Lockdown has made South African drivers worse – study

Lockdown has made South African drivers worse – study

Have you been working from home since March 2020 and only drive your vehicle when necessary?

Phone and driving

Driving habits in South Africa have certainly changed since the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa.

New research published by Dialdirect Insurance shows that drivers do not adhere to the rules of the road.

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According to Business Tech, Dialdirect Insurance compared motorists’ driving behaviour from a year before the pandemic to 2021.

The report’s findings are: “Overall, for every kilometre driven in 2021, motorists are 40% more likely to be in an accident than in 2019."

Driving beyond the speed limit is worrisome on South African roads.

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“The data revealed that during lockdown periods, the percentage of people who drove above the speed limit has almost doubled, with male drivers being the main culprits. We have also found that driving above the speed limit makes you 80% more likely to be involved in an accident,” said Anneli Retief, head of Dialdirect Insurance.

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