Kids and phones biggest distractors

Kids and phones biggest distractors

Children and mobile phones are the biggest distractions to drivers, according to a new survey.

A poll by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and Vision Critical suggests that 29% of drivers admit having children in the car proves a major distraction, with concentration levels far lower than usual.

A close second was the mobile phone, with many still putting themselves and others at risk by trying to use it while they drive. Calling, texting or checking social media updates are all things that some drivers try to combine with driving.

Young drivers are the most likely to be distracted by the use of mobile devices, while almost a quarter of male drivers said they get distracted by looking at attractive people as they drove.

Only three per cent of women say looking at attractive people affects their concentration.

Other distractions to motorists include so-called backseat drivers interfering with the driver, along with simple tasks such as changing radio stations.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: "People who think they can multi-task while driving are kidding themselves. If you take your eyes of the road for just two seconds at 30 miles per hour, you'll travel close to 90 feet, effectively blind.

"All drivers develop bad habits over time. The key to reducing distractions and their impact is to learn to look upon your driving as a skill that needs continuous evaluation and improvement."

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