Male drivers more prone to distraction

March 17th, 2008 - 3:03 pm ICT by admin  

Melbourne, Mar 17 (ANI): You really would be better off sitting in a car with a female driver, for a new research has found that of the two sexes, its men who are the more likely to be distracted.

According to An NRMA Motoring and Services survey of 1350 motorists, eight percent of men admitted that they had crashed their car as a result of being distracted while driving as compared to just five percent women.

When it came to a near miss, men also outdid women by a 10 percent, with only 20 percent of fairer sex only reporting a close call due to distraction caused by reading a newspaper, kissing or chasing insects while driving.

Other risky behaviour included adjusting the car stereo, listening to music, drinking a cold drink or eating, talking on a mobile phone (not hands-free) or reading a map while driving.

“Motorists clearly understand which behaviours were dangerous, but 75 per cent admit taking their eyes off the road to do something other than driving,” quoted NRMA director Coral Taylor, as saying.

“While virtually all people surveyed (96 per cent) acknowledged that texting while driving was the most dangerous behaviour, one in five drivers admitted to doing it.

“Many respondents also expressed their anger at seeing other drivers’ unsafe behaviour, yet most admitted to being distracted drivers themselves.

“Everyone, particularly those travelling over Easter, need to keep their focus on the driving task because a few seconds of inattention can have tragic consequences.” (ANI)

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