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Driver behaviour on rural roads in Scotland.

  Government strategy is to reduce by 40% the number of serious deaths and injuries from road accidents before 2010. Police accident STATS 19 for Scotland show that most deaths and serious road injuries occur in rural areas on B and A class roads which have the highest accident rate / kilometre. Most accidents occur on bends at night and most involve younger male drivers.

An SOS omnibus survey was conducted in mid 2007 to ascertain: who drives on rural roads in Scotland, how frequently they drive rural roads; risky behaviour patterns; driving speed; age and gender differences in relation to driving speed. Driver assessment of appropriate speed, based on perceived environmental and road conditions, was also reviewed.

Conclusions are presented.

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    Book Chapter

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  • Publisher

    Department for Transport

  • Library of Congress:

    HE Transportation and Communications


Stradling, S. G., Collins, E., Eynon, C. & McLeod, P. (2008). Driver behaviour on rural roads in Scotland. In Behavioural Research in Road Safety 2008, 234-250. Department for Transport. ISBN 978 1 84864 010 8



Rural areas; Scotland; road accidents; causes; statistical review; driver survey; driver profiles; behaviour patterns;

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