The data suggests that ‘collision drivers’ (those involved in at least one collision during the last 12 months) are less safe overall, commit significantly more driving errors, speed more frequently and are more distracted.
Additionally, near-miss collisions, particularly those involving another vehicle or a stationary object, appear to be a key indicator of future collisions.
Key findings are: that collision drivers are 136% worse than non-collision drivers in terms of safety; show hands-free talking and text rates 5.72 and 5.23 times greater than non-collision drivers; and run at a 1.7 times higher near-collision rate.
They also account for 4.26 times more unsafe braking incidents, are twice as likely not to scan the road ahead, and are 3.35 times less safe in terms of lane changing, merging and passing.
The full Collision Snapshot is available online.