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Car Crash: Who’s Lying?

BBC Car Crash Documentary

Being involved in a serious car crash is one of those events that we too often hear about but never really think will happen to us or someone we love. And while scare tactics have never been ingenie's way to promote road safety - it's important that we don't ignore the devasting reality of what can happen when people drive dangerously.

Getting a driving licence and your first car often gives young people a feeling of invincibility - but that pumped up excitement combined with speed can be fatal.

BBC Three have recently released a hard-hitting documentary exploring this and the aftermath of a car crash involving 4 young boys. The compelling true story starts with a group of unlikely friends from Portsmouth, heading off for a drive late at night - and sadly comes to a tragic end as a result of dangerous driving.

As the police investigation gets under way, the details of the crash become more suspicious, with each of the boys giving conflicting statements on what took place.

"We trusted Danny, we never thought he could do anything like that.

Who's lying? Can the memory loss be blamed on shock? Was the driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol? What led to the horrendous crash? Who's to blame?

It soon becomes evident that finding out the truth will rely heavily on a statement from one of the other friends in the car that night - but that friend currently lies unconscious in a coma.

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Why is speeding still happening?

ingenie have always been focused on reducing the amount of injury and death caused by dangerous driving in the UK. Our driver behaviour team exist purely for this reason. And while so many of our drivers go on to improve and be safe and confident on the road, there will always be some that struggle to avoid the need the speed.

"What's the point in getting a car if you can't rag it about a bit, you know - have a bit of fun? It's dangerous in a way, yeah. It's dangerous. But I think people think like, enjoy yourself, this is our time. We're young.

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Friend of victim

If we start to see worrying driving trends, from speeding or harsh braking, we get in touch immediately to try and help that person change their driving style. Letting speeding go unnoticed is not an option.

Getting overkeen with the accelerator doesn't always mean you're a thrill seeker behind the wheel though and often drivers are unaware that they're regularly pushing the speed limit.

The most common reasons for speeding we hear:

  1. Lateness - not giving yourself enough time to get where you need to be is something we hear a lot. Drivers who speed under these circumstances often think that it's not their fault - as they HAVE to get to work or college. But speeding under any condition is never OK and this documentary shows us the dark reality as to why.
  2. Familiarity - driving in a mental state of auto-pilot is another reason drivers slip into the habit of speeding. Knowing the roads you drive on regularly is a good thing but over confidence or complacency can be equally as dangerous. Especially if you come across a hazard that's never normally there, or a driver who doesn't know the road as well as you.
  3. Tailgating- not a nice thing to experience but again, never an excuse for speeding. When another driver gets way too close to you on the road it can often intimidate you into wanting to put your foot down. But the safest thing for you to do is to continue to drive within the speed limit and for what's safe for the road conditions. It's your feet on the pedals so it's you in control of your speed.

  4. Remember: you can't change how other people drive but you can change how it affects you.

Watch Car Crash: Who's Lying? on BBC iPlayer

Here's our advice on maintaining a safe speed for every journey.

Katey Gregory

By Katey Gregory

Katey Joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of all things social and content. She passed her driving test in 2015 and her first car is a Toyota Yaris T3 named Tyrone.