Sanef 2019 Observatory of motorway behaviour

Holidays are approaching and as every year, millions of motorists are getting ready to hit the road to their summer destinations. On this occasion, the Sanef group presents the conclusions of the 8th edition of its Observatory of Behaviours on the 2019 motorway. Entrusted to CEREMA Normandie Centre, the objective is to analyse the evolution of driving behaviour from one year to the next.

Some 2019 results are at odds with the improvement observed in recent years.

After two years of decline, speed is back to its highest level since the creation of the Observatory: 43% of vehicles are travelling above the authorised speed (compared to 38% in 2018)

Compliance with safety distances is deteriorating in 2019. The results on vehicles that accumulate "too fast and too close" are the worst recorded since 2012, with 11% on all lanes and even 19% on the left lane.

Figures on phone use while driving are deteriorating despite measures taken in 2015 by the Ministry of the Interior to ban the use of headsets and headset kits. Thus, while in 2015, the first results of the Sanef Observatory showed that 3.7% of drivers held their phones in their hands, in 2019, they are almost 6%.

New in 2019: the Observatory is interested in the overflows of heavy goods vehicles on the emergency stop strip (BAU).

More and more accidents involve vehicles or pedestrians on the BAU. In connection with its latest awareness campaign, the Sanef group wanted to observe and quantify the intrusions of heavy goods vehicles on the BAU.

The first results are worrying on both sites 21% of heavy goods vehicles overflow on the BAU.
More precisely, on the A13 motorway site, there is a deviation on the white strip every 2 minutes and a clear intrusion every 13 minutes, on the A1 motorway a deviation every minute and beyond the marking every 19 minutes.

Since risky behaviour remains a major road safety issue, the Sanef Observatory is interested in specific subjects: speed, safety distances, lane occupancy, use of turn signals, behaviour in work zones or use of the telephone while driving. These results have thus made it possible to better understand and understand these dangerous behaviours in order to implement targeted communication campaigns.