Road traffic accidents are a sad fact of life and no one likes to see a crash on their way home, but it would seem that many motorists – possibly driving in cars fitted with Mercedes turbos – are guilty of slowing down to stare as they pass by.
This is known as ‘rubbernecking’ and new data from Confused.com has found that 48 per cent of people think it’s natural to be curious when happening across the scene of an accident. And not only are people slowing down, they’re also taking photos, with 15 per cent of drivers stating they’ve seen others documenting the events as they unfold.
You may think it’s normal and natural to slow down to have a look as you pass on the road, but be aware that you could actually cause more problems if you do rubberneck when there’s been a crash. You could cause minor accidents, more congestion and even cause another fatal crash if you do slow down.
“It’s concerning to see that so many motorists are distracted by road traffic accidents and are slowing down to take a look – even if it’s just a cursory glance. As tempting as it is to take your eyes off the road even for a second, to look at an accident, we’re advising drivers to fight the urge,” head of motor at Confused.com Gemma Stanbury said.
The more time you spend in your car, the more likely it is you’ll witness an accident. If you’re behind the cars involved, turn your hazard lights on and slow down, making sure that you leave space for the emergency services to reach the vehicles.
If you’re first on the scene and have to get out to help, put on a high vis jacket, check on the victims and call 999, giving them a short and clear description of what’s happened.