Findings from 2020's comprehensive study of UK drivers' views

The dangers on our roads in 2020


One of the biggest motoring concerns for millions of drivers is the danger they face from other motorists on the UK’s roads. Three-in-10 (29%) of drivers say their top concern relates to the illegal or reckless behaviour of others – from handheld mobile phone use at the wheel to road rage and drink-driving. Indeed, the vast majority of drivers (79%) say they want police to use camera technology to spot illegal mobile phone use.

Speed limit compliance and enforcement is covered in a separate article.

Handheld phone use still too high

According to the 2020 Report on Motoring, a third (32%) of Britain’s 40 million drivers – equivalent to more than 13 million people – say that handheld mobile phone use by other drivers is one of their top concerns this year.

And while 8% say it is their number-one concern in 2020, this is in fact a significant fall on the 12% recorded in 2019. It is possible that the dramatic fall in traffic volumes caused by the Covid-19 lockdown which started in March means that the average car owner has witnessed less of this kind of law-breaking behaviour in recent months.

The Report also asked drivers about their own behaviour with regard to in-car mobile phone use. In 2020, there has been a worrying increase in the number of motorists who admit they make or receive calls on a handheld mobile phone while driving: this year, 29% of motorists say they do this at least occasionally, up from 24% in 2019 and the highest proportion since 2016.