Males more likely to overtake

Male drivers are more likely to risk lives by overtaking blind and speeding on rural roads according to a survey by Brake and Direct Line.

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Horse rider explains the moment he was struck by a car on a country lane

A man from Market Harborough has been talking about the moment he was hit by a car on a country lane while he was out horse riding.

Richard Clutterbuck was out riding with his wife in August 2010 when a sports car overtook another car, passing onto the wrong side of the road and crashed head on into his horse that he was riding.

His horse was killed by the impact. Richard suffered a broken vertebrae in his lower back and broke three ribs.

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Road safety charity want speed limits on rural roads lowered to 50mph

The road safety charity, Brake, wants speed limits on rural roads reduced to 50mph.

Figures out today from the charity and Direct Line reveal that male drivers are more likely to overtake blind and speed on country roads.

24% of males admitted to risking the chance of head-on crashes by overtaking blind and 44% said they had broken the 60mph speed limit on country roads.

Our advice is avoid overtaking unless essential, stay well within limits, and slow right down for bends, brows, in bad conditions and in communities. Hang back, slow down and chill out. Prioritising safety above arriving a few minutes faster could spare your family or someone else a huge amount of heartache.

– Ellen Booth, senior campaigns officer at Brake

Male drivers more likely to overtake blind and speed

Male drivers are more likely to risk lives by overtaking blind and speeding on rural roads, according to a survey by Brake and Direct Line.

It is said 24% of males risk the chance of head-on crashes by overtaking blind on country roads, as opposed to 18% for female drivers.

More than four in 10 male drivers admitted to speeding at over 60mph on rural roads.

In 2011, 1,197 people lost their lives on rural roads.

The scene of a crash on the A52 in Lincolnshire Credit: Chris Radburn/PA
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