26 Jun 2019

The 48% of drivers do not use the flasher to overtake on motorways, according to the Abertis Global Road Safety Observatory

The 48% of drivers do not use the flasher to overtake on motorways, according to the Abertis Global Road Safety Observatory

  • The study collects aggregated data from Abertis customer driving observatories in the five largest countries in the Group's network: Spain, France, Argentina, Brazil and Chile.

Abertis presents the results of its second global observatory on the behavior of drivers, a study on the Group’s motorway network in the five largest countries of the Group: Spain, France, Argentina, Brazil and Chile. The study collects the aggregated data from the different Abertis Customer Driving Observatories that were conducted in 2018 in these five countries, and the average figures obtained have been taken in proportion to the number of kilometers travelled on each network.

Speed Excess: 34% non-compliance

In the countries analyzed, 34% of drivers of light vehicles (passenger cars) exceeded the speed limit set on the track.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that the increase in speed leads to a greater likelihood of accidents, and that the consequences of such accidents are more serious the higher the speed at which it is circulating. 

Misuse of lanes: 34% non-compliance

In relation to lane occupancy, although driving on the right is mandatory, having to use the other lanes only to overtake, about a quarter of the drivers analyzed did so on more occasions

It should be remembered that overtaking on the right, in addition to being prohibited in international traffic codes, generates nervousness and aggressive behavior in other drivers, which can lead to an accident.

Overtaking signaling: 48% non-compliance

The lack of use of intermittent to signal overtaking was the most common infringement in the Abertis motorway network. The average global data was 48%.

Signaling all manoeuvres well in advance ensures greater safety.

Safety distance: 26% non-compliance

According to the data collected at the second Global Observatory on the behaviour of the Abertis Group, 26% of drivers do not respect the minimum safety distance between vehicles.

Maintaining the minimum safety distance is essential because, in the event of an unforeseen event, the safety distance contributes to avoiding an accident.

Phone at the wheel: 11% default

The use of the mobile at the wheel is the least common behavior in all of Abertis’s networks. However, it is still dangerous. An 11% of the tested drivers made use of the mobile while driving. Consulting the mobile at the wheel multiplies by 23 the possibility of accident.

Belt use: 27% default on rear seats

While many drivers have been getting into the habit of fastening their seat belts, there are still high levels of non-compliance among passengers travelling in the co-pilot's seat and especially in the rear seats.

According to the Observatory, 8% of drivers and 11% of co-pilots did not have their seat belts fastened. This figure amounts to 27% for passengers travelling in the rear seats of the vehicle.

Seat belt use is vitally important even on short journeys. Wearing a seat belt halves the risk of death in the event of an accident. In addition, the use of child restraint systems reduces deaths by 75% and injuries by 90%.

The Abertis Driving Observatory

The Abertis Global Driving Observatory was launched in 2017 and focuses on observing drivers' driving in relation to 6 driving behaviors: mobile use, speeding, incorrect use of the slow and fast rails, lack of use of the flashers, lack of respect for the safety distance and lack of use of the seat belts.

Born in the Group’s French subsidiary, Sanef, Abertis has extended this practice to five more countries in the Group’s network: Spain, Argentina, Brazil and Chile.

The aggregation of data from all networks will enable Abertis to analyze risk behaviors on motorways globally and monitor developments over time, with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of responsible driving and promoting correct driving habits in order to reduce accidents through global campaigns.

The conclusions reached with the observation and processing of the data have allowed the companies of the Group in recent years to adapt their campaigns of awareness and dissemination of road safety to those more common behaviors.

Abertis and Road Safety

Abertis is one of the leading international operators in toll motorway management, with more than 8.600 kilometers of high capacity and quality tracks in 15 countries in Europe, America and Asia. It is the first national highway operator in countries such as Spain, Chile, and Brazil, and has an important presence also in France, Italy and Puerto Rico. The company has shares in the management of more than 700 kilometers in the United Kingdom, Argentina and Colombia.

For Abertis, the safety of drivers is the priority. The company continuously invests in technology and intelligent engineering to ensure that its customers live a safe, comfortable, fast and easy journey when choosing the Group’s motorways.

Abertis collaborates with multiple international organizations that promote solutions to this global problem. Abertis has an innovative partnership with the international organization UNICEF to combat the leading cause of death in school children: road accidents. With an investment of $3 million, the agreement represents the first global corporate contribution to UNICEF programmes to prevent road traffic injuries in children.

In addition, through the Abertis Foundation, the Group carries out education and awareness campaigns in all countries where it is present, with projects such as "The blackout" in Spain and Italy; the Autoroute Académie programme, in France; or the School project in Chile and Brazil, among many other initiatives. At the academic level, Abertis is promoting its network of university chairs to fund road safety research at six leading universities around the world to promote training, research and knowledge transfer between the university and the company.