Road traffic levels increased from 284billion miles travelled in the UK in 1997 to 288 billion miles and the AA claim that car occupants and not pedestrians were most at risk of being killed or seriously injured.
Car occupants accounted for half of all road deaths, with almost 500 dying annually in accidents involving only their own vehicle.
Meanwhile, the Government has launched a 'belt-up in the back' campaign aimed at encouraging more people to wear seat belts when travelling in the back of vehicles. Andrew Howard, the AA's head of road safety, said: 'It is irresponsible of drivers not to belt up and even more so if they don't tell their passengers to belt up too. Just a couple of seconds spent putting on a seat belt reduces the chances of being killed in an accident by 50%.'