Cape Town drivers safe on roads

2015-10-27 06:00

Cape Town is the second safest driving city in the country.


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Cape Town is South Africa’s second safest driving city, according to analysis of drivers’ behaviour in this year’s Driving Challenge of Discovery Insure.

Safest driving cities1. Port Elizabeth

2. Cape Town

3. Bloemfontein

4. Polokwane

5. Johannesburg

6. Pretoria

7. Pietermaritzburg

8. East London

9. Durban

10. Nelspruit

The results are based on more than 30 000 users who downloaded the Discovery Insure mobile app and are currently participating in the challenge.

“This is the second year that the Discovery Insure Driving Challenge has run, allowing us to compare this year’s data to last year’s Challenge; and the results indicate an improvement in driving behaviour,” the insurance company says in a statement.

“Overall driving behaviour has improved by more than 10% from last year, and the greatest area of improvement has been a reduction in phone motion of 22%. Last year the data collected from the challenge showed that if a driver uses his cellphone once during a trip, the result is an average of 52 seconds of distracted driving.

“This is equivalent to driving blind for 1 km at 60km/h and makes the driver four times more likely to have a crash during that trip.”

Why are PE drivers the safest in SA?

Port Elizabeth’s greatest areas of improvement are lower levels of speed coupled with fewer distracted driving events that mostly, Discovery states, “involve phone use while driving”.

This year’s report reveals that drivers in large urban areas are more prone to distracted driving, with Pretoria and Johannesburg road users the worst offenders of using cellphones behind the wheel.

According to Discovery: “Overall, women score better in areas like smooth acceleration, balanced cornering and not speeding, while men score better in gentle braking and using their cellphones less while driving.

“The driving behaviour of participants in the challenge improves with age, with users 50 years and older scoring more than 14% higher than those 30 years and younger.”


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