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Friday, July 07, 2006

Driven men


White Van Man is a 'proven danger'
By Sarah Womack, Social Affairs Correspondent
(Filed: 06/07/2006)

White Van Man, viewed by many motorists as the unruly road hog at the wheel of a light delivery vehicle, who heckles other drivers for their driving, has been scientifically proven to be more of a danger on the road.
Drivers of white vans overtake cyclists an average of four inches (10cm) closer than car drivers, according to new research.
Using a bicycle fitted with a video camera and an ultrasonic distance sensor, Ian Walker from the University of Bath's Department of Psychology, cycled more than 180 miles in Bristol and Salisbury over two months.
He was overtaken by about 2,500 vehicles, of which about 200 were white light good vehicles, which gave an average passing distance of just over 4ft 1in. Drivers of 200 black cars, used for comparison, allowed 4ft 5½in.
Daily Telegraph

2 Comments:

Blogger Kristen said...

In Cincinnati, you don't have to be in a white van, or even a man, to drive like an asshole. Everyone around here does it.

6:57 AM  
Blogger ByronB said...

That's probably what keeps you Yanks young and alert - everyone on your roads is a potential enemy! Us Brits like to give people a sporting chance so we make the hooligans drive around in white vans.

I guess everybody will be driving snow ploughs where you're going?? :)

8:04 AM  

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