By Ron Howells • 25 August 2021 • 20:04
The 'herd effect' followed by drivers causes more accidents on Spanish roads. image: Stock Photo
The ‘herd effect’ followed by speeding drivers causes more accidents on Spanish roads.
One of the greatest risks that the driver encounters with regard to speed is to get carried away by the herd effect, or, to speed just because other drivers are doing it.
According to the ITF (The International Transport Forum), drivers copying other drivers speed on the road vastly increases the risk of serious accidents.
This is of course something we are all aware of, however, many drivers seem to forget this when following, or trying to keep up, with other drivers on the roads.
In recent years, the General Traffic Regulations released by Spain’s DGT, (Director General of Traffic), have modified speed limits on the roads several times.
The reason for this measure is that, internationally, it is estimated that reducing speed on conventional roads is key to lowering the accident rate and it is estimated that deaths on these roads would be reduced by 10% if everyone adhered to the limits set.
Less speed = fewer accidents. Speed has a direct influence on the frequency and severity of accidents, according to reports such as the ‘Speed and Risk of Accident’ from the OECD and the International Transport Forum (ITF). In this particular study, the 30 km / h limit began to be fixed as a standard.
Speed is key when trying to stop the accident rate since it plays a fundamental role in the most frequent type of fatal accident on conventional roads- leaving the road altogether.
There are several types of speed. The speed required and/or recommended by traffic regulations, the right speed, which is the responsibility of each driver, and the safe speed, which is the one that ensures that, in the event of an accident, the probability of injury to drivers people involved do not exceed a certain threshold or cause death.
Speed and the consumption of narcotic drugs have been blamed for the recent fatality in Fuengirola involving three Frenchmen who crashed into and killed a 41-year-old cyclist last week.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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