The Vinci Autoroutes Foundation for responsible driving has published the first Moroccan barometer of responsible driving. The results of the investigation were exposed on November 26, 2019.
These results were presented on the occasion of the 3rd edition of the International Conference on Sustainable Mobility organized in Marrakech by “Autoroutes du Maroc” (ADM), the International Road Federation (IRF) and the European Association of Motorway Concessionaires and toll structures (ASECAP).
Conducted by Ipsos, this survey provides an overview of the behavior of Moroccans driving. It thus makes it possible to identify risk behaviors and good practices to help better guide prevention messages in the Kingdom.
25% of Moroccans manipulate their GPS while driving
Speed is considered, by 66% of Moroccan drivers, as the main cause of fatal accidents on the roads, in front of driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics (36%). On the highway, this ratio reaches 77%.
On roads in general, 56% of Moroccan drivers exceed the speed limit by a few km/h. Inattention is also one of the leading causes of fatal road accidents, according to 27% of Moroccan drivers surveyed. However, many of them continue to drive by using their phone, their smartphone or by adjusting their GPS or by reading or sending SMS or e-mails.
These everyday objects, which can not be separated even at the wheel, multiply the risky behavior due to the distraction they entail.
-57% phone while driving with a hands-free kit or Bluetooth;
-35% use their phones held in their hands;
-25% handle their GPS or a navigation app;
-18% send and/or read SMS or e-mails while driving.
Moroccan drivers and incivility at the wheel
The survey indicates that for most Moroccan drivers, danger and incivility always come from others. Indeed, 88% of Moroccan drivers admit to having already been afraid of the aggressive behavior of another driver.
They are also very critical of their compatriots. 66% use at least one negative adjective to describe the behavior of others.
On the other hand, they are more complacent in the self-assessment of their behavior (97% attribute themselves to at least one positive qualifier). And if 65% inadvertently honk the drivers who annoy them, 50% insult another driver.
37% of Moroccan drivers respect safety distances
According to the Vinci Foundation, only 37% of Moroccan drivers respect safety distances. The study also shows that 38% forget to report to other drivers their overtaking or changing direction through the use of the flashing light.
When driving on motorways, 42% of Moroccan drivers indicate that they happen to drive on the middle lane, while the right one is free and 28% drive on the emergency lane while the latter is free and exclusively reserved for emergency stop and emergency passage.
As for the respect of speeds in work areas, 30% of Moroccan drivers forget to slow down near a work zone, despite the risk that this may entail for personnel who intervene.
Finally, 25% of Moroccan drivers still drive forgetting to fasten their belts.
Drowsiness, the main cause of accidents on the highway
In total, 39% of Moroccan drivers identify drowsiness as one of the leading causes of fatal accidents on highways, and 0% on roads in general. Yet, more than one Moroccan driver out of 4 (28%) sleeps 6 hours or less on weekdays, that is one hour less than the recommendation of sleep specialists (7h to 8h of sleep per night). Added to this are driving times that are too long before pausing during long journeys: 3h26 on average.
Only 5% of Moroccans respect the recommendation of the experts of a break every 2 hours to remain vigilant and to avoid the risks of falling asleep at the wheel.
Moroccan drivers are 28% who have already felt asleep for a few seconds driving. They are 23% to have encroached on the emergency stop band or on the aisle because of a moment of inattention or drowsiness. However, they are 55% to recognize having already felt very tired but to have still taken the wheel.
On the other hand, two good practices are to be welcomed, the nap and the change of drivers, adopted respectively by 92% and 46% of Moroccans.