Driving behaviour 'deteriorated' since coronavirus outbreak

Drivers in Wales think the behaviour of road users has "deteriorated" since the COVID-19 crisis. Motorbike users, cars and cyclists were considered to have the "most deteriorated" road behaviour in Wales according to a survey by the British motoring association, the AA. But the research showed respondents were split on whether behaviour on the roads has improved since the crisis and UK lockdown began.

According to the survey pedestrians had the most improved road behaviour in Wales, but cyclists were the most complained about for their behaviour on the roads. Most improved road behaviour in Wales Most deteriorated road behaviour in Wales

20,000 respondents across the UK were asked: "How do you feel the road behaviour of the following users has changed since the crisis began?" Almost one quarter of people felt that car drivers and cyclists were behaving worse since the lockdown was imposed in March. With less traffic than normal, pedestrians have risen to the top of the table for better road-sense during lockdown.

More than one in ten respondents said that they thought HGV drivers' behaviour had improved since the crisis began. Younger people were most likely to say they'd spotted better driving, whereas older people were more likely to think it has stayed the same (39% 45-54s). Edmund King, AA president, said "With less commuter traffic and social distancing in place, it's understandable that cyclists and walkers are using the quieter roads to their advantage.

It's good to see that pedestrians on the roads are perhaps being more vigilant than before." He added: "Less traffic doesn't mean that drivers should start drag-racing at traffic lights, dangerously overtaking others or ignoring the speed limits. Drivers should also leave a wide 'social distance' when overtaking cyclists.

Equally, this isn't a time for cyclists to pretend they're in the Tour de France and ignore mini-roundabouts and stop signs.

"If we all have patience with others, slow down and keep our distance, especially around those on family bike rides and walkers with young children, everyone can enjoy their time outside in peace."

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