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Drivers fail to recognise elementary road signs

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WHAT do the above signs mean? The chances are 90% of your drivers don't know and it could lead them to cause an accident. Drivers who have taken basic awareness tests of the road around them show a glaring lack of knowledge.

Signs that are meant to give prior warning of potential dangers are either ignored or confuse the driver.

According to Risk Mapping On-line, which offers internet-based driver safety assessments, a pattern is emerging of weaknesses and strengths in the drivers' abilities.

Director Adrian Trim said: 'There is a huge resource of untapped information nationally from each driver, which is only now being harnessed and used to improve driving. Identifying those areas of weakness across large numbers of drivers and raising awareness of management are potent ways of reducing the unacceptable costs to individuals, companies and industry.

Our data suggests that particular situations seem to provide greater difficulties for drivers to understand than others – for example the identification and prioritisation of hazards in certain environments like busy junctions with pedestrian movement and traffic lights seem to reduce a driver's ability to prioritise correctly.'

The firm's online assessment aims to identify which drivers may need further training before being allowed in a company car and in what areas they are struggling. Trim said: 'In our experience, 78% of drivers who consider their skills to be above average simply aren't.

'Risk management is all about having the right information to make informed decisions. Fleet managers are more discerning now and are starting to invest in processes that deliver what is needed rather than one size fits all.'

The test on this page is part of an in-depth series of questions put to drivers by Risk Mapping On-line.

The firm found that 70% of drivers were unable to correctly identify sign 1. When they were shown sign 2, 66% of drivers got the answer wrong, while 63% of drivers couldn't identify sign 3 correctly.

1. Stop at the line, unless you have already crossed it. 70% got this wrong
2. Ahead only. 66% got this wrong.
3. Traffic merges from the right. 63% got this wrong.

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