News Non-Life27 Nov 2018

Singapore:Almost 50% of drivers feel less safe on the road

| 27 Nov 2018

While 81% of drivers surveyed think that Singapore's roads are "quite safe" or " very safe", almost half (48%) feel less safe driving in Singapore today compared to three years ago, according to the AXA Mobility Survey 2018 report released yesterday. This is despite the decline in the number of fatal road accidents (-20%) and accidents resulting in injuries (-4%) from 2015 to 2017, as reported by the Singapore Police Force.

Since the last survey conducted in 2015, Singapore’s mobility landscape has evolved. Hence, the 2018 survey was expanded from the last study conducted in 2015 to include additional road user groups such as private-hire drivers, bike sharers and personal mobility devices (PMD) users. In particular, it canvassed opinions regarding more vulnerable road users like the elderly.

Other findings of the survey are:

  • The presence of more aggressive drivers (72%), more non-drivers (such as PMD users and cyclists) on the road (70%), and a growing number of private-hire vehicles (57%) are the key reasons for the perceived decline in road safety among drivers.
  • Risky road behaviours are commonly committed by drivers with over 60% admitting to engaging in at least one such behaviour in the first quarter of 2018. One in four admit to going through an amber light (29%), driving at more than 10km/hour above the speed limit (25%) and not coming to a complete stop at zebra crossings (25%).

Future of mobility

  • Half of the survey respondents (55%) view the increased number of PMDs and bicycles positively. 74% acknowledge that they make commuting easier, 60% believe that they add to Singaporeans’ health and wellbeing due to increased physical activity, and 38% think they make roads less congested. However, many are also concerned about the potential risks, with around three in four saying that they make sidewalks more dangerous (78%), more congested (77%), and contribute to more accidents (72%).
  • When asked about the introduction of ride-sharing services in Singapore, a large majority of those surveyed welcome it (80%), because it makes commuting easier (86%) and reduces congestion on the roads (30%). However, close to one in two also think it contributes to road accidents (48%) and makes commuting less safe (45%).

Elderly

  • Those surveyed believe that an increase in reckless driving (54%) and jaywalking (44%) are contributing to accidents involving elderly pedestrians. According to the Mid-Year Traffic Situation Report 2018 by the Singapore Police Force, 40% of all accidents involving elderly pedestrians in the first half of 2018 were due to jaywalking. • To address the problem of elderly pedestrian accidents, most respondents support the development of elderly-friendly infrastructure – such as more senior-friendly road safety features (58%) and more road crossings designed with the elderly in mind (50%) – and better engagement and education for the elderly on road safety (46%), to make roads a safer place for the elderly.

The 2018 survey polled 812 Singaporean road users, aged 18-59 in April 2018, from private car owners, taxi drivers, motorcyclists, to commercial drivers, private-hire car drivers, cyclists (including bikesharers), personal mobility device (PMD) riders and pedestrians.

'Give Data Back'

To make roads a safer place for everyone, AXA has also launched Give Data Back, an interactive website that identifies accident hotspots in Singapore and aims to help people better understand their risks on the road.

An industry first for Singapore, it leverages three years of AXA claims data and official road traffic accident statistics. The Give Data Back website provides data including the main indicators of risks – such as frequency of occurrence and the average cost of a motor accident claim – and also shares tips on how to stay safe on the road. 

Mr Leo Costes, managing director, retail, and chief customer officer of AXA Insurance, said, “The findings from the AXA Mobility Survey 2018 draw attention to specific areas where we, together with the community, can curb risky road behaviours in Singapore. By sharing our insights and data with the larger society, we hope to not only encourage safer road habits but also to help people to understand the real risks on the road.”

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