There are a number of places you can look for references, however this is not the case https://www.regtransfers.co.uk/content/common-causes-for-road-accidents-in-britain/ Most accidents are caused by idiots who forget they are in charge of a heavy piece of metal on roads with other users that can kill pèople, and act unaware to the fact that those other people even exist on said roads. While speed is a contributing factor and it makes the top ten, I would assume that that figure is again likely (but I do not GUARENTEE ;) ) halved from the reported, since once one driver is speeding, the guy that doesnt look and pulls out, may then not be found at fault. Either that or the driver whom was speeding, is in the majority of people that do a rubbish job of driving. I am not condoning speeding, but lack of "due care and attention" while driving, or sheer lack of ability to drive (either innate ability or through laziness and or distraction), are the main causes of all accidents -People simply dont pay attention, and there are more people lacking in quality of driving than those that actually put some effort in to do it properly. Then again, if you get a rubbish driver whom then speeds, its even worse. As others have already said, of all the components of cars, tyres and brakes should NEVER be skimped on. Obviously, cheap shocks and that could also effect the ability of the car on the limit, so-to-speak, but tyres is much more important for ANY driver, even if they drive "Miss Daisy". I would be interested to find out statistics on what tyres people were using vs accidents, especially for the "too fast for the conditions" catagory, where people have not been speeding, but still punted it. People always assume speeding is the main issue, but its just easier to witness and demonify, it is undoubtably AN issue, but cars have improved substantially since stopping distances etc were measured with a Ford Anglia FFS, yet the statistics, limits or laws have changed litte, despite speed limits being reduced all over, and obviously the extreme levels of enforcement compared to yester-year. Truth is, there is NO speed limit that would function for all conditions, it is a catch-all definitive limit thats almost arbiterially chosen for MOST roads. It is GUIDENCE, since the safe speed LIMIT (from a safety perspective) changes every day; n some, its far less than the LEGAL limit, and on others, and on some roads, its higher - but then one risks prosecution. Better education would be a better bet, for actually reducing numbers and severity of accidents, as would be pulling people for poor driving or attention, as opposed to sitting there waiting on tax payers money for someone to break the 10% +-2mph rule, and having targets to boot. What is safe or unsafe, is less important than hitting targets, apparently. The main reason deaths have reduced, is the cars and safety systems themselves, rather than people driving them - I would suggest as the leading cause of ALL accidents (the human factor :D ), could do with a bit of much needed attention. Rant over, just fed up with reading every post on tyres or whatever else for people to blame everything on speeding - do you think they have actually driven every road and made a statistical analysis of the SAFE spped for that road? Or is it more likely that they have reduced it either BECAUSE of accidents, or more often, because they can or because they want to stick a camera on it?
Not a great deal at all. I bought one that looks like this from my local market for £10. Cold.
Absolutely agree, which is why I said “generally”. I guarantee though that the vast majority of accidents are caused by excessive speed. If we all were a little more cautious, the number of road deaths would be reduced dramatically.
You can never mitigate for morons on the road though, I'd rather be able to stop as quick as possible.
True, stick to Michelin Pilot Sports and not Accelera, Tigar, BCT or some dangerous budget muck if you want to explore the grip limits of your car safely 8)