By: Natasha Archary
Lockdowns linked to the Covid-19 pandemic continue their negative impact on South Africans. New insurance data shows that SA driver’s skills were negatively effected since the pandemic last year.
The data published by DialDirect Insurance shows the negative effect lockdown has had on motorists’ driving skills and adherence to road rules.
Driving data from thousands of motorists suggests there’s a 40% higher chance of an accident.
Making use of DialDirect’s telematics app between 2019 and 2021, the data shows that more drivers are speeding which is a factor in most accidents.
As published in BusinessTech, “Overall, for every kilometre driven in 2021, motorists are 40% more likely to be in an accident than in 2019.”
With most South Africans working from home since March 2020, many drivers have shown a disregard for rules of the road.
Anneli Retief, Head of DialDirect Insurance said, “The data revealed that the percentage of people who drove above the speed limit has almost doubled. According to the statistics, male drivers are the main cuplrits. In most accidents during this period, 80% were due to speeding.”
Fewer cars on the roads during lockdown gave motorists “free reign” to speed.
The use of cellphones also had a negative impact on drivers and remains a concern.
“Motorists were using their devices 50% more while driving than before lockdown. This is probably due to a surge in online meetings,” Anneli said.
The country’s curfew did little to curb night trips with a notable increase in reckless driving during curfew.
According to the data, driving at night increased the chances of a collision by 60%.