The mobile menace continues to threaten! Despite being banned more than six years ago, a survey of over 3,000 motorists by Autoglass has discovered that texting whilst driving is the biggest distraction for drivers.
More than half of respondents (51%) stated that sending an SMS was the number one diversion, followed by talking on a phone, which attracted 40 per cent of the vote.
Surprisingly, the worst offenders are in the over-55 age group – traditionally seen as safer drivers. The result calls into question whether the potential £60 fine and three point penalty is harsh enough, given the obvious distraction it causes.
The top ten distractions named by the drivers polled:
• Texting - 51%
• Talking on phone - 45%
• Changing radio/CD player - 40.4%
• Staring at an accident - 39.8%
• Eating or drinking - 37%
• Children in the car - 36%
• Chatting to a passenger - 32.3%
• Road rage - 32%
• Having an argument - 31%
• Lighting a cigarette - 29%
In addition to the top 10 results, Autoglass also discovered that men are twice as likely as women (35% compared with 15%) to let their attention wander when spotting someone they fancy. Ladies however are almost twice as likely as men (25% compared with 13%) to have their attention diverted by trying to avoid an animal in the road.