Young drivers at risk of distraction from ‘attractive pedestrians’

Young drivers at risk of distraction from ‘attractive pedestrians’
Whether inside or outside the vehicle, drivers on modern roads face any number of potentially dangerous distractions that they must avoid to stay safe.

But new research has found that young motorists in Britain are more likely than those from any other European country to take their eyes off the road because of one hazard in particular.

The study, which questioned 6,500 young people from across the continent, found that Brits aged between 16 and 24 are more likely to be distracted by attractive pedestrians.

READ MORE: Top tips for starting your driving lessons

It is thought that young people are more likely than any other group to be killed while driving, with the new poll indicating that this could be down to them getting distracted when behind the wheel.

European breakdown cover

Wherever you end up on holiday, we’ve got you covered

According to the results, 43% of young people in Europe have sent a text while they are in charge of a vehicle, while 11% have taken the risky decision to watch a video.

But here in Britain, it seems that the main distraction faced by younger drivers is less dependent on technology such as smartphones and tablets.

Additional findings show that 57% of younger drivers in Europe admitted that they thought their ability behind the wheel improved when they were accompanied by a parent or grandparent.

Worryingly, though, 41% of those who took part in the survey said they would be prepared to take more risks if a friend was with them in the vehicle.

It comes as a spate of accidents up and down the country has been attributed to motorists playing the smartphone game Pokémon Go while driving.

Two motorists in Essex were recently caught playing the game in separate incidents that prompted police to issue a safety warning to drivers.

IN OTHER NEWS: Teen kills deer on driving test - but still passes

The RAC has also urged drivers to make sure they remain vigilant on the roads and do not allow themselves to be distracted by Pokémon Go.

RAC road safety spokesman, Pete Williams, said it was essential that Pokémon remained a “no-Go” when driving.

He warned that the rise of the hugely addictive game could also lead to a surge in illegal use of handheld mobile phones behind the wheel.

Young people are also set to face new challenges on their practical driving test after it was announced that the exam is to be modernised.

As part of reforms unveiled by the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), candidates will have to follow directions on a sat-nav and perform new manoeuvres.

Copyright Press Association 2016. Motoring News articles do not reflect the RAC's views unless clearly stated.