Drivers urged to avoid distractions behind the wheel

Drivers urged to avoid distractions behind the wheel

UK drivers are multitasking at the wheel, indulging in a wide range of distracting activities ranging from eating and drinking to styling their hair, according to new research.

A survey by road safety charity IAM RoadSmart found that more than 95% of motorists have observed other drivers smoking, eating and drinking.

Other distractions that scored high on the list included telling off children and styling hair, which have been witnessed by 82% and 55% of responders respectively.

Some 63% of those surveyed had seen a driver look at a laptop or tablet screen.

Others had observed drivers trying to control a pet (46%), reading a book at the wheel (3%) and shaving (24%).

Most worryingly, many of these distracting behaviours are being witnessed on nearly every journey. Of those surveyed, a quarter saw someone drinking at the wheel every day and a fifth saw someone eating. One in seven said they had seen people looking at their laptops or tablets every day, and one in ten daily saw parents telling off children whilst driving.

The findings come from a poll of more than 2,300 visitors to the IAM RoadSmart website.

The charity's chief executive, Sarah Sillars, said: "We understand that the pressures of modern life mean we cannot always keep our cool, especially when children and pets often don't understand the concept of 'concentration'.

"But it is exactly in these situations that a tragedy can occur. Talking to any passengers can wait until there are no other potential problems around. Pets should always be securely transported in their carriers.

"As far as the other bad habits revealed in the survey, these are all things that should be done at either end of the journey -- not during it. Otherwise they can be a major distraction to the driver."

Have you seen other drivers with bad habits?


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Posted 21 September 2017 by Ellie Priestley

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