UK driver distraction on the rise
More than eight in 10 UK motorists (84%) admit that they get distracted behind the wheel, up from 76% in 2018, according to new research.
Carried out by telematics firms The Floow, the study of more than 2,000 adults suggests levels of UK driver distraction are getting worse – and this despite the Government’s crackdown on mobile phone use in cars.
Almost three in five of survey respondents (58%) said they took their eyes off the road when attempting to change the radio station – whilst more than half of drivers (51%) admitted to having a good old sing-along to a tune. Others admitted to drinking, eating, having an argument with a passenger and even daydreaming – all of which featured as top 10 driver distractions.
And 15% of drivers admitted to using their phone while driving – whether this be sending a text, checking social media, taking a call or looking for music.
David James, chief operating officer of The Floow, commented: “Our research shows the extent to which people are taking their eyes off the road for everyday journeys and it is alarming to see that distraction is on the rise. More needs to be done to make drivers more aware of the potential impact of their bad habits. In many cases, small changes can be made that will make them much safer drivers and have a profound impact on road safety in the UK.”