vital for everyone to keep up to date with the rules of the road.
Calderdale Council’s Deputy Road Safety Officer, Kate Marsh, said “I don’t believe for a moment that drivers have forgotten the mantra: ‘Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre’, but unfortunately the evidence suggests that a significant number of drivers fail to do so. Signalling warns others of our intended actions on the road, and it is covered under the basic rules, techniques and advice for drivers in the Highway Code. Driving over rather than around mini-roundabouts often results in drivers ending up on the opposite carriageway, which puts road users in danger.”
The council’s roadside research also found that delivery vans that are protected by vehicle insurance cover are some of the worst offenders. Failing to signal may result in an accident and having to claim on the insurance policy.