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Dublin drivers ranked as the worst in Ireland

Drivers in Sligo and Leitrim are viewed as the best behaved, according to a new survey.
Apr 2nd 2017, 2:12 PM 22,561 93

DRIVERS IN THE capital are the worst in Ireland, according to the experiences of motorists in a new survey.

The survey by AA Ireland of over 7,000 drivers asked which county had the worst behaved drivers based on their own past experience.

Almost half of those surveyed (46.77%) stated that they believed driver behaviour was at its worst in our capital, with drivers in Donegal (19.25%) and Cork (5.34%) being ranked as the second and third worst behaved respectively.

“Every day we come across cases of dangerous overtaking, drivers failing to acknowledge the right of way and motorists ignoring many rules of the road,” commented AA Director of Consumer Affairs Conor Faughan.

“Because we do it so often we tend to underappreciate how dangerous driving truly is and these kinds of behaviour, not only put the offending motorist at greater risk of being involved in an incident, but can also increase the risk to other drivers and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.”

Drivers in Sligo and Leitrim were viewed as the best behaved in Ireland according to the survey. Just 0.26% of respondents held the view that drivers in these counties were the worst behaved in the country, reflecting a trend where rural counties were viewed as better behaved.

The survey also highlighted the increasing popularity of cycling, particularly in city centres. More than 20% of those surveyed described themselves as at the very least occasional cyclists. Faughan said it is important for drivers to be on the lookout for vulnerable road users.

“While it would be wrong to say that rudeness or failure to yield right of way is solely a behaviour found in motorists, in the event of accident a car is going to cause the most damage. We all have a responsibility to share the road safely and a key part of this is obeying the rules of the road.”

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