- Men regulate their ego with the gas pedal
- Too few overtaking bans on the country roads
- Inexperience and self-expression
Men regulate their ego with the gas pedal
Men often overestimate their abilities and drive too fast. A traffic psychologist puts it this way: "Self-confidence is regulated with the accelerator"
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High stakes, low profit. If you overtake on two-lane country roads, you run a high risk for a few seconds ahead. Men in particular overestimate themselves when performing such maneuvers.
Jung, male and dangerous: Statistically speaking, the typical cause of overtaking accidents is a man (in 86 percent of all cases) and probably under 30 years of age (46 percent). For example, it overtakes despite oncoming traffic (28 percent), despite unclear traffic conditions (26 percent) or despite a no-overtaking ban (26 percent).
“In every fourth overtaking accident on a country road, the situation was so confusing that overtaking was like Russian roulette,” said accident expert Siegfried Brockmann, summarizing the results in a study published by insurers on overtaking accidents on country roads on Thursday.
In 2013, the Federal Statistical Office counted 1934 road deaths on country roads. This makes the country road the most life-threatening pavement. More than seven percent of accidents on country roads happened while overtaking. 171 people were killed in the process.
Too few overtaking bans on the country roads
The accident research of the insurers examined 9,300 overtaking accidents. 71 percent of overtaking accidents occurred on hilltops, valleys and generally when visibility was too poor. At the same time, 74 percent of overtaking accidents occurred where there was no prohibition and no speed limit.
The experts have also discovered dangers due to incorrect legal requirements. "If there is no prohibition sign and no solid line, that does not mean that overtaking is safe there," warned Brockmann, "sometimes even the opposite".
Because when overtaking is obviously hardly possible, there is often no explicit overtaking ban. The reason is the requirement not to condense the "forest of signs". In almost three quarters of the examined sections without real visibility, there was no express prohibition of overtaking through signs and solid lines.
“There must be an explicit no-overtaking ban in all places where there is not enough visibility to overtake,” Brockmann demanded. "Then 70 percent of the country road network would have an overtaking ban."
Inexperience and self-expression
The experts demonstrated the consequences of unsuccessful overtaking maneuvers on the crash test site in Munster. A car crashed into a turning vehicle at a speed of 100 km / h. A deafening bang, glass shattered, it smelled of rubber and gasoline. One in five overtaking accidents occurs at intersections and junctions.
It remains unclear why drivers take the risk in the first place. It can hardly be the time advantage. The German Road Safety Council has proven that. During test drives on country roads, the time advantage due to aggressive overtaking over a distance of 20 kilometers was only about one and a half minutes.
The traffic psychologist Peter Kiegeland has also found that many overestimated the time advantage of driving fast. In the main risk group – the young men – other factors often come together: inexperience, overestimation of oneself, self-expression due to insecurity. "The self-confidence is regulated with the accelerator, so to speak."
In addition to overtaking bans and speed limits, Brockmann relies on "the new country road", as also provided by the Federal Ministry of Transport: three-lane country roads on which there are alternating two lanes in one direction of travel. In view of the empty coffers, however, the implementation of the concept is in the stars.
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