If you consider yourself a careful driver then the chances are that you probably are, although there will always be an insidious few that take driving to a new and wholly unpopular level.

Bouts of road rage-inspired bad driving is often the cause of accidents that then lead to, sometimes haughty, insurance claims. It is has also certainly often been the case for many of us to have been careful when pulling out of a junction only to find another vehicle appear from nowhere. It is almost always the other driver’s fault.

A recent poll conducted by a leading motoring organisation suggests that drivers tend to blame others for not concentrating and it is around half of all motorists that claim to have been “cut-up” while driving. The poll found that of these incidents around 40% took place in built up areas that have 30mph speed limits.

This is perhaps why motorists in Gloucestershire are being encouraged to sign up to a “Good Drivers Pledge”. The pledge is formed to various “good driving” statements and offers drivers the opportunity to “show off” their commitment to safety on the roads. All that you receive as a member of this exclusive group is a sticker and a mention on the website but the whole practise gives way to the consideration that drivers should be rewarded for “good behaviour”.

Drivers are frequently warned about the dangers of reduced awareness on the roads but still there are accidents, both minor and severe, that alleviate these warnings of their effectiveness. Most insurance providers offer a “no claims bonus” scheme that encourages careful driving by reducing the cost of insurance based on the number of accident free years a driver has. Some insurers even offer an escape route to drivers from excessive insurance costs by only dealing with those who are most “careful” on the roads.

It has, however, been suggested that more could be done to promote safe driving. Perhaps if drivers were subjected to more than one compulsory license approval test throughout their lives then they would more frequently consider the cost of their actions behind the wheel. Those that passed could continue driving and save money on their insurance whilst those that failed would be forced to consider whether they are still capable of driving safely.

All thoughts here are speculative, however, but with statistics like this from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): there is a 2 in 3 chance that motorists will be involved in an injury accident, it is no wonder that there is concern over the rising cost of insurance and insurance premiums.