A recent study that received more than 10,500 responses asking motorists a number of questions about their driving experiences and routines has produced some very interesting results about drivers in Ireland.
Journey times were investigated and showed that one quarter of those who took part in the survey said they travel less than 5 kilometres to get to their job or place of study. The most common commute was made by 27 per cent of respondents and was between 10 and 30 kilometres.
The practice of offering a lift to a hitchhiker was declining as 60 per cent said they had never done so, with only 6 per cent revealing they had offered a lift to someone thumbing a lift in the past 12 months. Just six per cent admitted to being involved in a car accident in the last year, whilst a similar percentage said they had submitted a car insurance claim as a result.
When it came to get a car serviced, the investigation found that almost half of motorists had paid between EUR150 and EUR300 to have their car serviced in the last year. Fourteen per cent had been able to get a service for cheaper than EUR150, whilst 20 per cent had paid between EUR300 and EUR450. However, 6 per cent had paid over EUR600 to have their vehicle serviced.
The study also showed that 83 per cent of motorists claimed to have no driving penalty points against their name, 12 per cent had up to two points and 2 per cent had four penalty points. Despite this high number of people without penalty points on their licence, an astonishing 70 per cent of Irish drivers admitted to breaking a speed limit over the last year. This figure was condemned as ‘surprising and disappointing.’ by a representative of the company that carried out the study.
A company spokesperson said, “It probably tells us a lot about driver behaviour and attitudes. Motorists know it is dangerous to speed but they still do it. Although part of the reason might be inappropriate speed limits which are a source of huge frustration.”
The extent of the problem was emphasised by the fact that 46 per cent of people had broken the speed limit in the four weeks before taking the survey.
Forty per cent of respondents also admitted to being stopped at a Garda checkpoint in the past year, highlighting that there was still a blatant disregard for speed limits on Irelands’ roads.
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