Lives are being put at risk on UK roads by millions of drivers daydreaming behind the wheel, a new survey suggests.
Two-fifths of the motorists polled admit that they don’t concentrate all the time when they’re on the move, with a quarter saying that daydreaming is to blame.
Younger drivers ‘less focused’
The survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and Vision Critical also suggests that older drivers are far more likely to stay focused on the road, with younger motorists more prone to letting their minds wander.
Among motorists aged over 65 – 73% told researchers that they concentrate all the time when they are driving.
But half of the 18 to 24-year-olds quizzed, and 47% of those aged between 24 and 34, admit that they definitely do not.
Meanwhile, almost a third (30%) of the younger motorists who said they get distracted told researchers they daydream when they’re behind the wheel.
A lack of concentration on the road naturally makes the likelihood of accidents far greater and can lead to claims for personal injury compensation.
IAM’s chief executive, Simon Best, said signs of distracted driving such as motorists missing turnings or failing to switch off their indicator lights are common.
He said a lack of concentration is a key cause of road traffic accidents although drivers rarely admit that to the police or insurance companies.
Mr Best added: “These results reconfirm stereotypes surrounding younger drivers and the ease with which they can be distracted away from staying safe.
“The key is to build up as wide a range of experiences as possible as you learn and to look upon your driving as a skill that needs continuous improvement.”
Other reasons motorists gave for not concentrating on the road ahead include
stress, thinking about family, friends and relationships and having their mind on what they’d be doing when they get to their destination.